Friday, September 16, 2016

Renaissance Newsletter #15

Past Faires

The Oregon Renaissance Faire

…The Oregon Renaissance Faire was in full force and, judging by the line of people waiting to get in, may have found a welcoming home. The faire reflects the 1500s in the Scottish Highlands and offers plenty of period costuming and attitude….

The group that puts on the Washington Midsummer Renaissance Faire near Bonney Lake, Wash. saw an opportunity in the Canby area to do something similar. So, after looking around the area, they found a willing partner in the Clackamas County Event Center. And with that partnership, the first-ever Oregon Renaissance Faire in Canby was born.

Nebraska Renaissance Faire & Medieval Pageant and the Midlands Pirate Festival

The long-running Nebraska Renaissance Faire & Medieval Pageant and the Midlands Pirate Festival had a new home this year. ´Held Friday, Saturday and Sunday (June 17, 18 & 19), the event took place at the River City Star's Miller Landing along the riverfront near downtown Omaha.

Themes for the days included "Cosplay Meets Anime Day" on Saturday and "Steampunk vs. Scots-Celts" on Sunday. Six stages offered live entertainment. The Faire also offered two show boats, a merchants bazaar, artisan goods, foods and libations, and more than 200 costumed characters .

Among the featured acts will be the Fandazzi Fire Circus, the Omaha Ravens of the nationally competitive Armored Combat League, the Blue Rose Mermaid and her guest mermaids from Des Moines, Peter the Daredevil Juggler, comedy illusions by Merlyn's Majik, Doc Johnson's Sideshow of bizarre body stunts, Land of Apples singing duo and Pog-Mo-Thon the Celtic music group. Kids archery, axe-tossing, knife-throwing and the Mad Scotsman's Golf Challenge were also on the agenda.

Weirton Renaissance Festival (WV)

Society of Creative Anachronism Medieval Faire (NM)

The Barony of Fontaine dans Sable is no stranger to the world of festivals. The group presented medieval demonstrations for years at the Farmington Renaissance Faire prior to the annual event being canceled in 2013.

The local branch of the Society of Creative Anachronism brought back the atmosphere of the Renaissance Faire with the Medieval Faire June 12…The fair demonstrated some of the activities that the members of Barony of Fontaine dans Sable participate in, such as rapier fighting.

Jennifer Lewis, the baroness of the Barony of Fontaine dans Sable, explained that the Society of Creative Anachronism is an international group that re-enacts the medieval era. There has been a branch of the Society of Creative Anachronism in the area for more than 20 years, and the Barony of Fontaine dans Sable was formed about a decade ago, Lewis said…

The members craft characters who could have lived during medieval times — from 600 to 1600 A.D.— and engage in medieval-era style battles. Lewis' character is Alamanda de la Roca, who is based on characteristics of women living in the 1400s in Barcelona, Spain.

In contrast, the barony's president, or seneschal, Reid Anderson, chose the name Angus MacFarlane and his character is set in medieval Scotland.

The Medieval Faire was new this year, and barony members hope to make it an annual event…It included a medieval village, as well as tournaments and activities for children…

Lewis said the fairs provide a chance to get more of a feel for what it might have been like in medieval times. For example, visitors to the Medieval Faire were able to watch and participate in sword fights.

"Instead of just playing on the computer, you get to actually do it," she said.

Door County Renaissance Faire (WI)

…The Faire is a re-creation of an early 16th-century European country market fair, with whimsical characters from lore and legend thrown in for entertainment in a place where fairy tales become flesh and fantasy takes flight. The age of romance, chivalry and adventure were recreated among the wonders of nature in this Door County setting of more than 15 acres of fields and woods. From the glories of Camelot and the time of King Arthur through the golden age of the reign of Queen Elizabeth I and beyond, when armored knights traveled the countryside competing for fortune and fame, these festivals were a time of celebration, revelry and merriment for all of the kingdom…

Unlike some other Renaissance festivals, this one was more family friendly, lacking the bawdiness and double-meaning banter seen and heard elsewhere…

Those who bring their imaginations, good humor and sense of participation to the Faire were able to shop, eat and revel with a cast of colorfully costumed, exotic and intriguing characters; catch a glimpse of times past (or possibly a unicorn or fairy); and lose themselves in Medieval/Renaissance Europe. Visitors could pick a champion knight to cheer at the Joust Arena; feast like a king on a cornucopia of hearty food and drink; delight in the antics of street performers; hear musicians playing authentic period instruments; and watch demonstrations of the time-honored arts of weaving, coin minting, spinning, sculpting, glass blowing, pewter and blacksmithing, and leather crafting.

Youths were encouraged to complete the “Kid’s Quest for Knowledge” to receive special recognition at the knighting and lady-in-waiting ceremonies…

Vermont Renaissance Faire

More than 60 medieval-themed and craft vendors took over the Stowe Events Fields, offering a taste of life in the 14th to 17th centuries…

Vermont had no large-scale Renaissance fairs. That’s why Jeff Folb and his wife — both longtime faire-goers, or “rennies” — have wanted to get one started for years. They just needed the right location.

Why Stowe?

For Folb, Stowe was ideal because of all the activities that already happen there. The town has a lot of experience dealing with large events, such as the Antique Car Show, British Invasion and Stoweflake Hot Air Balloon Festival, not to mention crowds of skiers and riders..

Mead is a traditional beverage in many European cultures, though it often brings to mind a Nordic or Viking connection. Mead is an alcoholic beverage made with fermented honey and is often mixed with other fruit flavors. It can be lightly carbonated, or thicker and sweeter, and is often called “honey wine…”

A few Vermont meaderies, including Groenfell in Colchester and Artesano in Groton, plyed their wares at the fair.

The Mead Garden also had  cider, wine and beer from Stowe Cider, Boyden Valley and 14th Star Brewing, and plenty of non-alcoholic beverages will be available, too.

One thing that wasn’t b era-specific was the food, Folb said.

 “Most people these days probably would not eat what would be considered ‘period,’” Folb said.

People expected to find things like turkey legs and hunks of meat on sticks, but also barbecue, burgers and Mediterranean food. The goal was to have a little bit of everything to fit the tastes of people today…

For many revelers, the allure of a Renaissance fair involves dressing up and playing a character. Rennies often follow fairs around, and know the vendors and performers well.

You don’t have to dress up to have a good time, Folb said. In fact, first-time faire-goers are “probably going to have just as much fun, if not more fun,” than the veterans, he said.

Like any hobby, Folb said, buying garb and replica weapons can be pretty costly; it all depends on what you’re looking for.

Many people with basic sewing and craft skills make their own costumes, he said, including his wife, who sells her creations at the fair.

Some people dress in Elizabethan-era fashions, others as pirates or kilted Scotsmen…

Music, Dance, History

Candice Night on Deep Purple Adventures, Blackmore’s Night and Lullabies

Singer-songwriter Candice Night’s creative journey reads like an adventure novel with an international singing career that began in Czechoslovakia when she sang background vocals for Deep Purple, to her work as one of the forces behind the band Blackmore’s Night (with husband and legendary guitarist Ritchie Blackmore). So I was excited to catch up with Night for my podcast Whine At 9 to discuss her fascinating career and new solo album Starlight, Starbright…

Since then, Night and Blackmore have created their own unique musical genre rooted in Renaissance music. Introduced to medieval music by Blackmore, Night, the reflective musical poet and lead vocalist for Blackmore’s Night, calls the music “the perfect marriage of audio and visual. It kind of was the soundtrack to nature…it just heightens your experiences and your senses….”

Ayreheart, the Renaissance-inspired quartet
…Then, when Ayreheart performs at 3 p.m. Feb. 7, the Renaissance-inspired quartet also will feature a unique instrument — a colascione, or a large type of lute. The group also consists of two traditional lutes, percussion and vocals and was founded by Grammy-nominated Ronn McFarlane, who was born in West Virginia and raised in Maryland. He was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2009 for a solo effort, “Indigo Road,” in the Best Classical Crossover Album category.
Ayreheart plays the music of Renaissance composers John Dowland, William Byrd and John Johnson as well as old ballad tunes from England, Scotland and Wales…
Complete article:

Multitracked choral music for reformed Anglican liturgy
… To be honest, we're big fans of any multitracked choral music for reformed Anglican liturgy (and who isn't right?!), so it's well worth a share.
Here Josh sings Thomas Tallis' beautiful motet If ye love me. It's a piece remarkable for its simplicity, gentle flowing lines, subtle harmonic colour and poignant clarity of the text….
We also love this version, sung for Classic FM by Vox Luminis in the slightly more striking and uplifting space of the Chapel of St John's College, Cambridge.

Renaissance-era adventure game made using actual Renaissance era artwork

…Four Last Things is a Renaissance-era adventure game made using actual Renaissance era artwork….a museum art tour in game format

What follows is a 20-30 minute tale of vice told through classic landscapes like those of Hieronymus Bosch and Frans Floris, brought to life through a combination of modern animation techniques like motion tweens (think 2D puppetry) and humor that wouldn’t be out of place in a Monty Python bit.

Almost like a museum art tour in game format, your character will comment on the artworks as he passes by them, making snide remarks like “I don’t want any part of that,” and the dry text descriptions of the increasingly bizarre paintings—”Rabbit-man blowing into horn and carrying burning corpse on pike” is a particularly vivid example—comes across like a commentary in and of itself…

To play Four Last Things for yourself, visit it’s Game Jolt page:

Finding Medieval Budapest in the 21st Century

….Finding reminders of medieval Buda was easy for me with Matthias Church right next to my hotel. Its towering spires glistened in the sunlight like the beginning of a narrative that continued as I walked through the massive doors of the church.

Built in the florid late Gothic style in the fourteenth century on the site of a former Roman Catholic church, it was, at the time, the second largest church of medieval Buda.

In 1526, the Turks took Buda and Pest. Under Sultan Suleyman I many churches were converted into mosques. This was a fortunate situation since the sultan could have decided to raze the church and replace it with a new mosque. Fortunate too, the paint he covered the Christian symbols with was later removed revealing the church’s original beauty. Gold, peach, and soft blues and greens are blended in ornate designs on the walls and support columns. Towering ceilings, also intricately painted in design, and the colorful stained glass windows envelop visitors into the hushed world of the past and its religious customs.

Leaving the church and walking through the neighborhood, it is easy to envision what it looked like centuries ago. The main streets follow their medieval paths and some houses date back to the fourteenth and fifteen centuries. Nearly every house has a plaque indicating the century it was built and providing details of its history….

The Revue Cinema’s Extraordinary Women series: Hildegard of Bingen

The Revue Cinema’s latest installment of its Extraordinary Women series featured 12th century nun and mystic Hildegard of Bingen, who wrote about everything from theology to sexuality, botany to beer making. …

Krystina Lewicki, who has explored a range of medieval music, introduced the program by performing several of this extraordinary woman’s compositions.
Hildegard was a visionary, composer, abbess, student of botany and medicine, healer, poet, theologian, playwright and consummate politician. The New York Times once described her as “before the Renaissance, a Renaissance woman.”
Lewicki performed four short selections from the Hildegard’s cycle of 70 songs, known as the Celestial Harmonies, which delve into the themes of divine love, divine wisdom, holy spirit giving life and greening power of nature through the Virgin.
Hildegard was “an extraordinarily gifted woman in visions, medicine, politics and music,” Lewicki said.
“She did not let anyone or anything stand in her way because of her pure vision, which she said came from God. However, Hildegard can be appreciated on many levels of spirituality and one doesn’t even have to be Catholic or Christian,” Lewicki told The Villager. “I myself have been a Buddhist for years – at the Riwoche Temple in the Junction – and I still find many aspects of her teachings seem to relate to that tradition.”

Maroon Bells Morris Dancers

…Along with the vendors there were local groups that work to keep the Middle Ages alive. The Maroon Bells Morris ( perform a traditional English dance called Morris dancing. The style has been around for over 500 years.

"We aren't sure if we do it exactly the same the way, but pretty much," said Dennis Barrett of Denver. The group was founded in 1982. Barrett is one of six dancers in the group that has been performing since the 1980s and is one of only two adult groups in the Colorado. They have performed as far as England and yearly perform at several festivals around the U.S.

The Maroon Bells also have a group for children called The Tommyknockers.

"It's fun," said Sallie Sprague of Longmont as to way she keeps doing it. Sprague is the only founding member of the group left. She said they find new members at festivals like these as well as people moving in from out of state familiar with the style of dance…

Sprague said the dance is performed in the agricultural region north of London.

"They dance for the sun to come out for the crops, we dance for the rain for the farmers," she said. The group does a special dance each May 1 at different locations around the Front Range. The tradition is to bring the sun out each year.

"If we didn't dance, we wouldn't have a summer," said Barrett with a smile, "We haven't done the control experiment yet, it's just too dangerous….

Journey through French Renaissance at Yale Art Gallery

Last summer, Yale students Cordélia de Brosses, Hélène Cesbron Lavau, and Stephanie Wisowaty visited the Château Fontainebleau outside of Paris to tour the grand palace’s galleries, courtyard, and gardens.

The students were curating an exhibition at the Yale University Art Gallery on the French Renaissance. The show would draw extensively from a private collection located in New York City that never had been researched or exhibited. The gallery funded a five-week research trip to Europe, where the students visited museums and libraries in London and Paris, and met with experts on 16th-century French art. They also visited the château, which became the epicenter of artistic production in France during the reign of Francis I, whose role as a patron earned him the sobriquet “prince of arts and letters.” 

The show, “Le Goût du Prince: Art and Prestige in 16th-Century France,” opened May 20 — three days before its curators graduated from Yale. It explores the relationship between art and power during the French Renaissance, when monarchs and aristocrats used patronage of the arts to demonstrate their wealth and status. It reflects a period when the “goût du prince” or the “taste of the prince” exacted considerable and lasting influence over artistic production.

“The French Renaissance was a time of intense artistic flowering. As we became familiar with the objects in the collection, we were interested in the social and political forces that were behind their creation,” she said. “We wanted to see how both noble patronage and royal patronage affected the artistic production of that era.”

The works on view encompass a diverse range of media, including prints, paintings, enamels, ceramics, medal, and sculptures. The summer research trip helped the curators understand the various objects in their original context…

The Regimen Sanitatus Salernum was the Middle Ages' most famous health manual. How does it hold up? 

The Regimen Sanitatis Salernitanum was created, allegedly, by famous doctors for English royalty and disseminated in the form of a poem. It recommends, very specifically, red wine, fresh eggs, figs and grapes. It has little to say about vegetables. In many ways, it’s the antithesis of today’s health fads—it celebrates wheat, emphasizes meat, and involves two significant meals, with no mention of snacking. Water is looked on with suspicion, and juice is nowhere to be found. 

But from the 1200s through the 1800s, the Regimen was one of the most well known guides to health in Europe, at a time when the stakes of staying healthy were much higher than they are now. Getting sick could be a death sentence; this regimen promised to keep people well.

Could we be ignoring some great advice? Is water really all that? I decided to test the Regimen Sanitatis Salernitanum out myself. For a week and a half, I followed, to the best of my ability, the advice of the doctors of Salerno. I drank diluted wine at dinner, and sometimes at lunch; I ate bread at almost every meal; I sought out richly stewed meat whenever I could. The regimen was not just about what to eat, though, and I also followed its prescriptions for daily life. 

I felt like I was living the Game of Thrones life; some days, I felt I was living like a 13th century king. Despite the amount of wine I was consuming, I never got drunk! In fact, I felt great. ..

The Regimen's top line advice is simple and sensible. Don’t get stressed out—let go of “heavy cares” and “refrain from anger.” Don’t eat too much; don’t take afternoon naps. Don’t drink too much undiluted wine. To stay healthy, you just need “a joyful mind, rest, and a moderate diet…”There are a few specifically recommended foods, though: fresh eggs, red wine and rich gravies or broths. Fresh figs and grapes are good; apples, pears and peaches less so, as they are “melancholic,” the humour associated with black bile. Wheat and all sorts of meat are “nourishing and fattening.” Fresh cheese is also “nourishing” but aged cheese is out: it’s “cold, constipating, crude and hard.” 

Its advice on vegetables is practical: garlic and radish are antidotes to poison, cabbage broth has laxative properties, and turnips cause both gas and urine. Peas, though, are “rather good.”

The selection of vegetables in medieval Europe was relatively small, to begin with. It would not have included plants native to North or South America, which means no potatos, no corn, no tomatoes, no avocados, no peppers, and no beans (with the exception of fava beans). Spinach came from Persia, via Arab conquests of southern Europe, in the 800s, and gradually replaced other greens, like sorrel. Sugar first reached Europe in 1148, when Crusaders brought it back from their war, but it was a luxury product, with limited availability, for centuries. Coffee didn’t come regularly until the 17th century (a historical fact which I had to ignore)…

Complete, must-read article, with beautiful illustrations:

The Five-Minute Medievalist

Ever wondered about the sex lives of those living in the Middle Ages? What about how to tell if your 12th century lover is just not that into you? Could you benefit from some medieval parenting advice?
Danièle Cybulskie's new book, “The Five-Minute Medievalist,” sets about answering the above questions and many more.,,

… Cybulskie has a master's degree in English from the University of Toronto, where she specialized in medieval literature and renaissance drama.
Shortly after completing her degree, however, she had a baby. Feeling isolated from the academic world and those who shared her interests, she started a blog featuring articles she'd written about medieval life.

Three years ago, she was approached by, and asked if the website could carry some of her content. Cybulskie is now one of the website's curators.

She also teaches an online course on the medieval world to college students through the OntarioLearn program.

“The Five-Minute Medievalist,” which Cybulskie self-published, features the articles that have received the most hits on, plus a few bonus articles she wrote just for the book.
She said it's a light, fun read…

Cybulskie said she thinks people are fascinated by books and movies about medieval times because it's different enough from today to be an escape.

On the other hand, human nature remains very much the same as it was in the Middle Ages. 
“They had a lot of the same worries, they had things they loved and were passionate about,” Cybulskie said.

“The Five-Minute Medievalist” is available for $3.99 for an electronic version or $11.99 for a paperback copy. Visit if you're interested in purchasing a copy.

The Witch Report 1600

Was 1600s Yorkshire a good place to be a witch? A history researcher at the University of Huddersfield has been finding out.

In England as a whole there were 2,000 arraignments for witchcraft between 1560 and 1706. But many were acquitted and just 300 were executed, meaning that the country escaped the full frenzy of the witch hunts that took place in other parts of Europe.

"Belief not only varied from country to country, but also from county to county," according to researcher Amelia Sceats,

"On the surface, Yorkshire did not have a witch hunt, even though the Pendle witch trials of 1612 took place nearby," continues Amelia. But she did discover that there was a greater propensity in Yorkshire than in other regions to believe in the existence of covens of witches.

For example, she has analysed a 1621 book titled Deamonologia, written by Edward Fairfax, who lived in Knaresborough. He was a highly-cultivated gentleman... but he believed in witches and that a group of six women had bewitched his daughters.

The women accused by Fairfax and his daughters were acquitted at York Assizes, and Deamonologia was the indignant response. Fairfax believed he had been treated unfairly and that "hardness of heart" meant judges did not believe his daughters.

He repeated his witchcraft accusations in the book and for this he could have been sued for defamation. Amelia discovered that between 1600 and 1700 a substantial number of people in Yorkshire claimed compensation for loss of their reputation after they had beaten accusations of witchcraft.

Sometimes those accusations were made for fraudulent purposes. For example, landowners might use witchcraft as an excuse to evict tenants. "In these cases, the Yorkshire gentry were able to use the courts to their advantage by accusing those of lower status than themselves," writes Amelia.

But the common people were well aware of this tactic and in Yorkshire there were many examples of petitions being got up in support of the accused.

Attitudes towards witchcraft depended on social class. The educated elite had a powerful influence over the legal system and without their belief in witchcraft, persecutions could not have taken place, argues Amelia, who also analyses the impact made by James I, a keen believer in witches, when he came to the throne in 1603.

The elite were more concerned with the idea that there was "a very real evil on earth", but "the commons concerned themselves with a witch's practical deeds, such as the cursing of livestock and crops", according to the article. But while they had religious faith, common people "also took part in folk rituals and superstitious rites which were denounced by their superiors".

July - August Faires

Colorado Renaisance Festival Through August 7, 2016

Forty years ago, in the summer of 1976, the Colorado Renaissance Festival was born. And, compared to early stringency when it came to keeping entertainers in 16th-century character and rejecting modern objects, the annual festival has evolved….

This year’s event will run every Saturday and Sunday through Aug. 7. For Paradise, the festival is a family business. His father, Jim Paradise Sr., became involved with the festival’s food and beverage operations just a few years after its formation. Then, in 1988, he purchased the venture from John Robinson and has owned and operated it ever since.

Paradise Jr. graduated from Colorado College six years after his father took over the festival. He soon joined the family business to become its marketing director - a full-time, year-round job.

Paradise Jr. said the Renaissance Festival of present differs greatly from its origin as a traditional re-enactment.

“The quality of crafters, quality of entertainment and types of entertainment we have been able to bring in have made us more of a fantasy kingdom than a 16th-century village,” he said.

The Colorado Renaissance Festival has also grown in popularity. According to a Gazette article from 1995, that year’s event brought in 55,000 folks. Now, typical turnout is about 200,000, Paradise Jr. said…

Admission: $21.00 ($19.50 online) / Contact: Jim Paradise, 409 S. Wilcox Street, Suite F, Castle Rock, CO 80104, (303) 688-6010, email:, web: / Site: 650 W. Perry Park Ave., Larkspur, CO / Booths: 250 / Attendance: 200,000 / Weapons: must be secured / Campgrounds with privies, showers & limited electric avail. for particiapants. Camping nearby, apts. for rent within 10 mi., motels within 10 mi.

Sterling Renaissance Festival Through August 28, 2016 (NY)

Admission: $25.95 / Contact: Lisa Interlichia, Sterling Renaissance Festival, Inc., 15385 Farden Rd., Sterling, NY 13156, (800) 879-4446, email:, web: / Site: 15385 Farden Rd., Sterling, NY / Booths: 100 / Attendance: 100,000 / Weapons: must be peace-tied / See web site for lodging info.

Abbadia Mare by the Sea Renaissance Festival( MA)

July 16-17 2016, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Admission: $15 / Contact: Gia Volterra de Saulnier, Phinn Volt Entertainment, 44 Main St #13, North Reading, MA 01864, (978) 207-1127, email:, web: / Site: Hammond Castle, 80 Nesperus Ave, Gloucester, MA / Booths: 18 / Attendance: 1,500 / Weapons: must be sheathed and peace-tied / Off-site lodging available.

BlackRock Medieval Festival  (MI) Through July 31, 2016

Admission: $10 / Contact: Michael Kuhn II, 13215 M-06 (Augusta Dr), Augusta, MI 49012, (269) 580-1290, email:, or, web: / Site: Old World Village / Booths: 70 / Attendance: 800 / Weapons: must be peace-tied / See web site for lodging info.

Canterbury Renaissance Faire (OR) July 23, 24, 30, 31, 2016

Admission: $14 / Contact: Whitewind Productions LLC, Nancy White, 6118 Mount Angel Highway NE, Silverton, OR 97381, (503) 873-3273, email:, web: / Site: 6118 Mt Angel Hwy, Silverton, OR / Booths: 80 / Attendance: 12,000 / Weapons: must be sheathed and peace-tied / Camping for participants; hotels nearby.

Pennsic Wars (SCA) (PA)

July 29 - August 14, 2016
Admission: see web site / Contact: Master John von der Velde, Kingdom of Æthelmearc, SCA, email:, web: / Site: Coopers’ Lake Campground, Slippery Rock, PA / Booths: N/A / Attendance: N/A / Weapons: policy not stated / camping available; hotels and motels nearby.

Utah Midsummer Renaissance Faire

July 13 - 16, 2016 Wednesday - Friday 11 a.m. - 9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Admission: FREE / Contact: Beverly Tripp, PO Box 1443, Cedar City, UT 84721, (435) 586-1124 or Cathy Bryant (435) 531-9327 (after 7 p.m.), email:, web: / Site: Cedar City Main St. Park, Cedar City, UT / Booths: 70 / Attendance: 20,000+ / Weapons: must be peace-tied / On site camping available for participants.

Camlann Village Festivals (WA)

Admission: $10 / Contact: Roger Shell, Camlann Medieval Assoc., 10320 Kelly Rd. NE, Carnation, WA 98014, (425) 788-8624, web: / Site: 4 miles North of Carnation, WA / Booths: 20 / Attendance: 8,000 / Weapons: must be sheathed / Camping available off-site, inns nearby.

Pacific Northwest Scottish Highland Games & Clan Gathering (WA) July 29 - 31, 2016

Admission: $15 one day; $22 for two days / Contact: SSHGA, Sharon or Candi, PO Box 75685, Seattle, WA 98175, (206) 522-2541, email: web: / Site: 45224 284th Ave., SE, Enumclaw, WA / Booths: 60 / Attendance: 30,000 / Weapons: must be sheathed or peace-tied / See web site for information.

Camlann Village Festivals (WA)

Through September 2016 , (WO) 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Admission: $10 / Contact: Roger Shell, Camlann Medieval Assoc., 10320 Kelly Rd. NE, Carnation, WA 98014, (425) 788-8624, web: / Site: 4 miles North of Carnation, WA / Booths: 20 / Attendance: 8,000 / Weapons: must be sheathed / Camping available off-site, inns nearby.

Northwest Renaissance Festival (WA)

July 9 - July 24, 2016, (WO) 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Admission: $10 / Contact: Tienne Rogers, 6493 Hwy. 291, Nine Mile Falls, WA 99026, (509) 276-7728 or (509) 747-2509, email:, web: / Site: 20 min. NW of Spokane, WA / Booths: 25+ / Attendance: 2,000+ / Weapons: must be peace-tied / On-site camping avail. for participants; campgrounds, hotels and motels w/in 15 min.

Pacific Northwest Scottish Highland Games & Clan Gathering(WA)

July 29 - 31, 2016, Fri. 6:30 p.m. - 11 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m. - 11 p.m., Sun. 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Admission: $15 one day; $22 for two days / Contact: SSHGA, Sharon or Candi, PO Box 75685, Seattle, WA 98175, (206) 522-2541, email: web: / Site: 45224 284th Ave., SE, Enumclaw, WA / Booths: 60 / Attendance: 30,000 / Weapons: must be sheathed or peace-tied / See web site for information.

Ren in the Glen Faire (WI) July 30 - 31, 2016

Admission: $5 / Contact: Cory Schroeder, 1442 Dunn St. .Croix Rd, Glenwood City, WI 54734, (715) 265-4019, email:, web: / Site: Glenwood City, WI / Booths: 20 / Attendance: 1,200 / Weapons: must be sheathed and peace-tied / Camping and motels nearby.

Rodney Ridge Renaissance Fair (Saskatchewan) July 23, 2016

The Paper Bag Players are getting ready for their second Renaissance Fair, and part of that process is getting their play ready for the crowd. They recently held auditions for their production of The Sword in the Stone, to be performed at the event, taking place on July 23.

Teresa Weber, director of the play, admits it might be one of the smaller plays she has directed, with four actors, chronicling the years before King Arthur was king. The goal for the event was to make a production that was fun for the whole family, with a lot of audience participation in the events. While Weber admits that many of the Paper Bag Players productions are aimed at adults, this one in particular was selected with the younger audience members in mind…

This is the second year of the fair, and Weber says that the inaugural event turned out “better than we imagined,” with different venders, chainmail demonstrations and entertainment with a play, dancers and swordfighting…

While the auditions for the play are over, Weber says that doesn’t mean people can’t take part. They’re always looking for volunteers to help in their productions, and she makes special note of a need for someone to paint a backdrop for the performance. –

Sterling Renaissance Festival (NY)

Shouts of "God save the Queen!"could be heard throughout the small village of Warwick Saturday morning as the Sterling Renaissance Festival kicked off its 40th anniversary in Cayuga County. 

Tucked away on 35 acres in the town of Sterling, the festival transported hundreds of people to 16th century England to celebrate a visit from Queen Elizabeth and her court. 

It began with an opening ceremony at the Festival Stage where the town's citizens gathered to greet the Queen. Then, guests had the next eight hours to explore all of the food, shops and entertainment Warwickshire had to offer. 

Kate Driscoll — who villagers know as "Kirvin" — has been coming to Warwick for nearly 20 years. Dressed in traditional renaissance garb, Driscoll and her four-year-old son Patrick searched the town's shops on High Road for hand-carved stones to fill the small satchel at Patrick's side. 

Originally from Pittsburgh, Driscoll's first fair was in Pennsylvania, she said. But she then moved to New York and quickly found a home in Warwick. 

"(The Sterling Renaissance Festival) is one of the more historically accurate fairs, at least in this area," she said. "And those of us who come are truly a family…." 

Through August 28, 2016, (WO) 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Admission: $25.95 / Contact: Lisa Interlichia, Sterling Renaissance Festival, Inc., 15385 Farden Rd., Sterling, NY 13156, (800) 879-4446, email:, web: / Site: 15385 Farden Rd., Sterling, NY / Booths: 100 / Attendance: 100,000 / Weapons: must be peace-tied / See web site for lodging info.

Great Lakes Medieval Faire (OH)

July 9th through to August 14th, 2016, (WO) 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Admission: $22 / Contact: Cindy Hotchkiss, Operations Manager, PO Box 376, Rock Creek, OH 44084, (888) MEDIEVAL (633-4382) or (440) 474-4280, email:, web: / Site: 3033 State Route 534, Rock Creek, OH / Booths: 125 / Attendance: 100,000 / Weapons: must be sheathed and peace-tied / Off-site camping available; hotels and motels w/in 5 mi.

Canterbury Renaissance Faire (OR)

July 23, 24, 30, 31, 2016, (WO) 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Admission: $14 / Contact: Whitewind Productions LLC, Nancy White, 6118 Mount Angel Highway NE, Silverton, OR 97381, (503) 873-3273, email:, web: / Site: 6118 Mt Angel Hwy, Silverton, OR / Booths: 80 / Attendance: 12,000 / Weapons: must be sheathed and peace-tied / Camping for participants; hotels nearby.

Washington Midsummer Renaissance Faire

August 6 - 21, 2016, (WO) 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Admission: $18 / Contact: Tracy Nietupski, Washington Renaissance Arts & Education Society, P.O. Box 583, Vaughn, WA, 98394, (800) 587-0172, email:, web: / Site: The Kelley Farm, 20021 Sumner-Buckley Hwy., Bonney Lake, WA / Booths: 75 / Attendance: 30,000 / Weapons: must be peace-tied / see web site for info.

Bristol Renaissance Faire (WI)

July 9 - September 15, 2016, (WO + Labor Day) 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Admission: $23.95 / Contact: Shawn Henry, REC, 12550 120th Ave., Kenosha, WI 53142, (847) 395-7773 x100, web: / Site: 125520 120th Ave., Kenosha, WI / Booths: 180 / Attendance: 200,000 / Weapons: must be sheathed and peace-tied / Camping, pay phones, showers, privies for participants; camping and motels nearby.

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