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Renaissance and Pirate Festival Saturday and Sunday

Hear ye, Hear ye. Your presence is requested by the chambership of Pagosa at the first annual Renaissance and Pirate Festival.

The park neighboring the babbling brook of the San Juan River beckons attendees from near and far to attend to the multitude of vendors, sporting games and quests that will entertain the masses. Buccaneers and maidens of all ages are invited to come and enjoy festivities, plentiful fare and delicious swill. Proper attire of knight, maiden, buccaneer, fanciful fairy or other medieval occupation is requested but not required for admission.

Town Park will be turned into a medieval village on Saturday and Sunday, July 17 and 18. Actually, you can kick off the festivities Friday evening with a movie at The Springs Resort. This week’s movie will be “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” For admission to The Springs, enjoy this classic film beginning around 9 p.m.

On Saturday, beginning at 10 a.m., games, contests and activities begin at the park. Every hour on the odd hour there will be set games such a pillow jousting (Twilsey Wop), an elevated tug of war (Hunkerhausen), a giant Jenga game, and many more activities. Throughout the day there will be face painting, henna tattoos, a quest, and a shield decorating contest.

Adults can wander through the village looking for treasures from myriad vendors. Look for handcrafted items such as Celtic clothing, jewelry, masks, treasure boxes, knives, leather works, crystals or fanciful fairy items. You can also get your fortune told through a Tarot or Angel Card reading. If you’re not careful, you may end up in the stockade for a time! Spend the day in the park, as there will be plentiful food and drink also available.

More activities will be located on the athletic field across from Town Park.

You can enjoy performances on the main stage at Town Park by the Gypsy Players with their raucous works; and the sunken Bones Pirate Society will be looking for captives to man their pirate ships; the Witch of Pittenweem will provide her songs of enchantment, Paul and Carla Roberts will perform magnificent music; the beautiful Rakassah Jabal belly dancing troupe will keep you mesmerized; Michael Taylor will enthrall you with his juggling; Sir Mark Logdon will perform his magic; and the Dragon Moon Guild Gypsy Travelers will keep you entranced with their drumming. At 3 p.m. on Saturday, the Big’ns will perform a pirate and Celtic concert.

Also, all day Saturday, a chess tournament for participants of all ages and skill levels will be held, with the finals to be played at the lifesize chess board at The Springs Resort on Sunday, July 18. If you are interested in participating in the chess tournament, contact Stacy at the Chamber at 264-2360 or Anthony Steventon at 731-3029.

You can continue your Renaissance mood into Saturday and Sunday evening at the Springs with another fun movie, “The Quest for Camelot,” which begins around 9 p.m. on both of these days.

Part of the fun of a Renaissance Festival is to try at attend in costume. It is easy to put together a costume with a broomstick skirt, an eye patch, or fairy wings and a wand, or you can rent a more elaborate outfit at the local costume shop

Tickets this year are only $2 for adults, $1 for children 5-18 years of age, and children under 5 are free. Your family can enjoy a great day in the park filled with fun and surprises for a very reasonable cost. Vendors and some of the activities will be require an additional charge; however, the day is planned as an inexpensive outing for the whole family.

For more information about the Renaissance Festival, contact Stacy at the Chamber at 264-2360. Get out of the festival norm and enjoy a different kind of event as Town Park and Pagosa Springs takes a step back in time.