In September, two free events will be held on the lawns at Piatt Castles. On the Monday of Labor Day weekend, Sept. 7, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Mac-O-Chee Castle, the theme will be Castle Fair and Dragon Lair. Guest presenters include Dr. Joe Metz of Urbana in a hands-on living history presentation of a knight in the year 1300 AD and puppeteer Pam Clouse of Bellefontaine sharing her collection of dragon puppets. Staff at Piatt Castles will demonstrate blacksmithing, stone chiseling, archery, and engage Lords and Ladies of all ages in medieval-inspired hands-on activities, games and creative dramatics.
Many of the activities are previews of 2016 Castle Camps and programs that compare 19th century American homes to ancient European castles. Throughout the day, youths ages 5-15 will be given free admission to tour Mac-O-Chee Castle, and reduced rates will be granted to adults.
Life at the Front
The second event also has a European theme as the Greater Ohio Living History Association, WWII US Mech Forces HQ return to Mac-A-Cheek in a program called GIs and Jerry, Life at the Front. The focus will be on how troops lived during the Moselle campaign in France in September of 1944. The event is free on the grounds from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26. Veterans will be given free admission to tour Mac-A-Cheek Castle from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Both events will be held rain or shine. They are sponsored by the Mac-A-Cheek Foundation for the Humanities, a non-profit organization that supports research projects and public programs at Piatt Castles. Free admission is possible through a grant from the Mary Eleanor Morris fund of the Columbus Foundation and private donors.
Mac-O-Chee Castle is located at the intersection of state Routes 245, 287 and county Road 1. Mac-A-Cheek Castle is one mile east of West Liberty off state Route 245. For more information, visit www.piattcastles.org or contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 937-844-3902.