Press Release

For Immediate Release 

 

Event Date: July 18 & 19, 2015

 

Central Coast Renaissance Festival Returns to San Luis Obispo, July 18 & 19

 

Step into the year 1585 when Queen Elizabeth I was England’s magnificent monarch. This is the age of legendary characters like William Shakespeare, Sir Walter Raleigh, Sir Francis Drake and a host of famous Dukes, Earls, Lords and Ladies, and you’ll see them all at the Central Coast Renaissance Festival in all their finery.

 

 

 

San Luis Obispo, California, June 17, 2015 - The Central Coast Renaissance Festival returns to San Luis Obispo’s Laguna Lake Park (504 Madonna Rd.) on July 18 & 19 with many new and several perennially popular performers returning.
 
With three stages, the festival is packed with exciting acts including a falconry show; comedic stunt show involving juggling, fire eating and acrobatics; period dancing shows; authentic marionettes; storytelling; a comedy parrot show, a family friendly magic show and much more. Eight music groups, including the hilarious Merry Wives of Windsor and the irreverent Poxy Boggards, will perform on stage and at different locations throughout the day. A full contact joust is held twice daily and there will be a dressage demonstration.
 
Queen Elizabeth, played by actress Thena MacArthur, will visit, accompanied by her magnificently attired courtiers, guards and attendants. Over 500 costumed participants representing all levels of Renaissance-era society (about 1585 in England) will welcome her to the village.
 
“This is the biggest lineup of entertainment we have ever had,” says entertainment coordinator Rick Smith. He should know as he’s been with the festival for all of its 31 years.

 

 

 

Smith says that the festival aims to have something for all ages. “This is a family event. Children will enjoy the stage shows and indulge in face painting, Shetland pony rides, storytelling, a magic show and games. Girls love the clothes and fairy wings and boys want the wooden swords and shields.” There is also a costume contest for kids with prizes. He adds that guests can try their hand at archery, fencing, tug of war, giant jinga or games of chance. “They can also join in with the street dances if they like.” he adds.
 
Smith stresses that the entire festival, about 6 acres, is a living stage. “We think of it as a real village and the entertainment isn't just on the stage; it's everywhere! There are parades throughout the day and you'll meet musicians, actors and demonstrations at every turn, and they are happy to speak with you, pose for photos and explain more about the character and the period they are portraying.”
 
Many of the over 500 participants are members of “guilds,” explains guild coordinator Michael Teubner. “There's a peasant guild, the Queen's Court guild, middle class guild, and many more.” Tuebner says each guild sets up an encampment and often demonstrates skills such as lace making, wool spinning, sewing, archery, axe throwing, belly dancing, games and assorted skills.
 
Visitors will be tempted by the delicious aroma coming from the food vendors. A variety of refreshments will include Renaissance Faire staples like roasted turkey legs, meat pies, Cornish pasties, BBQ, wood fired pizza, foods from the Orient, corn on the cob, ice cream and more. Wine, ale and honey mead will be available, along with freshly squeezed juices, teas and water.
 
Over 60 vendors will offer unique handmade arts and crafts of the period for sale. Merchants will have everything a visitor could want to become a Renaissance character, from shoes to full costumes including hats, belts and leather goods, tankards, weaponry and jewelry. There are also scented oils and soaps, masks, hair braiding, henna tattoos, tapestries, sewing patterns and fabric, chain mail and books. “All vendors are juried and their products must fit within our Renaissance theme,” says vendor coordinator Sherry Scott.
 
Scott says that vendors are juried not only on their products but on the design of their booth. “The booths are a big part of the look of the village and must be appropriate for the time period.” She explains that they cannot display metal poles, nylon material or bright colors. “It has to look natural and believable to contribute to the fantasy of our village.”
 
“Our intent is to create and populate a village from a long time ago and make it a believable, fun trip back in time for the general public,” Smith says. “We want our guests to go home happy that they had a marvelous, unique experience and that they can't wait to come back next year.”
 
Tickets are $18 for adults, $12 for seniors and ages 6-15, and free under age six.
 
Hours are from 10 am until 6 pm on Saturday and until 5 pm on Sunday. Parking at nearby Madonna Meadows is $8.00 with a free shuttle bus to and from the festival.
 
For more information visit
www.CCRenFaire.com.

 

 

 

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Media Contact: Rick Smith

Email: rick@CCRenFaire.com

Phone: (805) 550-9177

Media Visits: Complimentary media visits for journalists on assignment or with approved credentials. If you are unable to accept a courtesy visit, a press rate can be negotiated.

Web: http://CCRenFaire.com

 

 Condensed Version  

 

Central Coast Renaissance Festival Returns to San Luis Obispo, July 18 & 19

The Central Coast Renaissance Festival returns to San Luis Obispo’s Laguna Lake Park on July 18 & 19 with many new and several perennially popular performers returning. Step into the year 1585 when Queen Elizabeth I was England’s magnificent monarch. This is the age of legendary characters like William Shakespeare, Sir Walter Raleigh, Sir Francis Drake and a host of famous Dukes, Earls, Lords and Ladies, and you’ll see them all at the Central Coast Renaissance Festival in all their finery. With three stages, the festival is packed with exciting acts including a falconry show; comedic stunt show involving juggling, fire eating and acrobatics; period dancing shows; authentic marionettes; storytelling; a comedy parrot show, a family friendly magic show and much more. Eight music groups, including the hilarious Merry Wives of Windsor and the irreverent Poxy Boggards, will perform on stage and at different locations throughout the day. A full contact joust is held twice daily and there will be a dressage demonstration. Tickets are $18 for adults, $12 for seniors and ages 6-15, and free under age six. Hours are from 10 am until 6 pm on Saturday and until 5 pm on Sunday. Parking at nearby Madonna Meadows is $8.00 with a free shuttle bus to and from the festival.
 
For more information visit
www.CCRenFaire.com.

CALENDAR LISTING:

Event Name: 31st Annual Central Coast Renaissance Festival

Event Date: July 18 & 19, 2015

Event Location: Laguna Lake Park, 504 Madonna Road, San Luis Obispo, California

Admission: $18 Adults, $12 seniors and age 6-15, under age 6 free

Web: http://CCRenFaire.com

Contact: Rick Smith, rick@CCRenFaire.com, (805) 550-9177

Description: The Central Coast Renaissance Festival returns to San Luis Obispo’s Laguna Lake Park on July 18 & 19 with many new and several perennially popular performers returning. Step into the year 1585 when Queen Elizabeth I was England’s magnificent monarch. This is the age of legendary characters like William Shakespeare, Sir Walter Raleigh, Sir Francis Drake and a host of famous Dukes, Earls, Lords and Ladies, and you’ll see them all at the Central Coast Renaissance Festival in all their finery.

 


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