‘Sir Richard’ honored at Faire
A boy lived a dream and became a knight Sunday. Tears rolled down his mother’s face as she proudly watched her son.
Richie Musa Jr., of Nevada City, Calif., will now be called “Sir Richard” at any Renaissance festival he attends.
“His friends at school didn’t believe him that he was coming here to be knighted,” his mother, Lisa Musa, said. “Wait till they see.”
“Queen Elizabeth” rolled out a carpet for Richie at The Valhalla Renaissance Festival. She knighted the boy with the help of her “Royal Court” and hundreds of witnesses.
Richie was proud of the cross necklace and short-sword that came with the job. And he looked sharp in his knight’s outfit.
He even ate like a newly promoted man, dining on a large turkey drumstick and a steak sandwich. He picked his way through the meal to save room for ice cream, of which there was a limitless supply for him and his family.
“Very cool,” Richie said about his knighthood. In total, his grandparents, parents, brother, sister and great-grandmother were there to celebrate with him.
Richie is not the first person to be granted knighthood at the festival, but his ceremony was by far the most special. He has a terminal illness, one that has left him without an immune system.
“He’s in deep pain all the time but he never shows his pain,” said Aaron McMillan, a family friend who has known Richie since he was 5. “He’s the strongest kid I know.”
The knighthood, which is being called Valhalla’s Wish Fulfilled, is only one thing Richie has accomplished in the last year.
First he took a trip to Alaska to learn from mountain men and Native Americans. The journey was sponsored by the Make-A-Wish Foundation, an organization that grants wishes for children with life-threatening illnesses.
There, Richie, caught an 18-pound salmon. Just like the mountain men he looks up to, he smoked it and ate it.
Back home, also because of Make-A-Wish, he got a chance to fish with Gary Dobyus, of Yuba City. Dobyus is considered one of the best bass fisherman on the West Coast and he was amazed Richie could fish so well at such a young age.
Then it was off to a mountain man camp in Wheatland, Calif. That’s where he met Don Plummer, media manager for The Renaissance Festival. Plummer organized the knighting of Richie. Plummer’s wife, Carol, handmade his knight outfit.
At home, Richie hunts, fishes, act in plays and collects outfits from older times. He and his brother, Jack, 8, have built a lean-to in their backyard so Richie can to learn the ways of a mountain man.
When pressed to describe the job of a mountain man, Richie replied: “Someone who lives in the mountains and guides people through snow.” Later he added, “I like to be in the snow.”
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