2014 Stage Acts, Street Performances and Events

While most everyone will enjoy the entertainment offered at Revel Grove, parents with wee lads and lasses may wish to visit our Customer Service Pavilion and pick up a Children's Program which will list the shows and activities geared to pre-school and school aged children.

 

Absolutely Nothing!

Liz Demery Bragg, Matthew Pauli

(It's a new batch o' nothing this year!)  Daisy O'Danny and "That Guy in the Donkey Hat" want to make you a star! Come be a part of the show and brag to your friends that you were the funniest part of Absolutely Nothing!   The Gatehouse Stage.

 

 The Apple and the Arrow

According to legend, William Tell used a crossbow to shoot an apple off of his son's head.  Only a fool would try to recreate that feat by using audience volunteers. Matthew Pauli is that fool!

 

Archery Demonstration

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James Frank, director
See a demonstration of the English longbow - the weapon that changed the history of Britain. This informative demonstration will also include the use of bows handmade in our village Militia tent.   Performed SATURDAYS and Labor Day Monday in the Jousting Field.

   

 Barely Balanced

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Photograph by Joshua Steinke 

James Freer, Cameron Tomele, Margret Ebert

Barely Balanced presents an amazing show filled with contortion, feats of strength, high energy acrobatics, comedy, and audience participation.  They have performed all over the country at festivals, corporate and private events, and Renaissance Festivals such as Bristol, Florida, Colorado, and Georgia.   www.BarelyBalanced.com   

 

Jonathan Burns, Flexible Comedy

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"Very impressive." - Jay Leno, host of the Jay Leno Show

Born with the gifts of flexibility, curiosity, and goofiness, Jonathan now uses these talents to entertain audiences all over the world.  

  

 Conundrum

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Todd Brown

Conundrum will confound you with amazing tricks and puzzles.  Encounter his magic in the pathways.

 

 The Original COSMOS with Bertram Ripley


John Sadowsky

Doctor Bertram Ripley, noted Revel Grove Alchemist, explains everything there is to know about the world, nature, science, health, and all that.  In a short talk with demonstrations and audience participation designed specifically for children of all ages, he talks about the seven planets that revolve around the Earth, how everything is created from the four basic elements, the search for the philosopher's stone, the secrets of eternal life, the hidden forces of magic that control the world around us, and how to explore everything in nature. And who knows? He might just find that inquisitive alchemist in you and your children. Believe it or not.

 The Danger Committee

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Jason "Other One" LeMay, Mick "Bald Guy" Lunzer, Caleb "Reynaldo" McEwan

The Danger Committee is an incredible combination of juggling, knife throwing, spine tingling thrills and hilarious comedy. Their unique blend of the hilarious and the dangerous while performing unbelievable feats of skill has made The Danger Committee one of the most talked about new acts in the country.

They have performed at theatres, festivals and corporate events across the country. They've taken on national notoriety on NBC's America's Got Talent, and have since had multiple appearances on television and stages from New York to Las Vegas.     Performing October 4th through the 19th at BLACKFRIARS THEATRE.  www.thedangercommittee.com

 

Daniel, The Duke of Danger


Daniel is a professional acrobat and funny dude who has successfully avoided real work since 1981.  He has performed his own brand of physical comedy and ill-advised acrobatics all over the United States, Canada, Europe and Japan.  Dan is a graduate of the Ringling Brothers Clown College and has studied at the world-renowned Ecole Nationale de Cirque in Montreal.  Dan is performing August 23rd & 24th only, so don't miss him!

 

David Darwin: One Man Sideshow

  David's act will thrill you with whip cracking, lasso, ball spinning, unicycling and more. Be prepared to laugh yourself out of your seat as David juggles, dances, and sings with both legs behind his head in an act that earned him an appearance on NBC's America's Got Talent.   Performing September 6th to October 19th.

 

Dinty, the Moor

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Brian Wendell Morton

Dinty, “the most honest man in the village”, will amuse and amaze you with daring feats of dishonesty, culminating in a two-man fight to the Death! Or, something very close to it!  http://www.liesofbrian.com/

See Dinty in the pathways,at the Lyric Stage and Boars Head Tavern.

 

The Dueling Fools

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Dusten Welch, Steven J. Madden

Sir George Silver (Steven J. Madden) and Rocco Bonetti (Dusten Welch) are not fictitious characters but actual historical figures from the 16th century.

During the 1570's Benetti was an Italian swordmaster living in England along with the English swordmaster, Silver. Both were believed by separate parties to have the best skills with a blade.  However, a duel never took place between them to determine who was better.

Until now! Dusten and Steven present an encounter between these two great swordsmen in a stage show full of humor, clever wordplay, and of course swordfighting!    The Dueling Fools will perform all weekends at the GLOBE THEATRE. 

 

 Escuela Estafa

This season, returning at noon to The Queen's Path near the maypole is "Escuela Estafa," Dinty The Moor's "Swindle School!" See Diego Natividad de la Estafa show you three historic real-world street swindles and why you shouldn't risk your hard-earned money playing them. "Fast & Loose," "The Shell Game" and the Three Card Monte are demonstrated, along with the one and only lesson to be learned: "Don't Play These Games For Money!"

 

 

FIGHT SCHOOL 
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Jim Frank, Mike Martin, Casey M. Severn, Geoff Thompson

Ever wonder where a broadsword got its name? Why Samurai bow to their swords? Or do you just like watching grown men trying to hurt each other? Then see Fight School where the Fight School masters take you on a journey through weapon history and dueling lore. Be careful or you might learn something in between the laughter. Sharp weapons, blunt humor - its better than running with scissors. For more information visit  www.period-productions.com     Fight School will perform one show daily at the Globe Theatre.

 

 Fizzical Fairytales

 

Guy Collins, Stephanie Phelan Offutt

Fizzical Fairytales present The Princess in the Far Far Far Away Tower, a charming mishmash of theatre and circus including a fire-breathing dragon, a beautiful unicorn, a fleet-footed pegasus, daring feats of acrobatics, juggling and balance, and lovely songs sung by a princess and her dashing hero. A show for children of all ages and the young at heart.  (Unicycle pupppets built by Gabriel Quirk.)

 

Johnny Fox, swordswallower extraordinaire

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With sword swallowing, magic and a quick wit, the legendary Johnny Fox has thrilled audiences around the world. At the Royal Stage.

 

Johnny Fox's  JADOO

If you've enjoyed Johnny Fox's amazing swordswallowing shows on the Royal Stage, you do not want to miss his brand new show entitled JADOO, which will be performed once daily on the Royal Stage.

 

A Fool Named “O” and "La-La"! 

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photo by Lisa Julia 

Mark Jaster - A Fool named "O", Sabrina Mandell as "LaLa"

Family-friendly physical antics and classic knock-about comedy.  A Fool Named "O" has endeared himself to Festival audiences for over 20 years.  "O" and his partner, "LaLa" mix classic routines and new material again this year as they have since 2005.    At the Lyric Stage.  www.happenstancetheater.com 

 

Fractured Fairy's Tales

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Michele Schultz 

Laugh along with Mustardseed!  She may speak Fairy but she knows how to delight and amuse you. Just don't get too comfortable in that seat, you may end up on stage in this unusual re-telling of a tale you thought you knew!

 

The Free Lancers, jousters

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Roy Cox, director

In the Middle Ages a “lance” was a group of soldiers consisting of a knight, his squire, a valet and twelve men at arms. If a knight’s lord was to die or if the knight had not sworn fealty to a lord, then he and his followers were called a “free lance” and entitled to be hired as mercenaries by the highest bidder.

The Free Lancers return for a season of action packed excitement. Years of formal research, professional stage credits, combat and stunt training has provided the know-how to keep presentations exciting and safe for humans and their steeds. Only the most dedicated and physically adept of players qualify as jousters. The Free Lancers are distinguished in the attention and care for the safety and well-being of human and animal performers. Jousts at 2pm, 4pm & 6pm

On 10/19, 20 there will be an additional joust at 11:30am as part of a special joust competition.

 

Gabriel Q

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Gabriel Quirk

Gabriel Q is a puppeteer, costume and puppet builder and a variety performer. He has performed for 25 years at major Renaissance Festivals across the country.  He has also performed at the Kim Tom Clown festival in Shaghai, China in 2008.  For the past 10 years Gabriel has built and performed large puppets for the krewes of Orpheus and Muses for the Marti Gras parades in New Orleans.

 

Hilby, 
the Skinny German Juggle Boy

Michael Hilby

Best described as a show without boundaries, Hilby is the living proof that being German doesn’t mean you can’t be funny. Hilby is an expert in juggling all sorts of objects and subjects. He also is amazing in countless circus and variety skills such as unicycling, balance stunts and more. He really gets his audience involved and creates magical and hilarious moments through their participation. All that and more!www.hilby.net

 

Larksalot the Bald

 

Guy Collins

Fun and funambulism!  Awesome juggling stunts with a wicked, wacky sense of humor. www.funnyvarietyguy.com   Performing daily at the Lyric Stage

 

The London Broil Show

 AJ , Matt, &  Louie

A charming and innovative mix of free-flow comedy and fantastic team juggling.  AJ, Louie and Matt have performed thousands of shows together nationwide since 1999.   

Proving that you can be Family Friendly and hip at the same time, they create an experience that is like hanging out with your best friends, but they are throwing knives and clubs at each other.   Three different shows: “Blades of Fury”, “Juggling well Done” and “Lets Loose” where nothing is planned and anything goes! Visit them atwww.thelondonbroilshow.com.  Performing at the Blackfrairs Stage from August 23rd to September 1st.

      

  Musical Merrymaking & Maypole Dance

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led by Maggie Sansone, Bill and Cathy Palmer

Come and dance the maypole and peasant dances.  If you can walk you can dance and all ages are welcome!  Merry melodies accompany the dances so come and join in, or simply watch the fun! 

Musical Merrymaking is from 10am - 11am near customer service.  (Just look for the maypole!)

 

The Nature of Mercy

Tawn Jones, David DeAngelis

photo by Joel Brueske

New this season! The Nature of Mercy is a highly energetic and interactive sword fighting comedy show that teaches children the power of honor and compassion.   LIMITED RUN: August 23rd & 24th only.

 

Nymblewyke’s International Flea Circus

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Jim Frank

That’s right, you read it correctly - a FLEA circus. You’ve heard the legend, you thought it was a dream. It couldn’t be true! Come see the smallest circus on earth in the largest arena anywhere. (No dogs, please.) Location: in the pathways of Revel Grove. For more information visit www.period-productions.com

 

Once Upon A Whim Puppets

Susan and Robert Meyer

Join Molly the (almost) reformed pirate parrot, Calvin the Castle Keeper, Sir Nasty the Friendless, and a young dragon in the adventure 'Calvin and the Great Castle Caper!'. Be prepared for intrigue and laughter every weekend on the Crooked Cottage Stage.  The show is suitable for all ages. 

 

Out of the Box

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Cybele Pomeroy, Garrett Pomeroy, Alaina Pomeroy, Erin Tarpley

What’s going on? Silent shenanigans in the street! Whether on stilts, blowing fabulous bubbles or fooling around on the ground, Out of the Box is a visual treat. They are sure to delight your eyes and warm your heart in the pathways of Revel Grove.   Performing September 6th to October 19th.

 

The Perfect Touch

Michele Schultz

A courtesan was a well-educated independent woman who was believed to have high standards and very loose morals. That may be true, but Columbina would never tell...for free. Find out what makes this Courtesan the best of the best.  Join Columbina for bawdy music, laughter, and more as she shows you how she achieved "The Perfect Touch."  PG for mature themes.

 

 The Pub Sing

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Photo courtesy of Neil Rothschild

Your host, Captain Fletcher Moone, Daisy O'Danny and the house band, the famous Pyrates Royale, welcome you to end your day with an old-fashioned sing-along.  Enjoy music by the Pyrates and other fabulous musical guests.  And you never know which villager or royalty will drop by.  Don't miss the fun!   6pm at the White Hart Tavern.

 

Puke & Snot

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Mark Sieve, John Gamoke

One of the longest running and most successful acts in the history of renaissance festivals. Intense wit, flashy swordfights, and organic vegetables: the laughs come in waves, often at racetrack speed. Their comedy owes as much to Abbott and Costello as it does to Avon’s Bard. A gallant romp of hysterical fun.  Performing at the Royal Stage from October 4th to October 19th.

 

Pumpkin Theatre

  As our special guest on Children's Weekend (8/24,25), we are very pleased to welcome Baltimore's Pumpkin Theatre and their performance of Three Little Tales.  Five performers tell the stories of The Three Little Pigs, Goldi Locks and the Three Bears, and Three Billy Goats Gruff. This show stresses how our choices affect other people and the consequences they have.  Filled with dancing, music, and audience participation, this show promises a fun time for all!  www.pumpkintheatre.com     August 23 & 24.

 

The Pyrates Royale

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Brad Howard, Darcy Nair, Craig Williams, Damon Hersh, Ellie Cattle 

Since 1987, The Pyrates Royale has set the standard for comic singing pirate acts at festivals and events around the country. They play a mix of traditional and modern acoustic maritime music that rocks without being electric, sings without a string section and humors without a laugh track.   www.pyrates.com

 

 

Mike Rose presents 'The History of Mystery'

 Have you ever wondered who the first magician was to use a rabbit?  Why was the first magic book written? What ancient Egyptian magic trick may be just a couple guys baking bread?  Mike Rose (a.k.a. “The Magic Kina Guy”) will present a magic show that is unlike your typical magic show.  Sure there will be plenty of comedy and magic, but interspersed throughout the performance will be facts, tidbits, and anecdotes about the history of magic and magicians. You’ll be amazed and amused by what you’ll see and learn!  www.MikeRoseMagic.com

 

Karl Saliter:  Standup Circus


Karl Saliter has been performing variety since the day he started doing it. He began performing his variety show in Harvard Square, outside of Boston, in 1986. He spent ten years doing state fairs, international festivals, and performing pretty much anywhere the cops couldn't catch him. He has worked intermission spots for the New York Islanders and the Boston Celtics, festivals in Singapore, and at thousand year old ruins in Cambodia and Thailand. He has performed at many festival in Canada and the States, and currently enjoys repeat engagements in Mexico for AM Resorts.  Karl will perform at the Festival from August 23rd to September 28th on the Royal Stage.

 

Shakespeare’s Skum

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Carolyn Spedden, who is the director & writer too; 
Liz Demery, Stephon Walker, Steve Wannall.

“Absolute genius parodies of the Bard’s work” - City Paper. 
“A side-slapping success” -Potomac News. 

Are they comedians who also do Shakespeare, or are they actors who can actually do comedy? Yes.  

Shakespeare's Skum has been entertaining audience in the United States and Canada for more than twenty years.  Taking the text from the Bard's greatest plays and adding their own special brand of humor, these thirty minutes or less adaptations would make even Harold Bloom laugh out loud. (Look him up.)  Funny to those unfamiliar with Shakespeare, Skum is even funnier to those who know the plays.   At the Globe Theatre. 

 

Sirena

Tegan Elliott, Amanda Ellis, and Sam Nolte

Travel back to the time of mythical gods, shipwrecked lovers, and the ethereal women who all sailors both fear and adore--the Sirens. Straight from the depths of the sea, Aglaope, Legeia, and Raidne bring you a show filled with drumming, dancing, and all-original music. Their songs will hypnotize you and their stories will touch your hearts, but hold on to your souls, or you might find you've lost them to the hands of the Sirens! 


 

The Steele Sisters

 

Samantha McDonald, Nicole Skelly

Join the Steele Sisters on their never-ending quest to find a husband.  Their father has decided the first one to be married will inherit all of his lands….and his horses…and his flowers…and his weapons!  This high energy two woman show is packed with comedy, wit, sisterly love, sisterly competition and a little sisterly swordplay.  

 

Swami YoMahmi

 Stephon Walker

 He's BACK! Swami YoMahmi presents phenomenal feats of sideshow hilarity using shattered glass, rusty nails, razor blades, and a rubber chicken.  Even if you've seen a sideshow before, you've never seen anything like Swami YoMahmi.  Rated PG for the squeamish!  At the Lyric Stage.

 

 The Village Idiots

 

Kevin Starnes, Jerry Bradshaw, Brian Thibault

The Village Idiots have been entertaining audiences around the word for years separately, and now have joined their comedic and music powers to fight against the evil forces of boredom!  With their unique blend of music, harmony and great comedy, the Village Idiots will have you laughing so hard you'll do something involuntary and messy!  They are hystericalicious!  They are here for a limited engagement so don't miss their show.  PERFORMING October 11 & 12.

 

The Wheel of Death

Grant Murray 

Death defying, daring and dangerous. Ichabod Wainwright will run, jump, flip and more atop the worlds only wooden wheel of death! A three story tall rotating contraption built to defy gravity and equilibrium. Come see Ichabod attempt the impossible!  At the Blackfriars Theatre. Don't miss it!

 

Whips & Knives


Dakota Granados, Adam Winrich

 Bullwhips crack and knives fly dangerously close, come watch Adam and Dakota's whip and knife stunts honed over years on the road.  Adam 'Crack' Winrich has set 14 Guinness World Records including for the longest whip crack ever: 216 feet. Dakota has been performing with Don Juan and Miguel for over 20 years. Now she is stepping out as arguably the world's most dangerous woman with a knife!  See them at the Fortune Stage from August 23rd to September 1st. 

 

The Yaxleys Present: Les Poupées de Revel Grove; A Puppet Extravaganza!

John Sadowsky, Julia Williams, Randy Dalmas

    The first family of Revel Grove tell some of Aesop's famous fables, in the unique Yaxley style, with puppets and audience participation. Tales presented could include "The Grasshopper and the Ant", "The Lion, the Bear, and the Fox", or "The Fox and the Crow".   This show is rated C, for children of all ages!  At the Crooked Cottage stage.

 

The Royal Court Agenda

Each season we offer all-new Royal Court stage shows! This season, the year is 1521.
 

  9:50am  Opening Gate: The Royal Arrival

Let the cannon sound, the gates open and the fun begin. Huzzah!  Mayor Francis Yaxley, Sheriff Walter Yaxley, and festival hostess Isobel Yaxley welcome the King, Queen and their court to a day of feasting and fun.

 

The Royal Welcome

Directed by Mary Ann Jung. Written by Carolyn Spedden  

Stage Manager: Dave Olsher

The Mayor and his family entertain the King, Queen and Court.  On the surface it seems as if this will be a pleasant day for all.  But the situation is tense for the Duke of Buckingham and his family.  It may be dangerous for the Duke to tout his own Royal blood.  Many have commented that if the King and Queen fail to produce a male heir, the Duke of Buckingham could be a viable contender for the throne.  The King is not amused.

 

A Royal Romance.  Or, Much Ado About Elizabeth

Directed by Randy Dalmas. Written by Carolyn Spedden
Stage Manager: Katherine Offutt
 
Putting politics aside, the King's roving eye has settled on the delectable Elizabeth.
Actually, it seems there are several delectable Elizabeths in the Court and Village.  This poses
a problem for the Mayor's hapless servant, Peter Podgy, who has been given the task to
deliver the King's note to the beauteous lady.  But which Elizabeth? Confusion abounds in
this farcical comedy involving mistaken identity, jealous husbands, and faulty love potions.
 

The Arrest of Buckingham

Directed by Mary Ann Jung.  Written by Carolyn Spedden
Stage Manager: Katherine Offutt
 
Edward Stafford, the Duke of Buckingham is one of the great nobles in England.  There
have always been rumors that his arrogance would one day be his ruin.  But could the
King really seek to have Buckingham arrested for treason? The sentence would be death.
It seems impossible. But nothing is impossible if the King commands it so.

 

Children's Knighting Ceremony

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  To better serve all of the children of the realm, we will now offer a large general knighting ceremony.   After the short ceremony the group of goodly children, newly created Knights and Dames, will have an opportunity to personally meet the King, Queen, and courtiers and receive their certificate of knighthood.  Huzzah! 

  

Shows Presented 
by the Acting Company

 

Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors 

Directed and edited by John Sadowsky

Stage Manager:  Liz Armour  Fight Choreography: Geoff Thompson

Music performed by: Abigail, Bill, Christa and Cathy Palmer

Music design by Cathy Palmer

Starring:

Antipholus of Syracuse - Matthew Lewis

Antipholus of Ephesus - Arden Moscati

Dromio of Syracuse - Julia Williams

Dromio of Ephesus - Claire Coyle

Adrianna - Kelsey Meiklejohn

Luciana - Jacqueline Chenault

Egeon - Brian Reynolds

Aemelia - Ruta Douglas Smith

Courtesan - Emily Karol

Angelo - Scott Turner

Sr. Pinch/Merchant - Eben Kuhns

Second Merchant - Arielle Seidman

Officer/Jailer - Jay Tilley

 

Thomas Heywood's Fair Maid of the West

Directed by Tom Plott; stage manager Dave Olsher

Edited and adapted by Carolyn Spedden

Music by Cathy Palmer, Bill Palmer, Christa Palmer & Abbie Palmer 

 

Starring, in order of appearance:

1st Captain - Geoff Thompson 

2nd Captain - Eben Kuhns

Mr. Carrol - Thomas Plott

Cutpurse #1 - John Lasher

Cutpurse #2 - Jonathan Rubin

Captain Goodlack - Casey Severn

Spencer - Mike Martin

1st Drawer - Erin MacDonald

2nd Drawer - Claire Coyle

Bess Bridges - Natalie Fairchild

Forset, a gentleman - Joe Grasso

Roughman - Eric Pioch

Clem, Bess's servant - Scott Turner

Surgeon - Jay Tilley

Mayor - Jay Tilley

Sailors - John Lasher, Jonathan Rubin

Spanish Captain - Eben Kuhns

Mulllisheg - Geoff Thompson

Alcade, his courtier - Erin MacDonald

 

 

 

The Human Chess Game 

Written & Directed by Tom Plott

Fight Choreography by Jim Frank and Geoff Thompson

The Duke of Buckingham offer this King a game of chess for His Majesty's,  and audience's, enjoyment.  But this is no normal game of chess. Placed on a huge board in the Jousting Field, this chess game welcomes audience members to be actual pieces on the board.  And our actor/combatants will literally fight for their spaces.  

Rated PG – for stage combat violence.  Performed at the JOUSTING ARENA 

 

THE CROOKED COTTAGE STAGE

New this year! Located next to the children's play area (near the climbing wall and slide) this stage presents work for the young and young at heart!  Most shows are 15 minutes in length.  Shows include:

Kid's Comedy Improvisation Show - Hey kids, join Masters Spittle and Sneed as they present a fun and fast-paced comedy improvisational show, featuring "Fairytale Countdown".

Les Poupees de Revel Grove -  The first family of Revel Grove tell some of Aesop's famous fables, in the unique Yaxley style, with puppets and audience participation. Tales presented could include "The Grasshopper and the Ant", "The Lion, the Bear, and the Fox", or "The Fox and the Crow".   This show is rated C, for children of all ages!

Kiddie Ceili -  Join The Travelers for a rollicking good time at the ceili!  We'll all do a jig, dance a set or two, sing some songs, and maybe even tell an Irish legend!  It will be reel-y great craic ( that's Irish for "fun" )!

  

Militia Tent

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Have you ever wondered what skills it takes to outfit the King's army? How you make bows and arrows? Interested in seeing demonstrations of metal, leather and wood working? Visit the village Militia tent, near the Jousting arena, and see these skills demonstrated. Weapons makers and fight combatants will be available to answer your questions and tell you more about weapons and life in the Tudor times.

 

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