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Pagosa Springs Renaissance and Pirate Festival

By Mary Jo Coulehan
Special to The PREVIEW

Dust off your medieval garb, polish the scabbard, don that tutu and the flowing ribbons, perfect that brogue and prepare your family to step back into days gone by at the Renaissance and Pirate Festival July 19-21.

This unique event, held in Town Park in downtown Pagosa Springs, features theatrical plays, musical performances, tons of children’s activities including plate spinning and stilt walking, crafts and delectable medieval edibles.

There will also be jugglers, escape artists and period reenactments at the event.

Let the youngsters experience the festival through the excitement and education at the Children’s Quest. They can interact with vendors, period actors and performers as they gain clues, collect treasures and complete the quest.

The Renaissance Festival, now in its fifth year, adds more fun and excitement to the show every season while having some of the more popular entertainers return.

Children will be able to make period products such as swords and shields while learning about swordsmanship, practicing archery, and avoiding capture by rogue pirates ready to collect a ransom. They can dabble in bead working and take home a treasure.

Sir Mark Logsdon, escape artist, will engage the children as he wanders around the encampment and challenges the adults in escape routines. The popular Salida Circus mesmerizes all with their giant mermaids and pirates and are “Pied Pipers” for the children to follow, leading them to the activity tent where they can learn tumbling techniques and participate in craft projects.

New this year are demonstrations by Gotten Johnnie Stone, showing off the strength and talents needed for the Highland Games. Hopefully, next year we will have a full-blown Highland Game competition.

The festival will once again have its own currency, with the Coin of the Realm used to pay for goods as well as becoming collectable currency, with the images of Henry VIII, Queen Ann and perhaps even Blackbeard on the coins.

Closing out the festival on Friday and Saturday evenings at 6 p.m. will be a five-piece a capella group from Denver, Pandora Celtica. This group will wow you with their vocal talents, enjoyable audience interaction and musical storytelling. The music will engage both young and old and is a great way to end the day, so stick around for the concert or return as your full-day admission pass allows you to come and go from the festival all day.

Enjoy period fare of smoked meats, turkey legs and other tasty morsels and quench your thirst at the beer garden featuring Pagosa’s fine brews from Pagosa Brewing Co. and Riff Raff Brewing. You can also shop the unique vendors for gifts, essential oils, jewelry and clothing, leather goods and knives.

Tickets are $3 for adults, $2 for youth and free for wee ones under 48 inches in height. There are also weekend passes available for $7.50 for adults and $5 for youth.

Listed below is a schedule of performers, subject to change. Bring your best medieval dress, magical wand or pirate eye patch and enjoy three days of Renaissance festivities.

Friday, July 19

10 a.m. — Large Cannon Firing.

11 a.m. — The Gypsy Players.

Noon — Sir Mark Logsdon.

1 p.m. — Salida Circus Workshop.

2 p.m. — Large Cannon Firing.

2:30 p.m. — Sir Mark Logsdon.

4:30 p.m. — The Gypsy Players. 5 p.m. — Salida Circus Belly Dance/Circus Workshop.

6 p.m. — Pandora Celtica Concert.

Saturday, July 20

10 a.m. — Large Cannon Firing.

11 a.m. — Sir Mark Logsdon.

Noon — The Gypsy Players.

1 p.m. — Salida Circus Workshop.

2 p.m. — Large Cannon Firing.

2:30 p.m. — Rakassah Jabal Belly Dancers.

4 p.m. — Sir Mark Logsdon.

4:30 p.m. — The Gypsy Players.

5 p.m. — Salida Circus Belly Dance/Circus Workshop.

6 p.m. — Pandora Celtica Concert.

Sunday, July 21

10 a.m. — Large Cannon Firing.

11 a.m. — Sir Mark Logsdon.

Noon — The Gypsy Players. 12:30 p.m. — Salida Circus Workshop.

2 p.m. — Rakassah Jabal Belly Dancers.

3 p.m. — Large Cannon Firing.

4 p.m. — The Gypsy Players.

This story was posted on July 18, 2013.