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International School at Dundee to Host 4th Annual Renaissance Festival -
Saturday October 25, 2008
9:45 AM to 6:00 PM
 
 
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Music & Dancing  •  Storytelling  •  Magic  •  Dunk Tank  •  Aerial Angels - High Flying Acrobats  •  Archery  •  Children's Area with Games, Arts & Crafts, Magic & Storytelling  •  Fire Swords  •  Armored Combat  • Shakespeare  •  Medieval Medicine  •  Candlemaking  •  Blacksmithing  •  Maskmaking  •  Fresco Painting  •  Woodworking  •  Village Vendors  •  Interactive Bunnyland  •  Duck Herding  •  Sword Lessons  •  Food  •  Games  •  Arts & Crafts
 
Here Ye, Here Ye!  The fourth annual ISD Renaissance Festival with all new entertainment, food and fun for the whole family, will be held on Saturday, October 25, 2008, from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., on the grounds of The International School at Dundee, 55 Florence Road, Riverside, Conn.  Tickets are $10 per person (ages 5 through adult).  This year’s ISD Renaissance Festival will feature new acts, including the Aerial Angels, a high-flying circus artist performing group that defies gravity with feats of grace and skill on aerial hoops, trapeze and silks, with acrobatics, fire-eating, contortion, hula-hoops, whip-cracking and more.  Also new this year will be Shakespeare with the Tragidiots, Magic of the Mask, Medieval Fables, a Fire and Sword Show, Renaissance Dancing Lessons, Armed Combat shows, and a Blacksmith.  Back by popular demand will be Sheriff Bracken and his dunk tank, magic shows, sword lessons, Lorna the Sheppardess and her collection of animals, Japanese Drums and Renaissance period music and games.  In keeping with the Renaissance theme, all food this year will be provided by The Kitchen of Harwinton.
 
 
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Children’s activities will be increased this year as well, with interactive programs surrounding Renaissance life, such as fresco painting, weaving, dancing, working in a blacksmith shop, and more.  The fun-filled Renaissance themed games will also be back, such as Knights of the Round Table, Lord of the Rings, Rolling Stones, Slop Wizard, the Catapult and Pillory Splash.

“The Renaissance Festival is a unique way to showcase the international theme of The International School at Dundee, which is an authorized International Baccalaureate school,” noted David Rafferty, this year’s chairperson for the ISD Renaissance Festival.  “Parents and the community asked that we make the Renaissance Festival even more educational this year with additional interactive activities for children and their families, so this year, we have added many new programs where children can learn Renaissance style arts and crafts like fresco painting just like Giotto, Masolino, Masaccio and Michelangelo, or weaving and blacksmithing.  The festival will also feature three villages and stages with continual shows and entertainment.”  The timing of the festival has also been moved to the fall, as it was traditionally held in June.
Renaissance festivals or fairs are popular annual events that attract crowds from many miles away.  The festivals embrace a time when romance and chivalry abounded and visitors step back in time, at least for the day, to a magical world of knights, dragons and fairies.  Crafts and trades of old world merchants were part of everyday life in the medieval times, as well as heraldry, culinary and herbal arts.  Today’s festivals reminisce those times with brightly colored banners that dance in the wind as wandering minstrels, madrigals and dancers entertain shoppers in the marketplace and parades wind their way through the area.  Visitors join in the fun and play the part, attending the activities dressed in costumes for the occasion (or in medieval garb) that was typical of the late Elizabethan period. 
 
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This is the fourth year The International School at Dundee has sponsored a Renaissance Festival, which is the school’s major fundraiser for the year and helps support the school’s many programs and grade-specific partnerships, such as those with the Greenwich Audubon, the New York Botanical Gardens, SoundWaters, the New York City Ballet, the Guggenheim museum and the New York City Opera.  The International School at Dundee (ISD) was opened the fall of 2000 and was the first magnet school in the Greenwich public school district offering a distinct approach to educating students.  The school's curriculum is based on the International Baccalaureate Organization’s Primary Years Program and also encompasses the Greenwich Public Schools (GPS) curriculum, which includes discipline-specific skills such as grammar, phonics and math facts.  ISD is the only IB accredited school in Connecticut and utilizes the IB framework to provide an interdisciplinary teaching approach that focuses on developing concepts, attributes and actions in addition to skills and knowledge and character development.  The curriculum and is further enhanced through world language study, Spanish, starting in kindergarten. Terry Ricci is the Principal of The International School at Dundee (ISD).
 
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The ISD Renaissance Festival will be held on the grounds of The International School at Dundee, 55 Florence Road in Riverside, Conn.  (Exit #5 off I-95).  For more information, log onto www.ISDRenaissance.com.
 
 
Tickets
General Admission:  $10 per person (ages 5 and up, and adults). T ickets available at the Gate, 
 
The International School at Dundee, 55 Florence Road, Riverside, CT  06870
 
 
Directions:  I-95 to Exit #5 (Riverside/Old Greenwich).  Right off Exit onto Putnam.  1st Left onto Sound Beach Avenue Ext.  Right on Sunshine - follow curves to end of road.  Left on Florence.  School on left.  Parking on street.
 
 
This is the fourth year ISD has sponsored a professional Renaissance Festival, which is the school’s major fundraiser and helps support the school’s grade-specific partnerships with the Greenwich Audubon, the New York Botanical Gardens, SoundWaters, the New York City Ballet, the Guggenheim Museum and the New York City Opera.
 
ISD was opened the fall of 2000 and was the first magnet school in the Greenwich public school district and offers the highly acclaimed International Baccalaureate Organization’s Primary Years Program.  ISD was the first authorized IB school in Connecticut
 
Terry Ricci is the Principal of The International School at Dundee. To learn more about the school, visit www.greenwichschools.org/isd.
 
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