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Renaissance Pleasure Faire

Tyme to go back in tyme

Posted: April 20, 2012 6:00 a.m.
Updated: April 20, 2012 6:00 a.m.

The 50th Renaissance Pleasure Faire awaits you.

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Whether you dress up in a period costume and walk about with an ale in your fist and a bad English accent on your lips, or you go in 2012 shorts, T-shirt, baseball cap and sunglasses, the color, pageantry and fun of the Renaissance Pleasure Faire will provide you with a day like no other - transporting you back to Elizabethan England (or a reasonable facsimile). You will enjoy jousts, processions, comedy, dance, delightful food and, if inclined, a variety of spirited drinks. It's all good tymes, suitable for the entire family.

Entertainment
Music and mirth fill the air as approximately 1,500 costumed performers bring Shakespeare's England to life with parades, pageants - and perfectly delightful townsfolke, offering continuous entertainment of an international variety, spread throughout the village. New this year are Cock and Feathers, a troupe of multi-talented performers offering wacky physical comedy and neo-vaudevillian schtick; E = m Cirque 2, gathering and linking different Cirque techniques; performances of "Hamlet"; Herencia Flamenca, offering flamenco dancing; the Kung Fu Heroes; London Broil, with free-flow comedy; Sakuntala, with the classical dance of Tamil Nadu; Sky Kings of Falconry; Tupua, with Polynesian dances - and much more.

Special Events
Through the course of its run, the Faire hosts many themed events and special days. Steampunk/Time Traveler Weekend invites patrons to dress up in their finest time-traveling attire. During Swashbuckling Weekend, dress as your inner pirate. Join Captain Sir Francis Drake for a toast to life on the sea.
During Bacchanal & Masquerade wine and mead tastings are offered by Red Branch Cider, Rabbit's Foot Mead and Maddalena Winery in the plaza next to the Cuckoo's nest.

Marketplace
Around 150 artisans display beautifully crafted masterpieces along the streets - plenty of variety for even the most discerning shopper. And if you can't get enough of the hand-made crafts, the Queen's College has classes taught by master artisans, allowing you to take home your own work of art. Along with hand-powered rides and games, there is fun to be had by the whole family.

Food & Drynke
Whether you thirst for a hearty English ale or a fine wine, whether you hunger for a turkey leg or a chocolate-dipped cheesecake on a stick, more than 100 gourmet foods and a dozen delicious drinks will tempt your taste buds to give them a try.

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