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2012 Virginia Renaissance Faire

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

Attention, Lords and Ladies, Noblemen and Serfs, Royals and Peasants,

Your presence is requested one month from now for the 11th Annual Virginia Renaissance Faire to be held for five weekends from May 12, 2012- June 10, 2012. Polish your broadswords, break out your tankards of ale, and plan your trip to Lake Anna Winery in Spotsylvania, Virginia. This year, the theme will be the many scientific inventions and discoveries of the Elizabethan Era, and activities include archery displays, jousting tournaments, music, shopping, a showcase of period costumes, hands-on crafts, a myriad of re-enactments, and, of course, a wealth of food and drink to satisfy your hunger and thirst.

Do you know the proper way for a knight to suit up before a joust? Do you know the steps to a Maypole dance? Do you know what all occurred in the Court of Common Pleas? These are only a few of the historically-based activities in which you can partake at the Virginia Renaissance Faire. For any child (or adult) who so wishes, he or she can also become knighted during a ceremony with the Queen. Each weekend will also have a different theme, so if you are interested in a particular 16th century subject, you may have the chance experience it.

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THEMES:

May 12 and 13: Opening Weekend with a theme of Science and the Renaissance

May 19 and 20: Pirate Invasion Weekend (also Dear Awareness Weekend, with “a discounted admission and interpreters for the deaf.”)

May 26 and 27: Military History Weekend with demonstrations of pike handling, black powder weapons, and more. Active and reserve service members receive free admission with military-issue I.D.

June 2 and 3: Celtic Weekend

June 9 and 10: Closing Weekend

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QUICK FACTS:

Admission: $9 and FREE for children five and under.

Website: www.VARF.org

Phone Number: 703-508-5036

BBAV Lodging:

Ginger Hill Bed and Breakfast

Littlepage Inn

 

By Tara Stoll

2011 Virginia Renaissance Faire

Monday, May 16th, 2011

2011 is the 10th anniversary of the Virginia Renaissance Faire. It’s held at lovely Lake Anna Winery in Spotsylvania, which is approximately 40 minutes from Fredericksburg VA Bed and Breakfasts, 45 minutes from Locust Dale VA Bed and Breakfasts, and an hour from Rochelle VA Bed and Breakfasts.

The world of the 2011 Virginia Renaissance Faire is Staffordshire, a charming English country village set in the Elizabethan period. This is a time when the New World was first being explored by Europeans. Keep an eye out for some of the explorers who set off by ship in search of wealth and recognition.

Meet Queen Elizabeth as she visits Staffordshire, which is rebuilding after a fire. Listen to actors try to persuade townspeople to allow them to build a theatre. Watch musicians, dancers, and jugglers entertain the queen. Learn the ins and outs of archery from the Royal Archers, and see what it feels like to let arrows fly from your own bow.

The Artist’s Market is full of fine goods and skilled craftsmen who demonstrate historic crafts. You can find chain mail at The Maille Room, hand forged jewelry at WyrmWear, and flutes at Fanciful Fun. Pick up Renaissance clothing and accessories at Glastonbury Designs, and spiritual goods and witchcraft supplies at Anathemum. Get your palm read of Kolisha’s Palmistry, and your hair braided at Pandora’s Locks. Luckily, an assortment of kitchens and taverns will keep you well fed on both modern and Renaissance dishes, and filled with drink.

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Go back in time. Spend a day at the 2011 Virginia Renaissance Faire.

Each weekend focuses on a particular theme:
May 21 and 22 is Pirate Invasion Weekend at the Virginia Renaissance Faire. Pirates and Privateers overrun Staffordshire!

May 28 and 29 is Military History Weekend (free admission for military personnel). Enjoy demonstrations with Black Powder weapons and learn a bit about military activity during the Elizabethan period.

June 4 and 5 is Celtic Weekend. Kick up your heels to Celtic music.

Lake Anna Winery is an easy drive from Fredericksburg, Charlottesville, and Richmond VA. It is less than 2 hours from Washington D.C.. Step back in time with a trip to the Virginia Renaissance Faire. The ideal choice of lodging for your trip back in time is a Virginia Bed and Breakfast.