Renaissance Faire celebrates 30 years

Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire at Mount Hope Estate and WineryCelebrating its 30th anniversary, the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire at Mount Hope Estate and Winery runs Saturdays, Sundays and Labor Day Monday for 12 weekends, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday through Oct. 31.

The faire features nearly 100 costumed performers and also costumed craft artisans like the glass blower making vases and potter and the herbalist offering medieval herbs, potions and botanicals.

Twenty two Royal Kitchens cook up an endless array of savory 16th century foods and s traditional favorites like giant roasted turkey legs, steak-on-a-stake, fish-n-chips, scotch eggs and soup served in bread bowls.

The fantasy unfolds on 13 open-air stages with over 70 shows daily. There are sword swallowers, fire breathers, magicians, jugglers and dare-devil tumblers.

Shakespeare’s plays are offered in a three-story replica of London’s Globe Theatre

The Match of Human Chess is played on a 40- x 40-foot chess board an promises to be stunt-filled extravaganza complete with swords, hand-to-hand combat and fast-paced wit.

The excitements and adventures of the day build up to the Ultimate Joust, a tour d’ force of lance, shield and ultimate equestrian skill, thousands of pounds of man, horse and steel gallop toward each other.

All along the streets, the faire’s hallmark form of improvised, interactive theater abounds as the citizens of the shire carry on their every day “normal” lives entertaining with song, swordplay, or even mud begging.

An entire section is a gaming village where the medieval axe throw and crossbow are the extreme sports of the time. Children can take a turn on the quintaine, a wooden jousting horse sliding down a cable so the youngsters might lance a brass ring for prizes.

Throughout the season, the Faire offers specially themed weekends in addition to the regular activities. Each themed weekend features headlining entertainment as well as contests and activities that fairegoers can participate in. Among the season’s highlights are Chivalry and Romance weekend, Invasion of the Pyrates, Children’s Fantasy, Scottish & Irish Weekend, Oktoberfest, and Heroes of the Realm weekend in honor of all heroes past and present who dedicate their lives to helping and protecting others.

The faire concludes with a Finale in Song, an end-of-the-day extravaganza where the entire cast gathers to celebrate with song and dance.

Adult admission is $29.95 and child admission, ages 5 to 11, is $9.95. Special ticket packages are available. Games, rides, foods, beverages and crafts are additional.

Parking is free. Visit PaRenFaire.com for complete show details.

Information is available through the box office by calling 717-665-7021

The faire is set amidst the formal gardens of Mount Hope Estate and Winery, Route 72, 1/2-mile south of PA Turnpike Exit 266, 15 miles north of Lancaster and 14 miles east.

Source: The Times Herald

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