Science, history and myth collide during the Dragon Festival on Saturday, October 19, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.! Explore the lore of dragons, the impact these creatures have had on societies across the globe, and the science behind the growth and dissemination of their myth! All of the sights and sounds that make the myth of dragons so alluring will be in full-force throughout the day!
EXPERIENCES INCLUDE... Dragon Displays Full-Size Dragon Sculpture Fire Performances (11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., and 5 p.m.) Blacksmith Presentations Vikings Stilt Walkers (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) Sci-Fi and Fantasy Authors Live Music Beer Garden (11 a.m. to 6 p.m.) Ren Faire Marketplace Games, Crafts and Activities Food Trucks Special Presentations (see below) Much, much more!
$10 for ages 19-59 $5 for ages 3-18 $5 for ages 60+ FREE for children under 3 FREE for museum members FREE for members of ASTC Passport participating institutions
DRAGON FESTIVAL TAKES PLACE AT...
Virginia Museum of Natural History 21 Starling Avenue Martinsville, VA 24112
SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS **Schedule subject to change**
Anatomy of fictional dragons: A paleontologist’s look at great beasts of literature, movies, and more Dr. Adam Pritchard, Assistant Curator of Paleontology, Virginia Museum of Natural History 10 - 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 - 2:00 p.m.
Researching to book: Finding your Dragon Anna Denisch and Lydia Weltmann, Authors 10:45 - 11:15 a.m.
Ant lions, tiger beetles, and toad bugs: Fierce creatures with fantastical names Dr. Joe Keiper, Executive Director, Virginia Museum of Natural History 11:30 a.m. – Noon
Dragons in Slavic Folklore Dr. Martha Kuchar, Professor, Roanoke College Department of English & Communication Studies 12:15 - 12:45 p.m. and 1:45 - 2:15 p.m.
America’s Founding Monsters Dr. Bernard Means, Faculty, Virginia Commonwealth University Department of Anthropology 1 - 1:30 p.m. and 4 - 4:30 p.m.
Lepidodragons! Dr. DorothyBelle Poli, Professor, Roanoke College Department of Biology Dr. Lisa Stoneman, Professor, Roanoke College Department of Education 2:30 - 3 p.m.
Dungeons and Dragons: The Zooarchaeology of Dragons Sarah Mangelsdorf Grimm 3:15 - 3:45 p.m. and 4:45 - 5:15 p.m.