2000 Sherwood (Oregon) Robin Hood Days
Copyright 2000 St. Wolfgang's Bavarian Guild
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As far as we know, it is the oldest time-honored event of its kind, dating back over 45 years in Oregon history.
Robin Hood Days (RHD) festivities kicked off Friday evening as all the guild sat around with the folk of Sherwood while the Duke and Duchess hosted a knighting ceremony with their colorful commentary as Alice Thornton read off the names of the Sherwood Citizens who were to be knighted for their wonderful contributions to the community of Sherwood. Many of those knighted were senior citizens who put in years of time and love in making Sherwood a better community in which to live. Maid Marion and her court then knighted these people after Robin Hood and King Richard helped escort them to the stage.
After hollering hip hip huzzah many times for those honored it was time for games. The Duke and Duchess squared off with a game of Gutmitten sharing the fun with the court as well as those folk off the street. After the Duchess finally won after a long battle, the court took to the streets to greet and meet the folk of the Shire.
Our preparations for the RHD Parade began back in May, when St. Wolfgang's Guild members began work on this year's Portland Rose Festival Starlight Parade float. We use the same float in both parades, allowing us to build a more impressive float for both parades. (The float won a beautiful plaque for Second Place in Non-Sponsored Community Division in the Starlight Parade. For pictures and commentary on the Starlight Parade, click here.)
Its not easy to find a 45 foot flatbed truck and 20 foot cab which is the size our float needed. After a frantic search by the committee for one that big, Don Groves of Northstar Transportation of Sherwood, stepped forward in our time of need, offering the use of the truck
At 8:00 on Friday night, we all boarded the fabulous float for a special parade. You see, we were the only float, led by an escort from the Sherwood Police Department. For two and a half hours, the members of St. Wolfgang's sang and danced and rode their way through the streets, entertaining families along the way. It's wonderful to see the face of a child when a 65 foot long float comes down his or her street. We had folks follow us, wave, and cheer us on. Don also drove the truck, demonstrating his superb skill at weaving his 65 foot rig through the winding streets of Old Town and the surrounding areas.
Saturday morning dawned bright and clear, and at 8:45, St. Wolfgang's members once again loaded on the float to drive to the parade starting point. The festivities kicked off at 10:00 and we joined numerous other entries for a community spirited parade that wound its way through the streets of Sherwood. Here I must modestly report that our float, like last year's, won the Grand Prize ribbon for Best Float in the parade.
Saturday morning's St. Wolfgang's Royal Court featured The King and Queen of Bavaria, Mary Queen of Scotland, Lord Willoughby, Princess Maximilia, Princess Anna, and Baroness Christina. They held court with many of the citizens of Sherwood and the surrounding Shires coming in to curtsey and bow and receive favors.
The Queen had a problem with a tipsy monk who seemed to have been enticed by two maidens. Then, the Queen's personal guard misbehaved and was demoted to stable boy. As usual, the King went shopping and the monks went drinking (water that is), songs were sung and games were played.
Saturday afternoon featured the First Annual Wooden Horse Races at RHD. The horse, dragons, and unicorn were built on wooden bases that came from a going-out-of-business tannery in Sherwood. The RHD committee bought 13 of them and stored them in Marie Ferry's barn to await their conversion to Mighty Steeds for the races. A dedicated crew of St. Wolfgang's volunteers worked nights and weekends to modify and decorate them. As you can see from the pictures, they became a wonderful addition to the tradition of Robin Hood Days.
The races were held in the road next to the noble encampment. Mary, Queen of Scotland and Queen Anna of Bavaria had a race. Mary fell off her horse, but Anna stayed on, but was accused of cheating because she didn't ride sidesaddle - Queen Mary was declared the winner.
We had many of our monks, sisters, and household staff helping children from the community race on the horses; each child received a ribbon and parents were able to take pictures. A great time was had by all.
The Seattle Knights did a wonderful, funny version of the story of Robin Hood. This was acted out with a story teller and lots of characters - lots of action with sword and hand-to-hand fighting - with, of course, Robin Hood winning with the help of Lady Marion.
Our two songbirds, Lord Willoughby and Maiden Kathy sang several songs, which the audience, old and young alike enjoyed, joined in, and sang along.
The Princess Maximilia and Prince Wilhelm had a fight with horse and sword, with the Princess not even getting a feather in her hat disturbed, but with the Prince landing in the dust.
The members of St. Wolfgang's presented the Scandanavian legend of Three Billy Goats Ruff - a twisted version that tells it from the Trolls point of view. Featuring giant puppets, colorful props and involving lots of children from the audience, everyone had a good time. It was followed immediately by our fantasy joust so loved by the St. Wolfgang's household staff.
Our heartfelt thanks go out to Phil McGuigan, President of the Robin Hood Association and all the other wonderful people who made our stay in Sherwood once again most memorable and mainly a hoot (Thank you Alice Thornton for the sandwiches and the cookies!!!!- See you next year!
This year's pictures were taken by Becky Weston and Marty Richmond
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First, Pictures of the Float