Announcements from Outside the Gate: November 10 – 11, 2018

Greetings, All!  

Tim’s Mom here with your Announcements from Outside the Gate.  Each week, here and on 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.


Camelot Days Medieval Faire (, in Hollywood, Florida. opens its 16th season

“Camelot Days is bringing the days of yore back to TY Park. Centrally located off of I-95 and Sheridan in Hollywood, Florida, Camelot Days allows you to relive the magic of the past.

Explore our kingdom full of musicians, artisans, eateries, knights and jesters. Cheer for your favorite side at the living chess game and joust! Feast like a King on hearty food and drink. Shop for fine handcrafted treasures in the Artists’ Market. Enjoy challenging games and entertaining shows for all ages!”



It’s a Time Travelers Weekend at the Carolina Renaissance Festival (, in Huntersville, North Carolina

“You don’t need a passport to Time Travel to the 16th Century! Come as you are or dress as your favorite time traveling character inspired by movies, TV, comic books, science fiction and/or fantasy – all costume genres welcome!

Journey through our Time Travelers Display featuring the DeLorean Time Machine replica from Back To The Future and Doctor Who! Tardis. A portion of optional donations collected will be contributed to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. For more information on the DeLorean Time Machine, see here

Enjoy book signings by popular local science fiction and fantasy authors! Click here for a detailed list of authors participating in the event!

Children ages 5-12 are FREE with a donation of school supplies at the Parent Teacher Magazine and Classroom Central booth at the Festival entrance or at Park Road Books in Charlotte. (Children under 5 always free).” `


Dickens Victorian Village of Cambridge (, in Cambridge, Ohio, continues its 13th season, daily through December 31.

“Take a trip back in time and experience old world England as historic downtown Cambridge, Ohio, is charmingly transformed into a Dickens Victorian Village each holiday season.

From November through mid January each year, visitors are invited to stroll amidst over 92 scenes of 166 lifelike figures representing classic scenes from Victorian society.


It’s Heroes & Pirates at the Louisiana Renaissance Festival (, in Hammond, Louisiana

“A great way to spend your Veterans Day weekend, whether you’re a hero or a pirate!

PIRATES: Come in your swashbuckling best and meet up with your brother and sister pirates from all over the region. Note: Pillaging and plundering are off-limits this weekend.

HEROES:  Veterans, First Responders, and Scouts may be eligible for half off full price admission purchased in person during this theme weekend.  Let the human at our ticket booth know before you pay. Veterans & First Responders will need a current valid form of photo ID indicating they are/were military. All Scouts will need to be present and in uniform, (that includes adults in uniform and Scout T-shirts if the den is wearing matching scout T-shirt that day).

Some pirates were also heroes — Jean Lafitte’s pirates won the Battle of New Orleans for the USA!  We were outnumbered three to one, we had 4,732 fighting on our side, they had 14,450. Yet we outperformed them eight to one: for every person we lost they lost eight.  Thanks to our front line made up of Jean Lafitte’s pirates. All of the Lafitte pirates were given a pardon an no longer hunted by the USA.

And be sure to peg-leg it over to our daily costume contest (2:45 p.m., Queen Stage) — No loot, but lots of bragging rites for the winner, and a nearby pub for those wanting to moan and groan about losing!  It is a fan acclamation competition, whoever gets the most cheering wins.

SCOUT CAMPING option: With at least a two-week notice we allow scouts to camp free in exchange for about an hour of community service at the faire.  Volunteer opportunities depend on our needs and their age and the leaders. Examples: pick up trash, gather sticks for firewood, direct cars to parking, help take tickets at the front gate.

One month after the Texas Renaissance Festival Pirate Weekend.

This weekend, veterans, active military, First Responders, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts get 50% off at the ticket booth when purchasing in person, Scouts should be in uniform, if not in uniform must have a valid ID (veteran or first responder).

It is Pirates & Heroes weekend at the RenFest. We love to have fun with our pirates and there will be a great many visiting pirates this weekend. BUT!

We also salute heroes this weekend.  We are offering discounts to scouts, veterans, and first responders this weekend.”


Pirates Weekend Festival (, in Grand Cayman, this Thursday through Sunday

“November 2 to 4, 2018 (Cayman Brac)

November 8 to 12, 2018 (Grand Cayman)

November 16 to 18, 2018 (Little Cayman)


15th Annual Sarasota Medieval Faire (, in Sarasota, Florida, continues its three week run

“Huzzah & Cheers! Welcome one, Welcome all to three weekends of exciting tournaments, scrumptious feasts, & pure family fun at this year’s Sarasota Medieval Fair! Join us at the Ringling Woods behind the Sarasota Fairgrounds on Nov. 3-4, 10-11, & 17-18, 2018 from 10am to 5:30pm rain or shine! Each weekend of the festival this year will feature a full new line-up of different nationally renowned acts. Plus, don’t miss our returning favorites such as the Washing Well Wenches, Cu Dubh, Wheel of Death, the Knights of Valour, the Human Combat Chess Match, and many more! Live the majesty and madness of knights, jesters, minstrels, belly dancers, wenches, and sword swingers! Watch the full contact joust and human combat chess tournaments! Ride rides and play games. Feast on turkey legs and hearty ales from the English pubs. Enjoy Celtic music and the new artisan marketplace with over 100 shops, food, and snack booths.”


The Texas Renaissance Festival (, in Todd Mission, Texas, begins its week with School Days, and then it’s Roman Bacchanal for the weekend

School Days:

Tuesday- Theatre Day

Wednesday- Music Day

The Texas Renaissance Festival invites all public, private,and home school educators and students to join us for the 13th Annual School Days, when our faire is open only to teachers and students! Students step back in time as they enter the sights and sounds of New Market Village, an authentic recreation of a 16th century European village. Students will interact with hundreds of costumed characters representing the courts, culture, art, science, and literature of the Renaissance Period.

Roman Bacchanal

The King and Queen invite you to the biggest toga party this side of the Coliseum! Do as the Romans do and revel in this celebration of romance and amore! Explore the delights of the Florence Market, enjoy a pizza and beer at the Pizzeria Il Fiorno or the Italian Village. Compete in the Roman themed costume contest or the spaghetti eating contest for a chance to win fabulous prizes. Salute!”



Lady of the Lakes Renaissance Faire (, in Tavares, Florida, brings its 16th season to a close

“The Lady of the Lake Renaissance Faire began in 2002, offering visitors an opportunity to step back in time to a magical, enchanting fantasy land created to represent an authentic European village.

The Faire is an established member of a National Renaissance Faire circuit and features over 100 performers, representing various entertainments of the time – Knights in armor, gypsies, fire-eaters, pirates, dancers, merchants, peasants, historical characters and a variety of musicians.

Artisans fill the village, working in mediums such as pottery, leather work, sculpture, and candle making. The crafts and entertainment combine with thematic games and foods to create a glimpse of marketplace celebrations of life in the 16th century. All proceeds from the Lady of the Lakes Renaissance Faire benefit the Education Foundation of Lake County, Florida, a 501(3)(c) organization.



The 36th Annual Dickens Christmas Show & Festival (, in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, opens this Thursday and runs through Sunday

This national award-winning event provides a magical shopping experience like none other. You are sure to find something for everyone on your list, including the most discriminating. In addition to the show, check our festival highlights…

Festival of Trees….Marvel at 50 magnificent trees, each uniquely dressed in holiday splendor and available for silent bid just in time for the holidays. Proceeds benefit the Sons of Italy.

Festival of Wreaths…An array of hand crafted holiday wreaths are available for silent bid that are sure to enhance any doorway. Proceeds benefit Kiwanis childrens programs.

Festival of Tables…These beautiful holiday centerpieces ranging from traditional to highly stylistic are available for silent bid with all proceeds benefiting WARM animal rescue mission.

Festival of Worlds..Experience amazing foods of select countries from around the world with proceeds going to various local non-profit organizations

Santa’s Castle…Have your photograph taken with Santa in an old English Castle. Proceeds to benefit Fostering Hope.

Don’t forget to add one of our elegant Victorian Tea recreations or our Historic Holiday Tours to complete your day with history, folklore and traditions. for more information or to purchase advance tickets, please visit”

FaerieCon 2018 (, in Hunt Valley, Maryland, celebrating its 12th season

“Wing wearing faerie lovers of all ages from as far away as California, Massachusetts, and Europe will converge on the Wyndam Hunt Valley Inn in Baltimore on November 4-6 for the 10th Anniversary of FAERIE CON, to experience a weekend of story art, music, costumes and the most fantastic shopping experience on the East Coast. For those who want to come in costume, each day of FAERIE CON is themed: Friday is “Good Faeries” Day, Saturday is “Bad Faeries” Day and Sunday is “Family Day” when children are admitted free. FAERIE CON features a diverse Faerie Marketplace of over 80 vendors filled with faerie books, art, jewelry, faerie fashion, beautiful handcrafts and live music all day. Fans of faerie and fantasy can meet and get books signed by bestselling artists and authors: this year’s guests include best-selling authors,and internationally acclaimed faerie and fantasy artists During the day, FAERIE CON guests can attend artist panels, presentations and workshops, listen to musical performances, attend a faerie fashion show and costume contest and enjoy the walk around musicians and storytellers that weave throughout the hall. At night, FAERIE CON presents the most anticipated “dance party” events of the weekend: two Faerie Masquerade Balls in the Hunt Valley Inn Ballroom. Why are faeries so popular? “In these challenging times, people enjoy escaping to a world of fantasy. And faeries are not just for children; it’s a lifestyle that appeals to all ages and has its own unique philosophy and iconography. Families love to come to FAERIE CON: there is something for everyone. Guests enjoy the rare opportunity to meet their favorite artists and authors, shopping for one of a kind arts, crafts, fantastic clothing and jewelry and then dancing to amazing international bands at the Masquerade Balls.The Modern Master of Faerie, Brian Froud sums it up best: “To deal with faeries is not a retreat into fantasy, but a re-engagement with life. To dress as a faerie, donning wings, is to actively join in the dance, to be connected to creative spirit. Art, dance, friendship, music: all these move easily across the boundaries, transcending language, race, and time. Such activities extend a joyful hand across the threshold. At FAERIE CON, we ring the bells of faerie invitation. The people come. More importantly, the faeries come too.”


Kearney Renaissance Faire (, in Fresno, California, celebrating its 21st season

“See the majesty of the joust, the pumpkins flying across fairsite from a 20 foot trebuchet. Shop the many vendors and taste the food. Drink the ale and see stage shows on two stages. Come for the price of a movie ticket and spend the whole day.”


Mythical & Medieval Fest (, in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, celebrating its 5th season

“The Mythical & Medieval Fest is a Renaissance themed festival to raise money for Caleb’s Dragonfly Dreams. Caleb’s Dragonfly Dreams is local non-profit in Myrtle Beach, SC that provides positive activities to children that have been abused, abandoned, or neglected and reside in group homes or shelters.

Our noble charity will provide you with a whimsical realm filled with a fairy forest, medieval combat, princesses, artisan’s village area, fire show and so much more. This event is geared toward the whole family. We have free activities like ax throwing, Viking toss and fight circle. Parents put your shillings away because all the shows and live music is included with your paid admission. Sit on a hay bale and listen to musicians strum their guitars or play their flutes or watch blacksmiths form a bracelet from hard steel and glass blowers melt glass into a beautiful pendant.

There are plenty of fun games and surprises that kids of all ages will love. Come for fun and bring your appetite because you’ll find plenty of food options that your entire family will enjoy, share a turkey leg because we all know you can’t eat one by yourself. Everyone is a character so don’t forget your costume, imagination, and your willingness to support a great cause.

With 2018 only being our 5th year we are still a very young festival with humble beginnings but clearly growing into something amazing. Please check back to this web site or our Facebook page for dates of our next Mythical & Medieval Fest. We can’t wait for you to see what we come up with next.

Please no pets allowed. Services animals are always welcome.

Thank you to all of our last year’s sponsors and community support.”


Steampunk the Thames (, in Thames, New Zealand

“The objectives of our new organisation are:

To explore the Victorian, engineering, industrial, scientific and technological heritage and future of Thames through the arts.

To encourage the public expression of steampunk and associated genres, encompassing many different artistic media and art forms.

Support and encourage education, mentoring and training opportunities of arts within the community.

Support, promote and expose art and artists of any and every description for the benefit of the community and members of the Society.

To strengthen and build community through steampunk themed initiatives and projects.

We have come together because we believe that the arts matter; that their practice can transform our lives and promote our community as a wonderful place to live, work, play and visit.”


Remember to check the calendar at, 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 follow me on facebook for updates and articles about festivals all over.

I wish everyone a fantastic weekend full of happy people and much folding money in your tip jar!

Ma Dooley,  signing off!




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