Smestad’s Knights, a group founded by students and teachers of Calhoun high school
in honor of former world history teacher Doug Smestad, is preparing to put on their
biggest feat yet — an all day variety festival based around Doug’s two greatest
passions: music and the Renaissance.
After Doug’s passing in September the group decided to dedicate a day in pure
celebration of Mr. Smestad and donate the proceeds to two pediatric cancer
organizations: Candlelighters NYC and Sunrise Day Camp.
Candlelighters NYC is an affliate of the American Childhood Cancer Organization
and provides support and resources for families dealing with pediatric cancer.
Sunrise Day Camp offers kids with cancer the opportunity to go to summer camp
when they otherwise may not be able to due to the limitations imposed by
treatment. Kids there are nurtured by a caring staf and are comforted by meeting
kids who are dealing with the same kinds of problems as them.
SmesFest will be a family event featuring music and performances. Members of
Doug’s former medieval reenactment group, Medieval Scenarios and Recreations,
Ltd. (the Kingdom of Acre), will be there to remind us of that ‘Renaissance Man’ that
we all knew and loved. Performances include those from Tom San Filippo of “Half
Step,” Gianni Paci, as well as those from Doug’s former students, including Julian
Eichholz, Chelsey Cohen, Spenser Lee Carrion, and members of the On Tour
Company (the Calhoun drama club).
More performers are listed on www.smestadsknights.com. Vendors will be present throughout the day. Tickets are
on sale now.