Melynda Alcock: Grace and kindness at the Hoggetowne Medieval Faire
Published: Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at 2:02 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at 2:02 p.m.
Grace and kindness still exists here in Alachua County.
Perhaps you were busy watching sports on Saturday, or shopping for the last of the January markdowns, but some of us spent Saturday in the company of the Hoggetowne royals. This was our fifth year attending the Medieval Faire that brightens the winter in Central Florida. And although we were entertained by the “usual” crew of musicians, games, jousting, and rivalry, there is one aspect of the festival that deserves more than just the goodbye at the gates at the end of the day.
Hoggetowne has enjoyed the continuous, benevolent rule of a King and Queen that so exceed one’s expectations that even Santa could take some lessons from this charming duo.
This royal pair take the responsibilities of office seriously. Hundreds of guests (young and old) every year are treated to individual honorary Lord and Lady status, delivered with genuine kindness, fond humor, a very official looking sword, and extraordinary personal attention. I cannot applaud this royal pair too much; they have created magic moments my grandchildren will never forget and made this yearly walk into the past the highlight of their year.
Our two-and-a-half-year-old visited for the first time this year under the tutelage of her 8-year-old veteran princess sister. Once again the stilt walkers, elephant, huge horses, and jousters were stared at in awe; the rides peppered with exciting squeals. But the work of Michael and Fontaine Huey (better know as their Royal Highnesses King and Queen of Hoggetowne), with the help of their Horn Heralds, Guards, and Court, have captured the fragile imaginations and undying loyalty of two little girls (and countless others). I love democracy as much as the next guy, and I often find the antics of England’s royals disappointing. But as for a couple of weeks in the Central Florida winter, I can only declare: God bless the King! Long live the Queen! Hazzah!
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