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Renaissance, Medieval

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Renaissance Faires

A Renaissance fair, Renaissance faire, or Renaissance festival is an outdoor weekend gathering, usually held in the United States, open to the public and typically commercial in nature, which emulates a historic period for the amusement of its guests. Some are permanent theme parks, others are short-term events in fairgrounds or other large public or private spaces. Renaissance fairs generally include an abundance of costumed entertainers, musical and theatrical acts, art and handicrafts for sale, and festival food. Some even offer camping, for those who wish to stay more than one day. Most Renaissance fairs are set during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I of England. Some are set earlier, during the reign of Henry VIII, or in other countries, such as France, and some include broader definitions of the Renaissance which include earlier periods, such as the Vikings, or later, such as 18th Century pirates, and some engage in deliberate "time travel" by encouraging participants to wear costumes representing several eras in a broad time period. Renaissance fairs encourage visitors to enter into the spirit of things with costumes and audience participation. Most tolerate, and many welcome, fantasy elements such as wizards and elves.

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Play Faire Productions is proud to announce we will return to our lovely English Village for our Harvest-time Marketplace Faire. We'll step back once more to the romantic and bawdy days of the Renaissance. We welcome back our beloved Queen Elizabeth I and her noble court. As the exotic Traders Market pays visits to our little shire, we will welcome more international and intriguing characters. When this exotic Market comes to call on our small village, who knows what mysteries they hold in store to share with us? Visitors will find a colorful reception in our tireless Mongers, our relentless Puritans, our colorful Fools, our crooked Constables, and our beloved peasants. St Cuthbert's will awaken the streets once again with lively pageantry and colorful parades. Bring your tankard and plan on staying all day. Ale will be cold, Belles will be beautiful and bawdy, swashbuckling swordfighters will be dashing and daring. Heroic Knights in armor will awaken the arena with full contact jousting while jugglers and jesters bring mirth to the stages.

Camping through Casa de Fruta's campground at 408-842-9316
Hollister, CA
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