Ren Faire will return
Calling all knights and maidens back to a period of mystique and a place of tradition.
It’s official. After a year hiatus, the Renaissance Faire will return to its mainstay Camp Richardson Resort for the first two weekends in June, with a revamped event that starts with the producer and an enhanced name.
Kevin Patterson of Novato-based As You Like It Productions will host an event filled with daily jousting and falconry demonstrations.
Opening day will challenge participants to wear their most foolish hat for the Feast of Fools competition. On the second weekend, competitions in toasting and literary prose and poetry will be staged to test astute wordsmiths.
More than 600 costumed performers are expected to wander through an Old English village of 90 rustic merchant and food booths.
There are also culinary, artisan, archery and Middle Eastern dance demonstrations as well as a carousel and Punch and Judy puppet show for children.
It’s all in the family for this special event – now named the Heart of the Forest Renaissance Faire.
To say Ren Faires are in the blood of Patterson is an understatement. His family lauds the founding of the first festival of its type in Marin County.
“We’re really excited it. We look forward to being up there,” Patterson said Thursday.
Admission for the event June 5, 6, 12 and 13 is $20 for adults, children $7. Those under age 5 get in free. The proceeds will be earmarked for three Bay Area nonprofit organizations dedicated to furthering the enhancement of the Elizabethan arts and culture – including the building of a museum in Novato.
As You Like It Productions also stages the faires in Marin County and Santa Barbara.
For this one, organizers have predicted an attendance of more than 15,000 people, many of whom would be advised to take public transit.
No roadside parking will be allowed. Parking will be accepted at the parking lots of Pope and Baldwin beaches, along with the paved areas at Taylor Creek Visitor Center and the Sno-park on the south side of Highway 89.
BlueGo shuttle buses will run between the Stateline corridor and the fair, with stops in between.
“The message here is – parking is only allowed on paved surfaces,” Forest Service special use coordinator Jane Oden said.
The community has long wondered whether the popular special event would return after the Forest Service and Camp Richardson were unable to accommodate the Tahoe Tallac Association’s wish to put it on for three weekends. Last year, an 11th-hour effort to save it failed, disappointing locals and tourists. Some drove from as far away as Palm Springs.
Oden’s own 37-year-old daughter pumped her mother for information.
“She said to me the other day: ‘Mom, are we going to have the Ren Faire?'” Oden said.
– Susan Wood can be reached at (530) 542-8009 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org