Tim’s Mom here with your Announcements from Outside the Gate. Each week, here and on VagabondVoice.net streaming community radio, I update you on the upcoming weekend’s Themes and Special Events for Patrons at your Festival, and others around the world.
The 10th Annual Canterbury Renaissance Faire (http://canterburyfaire.com/), in Silverton, Oregon, opens.
“Located in Silverton, Oregon, Canterbury Renaissance Faire was started by Nancy White, owner and horse trainer at Whitewind Farms LLC. It is a full-scale renaissance faire offering family entertainment and historical re-enactment of Elizabethan England.
Canterbury offers free parking, live jousting, delicious food vendors and handmade artisans and merchants for your shopping pleasure! Children can play with the Fae, go horseback riding, and watch magic shows.
Whitewind Farm and Canterbury Faire are proud to support the small business and handmade community and be sponsored by: Keizer Renaissance Inn and the Silverton Chamber of Commerce.”
The Massachusetts Renaissance Faire (http://massrenfaire.com/), in Cummington, Massachusetts, opens its 6th season with Pirates Weekend.
“Lords, Ladies, Fae of all Houses, and Citizens of the Realm! Welcome to the 2018 Massachusetts Renaissance Faire! The Realm of the Fae has once again been opened and we invite your imagination to take flight as you feast with faeries, prance with pixies, and dance with dragons! Feel the thunder of horses hooves as brave knights compete in the joust, watch incredible performances on our many stages, become a part of our interactive storyline, and experience the timeless wonder of the world of the “Fair Folk” with your entire family!”
It’s Fantasy Weekend at the 17th Annual Big Bear Renaissance Faire (www.bbvrsinc.com), in Fawnskin, California.
“Fantasy weekend is time for all things ‘outside of our realm’ to come a play. You never know what might ‘pop-in’ from afar. Our forest is known for magical things to come to life. Maybe a Fairie will cross your path? Come see for yourself as we celebrate all things fantasy and whimsical.”
Blackrock Medieval Festival (https://www.facebook.com/BlackRockMedievalFest/), continues its 7th season, in Augusta, Michigan.
“Huzzah!! and welcome. Step back in time with us as the annual tradition of The BlackRock Medieval Fest returns to The Olde World Village again during the last four weekends in July and first weekend in August. We were voted “Best New Event” in Renaissance Magazine. Enjoy fantastic live entertainment, visit a wide variety of amazing vendors for your shopping needs, jousting, some of the best food you may ever eat and of course pubs will be available for those 21 and over. General admission is only $10 at the gate, and ages 12 and under are FREE! Don’t forget to “join” our event on facebook. Our gates will open at the hour of 10am and remain so until 6pm on Saturday & Sunday for 4 weeks only, rain or shine! We look forward to making BlackRock Medieval Fest an event you will always remember. It’s a feast for the senses!”
It’s Marketplace Bonus Ticket Weekend at the Bristol Renaissance Faire (http://renfair.com/bristol/), in Kenosha, Wisconsin, celebrating its 47th season.
“Shop the wares of more than 175 merchants and artisans, spend $250 in a day, and then present your receipts at the Guest Services Gazebo to receive two complimentary tickets valid any day in 2018!
(Limit 2 tickets per adult customer. Excludes Box Office, games, rides, food, and beverage purchases.)”
It’s Love and Romance at the Colorado Renaissance Festival (coloradorenaissance.com), in Larkspur, Colorado, celebrating its 42nd season.
“Join our Romeos and Juliets in this weekend dedicated to lovers. Renew your vows and faith and commitment at our “Renewal of Vows” ceremony, taking place at the Canterbury Chapel at 3:30, both Saturday and Sunday. Also, participate in our “Wooing” Competition at the Fortune Stage at 2:00! Show you’re capable of wooing said lasses! Finally, a Grant Huzzah to the beautiful couple of the “Forever Real” Royal Wedding Ceremony! Romance is in the air!”
It’s World Music, Food, and Jubilee at the Great Lakes Medieval Faire and Marketplace (http://www.medievalfaire.com/), in Rock Creek, Ohio, celebrating its 26th season.
Come celebrate as we enjoy majestic music, dance, and exotic culinary delights. A tour of the world all in one place, all in a single weekend!
Northwest Renaissance Festival (http://www.nwrf.net/), continues in Nine Mile Falls, Washington.
It’s AleFest Weekend at the Sterling Renaissance Festival (http://www.sterlingfestival.com/), in Sterling, New York, celebrating its 42nd season.
“Come celebrate the oldest beverage in human history!
With a vast selection of different imported and domestic brews on tap, there’s no reason not to join the day’s festivities and sample our fine selection of ales and beers. Tastings will be available at all Festival Pubs.
Buy a commemorative festival mug and experience the Faire “one handed.” Attend a rollicking “Pub Crawl” with festival characters to Festival Pubs and take part in the madcap antics, contests and songs with all your favorite characters. They’ll be sober, but you will be merry! Drink responsibly.”
Abbadia Mare Renaissance Faire at Hammond Castle (http://www.abbadiamarefestival.com/), in Gloucester, Massachusetts, celebrating its 8th year.
The Abbadia Mare Festival is a fund raiser for the Hammond Castle Museum. On the dates stated on the homepage, please come and support us at our small ren-festival. You will have vendors from all around, great food and you can interact with our actors or listen and watch the shows! A tour of the Castle will be available to you if you wish. If you want a more personal touch, try and find meArthur “Bumbly” Phinn a storyteller and I will tell you a tale.Good Day to you all, and we hope to welcome youat Abbadia Mare Renaissance Festival
Central Coast Renaissance Festival (http://ccrenfaire.com/), in San Luis Obispo, California, celebrating its 34th season.
Get ready to step into the year 1585 when Queen Elizabeth I was England’s magnificent monarch. This is the age of legendary characters like William Shakespeare, Sir Walter Raleigh, Sir Francis Drake and a host of famous Dukes, Earls, Lords, and Ladies, and you’ll see them all here in all their finery. Remember to remove your hat as Her Majesty parades the streets with her stunning Royal Court. They are here for your entertainment. (Tip: don’t be shy about taking their photo. They may look imposing but they have spent untold hours developing their character and clothing and will be happy to pose for you.)
Elizabeth Celtic Festival (https://sites.google.com/site/elizabethcelticfestival/), in Elizabeth, Colorado, celebrating its 26th season.
Celebrating 26 years in Elbert County… 13 years in Elizabeth.
“Get Yer Kilt On” …at Casey Jones Park Saturday, July 21st, from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Sunday, July 22nd, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
“Join us for some authentic Scottish food, Irish whiskey ice cream, great beers & ales, fantastic local Celtic music, dance, piping, Scottish Heavy Athletics, local artisans, merchants, Living History Reenactments andfind your family clan!
There are also lots of kid-friendly activities, plus children 12 and under are always free at the gate. Affordable fun for everyone!”
25th Annual Glasgow Lands Scottish Festival (www.glasgowlands.org), in Florence, Massachusetts.
2018 Promises to be an incredible year: Our 25th Anniversary Celebration
“Glasgow Lands Scottish Festival is the only Scottish Festival in Massachusetts, and the second largest one in New England. We are proud to have been bringing world class Scottish Arts to the Pioneer Valley for 25 years.
Our 2018 festival promises to be extra special not only we are bringing incredible Dancers, Athletes, Entertainment, Food, and more to Northampton. We have a few surprises up our sleeves for all of our attendees. You won’t want to miss it!”
SeaDog Nights and Gypsy Carnival (http://seadognights.com/), in Lebanon, Oregon, Thursday, July 19 through Monday, July 23.
“We are an immersion-style event that is Pirate and Gypsy themed! Set sail with us and take a side trip from your mundane life to experience a weekend of shenanigans, ships, fun, games and fire for grownups (or at least those who are grownup on the outside), kids and everyone in between.
What does this mean? It means a unique experience for you, your family and friends. Spend a weekend living like a pirate, dressed up in your Pirate or Gypsy best, camping with a whole city of others like you. Enjoy games, contests, kids activities, parties, performances, workshops and vendors the way you think Pirates or Gypsies might!
PLEASE NOTE: Our event is intended to be a weekend long camping experience. While you are welcome to come for the day we do not have a day pass price, and we highly encourage all attendees to dress in garb (costume) as to not break the immersive experience that our patrons enjoy. In other words, this makes us different from an event such as a renaissance faire. We welcome newcomers, especially those who take this to heart. If you don’t have anything to wear, we offer loaner costumes at the event entrance area for a small donation.”
Hawk Creek’s 31st Annual Wild Renn Fest (http://www.hawkcreek.org/wp/events/festivalhome/), in West Falls, New York
Travel back to a time when giant, fire-breathing dragons and brave knights roamed the land! Come join Hawk Creek Wildlife Center for its largest annual fundraiser with a medieval twist! WILD RENN FEST on July 21 & 22, from 11:00am-4:00pm is highlighted by nationally renowned Jarod Miller of Animal Exploration, the aerial acrobatics of free-flying birds during the Flying Bird Show, up-close animal encounters & live demonstrations!
Each event day is an opportunity to explore Hawk Creek’s NEW facility & resident wildlife with a medieval flair! Television celebrity Jarod Miller will be on hand with some animal friends. Experience the awe and wonder of majestic birds of prey soaring directly overhead during the daily free flying bird shows! Children can become dragonologists as they explore the fact versus fiction of these scaly beasts and receive a free token to begin their own dragon collection (supplies limited).
Exhibitors and entertainers are only the tip of the sword for these triumphant days, you never know what will show up right around the corner! Hawk Creek’s medieval naturalists will be dispersed throughout the festival grounds for up-close and personal encounters with local and exotic wildlife.
Delicious food and vendors selling their wares will also be available in a marketplace atmosphere, while kings, queens, jesters and peasants entertain audiences of all ages.
Remember to check the calendar at vagabondvoice.net, or here on my blog, any time for more information on your faire, or others around the world, including show dates, locations, website information, and introductions to the festivals. And please feel free to let me know of an event that you think should be included, or that needs to be updated.
I wish everyone a fantastic weekend full of happy people and much folding money in your tip jar!
Ma Dooley, signing off!