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Weaving Tales of Glory

Weekend Festival

Included with museum admission

Saturday, November 10, 2012 from 10am - 4:30pm

Location: Peabody Essex Museum

Weaving Tales of Glory

Imagine you lived in medieval Europe more than 500 years ago when the Pastrana tapestries were created. Would you have been a knight? A minstrel? A weaver? Experience the life and art of this period through performances, demonstrations and hands-on fun, including building your own catapult.


Weaving | 10 am-1 pm | Atrium

Tapestry artist Micala Sidore weaves a tapestry before your eyes on the portable loom she designed. Sidore also demonstrates techniques that you can try on one of her portable looms. (Also see Sidore's lecture at 2pm.)


Catapults | 10:30 am-12:30 pm (four, 30-minute programs) | Atrium
For children ages 7 and up with adult
Reservations by November 9

Use coat hangers to build your own catapult, then test it on our firing range.

The workshops are SOLD OUT.  Additional workshops are available on Sunday, November 11, 2012. 


Over at the Castle | 10:30-11 am | meet at information desk
For ages 3 and up with adult
Tickets available on day of program

A mother dragon and her son are keeping a close eye on the excitement of a castle feast day, but they've planned a surprise of their own! Find out what happens Over at the Castle in this story by Boni Ashburn.


The Minstrel's Revels | 11-11:45 am and 2-2:45 pm | Atrium

Musician and storyteller Mary Jo Maichack journeys through the medieval world. Enjoy songs, tales and jokes by this national award-winning performer.


Shining Shields | 11 am-2 pm | Atrium

Decorate a shield with your personal coat of arms.

Made possible by American Dental Partners


Renaissance Art | 11 am-2 pm | Atrium

Artist Andrew Volpe explores silverpoint and quill pen drawing techniques used by artists in the 15th century.


Gothic Knights | 1-2 pm | East India Marine Hall

The 15th-century battlefield gave rise to the fully armored knight and the first firearms. Discover how historical weapons worked and participate in demonstrations.


Stories in Thread | 1-4 pm | Pop-Up Art & Nature Center

Create historically inspired illustrations using embroidery thread.

Made possible by American Dental Partners


Tapestry: Weaving Thoughts and Images | 2-3 pm | Morse Auditorium
Reservations by November 8

Tapestries tell stories about wars and conquests, mythical adventures and more. Listen as tapestry artist Micala Sidore challenges misconceptions about the medium, shows how contemporary work draws on its historical roots and presents tapestries of unlimited range.

 Tickets available at the door.


Handel and Hayden Society Concert

Handel and Haydn Society | 3:45-4:30 pm | Morse Auditorium
Reservations by November 8

Join the Handel and Haydn Society, America's oldest continuously performing arts organization, for 15th-century chamber vocal music that was heard in Iberian courts and churches during the Renaissance.


Made possible by the Lowell Institute


Tickets available at the door, first come, first served.

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