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Game Loft to take part in Kings Landing re-creation of Pauper Auction

Courtesy photo | BDN
Courtesy photo | BDN
The Game Loft members who participated in the 2010 Pauper Auction were (from left): Ellen Marlow, Patricia and Ray Estabrook, Damion Saucier, Alex Knight and Patrick Howard.

BELFAST, Maine — For the second year in a row The Game Loft, a community-based organization of Spurwink Services, has been selected to participate in a living history event at Kings Landing Historical Settlement in New Brunswick. On Aug. 27 and 28, six students from The Game Loft will travel to Kings Landing to be part of its annual Pauper Auction.

Game Loft students were chosen because of their unique combination of role-play skills and The Game Loft’s experiential history curriculum. The Game Loft students will portray a variety of 19th century people including paupers who were sold at auction to provide their keep. In 2010 The Game Loft students participated as paupers and also worked at the blacksmith shop and the print shop.

Kings Landing Historical Settlement is an award-winning top attraction that depicts the 100-year transformation of a young colony into a vibrant nation. With more than 70 historic buildings complete with artifacts, furniture, tools and equipment, Kings Landing tells the story of the people of the St. John River valley in a compelling way. It is a bustling living history village where guests are immersed in the sights, sounds and colors that transformed a young colony into a vibrant nation. More than 3 million people have visited this family destination, and many visitors find the annual Pauper Auction to be one of the most compelling events of the year.

In 1888 a New Brunswick community adopted a controversial solution to care for its poor and disadvantaged residents. The destitute were auctioned to those who would accept the least amount of taxpayer money in exchange for the care of the poor. On Aug. 27-28, join George Francis Train in his crusade to save the disadvantaged at the Pauper Auction, re-created at Kings Landing. Game Loft students add to this dramatic story, using their role-play skills to become first-person interpreters of this moving story.

Kings Landing Historical Settlement is located on the Trans Canada Highway, Route 2, at Exit 253. From Bangor, take I-95 to Houlton to the Trans Canada Highway, eastbound (follow signs toward Fredericton).

Tours of the village are self-guided, with a map and orientation information provided upon arrival.

Groups larger than 20 can reserve a guided tour with advance notice. Kings Landing is open daily until Oct. 10. For more information, call 506-363-4999 or go to the Kings

Landing website For more information about The Game Loft, call 338-6447 or go to the Game Loft website

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