Go back in time at the Connecticut Renaissance Faire

By Annie Gentile - ReminderNews
Hebron - posted Mon., Oct. 3, 2011
Valiant knights and other Renaissance characters stroll the Faire, creating an interactive, entertaining environment. Photos by Annie Gentile.
Valiant knights and other Renaissance characters stroll the Faire, creating an interactive, entertaining environment. Photos by Annie Gentile.

What started at the Kings Tavern in Putnam for one weekend in 1999 has since grown to four weekends in September and October – and it is still not too late to take in a visit.

The 13th Annual Connecticut Renaissance Faire is an invitation into another time and place. It is a time of brave knights and codes of honor, of stories of magic, of comedy and music and merrymaking. Most of all, the Renaissance Faire is an interactive theatrical experience that is fun for the whole family.

Held since 2006 at the Hebron Lions Club Fairgrounds, the Faire is arranged to resemble a village, or shire, during the Elizabethan age, where colorfully-costumed characters from King Arthur to the lowliest of peasants wander the streets, engaging visitors in their native tongue and accents. Visitors are strongly encouraged to dress the part and join in the revelry.

An eclectic mix of comedy, song, story-telling and daredevilry are performed daily on several stages throughout the Faire, and lining the streets are several artisans and vendors hawking their wares, their games of skill, as well as their sumptuous dishes.

“This is the something different that you and your family are looking for,” said Brian Harvard, general manager of operations, who created the Faire with two partners back in 1999.

Many of the stage acts, such as the Wonderfool Death Defying Show, add a good dose of comedy to their performances.

“My feeling is that no one is a good enough practitioner without being funny or entertaining,” said Joel Newlon, a.k.a. “The Wonderfool.” “Time and time again, I’ve had proof that making people laugh is a healing experience.” Part acrobat, part magician, part comedian, Newlon creates exciting fire acts, pairing often with comedienne/fire juggler, contortionist and trapeze artist Jayna Lee.

Those two acts alone are worth the price of admission.

“If you can let yourself go and allow yourself to be transported into a whole different world, then you’re going to have the time of your life here,” said Harvard.

The Faire is open Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 16, plus and Columbus Day, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, visit ctfaire.com/.


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