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Medieval festival to benefit Dragon Point
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Posted: 2014 Jan 17 - 06:32

By Amanda Hatfield Anderson

Staff writer

BREVARD -- Enter the gates of a faraway kingdom, where kings and queens, brave knights, jesters and dragons thrive.

On Saturday, Jan. 25 and Sunday, Jan. 26, the Save Dragon Point Foundation will host the inaugural 'Dragon Festival: Fire in the Sky' at the Wickham Park Pavilion in Melbourne.

Gates to the village will open at 10 a.m. each day, with shows beginning at 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.

In addition to a boat show, The Dragon Festival will feature all sorts of medieval performances, such as fire breathers, jousting and musicians, as well as a Quidditch match and Highland Games for good measure.

"It's a Renaissance festival, and I think it's the first Renaissance festival that Brevard has ever had," said Peter Moolhuizen, president of the Save Dragon Point Festival. "It's going to be a huge affair."

The Save Dragon Point Foundation's goal is to help restore "Annie," the famous dragon at the southern tip of Merritt Island, and her hatchlings, to their former glory.

"The point, unfortunately, was caught up in a Ponzi scheme several years ago, and it's been going through the courts," Mr. Moolhuizen said. "We believe, at the moment, that the best thing to do for the community is to buy the property; that way, we can protect Annie forever."

Mr. Moolhuizen added that the Save Dragon Point Foundation would make the area into a protected, nonprofit park, where the funds from the annual Dragon Festival would help maintain the park, once restored.

"We were looking for something to do that was new and unique," Mr. Moolhuizen said of the inaugural Dragon Festival. "The medieval festival had people fighting dragons, but ours is a little different because Annie is a good dragon."

Next weekend's festival will transport attendees back to the medieval days. As guests enter the gates, there will be an entire village, filled with all sorts of activities for people of all ages.

"It's going to be a fun time, watching the jousting and the sword fighting," Mr. Moolhuizen said. "It's going to be an atmosphere that takes us back to historic times, with food, merchants and all types of activities."

Mr. Moolhuizen added that the Dragon Festival will also be a great opportunity for children to see how people really lived in those days.

"Here, they will see everything in action," he said. "They'll get to see the books they have read come to life."

Saving Annie and her hatchlings is important to Mr. Moolhuizen, as he wants to make sure future generations on the Space Coast grow up surrounded by history, reminders of the past.

"I come from The Netherlands and we've got pieces of history there," he said. "While the whole thing may not still be standing, the pieces and parts are preserved so you can remember it."

Mr. Moolhuizen added that the island he grew up on had a small bridge, which had been there for a long time.

"When they replaced the bridge, they kept two of the buildings there at the end and preserved them. People can still see back and remember," he said. "That's what I think the point should be; we need to restore that point in such that it's there forever."

While Save Dragon Point Foundation's biggest battle of finding the parties involved in the Ponzi scheme is mostly behind the group, members and volunteers are currently in the process of putting an offer on the property, which is bank-owned.

"The residents along the point have been pretty positive about what we're trying to do there," Mr. Moolhuizen said. "They want to see Annie back."

With support from those who live by Dragon Point, as well as the community, Mr. Moolhuizen is looking forward to next weekend's Dragon Festival.

"When we had the ice and snow in the park, it was amazing to see the smiles and excitement on the kids' faces, just because there was snow," he said. "From that aspect, I'm looking forward to seeing how the kids react when they see things from a different reality -- the horses, swords and all of the different battles, that people did hundreds of years ago. I think this will be something cool for everyone to see and be a part of."

The Save Dragon Point Foundation will host "The Dragon Festival: Fire in the Sky" on Saturday, Jan. 25 and Sunday, Jan. 26 at Wickham Park Pavilion in Melbourne.

Gates to the village will open at 10 a.m. each day, with shows beginning at 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.

For more information, visit www.thedragonfestival.com.

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