Robin in the Hood: Thunderstorm Aftermath

For ten years the Robin In The Hood medieval festival was blessed with great weather.

Robin the Hood 2010 - royalty

One year there was a tiny spritz of rain in the morning that cleared up later.

A princess and an outlaw cross the tournament field.

A couple of years had unseasonable heat.

four fighters in the tournament ring

But the company made jokes about festival organizer D.J. Carroll’s magical ability to garner good weather for Robin In The Hood, always held on the first Saturday in June.

Robin in the Hood 2010 - outlaws cheer

Unfortunately, the weather did not co-operate this year. A series of thunderstorms scrolled across Ontario, buffeting Elmira’s Gibson Park with high winds and a series of torrential downpours.

branches down

Branches came down throughout the park,

the blacksmith is surrounded by puddles of water

and the volume of rain was so great that it left standing pools throughout the venue.

Robin stands at the edge of a puddle which reflects his image

Safety considerations due to the instability of the forest floor and canopy dictated the festival’s first cancellation in 2011, in what would have been the 11th year of operation.

Trebuchet sits in the sodden field, 2011

Robin in the Hood 2010 - Castle take down

Crispin stands by the door of the new castle

The new castle

Taking down the castle

members of the company hold up the castle walls

people carrying away a side wall while the rest of the castle is dismantled in the background

The wet forest with downed branches

Next year is bound to have better weather.


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