Montclair Early Music presented Robin Hood at the May Faire on May 20 on the front lawn of St. James Church.

Robin Hood (Jake Parker) and Maid Marion (Wren Delp) were crowned at the event. This is symbolic of crowning of the May queen and king, explained Julienne Pape of Montclair Early Music. Children danced around giving the audience pink carnations and a marigold plants. There were also Medieval-era instruments, including a harpist.

Henry VIII, performed by Phil Delp, narrated the story of Robin Hood. Robin Hood’s Merry Men included Friar Tuck (Jackson Pagliaro) and Little John (Edwinn Knapp), and Simon Park assumed the role of the Hobby Horse. Fairies were Kira Hirsch, Bryony Halbert and Jasmine Halbert. Performers included Montclair Early Music Recorder Consort, Ring A-Bell Morris Dancers, Musica Tramontano – a consort of early instruments, Madrigal Singers, the St. James Shakespeare Company, and harpist Christa Patton, who was the event’s music director.-

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