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!
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!”
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!)
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.
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!”
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?”
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.
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!
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.”
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.”
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 .
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!