Jousting and tarrying at the Renaissance Faire |

Jousting and tarrying at the Renaissance Faire

Annie Flanzraich / Tahoe Daily TribuneTwo knights joust Saturday afternoon at the Valhalla Renaissance Faire.

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – Lords, ladies, wenches, pirates and gypsies gathered this weekend at the 18th annual Valhalla Renaissance Faire.

The 18th annual celebration of 16th-century romance, merriment and magic included six stages of continuous entertainment, Queen Elizabeth’s court, Shakespearian plays and vignettes, and storytelling for children and adults. Arrows from archery tournaments will fill the air, which also will ring with the clash of steel on steel from staged battle scenes and jousting. Squires may purchase historic weapons, while merchants and artisans also will have arts and crafts including clothing, accessories, woodcrafts and jewelry for sale.

For a second year, the festival will stay with a Shakespearean air: Bay Area actor Donald Hardy will return to play the Bard of Avon at the faire.

In addition to the overarching theme of “Shakespeare’s Muse,” there will be two different Patron’s Weekend themes: Wizards, faeries and elves will lead fantasy scavenger hunts and compete in costume contests – with Shakespeare, author of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” as the judge – for “Fantasy Alive!” on the first weekend of the faire. On the second weekend, pirate and barbarian hordes will invade, corrupting the tongue and raiment of visitors, and putting the “scavenger” back in the hunts.

Students in area public, private and home schools may experience firsthand Renaissance life, culture and history through educational presentations and performances Friday, June 11. The faire’s annual School & Family Day will culminate in a grand joust. Educators may request more information by contacting

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