It might have been a miserable weather day for a field trip Friday, May 5, but the heavy downpours and gusty winds did not dampen the fun and enthusiasm of Harvey’s Middle School students who spent the day at nearby Caramoor immersed in a Renaissance experience.
The entire Middle School traveled to Harvey’s neighbor, the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, to take part in a day of Renaissance appreciation.
The students began their day with Caramoor's resident falconer who flew his falcons and owls and introduced the students to his two pet hunting dogs who are trained to flush ducks from ponds on command. The students learned that falconry was a popular hunting tradition during both the Middle Ages and the Renaissance era that followed.
The students also visited Caramoor’s Rosen House to note the features of Renaissance art through observing columns, statues and paintings.
Learning about Renaissance music was also part of the day’s program as the students met the artists-in residence performance troupe, I Giuliari di Piazza (Players in the Square) who taught them learn about the style of music and the instruments associated with the Renaissance. The troupe also introduced the middle schoolers to Renaissance theater, particularly the elements of Italian comedy called Commedia dell'Arte.
After an outdoor lunch provided by Harvey’s Chef Lee Robinson under a tent, the students were treated to a lively demonstration of all they had learned about Renaissance music and theater earlier in the day.
Harvey Middle School’s Dean of Students Stephanie Metz said the poor weather conditions did not detract from the experience. “We had a great time despite the rain,” she said.
Caramoor, a 90-acre estate, is located in Katonah about two miles south of The Harvey School.