Wearing our new T-shirts
Even at the last minute, it was doubtful that we could held our long-awaited summer event named "Save the Castle" Week. Future changes of the epidemic situation were unpredictable, but after the previous cancelled programme in March, we definitely wanted to organize the summer excavation. Fortunately, this has been realized successfully.
Our "Save the Castle" Weeks are often held on the first week of August, when the weather is generally perfect for an outdoor work. This year, the first participants had arrived the Sunday before, and the last ones stayed until next Friday. As we had met in person only in last October, everyone was happy to see each other. All the more so, as new people came to participate among the good-known "old ones". This was the first time that one of our members, Adam, brought his 4-year-old son with himself. Marci really enjoyed the excavation, as many of other children did.
On the first morning, after arriving at the top of castle hill, everyone was highly surprised about the view in front of them. We knew that the works of the National Castle Programme are in progress, but the actual state of the stone walls was astonishing. Never seen parts of the castle showed up from underground, plus new wooden elements (stairs, storage boxes for the stones etc.) impressed us. Then, due to the temporary built lift, we did not have to carry our heavy tools with us, but put them into a basket. It was a huge relief, we are grateful for the help! The change was really spectacular, as other tourists also remarked. We are really looking forward to viewing the results!
Long before the excavation, in consultation with the museum, it was decided that we could excavate on the southwest area of the castle. No previous researches were conducted in this part, so the volunteers were curious about it. According to some old engravings and elderly people, one of the castle's bastions stood here in the past centuries. The other part of the volunteers worked not so far from here, in search of a long-lost basement.
With the kind help of Miklos, "Chef of Szadvar Castle", there were no hungry volunteers during lunch breaks. When we stopped for a while as the Sun shined strongly, we could offer our freshly printed issue, fridge magnet and Szadvar Castle-model for the visiting tourists in return for a little donation. Here I would like to express my gratitude for our donators, also on GlobalGiving, who have contributed to this success.
Among the volunteers, there were students of Central European University, who made a local podcast for CEU Medieval Radio about the castle and the present "knights" of it. We hope that the listeners will enjoy it very much!
By the end of the week, new friendships were made, and new information have come to the light in connection with the building's history. We hope that everyone felt comfortable and good during this week and we are really looking forward to meeting again in October, on the "Save the Castle" Days.
Working in summer hot
Fighting the brush
The Chef of Szadvar cooks for us
Search for the basement