Announcements from Outside the Gate November 11/12, 2017

Greetings, All!

Tim’s Mom here with your Announcements from Outside the Gate. Each week, on Vagabond Voice, I give you a quick update on the upcoming weekend’s Themes and Special Events for Patrons at your Festival, so you can be ready for ‘em! This is the place to come for the details!

OPENING
Camelot Days Medieval Festival (http://camelotdays.com/), in Hollywood, Florida, opens its 14th 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. Feast like a King on hearty food and drink. Shop for fine handcrafted treasures in the Artists’ Market. Enjoy challenging games and exciting rides for all ages!”

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ONGOING
It’s Time Traveler’s Weekend at the Carolina Renaissance Festival (https://www.carolina.renfestinfo.com/), in Huntersville, NC
“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 the Time Travelers Museum featuring replicas from Back To The Future, Star Wars and Doctor Who!
Win FREE Tickets for a return visit (and other prizes too) in the Time Traveler’s costume contest! Contest begins at 2:00 PM for children and adult contest to follow immediately after at the Haven (located beyond the Edgewood Theatre).
Children ages 5-12 are FREE with a donation of school supplies at the Parent Teacher Magazine booth at the Festival entrance or at Park Road Books in Charlotte. (Children under 5 always free).
Enjoy book signings by popular local science fiction and fantasy authors!
(check the link for details about authors!)
https://www.carolina.renfestinfo.com/new-events/2017/11/11/time-travelers-weekend”

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It’s Heroes and Pirates Weekend at the Louisiana Renaissance Festival (https://www.larf.net/), in Hammond, Louisiana.
“On Veterans Day weekend we honor our heroes and have fun with the pirates. In history, many pirates were actually heroes as well: pirating was a huge part of getting freedom for the United States. In the Battle of New Orleans, Jean Lafitte’s pirates secured our victory. The first 200 veterans can self-identify at the front gate to get a free flag pin. This weekend, veterans, active military, First Responders, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts get 50% off at the ticket booth.”
Student Days at LaRF are this Tuesday through Thursday, November 14-16.
https://www.larf.net/special-reservation-events/student-days

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Sarasota Medieval Faire (http://www.sarasotamedievalfair.com/), Sarasota, Florida
“The Sarasota Medieval Fair is RETURNING on Nov. 4-5, 11-12, & 18-19, 2017 from 10am to 5:30pm at the Ringling Woods behind the Sarasota Fairgrounds! Join the merriment with three weekends of festive fun for all ages!
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. There are 11 stages holding over 95 shows daily! It’s a fun filled weekend full of exciting tournaments, scrumptious feasts, delightful shows and all around family fun! Huzzah!”
http://www.sarasotamedievalfair.com/entertainment/shows/unique-acts-each-weekend

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It’s Heroes & Villains at the Texas Renaissance Festival (https://www.texrenfest.com/), in Todd Mission, Texas.
“The call has gone forth- assemble the mightiest heroes and heroines and gather the darkest villains and vixens. The King and Queen welcome the worthy and the worst to a weekend celebration of great deeds and dastardly doings. Enjoy marvelous entertainment and food and drink fit for champions. Find the perfect armor, weapon, or costume piece in our stupendous shoppes and show off your heroic finery in our Heroes and Villains Costume contest. Are you worthy join the ranks of our heroes and villains?”
https://www.texrenfest.com/heroes-and-villains/

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CLOSING

Lady of the Lakes Renaissance Faire (https://lakerenfaire.com/), in Tavares, Florida, brings its 15th season to a close.
Join us for Gunpowder, Treason, and Plot this November 4, 5, 11, 12 from 10-5 and on Education Day November 10 from 9:30-3.
November 4th marks the one year Anniversary of the Gunpowder plot and Guy Fawkes’ attempt to blow up Parliament. To distract the King, he has been invited with his wife, Queen Anne of Denmark, to the Shire of Shrewsbury to enjoy the celebrations being provided to entertain the King, His Court, and the visiting Nobility at the annual Autumn Festival.
As conspiracies are common at Court, His Majesty’s men are attempting to ferret out other schemers. The Guards, led by Captain Malcolm Wolfe (Malcolm Paul Edward Michael Anthony Joseph Wolfe to his friends) accompanies the King and Nobility, protecting the peace, and carrying heavy objects (or people) when needed.
Join the Adventure
Save the King! Help Captain Wolfe by participating in the King’s Crusade Interactive Game, asking members of our cast for clues to solve the intrigue! Ask for more information at the House of the Three Sisters, located next to the O’Malley Stage. The sisters will explain the King’s Crusade Interactive Game and Award Prizes to those who participate, when your Crusade is completed.
Why we do what we do.
Fact…our fun and fantasy in the forest serves a purpose. Every dollar raised from this event goes to the teachers and students in Lake County Public Schools. Our culinary students cook every turkey leg and our drama students and teachers prepare to greet our patrons for 4 months. There are over 13,000 volunteer hours dedicated to the fantasy. The event has over a 2 million dollar economic impact on our county. It is truly fantasy and fun in our forest that creates futures for some many less fortunate. Please make this the year you come!
Should you not be able to join the revelry we ask that you still make a contribution. Please consider making a donation to the Lake County Education Foundation today.

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Nottingham Festival (http://www.nottinghamfestival.com/), Simi Valley, California 4th season
“Since the days after the Faire put on by the Living History Center left Agoura, there has been a desire to bring a more accessible regional Renaissance style event back to the Ventura County area. A group of dedicated volunteers from the community along with the Actor’s Repertory Theater of Simi and the non-profit Simi Valley Cultural Association set out to make that dream a reality. Nottingham Festival will recreate the magic and revelry of an Elizabethan faire and marketplace with street performers and stage acts that will provide entertainment for all ages. Craft workers and reenactors from various guilds will entreat you to experience a taste of the handicrafts and lifestyle of the 16th Century. Our hope is that you will be well entertained and maybe even learn a thing or two about the time period and its people. Proceeds from this non-profit festival will be granted to smaller non-profit agencies in the surrounding communities, as well as some set aside for the further development of the arts programs for youth.”

I hope you all have a great closing, and wish you safe travels as you head down the Road!

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My shoutouts to the Intrepid One-weekenders go to:

Dickens Christmas Show & Festival (http://www.dickenschristmasshow.com/index.php),
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 36th season (Thursday – Sunday 11/9-12/17)
“The Dickens Christmas Show & Festivals is a unique national award winning event comprised of a multitude of shopping and entertainment options, for individuals and groups alike. The cornerstone of the event is a Victorian Holiday Marketplace held in the 100,000 sq. ft. exhibit hall of the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.
Here against a Victorian Holiday background, one will find hundreds of period clad vendors hawking everything from jewelry, gifts, toys, arts and crafts, gourmet foods, holiday decor and much much more. There probably is truly something for everyone on your holiday list. But the fun doesn’t stop there. Dickens Christmas Show Holiday ShoppingStrolling Victorian Musicians, Tea Leaf Readers, Punch & Judy Shows, Shadow Box Displays, a Life Sized Historic Santa through the Ages Exhibit and a real live Santa, each lend their own charm to the show. Plus there are the elaborate Festival displays of Trees, of Tables, of WreaDickens Show Craftsths and the Festival of Worlds that add to the experience too! All displays are available for purchase at silent auction with 100% of the funds going to the sponsoring non profit.
Off-site offerings include Victorian Holiday Teas, Sherlock Holmes Murder Mystery Dinners, Historical Tours and the opening of Holiday Shows at award winning local theaters.
Dickens Show Santa Crafts No matter what your taste or budget, this event offers something for everyone. Whether it’s a day’s excursion or a long weekend getaway, the Dickens Christmas Show & Festivals is the perfect way to kick off your Holiday Season… Dickens Style!
Make plans to join the thousands that come year after year!”

Kearney Park Renaissance Faire (http://twofayreladies.com/KearneyParkRennFair.html), Fresno, CA 20th 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.”

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Mythical and Medieval Fest (http://mythicalmedievalfest.com/), in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 4th 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 archery and Viking toss. Parents put your shillings away because everything inside the Children’s Realm is included with your paid admission. Sit on a hay bale and listen to musicians strum their guitars and 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 2017 only being our 4th 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.”

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Route 66 Renaissance Faire (http://rt66renaissance.wixsite.com/rt66renfaire),
Kellyville, Oklahoma First season
A Dream Come True……
This is an event that has been in the planning process for several years. I, Angela Brown- Lassiter, (founder of Rt 66 Renaissance Faire, and owner of Black Sheep Entertainment) having been a performer in the Renaissance style performing world, for 12 years. I personally have seen how simple interaction with people, can change their day, and rekindle that imagination they once had as a child.
This event is also being produced to give back to those, whom need it most. Special Donation tickets be given away, and Donation drives will be held during this event for the following:
Special Donation Tickets: Special free pass will be given to the Child Abuse Network of Tulsa.
Donation Drives: We will be giving a discounted rate for the donations of toys for Toys for Tots , and food donations for Community Food Bank Of Eastern Oklahoma .

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Remember to check the calendar here any time for more information on your faire or others around the world, including show dates, locations, and website information.

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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Quick Reference to this Weekend’s Festivals November 11/12, 2017

Greetings All!
It’s Monday, sometimes known as UnDay, and you know what that means!

Well, maybe you don’t, so I’ll tell you!
Monday is the day when I post the “Quick Reference to This Weekend’s Festivals,” a short list consisting of Festival name, location, and website.

Tuesdays, I’ll post all the details, so stay tuned!

Opening
Camelot Days Medieval Festival, Hollywood, FL http://camelotdays.com/
Ongoing
Carolina Renaissance Festival, Huntersville, NC https://www.carolina.renfestinfo.com/
Louisiana Renaissance Festival, Hammond, LA https://www.larf.net/)
Sarasota Medieval Faire, Sarasota, FL http://www.sarasotamedievalfair.com/
Texas Renaissance Festival, Plantersville, TX https://www.texrenfest.com/
Closing Weekend
Lady of the Lakes Renaissance Faire, Tavares, FL https://lakerenfaire.com/
Nottingham Festival, Simi Valley, CA http://www.nottinghamfestival.com/
One Weekend
Dickens Christmas Show & Festival, Myrtle Beach, SC http://www.dickenschristmasshow.com/index.php
Kearney Renaissance Faire, Fresno, CA http://twofayreladies.com/KearneyParkRennFair.html
Mythical & Medieval Festival, Myrtle Beach, SC http://mythicalmedievalfest.com/
Route 66 Renaissance Faire, Wilburton, OK http://rt66renaissance.wixsite.com/rt66renfaire

Announcements from Outside the Gate November 4/5, 2017

Greetings, All!  Tim’s Mom here with your Announcements from Outside the Gate.  Each week, on Vagabond Voice, I give you a quick update on the upcoming weekend’s Themes and Special Events for Patrons at your Festival, so you can be ready for them.  

This is where you can get all the details!

OPENING:

Lady of the Lakes Renaissance Faire (https://lakerenfaire.com/), in Tavares, Florida, begins its two week run this weekend, and don’t forget that next Friday, November 11, is Education Day.

“November 4th marks the one year Anniversary of the Gunpowder plot and Guy Fawkes’ attempt to blow up Parliament. To distract the King, he has been invited with his wife, Queen Anne of Denmark, to the Shire of Shrewsbury to enjoy the celebrations being provided to entertain the King, His Court, and the visiting Nobility at the annual Autumn Festival.

As conspiracies are common at Court, His Majesty’s men are attempting to ferret out other schemers. The Guards, led by Captain Malcolm Wolfe (Malcolm Paul Edward Michael Anthony Joseph Wolfe to his friends) accompanies the King and Nobility, protecting the peace, and carrying heavy objects (or people) when needed.

Join the Adventure!  Save the King! Help Captain Wolfe by participating in the King’s Crusade Interactive Game, asking members of our cast for clues to solve the intrigue! Ask for more information at the House of the Three Sisters, located next to the O’Malley Stage. The sisters will explain the King’s Crusade Interactive Game and Award Prizes to those who participate, when your Crusade is completed.

Why we do what we do.  Fact…our fun and fantasy in the forest serves a purpose. Every dollar raised from this event goes to the teachers and students in Lake County Public Schools. Our culinary students cook every turkey leg and our drama students and teachers prepare to greet our patrons for 4 months. There are over 13,000 volunteer hours dedicated to the fantasy. The event has over a 2 million dollar economic impact on our county. It is truly fantasy and fun in our forest that creates futures for some many less fortunate. Please make this the year you come!

Should you not be able to join the revelry we ask that you still make a contribution. Please consider making a donation to the Lake County Education Foundation today.

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The Louisiana Renaissance Festival (https://www.larf.net/), in Hammond, Louisiana, opens its 19th season with Mask Weekend.  “This year save your Halloween mask. The day after Halloween is opening day of La-RenFest. If you wore a mask for Halloween you can wear it to La-RenFest. You are even welcome to wear your entire costume, regardless of age, note family friendly event.”

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The Nottingham Festival (http://www.nottinghamfestival.com/), in Simi Valley, California, begins its two week run this weekend.  “Since the days after the Faire put on by the Living History Center left Agoura, there has been a desire to bring a more accessible regional Renaissance style event back to the Ventura County area. A group of dedicated volunteers from the community along with the Actor’s Repertory Theater of Simi and the non-profit Simi Valley Cultural Association set out to make that dream a reality. Nottingham Festival will recreate the magic and revelry of an Elizabethan faire and marketplace with street performers and stage acts that will provide entertainment for all ages. Craft workers and reenactors from various guilds will entreat you to experience a taste of the handicrafts and lifestyle of the 16th Century. Our hope is that you will be well entertained and maybe even learn a thing or two about the time period and its people. Proceeds from this non-profit festival will be granted to smaller non-profit agencies in the surrounding communities, as well as some set aside for the further development of the arts programs for youth.”

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The Sarasota Medieval Faire (http://www.sarasotamedievalfair.com/), in Sarasota, Florida, opens its 13th season.  

“Sarasota, Florida (October 19, 2016) – In less than three weeks, the annual Sarasota MedievalFair makes its incredible return wielding swords, horses jousting, displaying worldly wares,offering family entertainment and foods to delight in Ringling Woods, behind the SarasotaFairgrounds. The historic event will be opening the gates once again to families and friends of all ages on November 5th, 2016. It will be the beginning of three unique weekends full of charming entertainment, chess matches, wenches, heroic knights, artists, lane performers, merchants and foods that are sure to enchant anyone’s imagination. Striving to improve each year, the festival promises to deliver full days that will allow you to step through the gates to immerse yourself into a simpler time.

Following the tradition of a different scenario every year, for its thirteenth year the festival will be re-enacting the siege of chateau Chalus Chabrol 1199 A.D. by Duke Richard the Lionheart and Viscount Aimar V of Limoges. Big performances will take place on the chess match field while a lively cast entertains throughout the lanes. Themed stages will host returning favorites such as the Washing Well Wenches, Cu Dubh, Empty Hats, Cast in Bronze, Topsy Turvy and so much more that each weekend will change. Our children’s realm will have various activities throughout the day, including arts and crafts, medieval dress up and for the final weekend only, Saint Nikolaus will make a special appearance.

“There’s new construction that we’ve started to enhance the feeling of a real medieval village,” says Executive Producer, Jeremy Croteau of Sarasota. “We’ve always had a vision of what we’ve wanted and this is only the beginning of future plans in upcoming years.” Croteau conveys great enthusiasm for how the festival will build, knowing that this year will be even better than the last. He partners with a strong core staff that works year round on even the smallest of details as they build up to the opening weekend in November.

“The Sarasota Medieval Fair is a staple in this community and it brings us great pride to be a part of something like this,” says Tara Connelly, a nine year active cast member. “At the end of every summer, we know the work ahead will be tough, but it’s always worth it in the long run to be part of this project.”

The independent local core cast performing in the lanes and in the human combat chess match make up of about 70+ local Sarasota residents, while the additional staged entertainers travel great distances to be a part of the festival. Talented merchants travel even further, making this their final stop of the year before the holidays.

For three full weekends of medieval merriment, updated schedules are available online.

The 13th Annual Sarasota Medieval Fair will be held November 5-6, 12-13 & 19-20, 2016 from 10am – 5:30pm rain or shine.

ONGOING

It’s a Pirate’s Christmas at the Carolina Renaissance Festival (https://www.carolina.renfestinfo.com/) in Huntersville, North Carolina.

“ARRRRGH! It’s foolish pleasures and pirate’s treasures!  Special Pirate Entertainment scheduled all weekend long!  Start your Holiday shopping early and save at the Fairhaven Village Marketplace!

Purchase $250 or more in festival arts & crafts and receive two FREE $25 Renaissance Festival Tickets valid for the remaining two weekends of this 2017 season. Offer valid for purchases made November 4 and 5, 2017 only. Must present receipts on day of purchase at the information booth located outside Festival entrance to receive tickets. One offer per person.

You can also Win Free Tickets for a Return Visit (and other prizes too) in the Pirate Costume Contest!  Dress as your favorite scurrrrvy dog and win prizes in the Pirate’s Costume Contests held at 2:00 PM at the Haven (located beyond the Edgewood Theatre).  Separate contests will be held for adults and children.  Prizes will be awarded.

https://www.carolina.renfestinfo.com/new-events/2015/3/2/pirates-christmas

Saturday, November 4, is also Deaf Awareness Day.  Fluent Language Solutions and Central Piedmont Community College are proud to partner with the Carolina Renaissance Festival to provide a renaissance experience for the deaf.  Certified sign language interpreters will perform interpreted stage performances at select stages located inside the village.  Student interpreters will also be available to offer services.  Anyone interested in deaf awareness is invited to share in this special occasion.

The Deaf and Hard of Hearing can SAVE with discount admission.  Stop by the deaf awareness informational booth located outside the village entrance for details!

https://www.carolina.renfestinfo.com/new-events/2015/10/1/deaf-awareness-day

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It’s Barbarian Invasion at the Texas Renaissance Festival (https://www.texrenfest.com/), in Todd Mission, Texas.  

“Join the Great Hoard and pillage the village for two days of uncivilized fun. The King and Queen invite you to feast, drink, and plunder during this barbaric rumpus. Claim your spoils in our many shoppes or prove yourself the best at our many games and tests of strength and skill. The Barbarian Inn has just what a great warrior needs to relax, with ale and tales of glory. Don’t forget the Worst Dressed Barbarian costume contest and the Turkey Leg Eating contest.”

https://www.texrenfest.com/barbarian-invasion/

And remember, TRF has Student Days next Tuesday and Wednesday, November 7th and 8th.

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CLOSING

The Fall Escondido Renaissance Faire (http://www.oldetymeproductions.com/) in Escondido, California, comes to a close.

“Our goal is to educate and entertain guests young and old, about life back in the Elizabethan Era.. From battles on the field, to having a drink at the pub, to browsing through our many vendors of wares, or watching the variety of shows; whatever catches your fancy, we have available to satisfy it. So come on out and join us in a portal to the past.”

I hope you all have a great closing, and wish you safe travels as you head down the Road!

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My shoutouts to the Intrepid One-weekenders go to :

FaerieCon 2017, in Hunt Valley, MD 11th season, Fri-Sun (http://faeriecon.com/)

ABOUT FAERIECON

“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 ofFAERIE 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.”

Middlefaire Renaissance Festival, in Hillsboro, Texas  (http://www.middlefest.com/)

“Come to MIDDLEFAIRE RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL, featuring medieval combat bouts and equestrian riding demonstrations throughout the day by the Shire of Emerald Keep (SCA), the hilarious comedy of Smee, the Singing Executioner, celtic music and bardic song by Triskelion and Lady K, pirate poetry and limericks by Seadog Slam, Archery tournaments and game demonstrations by J.B. Knight, royal activities by the French Court, storytime with Pebbles the Fairy, activities forkids, and much more!

11 am to 7 PM Saturday and 11 to 6 PM Sunday. Middlefaire is located at 8581 State Highway 171 in Hillsboro, Texas. $12 for Adults, only $5 for teenagers and children 7 and older; children 6 and under are FREE.

Come experience the warm and friendly magic of Middlefaire!

Renaissance ArtsFaire, Las Cruces, New Mexico 46th season  

(http://daarts.org/renaissance-artsfaire/)

Mark your calendars for the 46th Annual Renaissance ArtsFaire on November 4th and 5th, 2017,  two fun-filled days of entertainment, food, shopping and merriment!  We are excited to have Jousting on Horseback again this year, as well as the Dragon’s Eye Tavern and the Beer and Wine Garden.”

Tucson Celtic Festival, in Tucson, Arizona, 31st season Fri-Sun (http://tucsoncelticfestival.org/)

“Tucson’s 31st Celtic Festival and Highland Games kicks off with Pirate Pub NIght on Friday, Nov. 3 and continues through the weekend with booths, games, food, clans, and societies like the WELSH LEAGUE OF ARIZONA, where I’ll be with books, daffodil pins, and red Dragon Tatt-ooohs! I’m also speaking on Saturday about the Welsh in SoAZ and Sunday on Fun With Welsh Words Your Nan Would Wish You DIdin’t Learn… Come listen to great music by John Good (Sian Dda) and other bands, drink a pint of Kiltlifter or two, and enjoy!”

Vermont Steampunk Expo, in South Burlington, Vermont, 1st Season

(https://vermontsteampunk.com/)

“The Vermont Steampunk Expo is produced by the creators of the Vermont Renaissance Faire.

Vermont Steampunk Expo will showcase artisans, crafters, and performers from across Vermont and New England, all with a steampunk flair.”

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Remember to check the calendar here, or at vagabondvoice.net any time for more information on your faire or others around the world, including show dates, locations, and website information.

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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Quick Reference to this weekends Festivals, November 4/5, 2017

Opening
Lady of the Lakes Renaissance Faire, Tavares, FL https://lakerenfaire.com/
Louisiana Renaissance Festival, Hammond, LA https://www.larf.net/
Nottingham Festival, Simi Valley, CA http://www.nottinghamfestival.com/
Sarasota Medieval Faire, Sarasota, FL http://www.sarasotamedievalfair.com/
Ongoing
Carolina Renaissance Festival, Huntersville, NC https://www.carolina.renfestinfo.com/
Texas Renaissance Festival, Todd Mission, TX https://www.texrenfest.com/
Closing Weekend
Fall Escondido Renaissance Faire, Escondido, CA http://www.oldetymeproductions.com/
One Weekend
FaerieCon 2017, Hunt Valley, Md http://faeriecon.com/
Middlefaire, Hillsboro, TX http://www.middlefest.com/
Renaissance ArtsFaire, Las Cruces, NM http://daarts.org/renaissance-artsfaire/
Tuscon Celtic Festival, Tuscon, AZ http://tucsoncelticfestival.org/
Vermont Steampunk Expo, South Burlington, VT https://vermontsteampunk.com/

Announcements from Outside the Gate 10/28-29/2017

Greetings, All!  

Tim’s Mom here with your Announcements from Outside the Gate.  Each week, on Vagabond Voice, I give a quick update on the upcoming weekend’s Themes and Special Events for Patrons at your Festival, so you can be ready for ‘em.  This is where you can find out all the details!                                                                                                                    

OPENING

The Fall Escondido Renaissance Faire opens its two-week run in Escondido, California.  “Our goal is to educate and entertain guests young and old, about life back in the Elizabethan Era.. From battles on the field, to having a drink at the pub, to browsing through our many vendors of wares, or watching the variety of shows; whatever catches your fancy, we have available to satisfy it. So come on out and join us in a portal to the past.”

ONGOING

Halloween Daze and Spooky Nights at the Carolina Renaissance Festival, in Huntersville, NC.  “Already the Carolinas’ largest costume party, the Carolina Renaissance Festival becomes the place to celebrate Halloween!  Enjoy FREE Child Admission with no coupon required for all children 12 and under.  Stop by the 107.9 The Link display outside the front gate to pick up your FREE child ticket.
Children and parents alike enjoy the fun and safe trick or treating experience with free treats to be found at over 100 locations throughout the Festival Village.  And don’t miss the children’s Halloween Treasure Hunt with Treasure Chest filled with prizes!  Stop by the 107.9 The Link display outside the front gate to pick up your treat bags and treasure maps provided free to children each day, while supplies last.
Win Free Tickets for a Return Visit (and other prizes too)!  Children and adults are also encouraged to show off their Halloween costumes and enter the Halloween Costume Contest!  All costumes are welcome!  The costume contest will be held at 2:00 PM for children and adults (immediately following the children). The contest is located at the Haven (beyond the Edgewood Theatre).
In addition, a full day of regular Festival entertainment is complimented by the Knights of the Living Dead zombie jousting challenge happening three times daily throughout Halloween weekend.  And don’t forget, the Festival is a great place to buy your Halloween costume or costume accessories!”

https://www.carolina.renfestinfo.com/new-events/2015/10/31/halloween-daze-spooky-knights

 

It’s All Hallows Eve at the Texas Renaissance Festival, in Todd Mission, Texas.

“Ghoulies and ghosties and things that go bump in the night arrive for some scary good fun in New Market Village! Little goblins will enjoy trick-or-treating throughout the village, while the very brave may dare a trip into the terrors inside Slayer’s Castle. Enter our Halloween costume contest or the Kettle Korn eating contest for a chance to win “spooktacular” prizes.”

https://www.texrenfest.com/all-hallows-eve/
CLOSING

It’s Tricks or Treats Weekend at the Ohio Renaissance Festival, in Waynesville, Ohio, as they bring their 28th season to a close.  

“Wear your costumes and bring the wee ones for trick or treating around the village. Special events include Costume Contests for adults and kids and pumpkin decorating for the kids. Enjoy your favorite show, mug of ale, and delicious foods one last time because after the 29th, we’re history ’til next year!”

https://www.renfestival.com/#week9

The Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, in Manheim, Pennsylvania, brings its 38th season to a close with the third of its Halloween Daze and Spooky Knights weekends.  

“Three weekends of mystery and mayhem kick off this weekend as spooky creatures of every variety haunt the Shire. Join the good Shirefolk of Mount Hope for a grand All Hallows Eve celebration, complete with tricks and treats for children of all ages. Dress in your favorite costume for fun and prizes!

Scratchy’s Pumpkin Patch Pumpkin Decorating* – Visit Scratchy’s Pumpkin Patch and pick out your own pumpkin to paint! Nippers will also receive a complimentary sweet treat from Scratchy. *Has an additional cost. Partial proceeds benefit Heart Hugs. Visit Facebook.com/CHDHeartHugs to learn more. Click the image in the sidebar to expand.

Trick-or-Treating in the Shire – Young visitors are invited to perform tricks to collect treats! Pick up your Shire Trick-or-Treat bag at the Informistress Booth. A map will be provided indicating which locations should not be missed to fill your bag with sweets and surprises.

Children’s Halloween Costume Contest – Whether you are a pyrate, princess or creature of the night, come show off all your finery for King Henry and His Court!

Adult Costume Contest – Come flaunt your favorite costume in the Halloween Costume Contest! Participants are encouraged to wear their most creative home-fashioned costumes for fantastic prizes!

Terrible Touchy Boxes – Do you dare reach inside to discover the scary contents collected by the Shire gravedigger?

Halloween Treasure Hunt – A spooky treasure has been buried upon the Shire and the King needs YOUR help retrieving it. Visit the Informistress Booth inside the Castle Gates for your treasure map. After finding all the clues, proceed to the Chess Board to speak the secret password and open the treasure chest.

25% Case Discount – Always an anticipated seasonal favorite! Mix or match varieties and enjoy the Mount Hope Wine 25% Case Discount off 12-bottle cases.”

https://sa1.seatadvisor.com/sabo/servlets/EventSearch?presenter=PARF&tck=true

I hope you all have a great closing, and wish you safe travels as you head down the Road!

ONE-WEEKEND

The Alabama Renaissance Faire, Florence, Alabama,  31st season

“The Official Alabama Renaissance Faire is one of the largest running all volunteer events in the nation.  This Faire, in it’s 30+ years, has served the community through both education and entertainment.  The Faire itself is put on by an all volunteer, not for profit organization known simply, as the Roundtable.

The time period for the Faire is considered to be from 1100 to 1650 A.D., this covers the Medieval and Renaissance eras of Europe.”

All Hallows Fantasy Faire, Sonora, California, 9th Season

“The Original 9th Annual All Hallows Fantasy Faire is a two day all inclusive costume play Celtic New Year’s Celebration! Keeping the All-Hallows tradition this year we will have a magnificent fire show and The Burning of the Harvestman. The Faire is deeply rooted in the beliefs of the Celtic people, but combined with all the fun and excitement of a modern Halloween. Hundreds of visiting creatures and characters from your favorite fairy tales and Hollywood movies will come to life over this fun-filled family weekend! The faire offers many exciting venues to hear live music, enjoy themed food and drink, buy unique items, and marvel at jugglers and magicians. Wear your new or old costume and get into the fun and thrills of the faire! Music is always one of the favorites at the faire and this year will be more crazy & eclectic!”

Carolina Caledonian Festival, Fayetteville, North Carolina 2nd Season

“The Carolina Caledonian Fest is a celebration of the Argyll Colony, the largest and most significant community of Scot Highlanders in America. Over 160,000 Highlanders came to the Tar Heel State in the 18th Century and settled the Cape Fear Region and established the towns of Campbellton and Cross Creek (later merged to become Fayetteville*). Over a million of their descendants live in the region today. We will explore the Argyll Colony’s origins and culture, the way they lived, and recall the bitter times that drove them here. Most importantly, we will honor their legacy and do our best to keep it REAL.

We hope our festival will inspire the Argyll Colony’s descendants to use it as a place to hold family reunions. Eighteenth Century Heritage Attire is not required but it will make the experience more fun. It is Halloween weekend after all.

​Proceeds from the Carolina Caledonian Fest will help benefit the Cape Fear Highlanders’ non-profit Argyll Colony, Inc.with a mission to promote greater awareness of Scot Heritage in the Cape Fear Region of NC”

Blackbeard’s Pirate Jamboree, Okracoke Island, NC 4th season

The Blackbeard’s Pirate Jamboree is a family-friendly event featuring a historically-accurate pirate encampment and reenactment of the infamous pirate Blackbeard’s last battle at Ocracoke. Three ships will re-create the last hours of Blackbeard and his crew as Lt. Robert Maynard brings them to battle with cannons blazing. Visitors are encouraged to wear costumes and enjoy activities throughout the village.

HALLOWEEN SEASON ON OCRACOKE ISLAND Blackbeard’s Pirate Jamboree coincides with the Halloween season. The weather is getting cooler and the whole island feels spooky. You can feel the spirit of Blackbeard and it’s fun to see everyone dressed in Pirate costumes. There’s Trick-or-Treating for young scallywags at the Pirate Encampment.

EXCITING PIRATE ACTIVITIES FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY This fun Ocracoke weekend offers tons of family activities. Kids love the Strolling Minstrels, Sword Fights, and Black Powder Demonstrations. Adults enjoy the Beer Gardens and The Pirate Bazaar. Indulge in hearty seafarers grub and grog at island businesses hosting the beer gardens and pirate events. Meet pirates, strolling minstrels. Witness sword fights and black powder demonstrations.

JOIN THE BLACKBEARD MEMORIAL AT SPRINGER’S POINT This is an annual event, held the last weekend in October, leading to the 300th anniversary of Blackbeard’s demise in 2018.  For event details visit the Pirate Jamboree Announcement and the Jamboree Schedule.”

And the one day Gatalop Renaissance Festival, Dauphin Island, Alabama 33rd season

“Hosted by The Society of Creative Anachronism, the Baroney of Osprey will present life in the Middle Ages. You will see Knights in Armor as they storm the castle, view melee’s and sieges. Visit with Lords, Ladies, Artist and Medieval Merchants. Watch our Resident Blacksmith demonstrate his craft in the Fort’s original Blacksmith shop.”

Remember to check my blog (madooleyblog.wordpress.com), my Facebook page, or the calendar at vagabondvoice.net any time for more information on your faire or others around the world, including show dates, locations, and website information.

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

Happy Halloween, and Happy New Year to you all,

Ma Dooley,  signing off!

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October 28-29, 2017 Festivals

Opening

Fall Escondido Renaissance Faire, Escondido, CA http://www.oldetymeproductions.com/

Ongoing

Carolina Renaissance Festival, Huntersville, NC https://www.carolina.renfestinfo.com/

Texas Renaissance Festival, Plantersville, TX https://www.texrenfest.com/

Closing Weekend

Ohio Renaissance Festival, Waynesville, OH http://www.renfestival.com/

Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, Manheim, PA http://www.parenfaire.com/faire/index.php

One Weekend

Alabama Renaissance Faire, Florence, AL http://www.alrenfaire.org/

All Hallows Fantasy Faire, Sonora, CA http://www.allhallowsfaire.com/

Carolina Caledonian Festival, Fayetteville, NC https://www.caledonianfest.com/

Blackbeard’s Pirate Jamboriee, Okracoke Island, NC https://www.ocracokeislandrealty.com/events/festivals/blackbeards-pirate-jamboree

One Day

Gatalop Renaissance Festival, Dauphin Island, AL https://www.facebook.com/events/1636367473290507/