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Midcoast lens: Medieval Middle School

By Christine Simmonds | Jun 10, 2021
Photo by: Christine Simmonds From left, Oceanside Middle School seventh graders Henri Weymouth and Matthew Bodman joust in a tournament during medieval day June 4.

Thomaston — Seventh grade students at Oceanside Middle School in Thomaston celebrated their annual Medieval Day June 1 and June 4.

The event was the culmination of the school’s unit of study on the medieval era.

Matt Blazek of History Live North East was on site to give a weapons demonstration, answer questions and host a jousting tournament for the students.

Blazek, who lives in Union, also launched melons across the school’s soccer field using Hammond’s Hammer, a trebuchet he made using donated wood from Hammond Lumber.

Students were encouraged to dress up for the event, and were separated into kingdoms with a king and queen.

History Live North East is a nonprofit organization hosting traveling lecture series on medieval history to students in Maine and New Hampshire. For more information about the nonprofit, please visit historylivenortheast.org.

Matt Blazek of History Live North East gives a lecture on medieval era arms, armor, helmets and swords to Oceanside Middle School students in Thomaston June 4. (Photo by: Christine Simmonds)
Matt Blazek of History Live North East in medieval armor and helmet at Oceanside Middle School in Thomaston June 4. (Photo by: Christine Simmonds)
The trebuchet Hammond's Hammer, built by Matt Blazek of History Live North East, at Oceanside Middle School in Thomaston June 4. (Photo by: Christine Simmonds)
Matt Blazek of History Live North East demonstrates Hammonds Hammer, a trebuchet Blazek built, at Oceanside Middle School in Thomaston June 4. (Photo by: Christine Simmonds)
Matt Blazek of History Live North East launches a melon across the soccer field with Hammonds Hammer, a trebuchet Blazek built, at Oceanside Middle School in Thomaston June 4. (Photo by: Christine Simmonds)
From left: Noah Clayton and Aiden Willis joust with pool noodles during the tournament portion of medieval day at Oceanside Middle School in Thomaston June 4. (Photo by: Christine Simmonds)
Oceanside Middle School 7th grade students joust with pool noodles during the tournament portion of medieval day June 4. (Photo by: Christine Simmonds)
Medieval day at Oceanside Middle School ends with a jousting tournament June 4. (Photo by: Christine Simmonds)
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