Medieval Group Makes An Impact
If it was not for the basketball hoops stowed on the ceiling and the bleachers on the floor one could find themselves lost in the middle ages.
"These straps and buckles are similar to what would have been used in the period," said Rod Hauser of his costume.
Hauser is also known as Sir Hirsch, a Knight in the Kingdom of Calontir. On Saturday he fought in the Toys for Tots Tournament.
"Everything we do as a society, not just within the context of fighting everything we do aspires to recreate in these current middle ages in our every day lives many of the aspects of nobility and chivalry things that are grand and noble about the middle ages," Hauser said.
For autocrat Lady Liliona also known as organizer Alice Shockley, it is not the battle, but giving away the entry fee that means the most.
"My favorite part is when the Marines come and get the toys," Shockley said. "The King actually does a presentation to the Marine Corps League it's just a very nice event to hold every year because we get to be of service to the rest of the world."
Hauser said he was excited to share the day with his three sons.
"They're a lot less interested," he said. "They're 12, 9 and six. They're a lot less interested in bringing the toys and donating them than they are in bringing their toy swords and play today."
Saturday afternoon the King of Calontir made a presentation to the Marine Corps. The champion of the Toys for Tots Tournament is given a special sword and the honor, which he retires at the following year's tournament.
This year the honoree was Michael Veneri or Duke Martino, the Toys for Tots Tournament champion.