The Parkridge Centre Residents Association in partnership with Parkridge Therapeutic Recreation, Volunteer Workforce and Social Work, hosted a medieval themed night for residents on February 23.

Two knights in a duel

There was much entertainment at the Medieval Feast thanks to the Society for Creative Anachronism.

Parkridge Centre is a long term care home for 237 residents in Saskatoon, and its multipurpose room was transformed that night to celebrate the Medieval Faire. There was a castle compete with turrets, wall torches, a large fire-breathing dragon, and many regal additions.  Volunteers from E.D. Feehan high school created six Coats of Arms, one for each neighborhood at Parkridge Centre.

The entertainment was provided by the Society for Creative Anachronism, Barony of Myrgan Wood and included swordfighting in full armor, as well as bardic arts.  The Society members brought a display of authentic period pieces including chain mail helmets and allowed residents to try on their armor.

There was a photo booth where residents were encouraged to don their favorite prop for a photo in front of the castle, as well as door prize giveaways. The fortune teller also circulated and offered her readings for the future to the residents and their families.

Lisa McGowan, a social worker and council staff support was instrumental in planning and preparing for the evening event that saw the facility full with residents and their families to enjoy all the festivities.   Going above and beyond, Lisa, her children and husband created the large decoration pieces and the attention to detail was fantastic.

It was an amazing event that was brought to life by many dedicated residents, staff, volunteers and family members at Parkridge.

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Staff got into the medieval spirit.

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Residents were encouraged to don costumes and have their photo taken at the feast.