SGU Students Hold Court at Medieval Fair
St. Gregory’s University students and faculty embraced the spirit of the Middle Ages April 5-7 at the 2013 Medieval Fair in Norman, Okla., marking the seventh consecutive year of the SGU Educational Display and Hands-On Art Tent.
An estimated crowd of 365,000 people attended the event, with many visiting the SGU tent and Medieval History display, and almost 200 children were photographed in the doorways and windows of St. Gregory’s Wee Castle.
SGU’s volunteers included Sheryl Cozad, Br. Isidore, Dr. Jessica Van Oort, Tim Sullivan, Joshua Alexander, Ashliegh Freed, Emily Grygier, Gwen Pellegrino, Claire McKelvey, MiKayla Wolf, and members of
SGU’s Spirit and Sole Dance team, Grygier, Kjersti King, Tara Beda and Monika Ringbloom.
Fellow volunteer Brendan Donahue also performed as a solo Irish tenor each day at the fair. His performances drew a particularly warm letter from one of the families that saw him perform:
I went to the Medieval Fair in Norman last weekend. I saw a young man singing a cappella at the May Pole stage. He had an incredible voice. As my father, his friend, my wife, 2 dogs and I were leaving, I saw him at the St. Gregory's booth. I casually mentioned that he did a fantastic job and he thanked me. I told my father that I'd seen him sing earlier in the day. My father asked him if he could sing for us and the young man immediately jumped at the chance. He sang one beautiful song and as we were leaving, I mentioned to my family that earlier I'd heard him sing Danny Boy. My father loves that song, so he spun around and asked if I thought he'd sing it for us.
Again, the young man obliged. I'm not sure when the last time was that I've heard a better voice, and here's what I saw:
At the young man's first note, my two dogs who had become boisterous and obviously wanted to leave, immediately whirled around and sat right in front of the singer, silent, staring directly at him like they were sitting at a quiet concert. I looked at my father and his eyes were closed and he was so relaxed, I thought he might topple over. I don't remember the last time I saw my father so happy and relaxed.
I felt angels that day and left feeling like our entire family was richer in many ways than we'd been in a long time.
I don't know what, if any, association the singer has with the University, but if you sent him to the fair as a representative of St. Gregory's, you absolutely couldn't have picked a better person.
What a kind, humble and incredible talent he is.
With sincere gratitude,