Thomas Sudbury has a problem. He owes the crown 26 pounds and King Henry VII and his entourage are coming through Folkestone to escape the plague.
Will the monk escape the king’s men or will he end up in the stocks?
This adventure and much more will entertain the crowds expected at the Renaissance Tudor Fayre coming to Cameron Park Lake Sept. 7 & 8. The fair takes guests, costumed or not, to an English village in 1525. Events include storytelling, music, English country dancers, puppet shows, sword fighting, Fowl Tales (a sailor’s story), Mr. Unrooly (myth or magic) and the Universe according to Galileo. Children can participate in a children’s court to learn proper English etiquette and sailor school where they’ll learn about ships and sailing lingo (swearing not included).
Make sure you duck! A ship on Cameron Park Lake will fire cannons and more cannons will be in the park for loud, but safe, demonstrations.
“We make you feel like you’ve truly stepped back in time,” said Brian Beck, aka Deadeye the ship’s naviguesser. “We make people’s lives something different for a day.”
Beck and event organizer Raelynn DeBone, aka Sara the Wench, have participated in Renaissance events for more than 30 years. Their goal is “to make an impression” and make the event something guests will never forget. DeBone still fondly remembers her first wench fight … watch out for hair-pulling. It took several people to pull her and her opponent apart.
Fairgoers will also enjoy Renaissance games, including a 2 by 4 version of Jenga called Towers, dice games and card games. Rescue resident Jenna McGregor, aka Peacock Rose, will teach archery to little ones ages 4 and older. McGregor’s husband, Bob Hansen, aka Christian, will be providing security. He’s a swordsman who said he really enjoys educating the kids whose wide eyes stare with wonder at a bow shot for the first time.
“Kids who come (to a Renaissance fair) for the first time are just completely amazed,” said Lisa Quezada, aka Savannah Rose. “They have the biggest smiles.”
Throughout the days, fairgoers will hear the sweet melodies of The Celtic Method. Musicians Michael and Christine Knatt of Placerville have performed in the area for the last 15 years and are set to release a new CD soon.
“Some of the songs we do are from the 1500s and some of them are brand new but sound like they’re that old,” Michael said.
Keep an ear our for a Grateful Dead tune. It might take a verse or two to recognize the lyrics.
With all the activities and action … the stomach is not forgotten in the mayhem. Fairgoers can dine on crepes and benets from France, gyros from Greece, Arena’s Italian Fare, the Dragon Wagon with its wood fired pizza made from a home-made oven plus delicious treats from The Famous Temple of Siam and a world-class chocolatier.
Do not forget the ale or mead — apricot, strawberry, pomegranate and, of course, honey.
And if fairgoers truly want to immerse themselves in the scene and don’t already have a costume/character, they can purchase a bodice, boots, scarves, jewels and more. For there, let the imagination take over and become someone entirely different.
The Renaissance Tudor Fayre takes place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 8, at Cameron Park Lake, 2989 Cambridge Road. Admission is $12 for adults, $8 for children ages 4 to 12 and seniors. A family-of-four package is $30 and a $2 discount is offered with student, military and service ID.
There will be no parking at or around Cameron Park Lake. Parking is available at Pleasant Grove Middle School, Green Valley Elementary School and the Cameron Park Community Services District office. A free shuttle bus will run about every 15 to 20 minutes and drop everyone off at Cameron Park Lake’s front gate.