Swordplay at summer camp makes the Renaissance real

Julie Candelaresi of Western Hills and Kristian Holt of Clayton, Ohio, a camper
A Gypsy and a Brigand brought a touch of reality to Renaissance Day on Thursday, July 19 at Stepping Stones summer camp for children and adults with disabilities at Camp Allyn in Batavia.

The guests were Nathan Kidd of White Oak and Julie Candelaresi of Western Hills, who are part of the Dragon’s Hoard team – a Cheviot shop that specializes in historical garb and accessories, and in spreading historical fun.

Some of the accessories they brought were lightweight faux swords and a battle ax, which they shared with the campers. Kidd and Candelaresi taught basic swordplay and engaged in mock battles that all the campers seemed to win.

Stepping Stones is a United Way partner agency serving close to 1,000 children and adults with disabilities annually in programs that include day and overnight camps.

Year-round adult programs and preschool, autism education, overnight respites and school year extracurricular activities for children with disabilities.

Stepping Stones has program sites in Batavia and Indian Hill.

The Camp Allyn site is owned by the Rotary Club of Cincinnati, which partners with Stepping Stones to offer the programming.