Below was some of our past years entertainers
Arthur Greenleaf Holmes-Poet
Full Run, in the Greathall Tent
Arthur Greenleaf Holmes is a sixteenth century libertine and until recently, an anonymous poet. Today, by some miracle of an enduring spirit that we shan’t spend too much time examining, Arthur brings his wildly inappropriate poetry to stages throughout the free world. Arthur presents a show that is at once extremely literate, entrancingly lyrical, breathtakingly scandalous and very, very funny.
Appearing as an open-ended engagement at theXtreme Action Arena
Internationally renowned trick rider and horse trainer, Caleb Ashe grew up in the Renaissance community. He has worked all over the world with some of the most respected circuses and specialty horse shows. He was a founding performer with the Arabian Knights theatre in Orlando, has traveled with Cavalia, Circus Flora, La Tarumba and Apzara Spectacle Equestre.
The Bearded Lady Sideshow
Full Run, in the Hanseatic League Encampment
Throughout the renaissance there were festivals and fairs and one unique type of travelling entertainer would display feats of physical strength, flexibility or endurance. The Amazing Olaf is one of a rare breed of entertainer with a demonstration of physical abilities that most certainly ought not to be attempted at home. Impossible to describe, this is a performance true to the mountebank traditions of traveling sideshows. Found exclusively in the Hanseatic League Encampment.
Full Run, on the Washing Well Stage
With Bret Blackshear, comedy and amazing magic are what you can expect delivered in his dry laid-back style. Entertaining, hilarious, and engaging for audiences of all ages, this seasoned performer and consummate entertainer will win you over with his award winning comedy act!
Full Run, on the Crown Stage
Broon has been making people laugh as one of the premier Renaissance Festival performers for over twenty-five years with his irreverent and improvisational style. Combining magic, bullwhips, juggling and fire eating with a sharp wit Broon pulls the audience into the show making each performance uniquely hilarious.
Weeks 4,5,6,7, at the Tudor Stage
Join Captain Red Swash Rogers and Mr. Jiff Buckle for pirate comedy, sword fighting, and other… stuff.
The Captain’s Pirate Initiation
Full Run, at Tortuga Bay
Have you ever wanted to learn how to be a Pirate? Well how about learning from a real one? After traveling from festival to festival all over the state of Florida, Captain Jack and Angelica want to show you how to become a true buccaneer! Try on some pirate garb, get an official certificate, and even learn how to sword fight from the good Cap’n himself! It’s a swashbuckling adventure ye surely can’t miss! This is a unique one-on-one experience for the young and the young at heart.
Full Run, at the Good Knight Pub Stage
Combining the talents of members of three of the renaissance faire circuit’s most popular musical acts, Celtic Mayhem has been entertaining audiences with their unique, raucous brand of Celtic folk music since their debut in the Spring of 2007. Featuring Ty Billings (Minstrels of Mayhem) on vocals, guitar, and flute, Martyn Wylde (Wyldefyre) on vocals, bass, guitar, and bouzouki and Jack Stamates (Generica, Avalon and more) on vocals, fiddle, recorder, and percussion, Celtic Mayhem have developed into a remarkable “Celtic power trio”. When performing at fairs and festivals, the band plays Celtic traditional music and folk songs, along with original and contemporary music with a traditional feel.
Full Run, on the Once Upon a Stage
Three lovely princesses from far off kingdoms have come to our village festival at the invitation of the Royal Family. These three gracious princesses have come to share songs and stories of the royalty.They bring grace and elegance to the streets of Kegsworthy, and take great delight in meeting the local guests, peasant and prince alike. The princesses will also host a special academy for aspiring princes and princesses at 1:30 each day.
Weeks 5-6-7 in the Greathall Tent
Winner of multiple accolades from the Annual Renaissance Festival Podcast Awards, Chaste Treasure is an all women’s A Cappella ensemble with a look and flair like no other. Truly a treasure, but questionably chaste, do not be fooled by our high-class clothes! Our bawdy singing combined with highly entertaining and engaging shows will be sure to have you laughing in the aisles.
Full Run, On the Streets
Our village’s own one-man band. This multi-talented performer will delight audiences with music both playful and melodic on a variety of instrument.
Full Run, in the Special Events Tent
If you like your humor smart and dirty, come hear the Renaissance’s most articulate verbal mercenary insult victims for money. You’ll laugh so hard you’ll shoot beer out of your nose, even if you weren’t drinking beer. Not for the easily offended. NC-17
Full Run, On the Streets
As you wander the streets of the village, you are bound to run into the Cobblestone Characters. Not fancy or dandy, the Cobblestone Characters add atmosphere to the streets. This season we feature: The Sisters of Perpetual Inebriation, offering prayers and miracles to all who ask (and even those that don’t), and the Gardyloo Sisters, privy cleaners to the village.
Full Run, On the Streets
With a cheery “How do?” to all they meet, Jack Milgrew & Maddie Bliss can be found wandering up and down the lanes of the village with a variety of traditional entertainments. Stop to peer into the depths of the Turnip Wagon of Wonders for Artifacts Historical, Biblical and Fantastical, operate one of the hands-on Bliss Puppets as they stroll around in the shady spots or share a story about the village festival. Laugh with Jack & Maddie as they ride about on traditional Hobby Animals. Join in the fun that working folk have turned to for centuries.
Full Run on the Good Knight Pub Stage
Combining the sounds of bagpipe and drums creates a musical signature unique and irresistible. This rollicking, high-energy performance features both original compositions and traditional favorites.
Full Run, in the XTREME Action Arena
Debracey Productions is a live action stunt show. We combine trick riding, vaulting, chariot racing, death defying stunts, full contact jousting and a gladiator style spectacle. Witness the romantic story of a beautiful warrior princess searching for her knight in shining armor. The masses must decide the princess’s fate where the winner takes all, princess, kingdom, treasure, but does he win her heart?
Djian Tie African Dancers
Full Run, on the Checkmate Stage
New to our festival, these exotic dancers bring a vibrancy and athleticism unparalleled within our village. Having performed throughout the world, these dancers truly reflect the international qualities true to the spirit of the Renaissance.
Full Run, near the Once Upon a Stage
Glass Harps-the Glass Music of Eric and Susan Scites. Join us for a relaxing experience of one of the truly unique instruments to come out of the Renaissance. The Glass Harp-or Ghost Fiddle-truly is an ethereal sound, sure to please even the grumpiest of trolls, ogres, teenagers and husbands! Believed to be at once a cursed instrument-and a blessed one-it was said to have to power to cure heartache of the lovelorn!
Faire Wynds-Ye Olde Flea Circus
Full Run, on the Once Upon a Stage
The venerable Flea Circus has a long and honorable history… O.K, maybe not “honorable”, but it HAS been around a good long time. Although most people associate it with the late 19th century, it actually traces its roots back to ‘vermin shows’ in ancient Egypt. Our fleas all come from good bleeding…I mean BREEDING stock. We use only the finest imported fleas that can trace their lineage to the finest of historical entertainers!
Kathleen Finnigan Blackshear-Village Harpist
Full Run, on the Streets-Lakeside
Kathleen brings music of the past alive with the magic of the Irish harp. In ancient tradition music had the power to bring joy, sorrow, and peace, all of which Kathleen delights to share. Experience beloved music of the Celtic, ancient, and classical traditions, some familiar and some that is new again.
Flight of the Raptor-Birds of Prey
Weeks 1,2,3, at the Lakeside Point
Flight of the Raptor was officially founded in 1995 by Ray Pena, Master Falconer, and continues today as the finest example of this ancient sport. They provide birds of prey in flight and demonstrations designed to educate, enlighten, and amaze their audiences. Many thousands have seen their programs and return year after year; just visit the birds and enjoy the beauty of the flight.
Weeks 1-2-3 & 5-6-7 on the Streets
Watch ye out for Sir Real and his beautiful, bizarre and hilarious big puppets and stilt characters. Find him floating in the lanes with Giant Butterfly and Caterpillar, Baby, The Queen of Hearts on her high white horse and many more!
Full Run, on the Tudor Stage
Defying death and Darwinism, Paolo performs amazing and dangerous feats of juggling and fire eating. Don’t be fooled by imitation, Paolo is a real live Jester in the most traditional sense. Winner of the International Jester Competition in England, Paolo’s wry wit, physical skills and disregard of consequences results in an amazing show every time. Paolo will also present a special performance at the end of the day involving friends with little common sense, no concern for personal safety and 100 mousetraps.
Week 4 in the Greathall Tent
Bad girls, shame on you, how dare you sing that?
Not at all surprising that these girls… ladies… trollops… should be our featured act during “Wenches Weekend”. The Graces are a one of a kind act, quite literally! With no script, improvisational comedy, music, and willing (and sometimes not so willing) audience participation these three naughty-bawdy girls are sure to make even the sauciest of sailors blush!
Full Run, in the Phyfe & Fiddle Music Pavilion
Jesse Linder and Victoria Van Arnam team up to bring you the very best in drinking songs and ballads as a fun-filled, family friendly musical duo, performing their hearts out for your delight.
Full Run, in the Phyfe & Fiddle Music Pavilion
Talented and versatile Multi-Instrumentalists Jay and Abby Michaels make up the duo The Harper and The Minstrel. Their unique sound has been influenced by celtic, medieval, renaissance, baroque, folk and rock music, which all results in a sound both unique and beautiful.
Full Run, on the Streets-Between the Beer Garden & the Washing Well
Our modern day violins’ oldest ancestors had one string and were held on or between the knees. Sometimes during the Renaissance, players adopted an alternative position of tucking the base of the instrument under the chin. James O’Clair presents a unique interpretation of the ancient one-stringed instrument he calls the “Heart String”. Listen to the haunting melodies as he plays his beautiful HAND MADE instrument.
Full Run, in the Glassblowing Pavilion
The ancient art of glassblowing as demonstrated by Master glass blower Jason Klein.
He has made glass for the Pirates of the Caribbean, The hobbit and the upcoming Seventh Son movies. Watch as he makes the beautiful glass art of Rome, the Middle ages, the Renaissance, or just whatever you want him to make right here at our Faire!
Full Run, once a day on the Crown Stage
“We improvise because we are too lazy to rehearse.”
The IMPROVerished Players are a raggle-taggle group of improvisational comedians who perform at renaissance festivals, community theaters, and all-you-can eat sushi bars. After spending 21 days locked in a room to work on their special brand of comedy (ok, it was really rehab), they are now ready to entertain you and the masses.
Iris & Rose, Wild & Thorny
Weeks 2-3 in the Greathall Tent
Bawdy ballads and dirty ditties – good for grown ups and not for the kiddies. Presenting comedic musical styling by actual sisters that are not exactly vaudeville, but more like “Bawd-ville”. This show is great fun for every non-traditional social situation.
Weeks 4,5,6,7, on the Good Knight Pub Stage
Mark and Ehrich Gauvin, Arnie Parrot and Christopher Leidenfrost rock the house with a high-energy performance of traditional favorites delivered at a break neck pace.
Full Run on the Streets and various stages throughout the village.
Formerly Brighton Brass, Ivanhoe Brass is “Purveyors of Fine Trumpetry” and has been performing at FLARF since 1999. Performing the hits of the 1600’s, including such composers as King Henry VIII, Thomas Morley, Thomas Weelkes, Heinrich Issac, Orlando di Lasso and more. Ivanhoe Brass can be found heralding at the front gate, the joust, the parade, the scenario and provides a grand entrance for our royalty. Director Paul Southwood-Smith, “Southwood,” has been performing with FLARF on Bass Trombone since 2000.
Full Run, at the Magic Bar near the Beer Garden Stage
Performing magic across the country since he was a magician’s apprentice over 30 years ago. He was recently voted “Best Magician” in Milwaukee, and is currently working on imbuing inanimate objects with life. At least that’s what he tells us…
Ivanovich will read your mind, multiply your money, and do the impossible – all while making you laugh, shout, and keep asking, “What in the world?” Be warned – Ivanovich is Professionally Sneaky.
Full Run in the Beer Garden Music Pavilion
The Jackdaws deliver original, contemporary, and traditional Irish Rock to audiences across the land. This trailblazing trio will excite and have you coming back for more with their driving melodies and relentlessly aggressive lyrics. More Irish than a drunken roar, and a damned sight messier, meet The Jackdaws.
Full Run in the Forecourt of the XTREME Action Arena
Learn how to juggle from a master of the craft. What seems impossible is actually quite easy once you practice the basics. This is an activity for the whole family. Discover the gentle art and playful delight of defying gravity with our Village Juggling School. Patrick Roller has been teaching juggling for years in various parks, festivals and activity centers around the world. He will perform twice daily but he will also be available all day in the forecourt of the Action Arena for anyone who wishes to learn or practice.
Full Run, on the Crown Stage
Comedy wrapped in lunacy wrapped in foolishness. This show is a combination of strength, physical agility and amazingly well crafted routines, balancing classical theatrical training with disciplined circus physicality. It is a constantly changing series of routines, patter, physical impossibilities, unbelievable situations and audience interactions. They are difficult to describe and impossible to forget.
Kelly Academy of Irish Dance
Full Run, on Checkmate Stage
The Kelly Irish Dancers, under the direction of a Coimisiun LeRince Gaelacha instructor and choreographer Caitlin Kelly, present a lively program of both traditional and contemporary Irish Dance. The Kelly Irish Dancers are winners of numerous Irish Dance Championships and are comprised of young dancers, age 5 through 19, trained at the Kelly School of Irish Dance in Ft. Lauderdale.
Lady Ophelia’s Dance Party
Full Run at the Maypole
Lady Ophelia, a member of his Majesty’s court invites you to flirt… the old fashioned way. She is well versed and most skilled in all the current dances and royal entertainments and offers you a wonderful opportunity to join in the fun. It is a delightful diversion to learn a new dance and engage with new friends in movement and grace. The dance party is fun for all as you become entwined in the history, the joy and the traditions of court and country dance.
Week 1 in the Greathall Tent
By special request, returning for one week only, our trio of tarts are the sweetest treat around and as tempting as a cold beer on a hot day. The Limeybirds bring humor, grace and wit to some truly filthy material. They are tucked away in our “Adults Only” tent to protect the morals of society and to avoid uncomfortable conversations on the ride home.
Full Run, on the Checkmate Stage
If you’ve ever wanted to run away with the Gypsies then you will be captivated by the Masala Gypsy Dance Show! Find yourself transported by the mesmerizing drum rhythms and enchanting melodies of their world-class musicians. Experience the fantastic flamenco footwork, swift canes, and dangerous swords of their most beloved dances acquired from their travels through the mysterious East all the way to the passionate West. Don’t miss your chance to share the joy of music and dance with the Masala Gypsy Dancers!
Full Run, at the Lakeside Point
The King’s Royal Archers Master Will and Yeoman Neil invite you too to come see the wonders of the bow in action. Twice daily at the lakeside point, see demonstrations of shooting and learn about the history of archery.
Full Run at the Maypole
“The Mis-Adventurers is an interactive combat-comedy experience for all ages. Throughout their Heroes’ Guild meeting, Halvard and Peridot will do their best to inspire new recruits with their dazzling swordplay and quick wits, while settling their own petty rivalry at the same time. Who will best whom? Who will lose and suffer embarrassing punishments? The audience decides! Be sure to attend the next Guild meeting!”
Full Run in the Beer Garden Music Pavilion
Music The Gathering is an original, interactive, and energetic folk music show. Inspired by scenario and strategy games, Music The Gathering features a band of musicians who tell fantasy stories using songs with full harmonies and multi-instrumental arrangements, complete with jokes, toasts, and riddles. At strategic moments, band members may cast spell cards against each other, which force them to complete crazy challenges while performing the music.
Full Run in the Beer Garden Music Tent
The New World Collective is a new “concept” band, bringing together the talents of renowned individual musicians to play together creating shows and harmonies never before heard and absolutely unique to The Florida Renaissance Festival. These musical sets are structured around our 5 central musicians but every set could be different as other musicians throughout the festival join in and participate. The idea is to create a welcoming artistic environment for musicians to play together and support one another. Our core artists are Misti Bernard, Bret Blackshear, Don Leighton, Billy Miller and Matthew Young. Each artist maintains a national reputation for excellence and together they will create a sound both fresh and festive and absolutely unique.
One Man “Romeo and Juliet”
Weeks 1-2-3 on the Good Knight Pub Stage
Danger! Romance! Sock Puppets!
Shakespeare’s classic is condensed down to six characters and two sock puppets, for non-stop comedy and interactive fun. The audience is divided up into Capulets and Montagues so they are a part of the action. The show will enrapture old and young, from the bullwhip intro to the thrilling finale.
Full Run on Once Upon a Stage & In the Lanes
Jingle & Jongleur provide interactive stories and songs for the young and young at heart. Entertaining and engaging, you will encounter them throughout the village, in the Kegsworthy Promenade and on The Once Upon a Stage.
Full Run, Tours Meet at the Guest Services Pavilion just within the Front Gate
Our village tour guides from The Wandering Gypsy Theatre will take you on our most popular tour of all, the pub-crawl. These ladies know all the most interesting gossip and stories and are most willing to share it all with you.
So join Tuvia and Jilma as they escort you around to all the best bars in the village.
Full Run in the Phyfe & Fiddle Music Pavilion
‘Did he write that song? Did he write that song just now? Come and have a listen into the mind of musical chaos!’
Randall Piper is a well-traveled and highly respected entertainer, performing as a musician, singer, actor and comedian. He is new to our village and will be performing in our Phyfe & Fiddle music pavilion as our resident troubadour, presenting both classical songs and original music.
Raptors of the Round Table
Weeks 4-5-6-7 at Lakeside Pointe
This location is a beautiful and informative camp featuring exotic birds of prey and intelligent discourse upon the art and sport of falconry.
Revelors Round Village Dancers
Full Run, on the Streets
The sound of cheerful music and joyful frolicking means the Revelers Round dancers are near. This dedicated group of volunteer performers will surprise and delight you with historic English village dances. Clap along in time to the music, or jump on in and join them for a dance or two.
Rex Blazer-Village Minstrel
Full Run, on the Streets
Rex Blazer, who lives somewhere between Montana, Florida, Maine, and Alaska, has been energizing dancers nationwide for over 25 years. With a focus on contra and square dance fiddling, Rex is well known for his for his “liberal” interpretation of traditional and contemporary tunes and pop music, blending them into his own uniquely improvisational style.
Robin Hood and Maid Marion
Full Run on the Once Upon a Stage
Join Robin Hood and Maid Marion for interactive storytelling and tales of adventure and daring do, daring did and daring done.
Full Run at the Mud Pit… IN the Mud Pit
A duo of adventurous storytellers willing to wallow in the earthier aspect of humor while adding a whole new dimension to filthy humor and “ground breaking” entertainments.
Weeks 1-2-3 on the Tudor Stage
Inspired by Shakespeare’s cock-combed fool, Theatre of Fools brings you on a hysterical joyride of absurd theatrics.
Full Run, on the Streets
Once a troupe of traveling players, the members of the second oldest profession found themselves broke and abandoned in Turin after a disastrous tour of the continent with an avant-garde production of Doctor Faustus. About to consider a career change as members of the first oldest profession, Dame Fortune smiled upon them with an opportunity to rise above their stations and serve as domestic help in a well-established household of a great lady of noble title and property. La Signora Rosaura Dressler di Visconti Apelle Bay de Gonzaga needed to replace her entire household staff after they all perished in a domestic tragedy rendering her a widow… for the fifth time. The actors now have new professions, new clothes and new insurance policies. We wish them the very best of luck.
Full Run, on the Streets
Never trust a pirate. Captain Thom Bedlam is landlocked awaiting repairs or another ship. Life ashore has left him bored and bursting with tomfoolery. It’s a wild array of magical mayhem, the sharing of vastly inaccurate knowledge and gregarious lessons on being a pirate. Almost learn how to counterfeit for unparalleled wealth, the possibly correct way to run someone through without spoiling the carpet, an improper application of a hook as a prosthetic, and how to be taller through lynching. It’s the most fun you’ll have this side of the Caribbean and gives you a whole new perspective for the saying “I’d rather be sailing”. Yo Ho! Not so much memorable as hilariously traumatizing.
Full Run, at the Washing Well Stage
Swing by the wash pit and visit the Washing Well Wenches, where the women rule and the men drool. They’re known for more than their stunning good looks. These girls are also “I peed my pants!” funny.* Thankfully, they will wash them for you after the show.
(An actual quote from living audience member)
Full Run, found throughout the Village
The Wonder Elixir of Life show is a classic, Renaissance-era ‘medicine show’ in the style of the Mountebanks of the Tudor Era and beyond. Drawing on many sources, and speaking in some of the smoothest fast-patter around, our characters extol the virtues of their ‘amazing elixir’ and continue to delight and entertain the audience in the meantime with small routines of ‘fortune telling’, magic, and humor.
Full Run, at the Phyfe & Fiddle Music Pavilion
With a repertoire derived from the rich folk traditions of Ireland, England, and Scotland as well as his own original songs, Martyn Wylde continues the legacy of the Bards of old. His ability to engage his listeners with personal stories and anecdotes about the songs leaves audiences feeling they have experienced a very special performance by a uniquely talented artist.
2019 ROYAL COURT AND VILLAGE CHARACTERS
Charles the Fifth, Holy Roman Emperor, King of Spain, King of Italy,
Archduke of Austria, Duke of Burgundy and Lord of the Netherlands
King Charles is played by Tim Fraley, one of our resident character actors having a very long history with our festival as a reliable and versatile actor portraying various historical characters. For this season he finally ascends to the throne as our own resident King.
Charles the Fifth was perhaps the most powerful monarch throughout Renaissance Europe with a vast and powerful kingdom encompassing many individual countries. He brought together under his rule extensive territories in western, central, and southern Europe, and the Spanish viceroyalties in the Americas and Asia. As a result, his domains spanned nearly 1.5 million square miles, and were the first to be described as “the empire on which the sun never sets”.
GOD SAVE THE KING
Isabel, Princess of Portugal, Holy Roman Empress and
Queen Regent of Spain
Jennifer Higgins has portrayed Queens and Royalty for decades, balancing unparalleled scholarship with an acute and experienced sensitivity to human interactions within festival theatre. She travels effortlessly between historical accuracy, practical concerns, inspirational and the highly comedic.
She plays Isabel of Portugal, Holy Roman Empress and Queen of Spain, Germany, Italy, Naples and Sicily and Duchess of Burgundy by her marriage to Emperor Charles V, and regent of Spain during his many absences attending to matters throughout his vast empire.
Isabel was the granddaughter of Isabella I of Castile and Ferdinand II of Aragon. Throughout her life, many compared her to her grandmother for her character and her determination in politics. A woman of great beauty and intelligence, Isabel was undoubtedly the Spanish soul of Charles V who, because of his travels in Europe, spent little time in Spain due to political affairs abroad. It was thanks to the governorships of Empress Isabel that Spain was able to remain independent of imperial policies.
GOD BLESS THE QUEEN
Countess Yolanda, King’s aunt and Godmother
Countess Yolanda Isabella, once Queen of Portugal, is now in semi-retirement traveling with her extended family. Since she now finds herself with far too much time on her hands, she has decided to start a small business venture “Queen of Hearts Enterprises” a Matchmaking Service and artistic and intellectual Social Salon. She can be found on the Kegsworthy Promenade.
Lady Ethel Hurst, Marquesa of Trevesto
Lady Ethel Hurst is a social hostess of the first order. From Venice, she sponsors young ladies from good families and hosts a finishing school. She is currently travelling with her two most recent charges, training them to be suitable royal companions. She is also a writer of scandalously salacious popular fiction and has threatened to pen her memoirs, causing considerable consternation throughout the finest families in Europe.
Amara Cassata, Artiste, Celebrity and Toast of European Society
Living by her wits and the good graces of high society, Lady Cassata has entertained thousands with her unique take on classical services. A beloved, gifted and surprisingly flexible entertainer, she has worked under some of the most powerful noblemen from every corner of the world. She is a familiar fixture in the salons, theatres, beer halls and private residences of accommodating people of all persuasions seeking an intellectually stimulating experience.
Lord Mayor Percival DeGage’
As Lord Mayor and local nobleman of the village of Kegsworthy, Lord Percival considers himself sadly victimized by the incompetence of others. In truth he is not so much beloved because of his abilities, but rather tolerated with amusement in spite of his tragic shortcomings. He is often referred to as having a nervous temperament… because frivolously fussy hysteric is just too sadly accurate.
Lady Ettie, a customs authori-tea is a beloved character of taste and fashion endearing to our village and advising guests on matters of etiquette and deportment. Always ready to assist visitors to Kegsworthy on the changing trends of international fashions. Her sense of style is described as unique. Join her for Tea time with Lady Ettie or engage her on the streets of our village.
She reminds all that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
Mad Maggie tells tales and stories about her many adventures trying to find herself. Delightful fun for the whole family and teaches the delights to be found within the pages of a book.
Ralphie the Ragpicker is a beloved village character, part storyteller, part tour guide, part madman, all wrapped up in the tattered rags of his personal history.
2019 LIVING HISTORY ENCAMPMENTS
Anger of the Mistress-Trebuchet
Encampment at the Lakeside Point
Come witness an amazing demonstration of a medieval trebuchet. A catapult used to smash castle walls or throw projectiles over them. There are demonstrations throughout the day. Encampment members are on hand to answer your questions about this unique weaponry.
Everglades 5th Free Company
Encampment located near the XTREME Action Arena
This encampment features all the hardworking volunteers who perform the vital function of protecting both the audience and the horses for our Joust shows. They also assist our Master Falconer and Master Archer with their demonstrations on the Lakeside Point. This dedicated troupe have been with the festival for more than 20 years and have become such a necessary element in the smooth running of these large scale spectacle shows, that they are often invited to provide Safety and Security for most of the major festivals in the Florida area.
Encampment located Lakeside near the XTREME Action Arena
H. M. Royal Artillery is freelance artillery battery that is employed by the King. Known as “Keepers of the Peace” they open the festival every morning, at his Majesty’s command, with a cannon shot. In the evening, promptly at sunset they close the faire with a small arms and cannon demonstration. As a historic reenactment group, they are dedicated to teaching and demonstrating the safe use of muzzle-loading black powder cannons and small arms. Once a day during faire, and by his Majesty’s permission, they conduct a live fire black powder cannon demonstration in the Joust Arena Forecourt.
The current arsenal consists of 14 cannons and over 70 different small arms. As acknowledged black powder experts with over 110 years of combined experience with muzzle-loading weaponry of all types, one of their main endeavors is education. Stop by their encampment to learn about the fascinating history of black powder and the weapons that used it.
Encampment & Performances at the XTREME Action Arena
History of Chivalry is our living history encampment dedicated to the preservation and demonstration of the arts and skills of the warrior knight. Twice daily our members will display combat fighting with live steel. An exciting blend of adventure and danger, experience the excitement of yesteryear.
Encampment located between the Good Knight Pub Stage and the Mud Pit
The Hanseatic League is a collective of merchants and guilds buying and selling goods throughout the European continent and the Far East. Experience life in a traveling merchant caravan. We encourage guests to enter, browse and ask questions. The tents are open to display the living conditions for these merchant explorers. This encampment features cooking, dining, living and crafting areas plus various entertainments throughout the day with “The Bearded Lady Sideshow”.
Encampment located between the Front Gate and the Crown Stage
During the 16th and 17th centuries, at the height of its power under the reign of Suleiman the Magnificent, the Ottoman Empire was a multinational, multilingual empire controlling much of Southeast Europe, parts of Central Europe, Western Asia, and North Africa.
With Constantinople as its capital and control of lands around the Mediterranean basin, the Ottoman Empire was at the center of interactions between the Eastern and Western worlds for six centuries.
During various conflicts throughout Europe, great capitols rose and fell often loosing great libraries and other repositories of knowledge and cultural histories, leading to the period known as “The Dark Ages”. The Ottomans held and protected the accumulated knowledge of the greater world for centuries. As Europe entered into the Renaissance the Ottoman Empire began to share the arts, sciences and histories that they had so carefully maintained. It was through their influence that much of the cultural histories of great countries remain. The Ottomans were artists, scholars and philosophers of the highest caliber, generous with their knowledge and diplomatic with their strength.
Encampment located near the Phyfe & Fiddle Stage
This special interest club from South Plantation High School caters to students who are interested in the Renaissance era. This club allows students to participate in the whole spectrum of period life from costume and armour-making to dancing and cooking. The Paladin Society is also home to Sir Elrick – Herbalist and Apothecary.