Kingdom of Osgoode 2013 (Saturday & Sunday)

Kingdom of Osgoode 2013 (Saturday)

(update – July 31st – Graeme has added more images from the Sunday event including a video at the end of this post. I still have some images to add to the Saturday portion of the post. Put a new hardwood floor into my home office and still looking for things in my reorganized space so might still be awhile before I get back to updating the blog entries :-).- RON)

After watching one of Graeme’s volleyball matches at the H.O.P.E Volleyball event at Mooney’s Bay, I headed south to the Kingdom of Osgoode (Kingdom website) to photograph the events at that location.


More photos to follow early next week (perhaps sooner). Like the juggler, I too am doing a bit of a juggling act this weekend as I try to get to three different events over a twenty-four hour period.


Each year that I go to the Kingdom, I try to focus on the fashion.  Sometimes the guys’ outfits get the attention.  Other times, it is the finery of the ladies.  This year was no different.  So what, you might ask, were the ladies wearing this fine, sunny, HOT afternoon. Here is a selection.

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Most times, I have been busy photographing something somewhere else on the Kingdom grounds when the trebuchet (trébuchet) demonstration was underway so, this time around, I made a point of being in the right place at the right time. The Trebuchet is a Middle Ages catapult-style siege machine used to hurl hefty objects (large rocks, for instance) at the enemy lines or enemy fortifications.  In the Kingdom demonstrations, 10 pound rocks were hurled the length of the jousting arena.



As the arm of the trebuchet is released, the basket counterweight moves downward as a result of gravity and the catapult arm pivots skyward.


When the arm reaches the vertical, the object (in this case, the ten pound boulder) continues its arched flight out towards the enemy.

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Definitely interesting to see a full-sized trebuchet in action.  Not something that I would like to face if I were the enemy!

Not everything in the Kingdom was for adults.  Some things only children can really truly enjoy but walking across a chess board among knee high chess pieces can be exciting.

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In the adult section, discussion of real archery was underway while at the children’s section, one little girl decided that it was just as easy to deliver the arrow’s suction cup to its target in person.

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A few fashion statements from the male side of the roster.

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More Saturday images still to come – stay tuned   ==== Ron


Kingdom of Osgoode 2013 (Sunday)

Graeme attended the second day of the festival to capture some video of the day’s events (see below), in the meantime, here are some photos he took of various event goers.

The King and his Royal Entourage


Story Time in the Kingdom of Osgoode


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Here is the Video from this year’s event.

Link to Previous Years’ Coverage

Kingdom of Osgoode 2012

Kingdom of Osgoode 2012

Well, it’s July of another year and once again Graeme and I were able to travel to a mystical place (location) to enjoy the dancing, the sword fighting, the jousting and the many other things that were happening this weekend (July 6-8, 2012) at the Kingdom of Osgoode.

The King was there and was kind enough to inform me that some of his normal entourage were unfortunately detained and not yet present. Some mention was made of a dungeon but I cannot divulge more. Continue reading

Hand Fasting Wedding at the Mediæval Fair in Osgoode, Ontario – 9th July 2011

Hand Fasting Wedding at the Mediæval Fair in Osgoode

For the third year in a row, Graeme and I have had fun photographing the activities of the Mediæval Fair at Osgoode, Ontario. (Location) This year was a special year for a young couple since it was their wedding day and therefore my photos of today’s activities (July 9th, 2011) show more wedding than jousting and more kissing than dancing. You can view one of the videos that Graeme took of the events by clicking on the above image. (Please note that these photos are copyright so we would appreciate that they be treated accordingly and not be distributed without our permission, etc.) Links to photos of the previous years’ Osgoode activities can be found here.

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Kingdom of Osgoode 2011

Kingdom of Osgoode 2011
Note: Once we have the time to do so, Graeme and Ron Hay will be posting Kingdom of Osgoode 2013 images here: Kingdom of Osgoode 2013 (Saturday and Sunday)

Again we travel back in time (and about 30 minutes south of Ottawa) to the Kingdom of Osgoode and their Annual Medieval Festival. (Location) This year there was a lot going on, from Song and Dance on the Main Stage and Real Live Sword-fighting and Jousting to a Real Hand Fasting Wedding. If all you want is a quick overview of the activities this year I did take video using my new Lumix GH2 camera and have compiled the shots into a short video of the event. To see the video, click on the next image.

So I’m going to start with what really makes this festival such a treat, and that all the people who come out in period clothing, they really make this a special treat.

Of course it is the 21st century and its always a bit of fun to see what creeps into the photos; mainly glasses (people like to see) and water bottles (because sun was out and it was hot outside).

I also had the chance to do some more “pose” type shots of the Steam Pixie from Verdigris grove. They make a lot of fea masks and enchanted looking trinkets. I did play around a bit with this photo using Magic Bullet Looks and Photoshop to try to get that “Steam Punk” look.

Some limited success, I should probably study art styles more. I tried to get this modern day robin hood character to look as menacing as possible.

Well that it for me and Photoshopping for this event… Next Up, Hand to hand combat, Thor demands it!

So the Chivalrous Sword-handling group put on a nice sword fighting display for the festival, it included a couple of live steel fights along with more foam based fights and melee.

This next photo is a crop from the melee, I don’t know about proper form or stance but this just looks cool.

Next some Political Punishment.

Councillor Thompson for the region apparently (willingly) signed up to be placed in the stocks. The mayor of Ottawa (Jim Watson) also showed up to cheer him on and get in on the pelting of wet sponges at the councillor, all in good jest mind you.

I also had the GH2 to take a video of the stockage, so please enjoy.

Of course afterwards Thompson had to throw some wet sponges as well.

Next I’ll cover the on-stage activities…

Mediæval Fair at Osgoode, Ontario – 8-10 July 2011

This upcoming weekend of mediæval festivity should see Graeme or Ron (or both of us) in Osgoode with our ancient weapons of choice (our digital cameras :-)).

To get a feel for what one can expect at the Kingdom of Osgoode, take a look at the many images that we have posted in the following blog entries:

  Osgoode Medieval Fair 2009 (Ron’s accounting of events)

Osgoode Medieval Fair 2009 (Graeme’s accounting of events)

Osgoode Medieval Fair 2010 (Graeme’s accounting of events)
Mediæval Fair – Osgoode 2010 (Ron’s accounting of events)

Mediæval Fair – Osgoode 2011 (one of two blog entries)

The Kingdom of Osgoode official website is here:Kingdom of Osgoode

UPDATE: Another year has passed by and now we have posted our shots from Kingdom of Osgoode 2012.

Osgoode Medieval Festival 2010

Osgoode Medieval Fair 2010

Leave the 20th century behind and head back into simpler times where chivalry and swords. This year, much like last year the main crowd drawing event at the Osgoode Medieval Fair was the Knights of Valour. A troop of individuals who ride horses and actual joust for a living. But first off the pre-joust warm-up activities!

The goal of the pre-games is to get the horses and crowd warmed up for the joust. Often with game of accuracy such as lancing a hay-bail (above) or putting the lance through consecutive rings being held up by the serfs (below). As I had my infrared Camera with me (D70s-IR @ 650nm cut) I took a lot of IR photos.

Introducing the Jousters on this day…

Each knight must choose a fair maiden from the crowd…

Then the Helmets Adorned are Battle Begins!

The joust is pretty simple, they rush at each other on horseback and try to break lances against each-other or knock the other to the ground.

This guy has the best job, he is the Jousting Official and Master of Ceremony. He basically rides his horse, makes jokes at the knights and the crowd and laughs all day because he isn’t in the heavy armor on a hot summer’s day.

A lot more pictures from the event are on my Flickr Set

UPDATE: Another two years have passed by and now we have posted our shots from Kingdom of Osgoode 2012.

Mediæval Fair at Osgoode, Ontario – 2010

2010 – Another year has passed by and once again Graeme and I find ourselves visiting Osgoode, Ontario to enjoy the jousting, the archery, the dancing and the costumed folks taking a step back in time to the mediæval days of the Kingdom of Osgoode. For more information about the performers visit their respective websites:
The Kingdom of Osgoode:
The Archery:
The King and his entourage:
The knights and their shining armor:
The Musicians:


As in the previous year, there were plenty of different clothing styles and colours to see if you keep your eyes open.

The knights in shining armor are not just there as decorations and participate in some pretty heavy duty and dangerous jousting competitions over the course of the Osgoode event.

For the spectators, there is plenty to see again this year. Music is supplied by the Celtic Sea and dance displays are scheduled throughout the day. Unlike 2009, this year, all of the events are in one locations so walking from one event to the other is much easier.

While the knights in shining armor were preparing for the next jousting contest, I continued to wander around the fair grounds photographing the many scenes.

Back at the jousting grounds, the saddles were still empty but spectators and photographers were beginning to claim their peace of real estate in preparation for the action that was soon to come.

Soon it was time to just sit back and enjoy the action as announcements were made, maidens were honored, some preliminary competitions showing speed, horsemanship and dexterity were out of the way, and then it was on to some heavy duty jousting action.

The jousting poles (lances) were ready. What were we waiting for?

Ah yes, before they lose their heads, each knight must select a young maiden to cheer them on and, of course, it is important to protect that head before trying not to lose it!


When contact is made, the modern day lance is designed to break in a safer manner. Still makes a great sound when lance hits armor and the splinters and parts fly into the air. Maximum points are scored when the opponent is unseated from his horse. This particular day, both riders scored points for serious contact on their opponent’s chest plate but both riders managed to stay aloft.

It was a hot day, and both knights wasted no time getting out of thier armor at the end of th ematch.

Jousting matches were enjoyed by the spectators who soon turned their attention to the other sport – shopping.

Every good Kingdom and just as in the past year, the Kingdom of Osgoode is no different. Always surrounded by beautiful women. Boy, what a royally tough job 🙂

Lots of good times. Hopefully, my travel plans for 2011 will allow me to visit the Kingdom of Osgoode again.

UPDATE: Another two year have passed by and now we have posted our shots from Kingdom of Osgoode 2012.

Osgoode Medieval Festival 2009

Osgoode Medieval Festival 2009

Just South of Ottawa is the small town of Osgoode, Ontario which hosts an annual festival of Medieval Proportions. There is a lot to do at one of these festivals, they have a marketplace, jousting arena (professionals only), archery, hand to hand combat, etc. Continue reading

Mediæval Fair at Osgoode, Ontario – 2009

July 12th, 2009 – My son, Graeme, called me to tell me about the Mediæval Fair at Osgoode, Ontario. Weather was great so out I went. A really good experience. One group were shooting at targets with their long bows and some long pointy things :-).

To learn more about the archery group, check out the website of the Society for Creative Anachronism in Eastern Ontario.

Then there was the location where I met some very interesting people, especially a few who like to get on horses and charge at each other with actual jousting poles called lances :-). Nothing to lose your heads over but definitely a lot less safe than my normal sports.

The spectators were assembled and looking for a bit of action.

Well, there are exceptions to every rule so this young maiden was catching a bit of shut eye and plotting a bit of a murder instead of worrying about a knight or two.

Meanwhile, all of the assistants were gathering around to help out with the mounting while others were planning a rather rough dismounting or two.

Of course, every good jousting event requires an equally talented young maiden to show what she can do and this event was no exception.

And every event needs a bit of banter and this knight was quite capable of announcing the rules, ensuring that the spectators had picked a favourite, and contributing to the overall enjoyment of the day.

The spectators have chosen sides so let the jousting begin. Jousting = two knights with long lances riding at each other mounted upon well trained horses and hoping to be able to dismount their opponent. At this point in the performance the activities became much more serious as these knights were serious about dismounting their opponent.


To the winner the spoils and the applause of the crowd.

Meanwhile, the king and his entourage were out plotting something. They were acting peaceful but one look in their eyes 🙂 and you knew that they were up to no good.
More info about the King and his entourage here:

I won’t give away the end result of all of this Osgoode activity but did enjoy the music of the Celtic Sea.
More info about the group Celtic Sea here:

UPDATE: Years have now passed by and now we have posted our shots from Kingdom of Osgoode 2012.