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Renaissance Faire
Experience a weekend of whimsical entertainment
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The Queen visits with a young girl. - photo by PHOTOS CONTRIBUTED

HOLLISTER —  Go back in time and experience a land of peasants, pirates, maidens, and nobility at the Northern California Renaissance Faire, located at Casa de Fruta in Hollister.

Held every Saturday and Sunday from Sept. 1t through Oct. 13, one can experience a journey through the village of Willingtown at a time when classical art, architecture, literature, and music flourished.

The Renaissance Faire is a place where entertainment starts from the moment one walks through the gate. The Marketplace is full of all types of performers from all around the globe who are ready to sing and dance to your delight.

Over 140 master artisans present creations of blown glass, sculptures, amulets, romantic clothing and much, much more. However, make sure to walk with caution for you may have an encounter with a swashbuckling, sword fighting pirate.

The Renaissance Faire is fit for all ages and one is certain to find a show for their liking. Traveling with little ones? Be sure to venture into The Enchanted Garden where fairies and woodland creatures come to life. Or for those who are more mature, The Dockside Alley awaits where the ale flows like water and peddlers are ever-so present.

For a hands on experience come perfect your archery, fencing, and axe throwing skills with a variety of booths and games available throughout the grounds.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth I, requests your presence during the 2013 Celtic Rock Series. Saturday’s at 6 p.m., be sure to open your ears and let out a big “Huzzah!” for the musical performances of Tempest, Wicked Tinkers, The Galway Hooker Band, Hoist The Colors, and Brick Top Blaggers.

Grab a turkey leg and head on over to the World Tournament of Champions. Donned with armor, professional jousters battle with lances, swords, and daggers for the pleasure of the audience and Her Majesty. Although it is uncertain who will claim victory it is certain that this performance will leave you on the edge of your seat.

Dust off your Renaissance garb and meet us at Casa de Fruta where a land of mystical fantasy comes to life.