2012 Programs & Events
FANTASY FAIRE: A family-friendly festival blending historic fact with myth and popular fantasy from the medieval and Renaissance periods of history. Knights and princesses stand side-by-side with elves and fairies, and the day is filled with performances pleasing to children of all ages. Produced in partnership with Mystic Realms, Ltd.
This year’s highlighted events include:
■ The Grymm Witches will delight children and parents with their funny antics, story-telling skills and comedic delight.
■ Phoenix Swords, a professional medieval performance team from Massachusetts, is joined by the Mystic Mercenaries of Philadelphia and both will offer a display of martial proficiency using weapons from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance.
■ Seamus McDougal, Philadelphia’s foremost whip expert, will display his talents at whip cracking in single and double whip demonstrations with audience participation and free lessons.
■ Performers from the Cumberland Players will be showing parts of Shakespeare's famous tragedy Romeo and Juliet.
■ The Misplaced Pub Musicians will perform traditional ballads as they wander through the Faire.
■ Costumed characters will raise the “May Pole” and everyone (especially the children) can participate in the traditional ceremonial dance that wraps the pole with ribbons to music.
■ At the Court of miracles are characters from the Hunchback of Notere Dame and local dance troupes demonstrating various types of dancing and drumming techniques from the 1500s to 1700s.
■ The Three Musketeers offer young adults an opportunity to learn swordplay using foam weapons.
■ Education demonstrations include use of medieval weapons and armor, weaving and cloth making, glass blowing and heraldry.
Merchants and vendors will offer jewelry, medieval and fantasy costumes, leather goods and psychic readings. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase. Visitors will receive a detailed program of activities both days.
Saturday: Adults $10.00, Senior Adults $9.00 and Students $7.00. Children five and under are free.
Sunday: Adults $10.00 and Senior Adults $9.00. All children 17 and under are admitted free as part of "Family Fun Days" presented by PNC Arts Alive