Military history takes center stage at May Faire

Quinton Sheppard - Posted on May 08, 2019 - 02:34 PM

Photo: There was something for everyone at Saturday’s May Faire, including the young ones, thanks to children’s games and activities set up by the Thomas Hunter Middle School Future Bosses of America. Here, Andrew Greve uses a hula hoop to create a huge soap bubble along with fellow Future Bosses Libbie Hospodar, at left, and Emily Rosadino. Photo by Charlie Koenig

There was something for everyone at Saturday’s May Faire, including the young ones, thanks to children’s games and activities set up by the Thomas Hunter Middle School Future Bosses of America. Here, Andrew Greve uses a hula hoop to create a huge soap bubble along with fellow Future Bosses Libbie Hospodar, at left, and Emily Rosadino. Photo by Charlie Koenig

May Faire 2019 on Saturday drew nearly 2,000 people to Mathews Court House to learn more about the county’s history and the people who have helped mold it into the place it is today. The third annual event, hosted by the Mathews Historical Museum, was the largest yet that the organization has hosted.

“The weather gods shined upon us graciously,” said Sandy Warhol, chair of the May Faire Committee. “It was a real blessing.” She added the good weather brought out a lot of people who especially seemed to enjoy the historical aspect of the event. “They really liked the Wall of Remembrance and the conversations with the World War II veterans,” Warhol said.

“As a museum, we have a responsibility to help educate the public to the history of our community,” she added. 

Warhol, along with her fellow committee members of over a dozen, worked for the past year to make this year’s May Faire a success. 

One of the biggest pluses in this year’s event was that it was the first May Faire that there was an actual brick and mortar building for the Mathews Historical Museum. “We had more than 350 people visit us and the Wall of Remembrance,” Warhol said. The wall is a collection of nearly 800 photographs of county men and women who have served in the military. The museum also provided a place to host a children’s art show and an arts and crafts competition.