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MacDill singles travel back to medieval times

by Senior Airman Heather McMahan
Thunderbolt staff writer
photo by Senior Airman Heather McMahan
Members of the MacDill Chapel Singles Group are served their first course of soup at Medieval Times Jan. 24.

Twenty MacDill members boarded vans and headed back in time for an adventure in the time of castles and knights. Kings, queens, knights, lords and ladies were all present Jan. 24 for the MacDill Chapel singles group trip to Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament show in Kissimmee, Fla.

"At the December singles meeting we were coming up with ideas and someone mentioned Medieval Times," said Chaplain

(Capt.) James Taylor, Protestant chaplain. "We decided it was a good idea, because it was an indoor activity during January, and it sounded like a lot of fun."

Upon entering the castle, visitors are greeted by the royal jester and each person is given a crown. The crown's color designates the color of the knight from that person's "kingdom." While waiting for dinner, guests may enjoy refreshments from the bar, shop for souvenirs or meet the king and queen. Each group is escorted to the arena and seated by color. Dinner is a four-course meal eaten in the true medieval style -- without utensils.

The waiters and waitresses serve the meal while the guests are entertained with demonstrations of the battle skills of the Andalusian stallions, the hunting skills of a falcon and the horsemanship of the trainers.

The knights are then introduced and cheered by their supporters. They demonstrate their precision and skill on horseback by piercing rings, tossing banners among each other and hitting the bull's-eye on a target with a spear. The knights then follow with the jousting event.

Airman 1st Class Chun Chung Fong, 6th Medical Operations Squadron, has attended four singles meetings and jumped at the chance to see a piece of history. "The medieval dinner was so much fun, everything was incredible," he said. "I would definitely go again."

While Medieval Times was the January singles trips, the chapel is planning more events.

"We are planning a trail ride for either February or March," said Taylor. "The trips are designed primarily for active-duty singles at MacDill, both officers and enlisted."




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