Tuesday, April 19, 2011

New Hope Fantasy Renaissance Faire returns to West Mechanic Street this weekend, rain or shine

By Charlie Sahner

The New Hope Fantasy Renaissance Faire returns to Mechanic Street this weekend, a fitting locale as the event was born on this storied street, and many local denizons need not alter their daily clothing routine to fit right into the medieval themed street happening.

Remember, this is New Hope, so don't expect a genteel affair featuring jousting for maidens and high tea. Think more Pirates of the Caribbean, and you'll be closer to home. Among the entertainers are Unholy Sideshoe (leave the kiddies behind for this one), Lords of Adventure, Pinklefoot Adventure Show, Terra Serpentis, Mery Music Makers and Four Pices of Eight, along with a Shakespeare the Bard Faire, blacksmithing demos, belly dancing and a book signing.

Popular retail venues Medieval Gallery and Against the Grain will be heavily represented at the event, as owner Mike McManus once again provides support and organization for the event.

The fair is the brainchild of the late Dan Henley, a ruddy, gray-bearded giant of a man who was often seen stringing beads in front of Mechanic Street Mugs during the tourist season. "Dan can't be with us this year, but the event's growing popularity is a tribute to his love for Renaissance fairs and street events," said Joel Roberts, owner of Mechanic Street Mugs. "We've got some great stores, restaurants and galleries on the block and they're all ready to roll out the red carpet for our visitors."

The New Hope Fantasy Renaissance Faire starts at 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday on West Mechanic Street, rain or shine, admission free of charge.

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