By Tim Leeds
The doors to the Havre Middle School led to a scene from another place and time Tuesday evening.
An archer, a minstrel and a monk looked on as a courtly lady and a jester played chess, a horse stood by a medieval castle, weapons were displayed and alchemists tried to duplicate gold.
It was one part of the Millennium Fair at the school. The doors were open to the public last night, and the different classes at the school will see all of the displays in scheduled tours today.
The fair was open from 5 to 8 p.m. HMS science teacher Judy Wolfe said the response from the community was very high.
"It's going really well," she said. "We had people here before 5 o'clock."
An assortment of projects by all students at the school were displayed in different sections of the school at the fair.
Each of the six teaching groups the three classes are divided into were assigned a period from the last 1,000 years, and had to create projects from their period.
The projects displayed included models, plays, music, research papers, paintings, and science projects.
The seventh grade Dynamic Achievers team worked on the Middle Ages, from 1000 to 1400 A.D. Their projects were displayed in the school's foyer.
The seventh grade Dream Team worked on the Renaissance, from 1400 to 1600 A.D. Their projects were in the school assembly room.
The sixth grade Shining Stars team worked on the Baroque Period, from 1600 to 1750 A.D. Their projects were in the school library.
The sixth grade TNT Team has worked on the classical period, from 1750 to 1820 A.D. Their projects were also in the library.
The eighth grade Blue Lightning Team worked on the Romantic Period, from 1820 to 1900 A.D. Their projects were in the school's choir room.
The eighth grade Red Hots Team worked on the 20th Century, from 1900 to 2000 A.D. Their projects were in the school's home economics room.
All of the students in the school worked on projects predicting the future, which were displayed in the cafeteria. The students said this was a day they would remember.
Justin Kardell, a seventh-grader at the school, was dressed in the costume of a calligrapher from hundreds of years ago. He said he had enjoyed preparing for the fair.
"It was pretty fun," he said. "My favorite thing was building the future projects."
Sixth-grader Sandi Bitterman said she enjoyed doing her projects from the Romantic Period.
"I did the Alice in Wonderland one," she said. "I read the book and did some research on Lewis Carrol."
Seventh-grader Candice Brown said she was doing alchemy work.
"We're alchemists, just like chemists from the middle ages, medieval times," Brown said. "An alchemist's job was to try to duplicate gold; spend hours and hours trying to duplicate gold."
Sixth-grade teacher Chris Vincent said it was nice to see so many parents and kids looking at the students' hard work from the year. She said the students had worked at school and at home on the projects.
"It was just something," she said. "The respect and cooperativeness of all the kids working together. They learned from each other as well as the research."
Vincent said it took a lot of work and planning to get the topics set and the research and projects done, but it was worth it.
"If you don't have a big undertaking you won't have a big day," Vincent said.