Medieval times came to St. Robert Saturday by way of colorful period garb, knights, lords, ladies and skills appropriate to the period.
Locals who happened to drive by St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church were invited to stop in and observe a myriad of medieval skill demonstrations.
The Shire of Calanais Nuadh, a local medieval reenactment group, put on a demonstration in the church parking lot complete with fighting, illuminating, spinning, spoon making and other skills.
According to the SCA's website, the colorful local group is part of the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA), an "international organization dedicated to researching and recreating the arts and skills of pre-17th century Europe."
The Shire of Calanais is comprised of members from the local area who gather together to host events, demonstrations and invite others to "come play with us," according to Carol Tracy Thorsen of St. Robert (or Lady Aesa in Kyrra, as she is known when she is acting as Chatelaine of the group).
The group has many regular meetings, demonstrations and practices that they invite the public to come out and "join in the fun." Fighting practice is held every Thursday evening in Waynesville Park at 6 p.m. and the Shire meets weekly on Monday evenings at the Newburg Methodist Church at 6:45 p.m. Additionally, archery practice is held every Sunday at 4 p.m. at the Beaver Creek conservation area in Rolla.
Thorsen said their activities are "always fun" and they are "always looking for people to join."
For more information on the Shire of Calanais Nuadh and to see a full calendar of events, demonstrations and practices visit www.shireofcalanaisnuadh.org.