Renaissance Faire & Mountain Music Festival (AZ)
Games of skill and chance, storytelling, a medieval
marketplace, performances by minstrels and The Arizona Shakespeare Festival
Troupe are some of the attractions at this high-country renaissance fair at
the foot of Mount Elden. July 4 and 5 More info:
This combination of outdoor theater, circus, arts and
crafts fair, jousting tournament and feast, is holding auditions for street
characters, musicians, dancers and variety acts on July 22 from 6 p.m. to 9
p.m. and July 25 from noon to 3 p.m. in the community building at the Mighty
Fortress Lutheran Church, 8300 McClure Circle.
July 11 through Sept. 7. Elizabethan faire with
jousting matches, costumes musicians, carnival rides, shopping and more.
Renaissance Faire (IA)
The first three weekends of September (Sept. 1-3, 8-9, 15-16) at Festival
park, the event's permanent home.
Activities and features of this year's event include 10
stages of entertainment and full-contact jousting, plus a food court, beer
garden and a wine villa.
Faire (WI) - 2
…Just over the Illinois/Wisconsin border lies this
wonderland for fans of the romantic era when knights slayed dragons and
chivalry was alive and well. Open on weekends only starting July 11, the
final day of the season is Labor Day, the only day it's open on a weekday.
The huge task of putting on such a production is a
year-round operation that requires over 1,000 actors and musicians,
according to Linda McFeters, general manager and producer of the Bristol
Renaissance Faire, which is one of about 15 permanent villages around the
country that comes to life each season. Bristol's location is the third
largest in the country.
McFeters said every season you'll find a new variety of
acts and musical groups, so summer travelers shouldn't hesitate to repeat
the trip. "Some acts are consistent, some are different," she said, adding
the Swordsman is a returning favorite…
For fans of fantasy, role-playing, Dungeons and Dragons
type scenarios, the fair offers RenQuest, which debuted last year. Aimed at
ages 11 and older, the game is a full day of participation taking you
throughout the fair grounds.
"It's a trilogy about a dragon who landed in the trees
in Bristol. Many gamers come to play and interact," said McFeters. "It takes
them all over the fair site and they can win big prizes and at the end they
fight the dragon. This year the dragon has left behind an egg and so the
game and the quest revolve around the egg and the four elements -- earth,
wind, fire and water."
McFeters said the game became "incredibly popular"
during the first season. "We already have a big fan base for RenQuest. It
has its own Web page and Facebook."
With 20 separate performance areas and 36 hours of
scheduled entertainment in an eight-hour period, there's fun at every turn,
from a whip artist to swordfights. Shoppers will find close to 200 artisans
with their creations on display. Hand crafted jewelry, leather, pottery and
tapestry are among the wares…
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G.H.O.S.T. Chronicles: Phantom of the Renaissance
…Things just haven't been the same around the Spears
Renaissance Faire since the owners died. Robert remarried shortly after his
wife, Margaret, passed away, and now that he's dead, too, his son Robbie is
squabbling with Leah, the new Mrs. Spears. That would be a difficult enough
situation for the park to handle, but now it's being overrun by ghosts, too.
They're not particularly malicious - most of them just wish the park could
be restored to greatness - but they are more than enough to scare off the
tourists. Time to figure out what's really going on and save the park!
Your investigation will take you through the park's
many shops and attractions, like the jousting field, skill games, the
bakery, jeweler, and Gnome Home…
The Spears Renaissance Faire is based on an actual
theme park, and the attention to detail really shows. You really feel as
though you're touring through a genuine location, searching actual
Phantom of the Renaissance Faire is a beautifully done,
smart game that masterfully accommodates a variety of skill levels and is
still fun even on your second playthrough….
The 8th Annual Knights of the Northern Realm
Renaissance Faire and Tournament (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada)
…Sir Thomas of Strathcona tells us one of their goals
is historical accuracy, "Not living fantasy in Hollywood, but actually full
suits of armour. Including the one thing which is an exception, which is
modern sports cans. You don't want to get hit in the coddles with a sword…"
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…We’ve taken our two boys there for four years running,
and we’ve never heard complaints. Not when there’s so much to do: getting
caught in dead ends at “Ye Maze,” gawking at the sword swallower, sliding
down the Goose Neck Slip, cheering for mounted knights at the joust,
crawling like a spider up the Ladder of Truth, begging to have a coin
stamped by the water-powered minting machine.
Judging by my elder son, who just turned 13, teenagers
may grumpily age out of the festival’s offerings. But a word of caution
about their younger siblings: The Elizabethan era was a bawdy one, and
sexual innuendo enlivens a number of performances. Double entendres go over
the heads of young kids, and teens will take them in stride. But be prepared
for embarrassing questions from your tweens.
Here are a few more tips about navigating the festival:
…Tip: Snacks come in handy when you’re trying to
entertain restless children while trapped in a half-hour line for tickets.
If you buy tickets online before you leave home, you can head straight for
the admissions line.
Budget wisely. The price of admission includes all the
musical and stage performances, and with more than a dozen venues scattered
around the grounds, that’s a pretty good value. But you may want to rent a
costume of your own, or have your hair braided, or buy a leather bag, wooden
sword, chain-mail bracelet or some of the other crafts on display….
Tip: A buck here and three bucks there add up pretty
quickly when the kids are clamoring to play. One way to avoid hassles is to
pick a dollar figure per child — then double it — and let each youngster
spend that amount as desired. When it’s gone, it’s gone. Unless you’re just
an old softie.
Wear comfortable shoes. It says so, right on the
festival Web site, and it’s no joke. The festival manages to cram a
surprising amount of activity into fairly compact areas, but since the
grounds cover 35 acres, there’s inevitably a lot of walking…
Tip: Happily, most of the grounds are nicely shaded — a
real boon on a hot day…
Planning also helps to minimize trips back and forth
across the grounds. For instance, you can time a trip down the slide so that
you’re delivered to the joust grounds just before show time; and the joust
takes place only twice a day.
Tip: One other advantage of mapping out a schedule is
that you can claim preferred seats by getting to a show early…. in summer’s
heat it’s easier to enjoy the performance of Don Juan in Heck if you’re
sitting in the shade.
Renaissance Faire (MI)
…With a different medieval theme featured each weekend,
patrons have options when it comes to choosing their form of simplicity.
For those who want a more straightforward medieval
experience, the first two weekends -- "Believe the Magic" and "Live the
Legend" -- are for you.
They also are weekends where kids are admitted free.
If the Celts are more your thing, the third weekend,
"Celtic Gathering," a celebration of all things Celtic, may be more to your
liking, while the fourth weekend, "Wizards & Warriors," is geared more
toward the fantasy sect…
Patrons at the Faire can participate by dressing up in
medieval garb or can choose to wear their street clothes as a so-called
"mundane." Of the 25,000 or so attendees that come to the Faire each year,
Deneau said, about 20 percent choose to wear their medieval outfits.
…Don't have the standard medieval garb but still have
the desire to blend into the atmosphere? Break out the puffy shirt and an
eye patch for the final weekend of the Faire, themed "Pirates Plunder."
Renaissance Faire (MO)
…Music, crafts, jousting and dancing are all part of
the White Hart Renaissance Faire.
The annual event simulates village festivals during the
Renaissance. The makeshift community even gets a visit from Queen Elizabeth
Organizers say the most important people are the
visitors who walk away with a real-life history lesson….
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Renaissance Faire Canceled, Show Moving to Ardenwood Historic Farms in
Ardenwood Shakespeare Festival & Renaissance Faire
Turns Ardenwood Farms Into A Giant Stage
The Golden Gate Renaissance Faire, planned to be held
August 1 & 2, 2009, in San Francisco has been canceled.
Ongoing challenges with the San Francisco Parks and
Recreation Department introducing new restrictions, multiple date changes,
and slow to confirm site usage along with continued changing requirements
has forced Renaissance Productions to scrap its plans for this year’s event.
After six successful years of producing an ever growing event for the
community (hosting over 6,000 attendees in 2008), and having zero reported
post-event site impact on the grounds, the Park and Recreation Department
decided to change the operating arrangements. Due to these factors and a
lack of confidence that additional restrictions would not be put into place
at the last moment, there is no practical way for Renaissance Productions to
bring a quality show to its audience or adequately market the event in due
time. Thay do hope to work out the issues and have an arrangement with the
City of San Francisco to hold the Golden Gate Renaissance Faire in 2010.
Over the past two years, the, East Bay Regional Park
District has worked with Renaissance Productions to bring a new event, The
Ardenwood Shakespeare Festival & Renaissance Faire, to Ardenwood Historic
Farm. Nestled of hwy 84 in City of Fremont, this historic site provides a
view into what life was like at the turn of the century. A visit to
Ardenwood is a journey back to the time of the Patterson Ranch -- a
prosperous, 19th century country estate with a beautiful mansion and
elaborate Victorian Gardens.
Renaissance Productions will take the park back a few
more centuries and into another continent, transporting visitors to a
country fair in late-1500s England where a rising young star of London's
theatre scene, Will Shakespeare, faces a scourge like no other: a paralyzing
bout of writer's block. What Will needs is a muse--and this extraordinary
town whilst on progress with Her Most Royal Majesty, Queen Elizabeth, he
will find himself surrounded by numerous quirky characters who draw him into
an amazing, dramatic adventure of action and love. Their stories will make
their way into his plays and into our hearts.
This year's theme for the Ardenwood Shakespeare
Festival & Renaissance Faire will be Shakespeare's Muse. September 12 & 13,
Ardenwood Historic Farms will be transformed to a delightful Elizabethan
town filled with myriad characters and vignettes resembling those of
Shakespeare's plays we so dearly love. In addition, over 600 costumed
entertainers and over 100 shopkeepers and artisans will add to the ambience
of the Faire.
This year Renaissance Productions have a special treat
for the patrons of Tahoe: Knights of Avalon are returning to add their
splendor and showmanship. Knights of Avalon offer the most authentic,
exciting and entertaining Joust show. Combining the elements of spontaneity,
action, and humor, the Knights of Avalon present a show that will keep
audiences enthralled and coming back for more.
The faire will feature three stages of continuous
entertainment, Queen Elizabeth’s court, Shakespearian plays and vignettes,
expertly staged battle scenes and theatrical performances, lively crafts
marketplace, storytelling for children and adults, belly dancers, archery
tournaments and much more. There will be merchants selling a wide array of
arts and craft including one of a kind jewelry items, woodcrafts, artwork,
ceramics, clothing, hats, accessories and historic weapons.
The Ardenwood Shakespeare Festival & Renaissance Faire
will be held September 12-13, 2009.
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…Ten to twelve years ago, Debbie was introduced to the
Society for Creative Anachronism, a nonprofit educational group that
researches and recreates the Middle Ages. She began designing more and more
images, based on fantasy and medieval art forms. Among her favorite designs
are “L’existence des Licornes” (the existence of unicorns), from a 14th
century treatise, “Histoire Naturelle.” From the same source, she designed
“Elephant and Unicorn.” The whimsical design pictured, “D is for Dragon,” is
based on authentic illuminated manuscripts of England’s Middle Ages.
Debbie’s fantasy and medieval designs are available at
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…Face painting was an afterthought for the 20-year-old
with a degree in anthropology and a healthy obsession with the Bristol
Renaissance Faire. She's been going there since she was a child…
Last year a friend asked her to help at a performance
by painting children's faces. Connors, who already had costumes for a
character she calls Pixie the Prankster, obliged. Last winter, she played
Sprout the Storyteller at an Arizona Renaissance festival. Face-painting
skills were further honed at street festivals during her roundabout trip
Back here, the Milwaukee native said she's trying to
make a career out of her pixie character…
The first request she ever received was to paint a
poodle, and she's had some challenges at Summerfest as well. One girl asked
her to replicate a photo of Miley Cyrus. A boy asked her to paint Godzilla
on one arm with lasers pointing to the other arm, where she was directed to
However, the weirdest request by far has come from a
grown man. For him, she painted SpongeBob SquarePants - with bulging
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Extreme Makeover: Medieval Edition
On Sunday, February 15, ABC aired and exceptionally moving episode of
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. The home of the Girard Family of Voluntown,
Connecticut was destroyed by fire; and soon after, they lost the father and
one son in a tragic drowning. In homage to the father who once embrace3d
medieval chivalric codes, the Girard Family's new home would be a
Days of Wine and
Olive Oil: The Templars and Their Viticulture
The Knights Templar and legendary for their fighting prowess as knights and
their money-making skills as bankers, but no less important to the survival
of the Order were their activities as farmer-monks.
Protector of Classical Greek Learning
Whe the Roman Empire collapsed in Europe, the writings of Plato, Aristole,
and other major thinkers of classical Greece nearly vanished. With the Pax
Romana no longer protecting scholars and priests, the literature of Europe's
past became far less important than the day-to-day struggle for survival...
"Huzzah!"—Speaking Middle English
Your codpiece is firmly in place an you proudly parade your manly figure
past the wenches and varlets and cast your gaze upon the denizens of the
faire. A man approaches you and says, "milord" as he touches his forelock.
You incline your head in lordly grace. You say little, for you can think of
nothing beyond the occasional "huzzah" or a well-timed "come hither, wench."
Perhaps it is time to move beyond "huzzah" and introduce some authentic
Middle English or Elizabethan English into your speech.
Quackery in the Time of the Tudors
No Tudor market or fairground would be complete without its complement of
quacks, those itinerant healers and performers who blended outrageous
medical claims with madcap physical and verbal comedy. The seeds of the
advertising, entertainment, and medical industries found fertile ground
among what Elizabethan commentator John Oberndorf termed, "[these] abject
and sordidous scumme and refuse of the people...slow-bellied monks,
toothless and tattling old wives, chattering char-women, long-tongued
mid-wives, dog leeches and such like baggage."
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Tennis: The Game of
"Tennis, anyone?" As early as the ancient Egyptians this question has been
answered with a resounding "Yes!" We reveal how fourteen- year-old James
Lynch was looking for a character to portray for the Louisiana Renaissance
Festival, and became the "Tennis pro" to Queen Elizabeth and her court.
The Pistol: Deadly
Weapon, Fashion Accessory
We discover the history and evolution of the pistol. Prominently displayed
on the belt, and elaborately decorated example of what was then the latest
technology made the perfect fashion statement for the stylish renaissance
The Renaissance Bath: Soap Not Required
In the sixteenth century, the Portuguese
doctor Roderigo Fonseco declared, "washing, scrubbing, and anointing provoke
great fatigue, besides begin superfluous." We immerse ourselves in the
history and culture of bathing.
Centuries before the subprime mortgage meltdown, Holland was caught up in
its own financial bubble—tulipomania. We uncover seventeenth-century
Holland's obsession with tulips and the speculators who mortgaged their
futures for a single bulb.
Syphilis and Mercury
Around 1500 European literature shows the first clear descriptions of this
horrific disease. In the centuries before penicillin, one of the most common
treatments for syphilis was mercury—a cure that was as dangerous as the
Volterra AD 1398: A
Medieval Faire in the Heart of Tuscany
A fortified town deep in the heart of the Tuscany countryside, Volterra pays
tribute to its medieval past every August with a weeklong historical
celebration: a European medieval faire.
......and much, much more!