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Florida It’s time for the Hoggetowne Medieval Faire in Gainesville. The annual event, now in its 23rd year, is a project of the city’s Division of Cultural Affairs. King Arthur’s Knights of the Roundtable plan to battle the forces of evil on the chessboard; troubadours and magicians will entertain in the lanes; merchants of every [...]
Michigan Faire season isn’t quite over for Michigan but it’s getting close. To head off the inevitable renwithdrawals, the Heritage Theatre Group of Grand Rapids offers their 2nd Annual Medieval Feast. This year’s theme is “Maidens, Mead, and Minstrelsy” and they’re laying on a full festive meal, complete with all the trimmings and pageantry of [...]
Virginia The Fourteenth Annual Harvest Faire returns to Mariners’ Museum Park in Newport News this weekend with three days of medieval-themed family fun. The event is a fundraiser to benefit Human Relief Organization. The tournament, entertainers, and market meld together to create a modern interpretation of a late 15th century European harvest celebration. But look [...]
California The Mad River Hospital is the venue for the Medieval Festival of Courage this weekend in Arcata. The family event features music, shopping, jousting, and various other forms of entertainment. Come join the fun and help raise funds for the Coastal Grove Charter School, as well as other participating schools and non-profits.
Ontario, Canada It’s a Faire weekend in Waterloo this weekend as the Royal Medieval Faire takes over Waterloo Park West. There’ll be tournaments and knightings, music, dance, and falconry. Make sure to stop by Sword in the Stone Crafts and see the leatherwork.
Arkansas If you need a Faire fix, Arkansas readers, here’s your chance before your festival begins in October. Istanpitta, a group who specializes in music of the Middle Ages, is performing at Artspree 2007/2008 at the University of Arkansas, Little Rock. Sunday, September 14, 2008, 3:00 p.m.Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall For everyone else, catch [...]
Sarasota Medieval Faire posted a MySpace bulletin last night wil final call for general cast, villagers: The last day to join the General Cast and Villagers of the Sarasota Medieval Fair is this Monday, Sept. 8th. The Combatant positions have been filled, but we are still accepting those that wish to join to make up [...]
Maine This Saturday, the SCA Shire of Endewearde provides demonstrations of medieval combat, arts, and sciences at Fort Knox in Prospect. Admission to the event is included in the historic site’s ticket price.
Virginia For the second year, the Enchantment Faire at Foamhenge will take place at Natural Bridge this weekend. Held at the site of a full size replica of Stonehenge, there’ll be games, merchants, and entertainment for young and young at heart.
Sarasota Medieval Faire is still accepting merchant applications for the 2008 run, November 15-16 & 22-23. Shannon Conley, Director of Marketing at the event sent me an email last night asking for help getting the word out. You can contact Shannon at: Shannon Conley Director of Marketing Sarasota Medieval Fair, Inc. P.O. Box 152023 Cape [...]
Massachusetts King Richard’s Faire opens for their 27th year in Carver. There’s a couple of ways to save this weekend, depending on where you live: Carver residents get in free on Saturday only $3 printable coupons for discount tickets on the website Be sure to greet King Richard if you see him wandering the shire [...]
Saw this on bulletin from Sarasota Medieval Faire on MySpace this week: Advance Tickets & VIKING FUN PACKAGE! Advance Tickets are finally available! The sooner you order the greater the discount, plus no waiting in line! In honor of our Nov. ’08 VIKING THEME, we are proud to present the VIKING FUN PACKAGE! VIKING FUN [...]
Washington It’s the final weekend of the Summer Village Festival at Camlann Medieval Village in Carnation and Saturday provides your final opportunity of the season to experience a medieval feast. Reservations for the feast are required and includes your admission ticket to the entire event. At 6pm, after having enjoyed a full day at faire, [...]
Oklahoma There’s a new faire in town … Tulsa, that is. This weekend, the first Kings Champion Medieval Faire takes place in Chandler Park. Get out and support their inaugral season and make sure to catch a show by the Ladies of the Salty Kiss. I don’t find any information about tickets or prices on [...]
Washington The Camlann Medieval Village continues hosting their Summer Festival in Carnation. If you’ve ever wondered how they built armor or arrows during the Medieval period, now’s your chance to find out. Live demonstrations go on throughout the day. The artisans providing the demonstrations have done exhaustive research on techniques.
Ohio It’s the final weekend of the Great Lakes Medieval Faire and Marketplace and they’re going out with a blast, a Barbarian Beer Blast that is! The NE Ohio Brewmaster Championship, Beer Tastings, and Home Brewing lessons are just a few of the beer centered items on the entertainment schedule. Wonderfool will again bring his [...]
Washington It’s another medieval weekend in Carnation. Camlann’s Summer Village Festival continues for the fourth weekend offering a taste of English life in the 14th century. Minstrels, jugglers, and crafters demonstrate what you could have expected at a mid-summer festival in a small village. It’s probably too late to get reservations for the Summer Feast, [...]
Time to start thinking about the upcoming Florida Faire season, that is. Auditions for several shows are scheduled in August. Florida Pirate Festival – August 9, St Petersburg. Check website for full details. For questions or additional information, please email email@example.com or call 1-866-99PIRATE. Sarasota Medieval Faire – August 16 & 17, Sarasota. Check link [...]
Washington Once again, the gates to Somersetshire open to admit visitors to the realm of King Arthur as the Camlann Village Summer Festival continues. Visit the shire to see what a small village would have been like during Chaucer’s time (1367). In this intimate setting, you’ll find music, crafts, and theatre as well as the [...]
Ohio The Romans are taking over the Great Lakes Medieval Faire in Rock Creek. There’s a Toga Contest and Grape Escape Sack Race planned for visitors of all ages. Tickets can be purchased online at a $2.00 discount but must be ordered by noon on Friday prior to attendance and picked up at the Will [...]
Ontario, Canada The Muskoka Medieval Faire, a fundraising event held at the Bracebridge Fairgrounds, is this weekend. There’ll be jousting and ground combat tournaments as well as kid’s games and a beer tent. Proceeds benefit Community Living, South Muskoka; and the Muskoka Wildlife Center. Saturday evening, the King’s Feast offers delicious food, medieval merriment, and [...]
Camlann Village’s Summer Festival continues in Carnation, Washington, this weekend. Demonstrations by swords-master and archers are on the schedule. Visitors can join villagers in Freemen Training to support their knight in arms.
The Great Lakes Medieval Faire and Marketplace near Rock Creek, Ohio, will welcome all manner of scallywags to the Pirate Invasion weekend. There’ll be costume contests and dinghy races and special guests Buckle and Swash, a pirate comedy sword-fighting show for the whole family. Capt Red Swash, aka Tom Zadoyko, was the subject of our [...]
In Cooks Creek, Manitoba, the Medieval Fest will raise funds for the historic Immaculate Conception Church.
In Carnation, Washington, this weekend, Camlann’s Summer Village Festival opens as the gates to Somersetshire swing wide to welcome visitors to Chaucer’s England in 1376. Rod Brock, who has attended the festival in the past, wrote a post at GreatNorthwest.info providing some insight to what you might find at the faire.
If you fancy the kilted lads, this is the weekend to head for Rock Creek, Ohio, for the Great Lakes Medieval Faire and Marketplace. Wear your best tartan for $1 discount on admission. The rains of last weekend didn’t hamper the enthusiasts who made it out and, hopefully, this weekend will bring clear skies. Purchase [...]
Sunday, the Beardslee Castle at Little Falls, New York, holds their 6th annual Medieval Faire. Arethusa, and others, will perform as you shop at the merchants.
California The Labryinth of Jareth Fantasy Masquerade Ball is this weekend at the Henry Ford Music Box Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles. Saturday night’s tickets are sold out but Friday’s tickets are still available on the web site. This is a participation event and costumes or formal wear are required for admission to [...]
My apologies for the tardiness of this post, there was a minor emergency in our extended family yesterday. Father’s Day is this weekend and many faires are running some sort of tribute to Fathers. Alaska Three Baron’s Renaissance Faire opened for their first weekend this past Saturday at the Tozier Dog Track in Anchorage. John [...]
Alaska Three Baron’s Renaissance Faire opens their gates for the next two weekends at the Tozier Dog Track in Anchorage. There’s a $1 discount coupon available for printing on the website. California The 3rd annual Big Bear Pirate Festival will take place on north shore of Big Bear Lake this weekend. There’ll be pirate battles, [...]
In mid-May, Charles Mallett created a new Yahoo group for professional and amateur woodworkers who devote some or all of their work to the Renaissance Faire market. Mr. Mallett, known officially at Faire as Master Thelonious Hieronymous Erasmus Eostrebunni, is called “Bunny” by his friends. The list, Ren Faire Beavers, is open to wood turners, [...]
Memorial Day weekend is upon us and many of the faires will open their gates all three days. The FaireNews crew will be at Tennessee Renaissance Festival for our Handfasting, as well as to participate in Ménage ‘Ette Trois and the 3rd RenaissanceFestival.com RenDezvous. California Koroneburg European Old World Festival continues this weekend with a [...]
Threads of Time of Peabody, Massachussets, is the merchant who made Leinad’s handfasting clothes. They arrived over the weekend and are exactly as we ordered. Thanks, Lew, he’s going to be so handsome. She also made me aware of an open house that they have scheduled, so I asked that she send along the information [...]
Whether walking the rope, singing a love song to a maiden in the lanes, or leading the band in to a resounding chorus, he brings a sense of wonder to everything he does. Always on the lookout for something new to learn, the jester has developed the talents necessary to sustain the renaissance traveler he is at heart. The quick-witted troubadour charms even the Queens of our Faire shires and they welcome him to their festivities and urge him to return safely from his travels. Let me introduce you to Giacomo the Jester. [...]
The Travel Advocate, an online magazine dedicated to help travelers take better vacations and get great deals, posted an article recommending “Five Renaissance Faires You Don’t Want to Miss.” The Colorado Renaissance Festival, Massachusetts’ King Richard’s Faire, Missouri’s Kansas City Renaissance Festival, and Florida’s Camelot Days were described as good bets for interesting adventures as [...]
I found, as I researched today’s post, that I missed quite a few of the smaller college faires this past week. It’s spring and there may be more that I’ve not found reference to. If you know of one that I miss, please leave a comment with the information. California Auburn, California, will see Cain’s [...]
Italian streams from his lips as he makes dinner plans with Giacomo and, for a moment, you wonder if you’ve been transported to one of the European festivals. Finished, he returns to your conversation, laughing easily as he turns the crab hat, a talisman against rain, repeatedly in his hands. Never still, he seems always to be scanning his surroundings for something to play with and you wonder how long it will be before he reaches in to a pouch and pulls out enough objects to form a pattern. Let me introduce you to Paolo Garbanzo. [...]
There’s a survey circulating amoung my friends on MySpace especially designed for those of us who frequent Renaissance, Medieval, Fantasy, Pirate, and Faerie Festivals and Faires. Thought I’d share it here as a way to get to know my readers. I’m going to post the questions, then I’ll start it off by posting my answers as the first comment. I’d love to hear from you. [...]
Looks like great faire weather for the whole country. Only Georgia may have a bit of rain and that only on Saturday morning like last weekend April 18 & 19 LSU Alexandria annual Renaissance Festival begins at 2 p.m. on April 18 and at 10 a.m. on April 19 on the LSU campus in Alexandria, [...]
Auditions Did everyone who was interested get their appointments to audition for the Connecticut Renaissance Faire? Auditions occur on April 12 and 13 and details are on the website. Open Faires The Escondido Renaissance Faire’s second, and final, weekend will be sunny and warm. The Four Winds Renaissance Faire celebrates Renaissance Romance with patrons renewing [...]
Whether sitting on a patron’s shoulder or urging the throng toward the stage, the grace and agility of the stilt walkers amaze children and amuse adults. As their performance begins, the quips and antics of the three cause low chuckles here and there in the audience, swelling to all out laughter as the show progresses. Renaissance Festival Podcast listeners voted them the Best Non-Musical Group of 2007, an award they richly deserve for consistently experimenting and bringing new bits to their audiences. Let me introduce you to Barely Balanced. [...]
The University of Oklahoma Medieval Faire, also known as the Norman Medieval Faire, is this weekend only and offers some great entertainment and over 200 artisans. It looks like there’s great weather on tap for the event. The University Film and Video Studies program, in conjunction with the Medieval Faire, is presenting a Medieval Film [...]
The sharp cries of the hunting cast overhead silence the watching crowd as the falconer, swinging a lure at the end of a line, explains what is happening. With a sudden change to the angle of the wings, one of the Harris’ hawks begins the rapid descent known as a stoop, catches the target in mid-air, and lands, mantling the prize quickly. The falconer waits a moment, allowing the hawk to break in, before calling it to the gauntlet and rewarding it with a tidbit. Moving to the edge of the field, she fists the hawk to the perch and attaches the jesses to the anklet before turning to call the other members of the cast in. The vast array of knowledge and skill needed to not only care for, but also teach about, these and other wonderful birds takes a special person. Let me introduce you to Karen “Kitty” Tolson Carroll. [...]
There are lots of things happening this weekend. You’ll see many a first greeting or parting hug as performers audition for upcoming casts and Faires open or close the gates for the season. Auditions: The Shakespeare and Friends Renaissance Faire auditions occur on Friday, March 28, 2008 at 6:00pm on the Eastern Tennessee State University [...]
Gregor’s Crossing coordinator, Chelle Cartier, posted a notice at RenaissanceFestival.com over the weekend which included the following information regarding auditions: Anyone else interested in being part of the faire at this point we are looking at buskers to fill in areas or anyone interested in volunteering as street performers. Meg (Tartan Terrors) will be handling our auditions [...]
Two faire coordinators posted to RenaissanceFestival.com late yesterday evening (March 23), calling for vendors. Chelle Cartier, coordinator for two faires in Canada (Gregor’s Crossing in Chatham, Ontario (May 29-June 1, 2008) and a new one in Kingston, Ontario) posted that they are looking for vendors. You can contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org The Woden Thor Medieval Festival and [...]
I’ll admit to a touch … ok, really a giant amount … of wanderlust. So learning that there will be a Medieval Fayre in Perth, Australia, just set me to figuring how I could get there. Looks like it won’t be this year, it conflicts with closing weekend at the Bay Area Renaissance Festival which [...]
The Mid-Michigan Renaissance Festival announced open auditions for the cast March 29th and April 12th, 2008 at 1:00pm – 3:00pm at Captain Hooks Food & Spirits in Frankenmuth, Michigan. For further audition information contact Wendy. Merchant, foood vendor, and entertainment applications are available for download from their “Join Us” page. Mid-Michigan Renaissance Festival will celebrate [...]
Working at Faire: Good luck to all those that interviewed or auditioned for Midsummer Renaissance Festival (Pennsylvania) and Scarborough Renaissance Festival (Texas) this past weekend, I hope your dreams come true. For those in Kentucky, I’ll let you know as soon as I see an update on the audition schedule for the Kentucky Renaissance Festival. [...]
February 28 Porter and Stout will record a live CD tonight. See my earlier post for full details. Looks like there will be a contingent there from the Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival as well as those who are local from the Great Lakes Medieval Faire. Good luck to Porter & Stout; may the crowd be overwhelming, [...]
Known as a lover of cats, producer of podcasts, writer of filk (parody fan fiction songs), and one half of the Brobdingnagian Bards, he always has numerous projects in the works. One part musician, one part entrepreneur, full time busy guy, he juggles performing with a vast online presence specializing in free MP3 downloads. Let me introduce you to Marc Gunn. [...]
Found on the RenaissanceFestival.com Texas Renaissance Festival forum this morning: 2008 DG Loki Challenge The 2008 Drunken Gnome Loki Challenge Contest Will Be Held Saturday Night Opening Weekend Of TRF 2008 In The Drunken Gnome Camp. The Yahoo Group For The Contest Has Been Set Back Up … We will update all the databases and [...]
The bow flew across the strings producing a bouncy tune as the crowd milled about in the room reserved for vendors catering to fairegoers 18 and older. The stage, high and small at the end of the room on the edge of traffic flow, had almost no audience area but that did not faze the fiddler in the least. She played for herself as much as for the crowd, her concentration fierce but her smile quick when she glanced up and caught someone’s eye. When she began to sing people stopped to listen and, at the appropriate moment, she pulled a kilted lad in for a bit of audience participation. The lyrics to “Angus”—a song about the making and showing of a bridegroom’s kilt—and antics of the two produced much laughter from the growing crowd, movement through the room stopping. This was not the first time I had seen her play under adverse conditions and win the crowd over. Let me introduce you to NeidFyre. [...]
Faires this weekend in Florida and Arizona are expecting sunny weather in the mid to high 70s. Please stay hydrated and wear your sunscreen. Don’t forget your lips. These thoughts are on my mind because so far this year I’ve had a touch of bodice burn, a sunburn induced blistered lip, and a friend with [...]
Rat pucking had just ended and we turned to wander the lanes of faire in the late afternoon. The sounds of the whips cracking drew my attention to the roped off area where two men were “playing” at a serious game. Six-foot bullwhips cracked then took to the air like gyrating snakes as the opponents tossed them back and forth, each trying to catch and crack first. I watched, mesmerized, as the younger played with the whip, wrapping it around his body, coiling and writhing, only to be caught and cracked, then tossed again. In the background, a man sat astride a quarter horse watching and encouraging the demonstrators, occasionally adding his whip to the combinations. Stepping to the side, I caught a glimpse of tall blacks in the staging area with several women working them. A sidesaddle, obviously made for a Lady to ride, encircled the taller of the two. Let me introduce you to the Sidesaddle Encampment with Dark Horse Aside. [...]
The white rose attached to his garb alerted the children that he held a clue in the quest. When they asked, he agreed but named as his price a riddle or joke. The youngsters ranged in age from three to ten and their mothers played along. An older child tried the old, “Are you smart? Spell it” joke and he chuckled, said “I T,” and took their clue sheets to cross out several lines. Standing, he took the ferret marionette, looped the line around his staff, and made it dance a jig for them, then sent them on their way. Let me introduce you to Emrys Fleet, The Rat Catcher. [...]
January 30, 2008 The Kentucky Highland Renaissance Festival announced two new shows for their 2008 season. The Dark Knights Joust and Fratelli, both productions of Cavallo Equestrian Arts of Davenport, Florida, have videos on the Festival’s home page. Check them out, looks like a couple of great shows! The Food Network’s “Dinner Impossible – Medieval [...]
I’m gonna’ cheat just a bit and start this week’s Looking Forward with Friday, though Feb 1st was covered last week too. February 1-3 Hoggetowne Medieval Faire will once again open the gates for visitors to come in to the shire. Saturday and Sunday are predicted to be nice but Weather.com has thunderstorms set for Friday before noon. [...]
The final chess match of the day would start in ten minutes and the crowd was beginning to grow. Bleachers behind the opposing sides began to fill. The callers and announcers stood on stage to the third side and, on the fourth, bales of hay became seating for a third faction of the audience. As the time drew nearer, members of The Thieves’ Guild moved on to the field and took up positions in front of each bleacher. The white and black side audiences were encouraged to cheer for the fighters assigned to their side. In front of the hay bales stood a young girl, assigned the task of getting the “grey” side involved in the game. Little did she know what the event held in store. Let me introduce you to Spade. [...]
FaireNews.com was onsite this past weekend for the Hoggetowne Medieval Faire in Gainesville, Florida. Light rain kept the crowds small on Saturday but Sunday’s bright clear weather resulted in a good turnout. Parking was a bit of a challenge, the ground having been left slick by the rain and early comers relegated to the furthest parking areas. [...]
Softly, the harp and flute played in the lanes of the Kiwanis-Lee County Medieval Faire, a lilting voice beginning when the flute stopped. I followed the sounds and spied the couple sitting in a shady area between two merchants. Both were dressed in green, he blond, she a brunette, and they played and sang to those strolling through the faire. Let me introduce you to The Harper and The Minstrel. [...]
Despite winds that flattened some tents during the week, everything was back in order and the Kiwanis/Lee County Medieval Faire went on as scheduled on January 19 & 20. A casting call was held for the Kentucky Renaissance Festival. Good luck to all those who made it out to audition in the freezing weather. Check their forums if you’re interested in what’s going on [...]
The Kiwanis/Lee County Medieval Faire opened this past weekend, the first faire of the 2008 season. The street cast and performers interacted easily with the patrons; merchants provided a good variety of wares. Patrons found the standard faire foods available and we were delighted to spot the The Rolling Galley. For those of you unfamiliar with Jodi’s operation, she [...]
It’s finally here, the first weekend of the 2008 Faire Season. Ok, for those lucky enough to live in the South anyway. January 12 & 13, 2008 Kiwanis/Lee County Medieval Faire (aka Riverdale Kiwanis Medieval Faire) in Lakes Park, Ft Myers, Florida Rehearsals continue in other parts of the country and there will be some [...]
“I always thought the minstrel would be that guy who would appear out of the blue as they were walking along, blow them away with what he did for them, and then disappear back in to the street. That was always what I really wanted to do with it.” That’s exactly the way I first encountered him in August 2001 at the Ohio Renaissance Festival (ORF). He’s come and gone like that many times in the years since and each time he leaves me with a smile. Let me introduce you to Craig of Farrington. [...]
For eighteen years, he’s brought his own flair for opera and improv to faires and festivals east of the Mississippi. His specialty is audience participation and I mean the whole audience. After drawing four to the stage, he’ll cajole the rest in to providing the orchestra and sound effects. The scene is set, the “actors” coached, and the curtains rise. What results is a hilarious rendering of an operatic comedy come to life. Actually, it’s one of three comedies: “Makin-A Meatballs, the Opera,” “Go Figaro,” and the newly introduced “Bubba of Seville.” Let me introduce you to Bob DaVinci, aka Ken Silkie. [...]
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