By Carly Guise
Throughout the day of October 26, chairs and blankets could be seen accumulating along the streets of Red Lion in anticipation for what was to come that night.
Vendors could be seen loading their carts with various light-up toys and balloons, preparing for hordes of small children aching for a new prize to take home.
Extravagant floats hooked up to the backs of trucks were rolling down the street with one destination: the parking lot of Red Lion Area Senior High School.
It’s a familiar sight for all, a sure sign that Red Lion’s annual Halloween parade would soon be on its way. It’s always a busy day for the small town, but one that everyone enjoys.
In fact, many of those in the Red Lion community have been coming to the parade for so long that it is a yearly tradition within their families.
“I’ve been coming for 12 years,” Brittney Riedel, a Red Lion sophomore, said.
Many students have similar stories of their favorite parade memories, but not everyone has spent several chilly childhood nights diving for candy and seeing their friends dancing on floats.
“This is my first year coming,” Sam Koons, an eighth grader, said. “The best part so far is just the fun environment, and getting all the free candy.”
First-timer Melanie Tarnacki also had a great time. “I was really impressed by how organized it all was.”
While getting excited during the parade is typical for quite a few, it’s also a lot of fun for those in the parade.
“I love seeing all of the different floats,” said Maddie Webst, 11, who was handing out candy with the Girl Scouts float. “I really like the creepy limos.”
Junior Jacklyn Henshaw, who has walked in the parade as part of FFA for three years, always enjoys it. “I love when the little kids come to pet the animals we bring,” Henshaw said. “It’s always so great to see them smile.”
The parade not only featured the high school’s FFA club, but numerous other clubs and groups as well; including, Red Lion’s cheerleaders, the swim team, the Marching Lions, the lacrosse team, the Felton Fire Company, White Rose Twirlers, Wanda’s Cadets, the wrestling team, and many more.
All in all, if the crowded streets of Red Lion on Monday night could say anything, it’d be that the parade was a huge success, with both floats and the spectators alike.
Follow this link to see the photo gallery of the students at the Renaissance Faire.
By Eli Gregory
From the moment the buses arrived, Red Lion students were able to experience what life was like many years ago. Lords, ladies, and even acting peasants wandered by, offering good days and courtesies. Vendors called out their wares through song, and “Long Live the King, God Save the Queen,” could be heard every minute or so. For the next few hours, students would be immersed in the language and culture of the Renaissance Faire.
"I haven't been in recent years," said junior Riley Perkowski. "But it still had the warm aroma of the Renaissance faire I've grown to love.”
The day of the field trip was also “students only day”, which gave the faire a unique and youthful vibe.
Throughout the day different events, acts, and performances happen. A hypnotist, a falconer, brawls, and comedy skits were among many that could be seen both on the walking paths and stages set up throughout the faire. Many students attended the human chess match, a spin on the classic game featuring real fights. The match was also hosted by the king and the queen themselves, who chose members of the audience to participate in the showdown.
One participant was a little boy who quickly became a crowd favorite called Ben the Pirate. “It very entertaining and engaging,” said senior Emma Rinehart. “The People all kept in character and it was amazing.”
Fights were well done, swords and axes clashed, fists were thrown, and one actor even used a whip. It ended with four knights announcing a duel to the death later on in the day.
When the students first arrived, many headed to the jousting arena to see the tournament joust, prelude to the ultimate joust later in the day. The crowd was cheering and booing in no time, even doing the wave when prompted to by the “Choir-man.”
Many visitors purchase the massive turkey legs sold at most vendors. For eight dollars, students could get a "taste" of what a real knight might have ate many years ago.
Instead of purchasing real swords, many students were seen with plastic sword drink cups. a novelty that went over well until the bees found the sugary soda.
Red Lion's Madrigal Chorus group also performed today alongside many other schools. “It’s great seeing other schools choirs be that advanced in creating music without instruments” said junior Kevin Scheetz, “Our choir can gain a lot from seeing these groups.”
Many schools from around the area performed alongside Red Lion. While Red Lion did not place, they still put on a great show.
"I think the best thing there was all the madrigal choirs," said senior Ryan Mendicino "They all sang very well and acted very well".
For 35 years, the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire has been entertaining people of all ages with a massive production put on for 13 weekends. With 35 acres of Renaissance era fun, the Faire is sure to have something enjoyable for everyone.
The Faire’s season started on August 1, and ends October 25. The Faire alters their theme every weekend, providing a new and unique experience for its patrons.
Three different classes were invited to attend the trip: AP English, British Literature, and Public Speaking. The total amount of kids that attended added up to be 115 students, not counting the Madrigal Choir who also attended.
On Saturday Sept. 26, Red Lion students attended their 2015 Homecoming Dance. Student Council picked the theme Vintage Hollywood.
The Homecoming Court consisted of Melody Nelson, Rachel Groff, Mariah Linden, Macy Owens, Marissa Linden and our 2015 Homecoming Queen Rachel Clark.
From wearing certain types of shoes, to going to the same place for dinner as previous years, and even going to the same place for pictures or spending the evening with the same friends, many students have their own way of celebrating Homecoming.
Senior Genna Palmeri expressed that one of her Homecoming traditions was very special for her this year.
“For the past few years, me and some friends have eaten at The Great American Saloon before homecoming, and this year we made it a little special,” Palmeri said. “We gave a toast to Nick Mankin, a classmate we lost in June this year.”
Mankin had attended a pre-Homecoming dinner with Palmeri’s group the previous year at the Saloon.
“We thought it would be a way of honoring him,” Palmieri said. “I made sure we got the same table we sat at last year, and left his seat empty as if he was sitting their with us celebrating one of our last milestones as seniors.”
Long-standing traditions mix with the latest trends, one of which being Converse shoes worn with the ladies’ dresses. However, there are a few unanswered questions. Is it for the comfort, or is it for the look?
Junior Morgan Elliott explains why wearing Converse to Homecoming Dances is such a trend.
“Some girls like to go classy with high heels, but then there's people like me and my friends,” Elliott said. “We’re just basic girls that like to be comfortable, look good and have a good time. Converse just express our style.”
High school is a very prominent part of life, and an event like homecoming is something that can be treasured for years to come, whether it’s before, during or after the event.
Senior Lily Lee said, “Pictures are amazing treasures that last a lifetime. Being in my senior year of high school and most of my friends going off to college, I like having the memories.
“They remind me of the amazing things we have experienced together, it’s just something I like to keep with me, as if it’s a good luck charm,” Lee said.
Many students have their own styles and express it in many different ways. Some like taking pictures with their groups or dates, and others don’t. Some like heels, but some would rather wear Sneakers, Vans or Converse. It just depends on the type person you are.
No matter their trends, traditions and treasures, the Homecoming festivities this year brought fun, dancing, and memories that will last a lifetime.
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