Still Hopes Hosts Medieval Encampment

Still Hopes Hosts a Medieval Encampment, October 9th – 16th with Catherine Koehler. With over 30 years of teaching experience from pre-K through college, Catherine Koehler, a medieval re-enactor and visual artist, travels the southeast with her canine companion Charlemagne to share the marvels and mysteries of the middle ages. As a former member of the crew employed to build a 13th century castle from the ground up using only medieval methods, her engaging and lively demonstrations have thrilled students, school professionals, and group members of all ages. —

Catherine will camp on our grounds by Polly‘s Pond and demonstrate such works as spinning, weaving, and dyeing, and other chores essential to life in those times. This is a unique opportunity for children and all ages to learn through a visual experience of this time in history. Medieval Encampment Week Agenda October 9 – 16

by Polly‘s Pond on Still Hopes Campus Some events noted are held in the Garden Room. Tuesday, Oct. 9

Set up day – Feel free to come by and watch Wednesday, Oct. 10

10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Making herbal balms

Garden Room

2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Paper making

Garden Room Thursday, Oct. 11

All day

Natural Dyes & Illuminations by the pond Friday, Oct. 12

11:00 a.m.

Bardic Performance

Garden Room

3:00 p.m.

Medieval hunting & illumination

(For more information Google Gaston Phoebus illuminations) Garden Room Saturday, Oct. 13

10:00 a.m. – noon


by the pond

3:00 p.m.

Bardic Performance

by the pond *Possible demonstration of Medieval style fighting by members of the Canton of Cydllan Downs Still Hopes hosts this presentation as free and open for the public to enjoy Saturday‘s events are designed especially for school children. Late afternoons and evenings throughout the week, Catherine will be at her camp demonstrating spinning, weaving, and rope making, as well as cooking meals over the campfire. Catherine Koehler was first exposed to the middle ages through the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Anderson and the incredibly nostalgic illustrations of Tasha Tudor. Shortly after the birth of her first child in 1986, she happened upon a group of medieval fighters practicing in a public park. Impressed that there were others who wanted to bring this marvelous age to life, medievalism became a lifetime goal, hobby, and eventual profession. Koehler holds an MFA (Master of Fine Arts) with an emphasis in fiber as well as an MS degree in secondary art education. Also holding two bachelor degrees in art and elementary education, she has extensive experience as a workshop presenter. She has taught all ages of students, from pre-K through Elderhostel and served as a trainer and conference presenter for the Mississippi Department of Education. Catherine lives with her family in Cleveland, Mississippi. # # # Still Hopes Episcopal Retirement Community is a faith based non-profit Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) located in Columbia, South Carolina.( ) Home to nearly 350 residents, our trustees, and staff are joined by scores of donors and volunteers who share founder Dr. Jane Bruce Guignard‘s vision to exemplify a new expectation for senior living. Come see why life here is better! 1 Still Hopes Dr., Columbia, SC 29169