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Mutton and Mead preview headed to downtown Turners

Knights Beth Brown and Troy Fiser shatter their lances while jousting during a previous Mutton and Mead Festival. Recorder file photo

Knights Beth Brown and Troy Fiser shatter their lances while jousting during a previous Mutton and Mead Festival. Recorder file photo Purchase photo reprints »

TURNERS FALLS — Catapults have been used for all sorts of things, from slinging rocks at castle walls to slinging a dispiriting rain of severed heads and deceased livestock over castle walls. The latest use has nothing to do with castle walls.

The June 19 Third Thursday Turners Falls event will preview the Mutton and Mead Medieval Festival with offerings including a trebuchet for which participants will make paint bombs. The paint bombs are to be catapulted 100 feet onto a large canvas.

The evening of downtown events is to finish with a screening of 1975 comedy classic “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” at 8:30 p.m. in The Shea Theater, 71 Avenue A. The film introduced the holy hand grenade, the killer rabbit, alternative means of witch identification and a lighter look at the plague, and is rated PG.

Now in their second year, the Third Thursday events are a project of Turners Falls RiverCulture. “Knights, camera, action” is this month’s theme. In the medieval vein, organizers promise wandering minstrels, costumed performers and a blacksmithing demonstration. A photography talk on the topic of the Barton Cove eagles, an artist’s reception for photographer Candace Silver and a change to the window front photo gallery in the 106-112 Avenue A storefronts cover the camera theme, with live music elsewhere on the avenue.

The evening runs 6 to 10 p.m. All events are free.

The artist’s reception is scheduled for 5 to 8 p.m. in Nina’s Nook, 125 Avenue A.

William Dean will begin his photography talk at 6:45 p.m. in the Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A.

Electropop duo Home Body will perform somewhere on Avenue A beginning at 7:30 p.m., rain location the Shea Theater.

More event details should be available at www.turnersfallsriverculture.org nearer the date.

The Mutton and Mead Medieval Festival is scheduled for June 21 and 22 at 210 Turners Falls Road, details and prices at muttonandmead.com.

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