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Every story has a beginning and every dream has an inspiration.

“I obtained this from the King of the Southern Forests who gifted it to me for saving his daughter, Princess Ariana, from bandit kidnappers,” said the man as he held out what appeared to be a simple clear stone. “It is said to hold magical properties, but I have yet to figure out what they are.” He placed the stone on a pile of other trinkets that sat evenly between two teenage boys, an elf, and the corsair.

Magic. Now things were getting interesting, I thought. “Roll the bones,” said the elf.

Every item in the pile of trinkets came with a story and once everyone had placed their bid, the dice were rolled and the winner with the highest numbers took all. It wasn’t winning that made this simple game so much fun. It was the stories imagined for each trinket that helped take us from being two teenage boys walking around a Renaissance Faire to two young adventurers embroiled in a game of bones just outside Black Dragon Pewter with a group of elves and fauns led by a man they called Raum.

The experience was magical to us. So magical, in fact, that we spent every moment since we left preparing for our return trip the next year. We studied history to learn more about the time period. Our creativity led us to create a “bones board” from leather we wood burned runes into, costuming, wooden swords, personas, and stories for many of the trinkets we gathered throughout the year. Raum had sparked our imagination with a simple game of dice that added a layer of creativity and fun to our day. We probably would have had an okay time there, but it was that engagement with grown-ups that made the experience something special as kids.

We hope history does indeed repeat itself.

Our interaction with Raum back in the late 80’s is one of the main inspirations for the high level of engagement we strive for at The Connecticut Renaissance Faire. We want to inspire today’s children with that same fascination we discovered in our youth, so they will want to learn about history, social studies, and the performing arts. We want to spark their imagination and creativity like Raum had done for us, giving them a positive experience and stories they can tell to their children someday. We want them to dream big; to help others; and to see the positive impact they can make on the lives of strangers.

It’s been over 30 years since Raum inspired us and even today we see him at our festivals continuing to interact, to inspire, and to make believe.

Thank you for inspiring us, Raum.

9 Things You’ll Miss if You Miss the Faire

3We apologize in advance for only choosing 9 things you’d miss if you miss the Faire. There are definitely a lot more shows and events we wanted to point out, but can’t put them all in this article. Plus, our entertainment list continues to grow as the show approaches.

Check out our list of current shows

  1. A Midsummer’s Night Musical: If you’re one of the many people who saw last year’s musical it is likely you’ll also find yourself enjoying this show more than once. A Midsummer’s Night Musical is filled with comedic genius, talented performers, fun songs, and a slew of reasons to laugh so hard you cry.
  2. Bill Darr: Master archer, Bill Darr, returns to Connecticut to demonstrate skill with a longbow that is so unbelievable you’ll wonder if it’s magic.
  3. Book Signings: Each day of our show a different fantasy author will host a special book signing from 1-3 pm. Talk to the author, purchase a book and have it signed, and maybe even get a selfie together if there is time. Take a look at who we have lined up.
  4. Halloween Knights: It’s scary to think that we’ve not only added an extra evening of Halloween Knights, but also that it is included with your same-day admission to the Faire. See what Halloween Knights is all about if you’re not too afraid…
  5. Scott Xavier: On our opening-and-closing weekends, Scott Xavier will enchant you with his unique mix of mentalism, hypnotism, and comedy. Scott has hypnotized us to say that his show is completely out of this world awesome so you have to see it. Must… see… it.
  6. The Lost Boys: We struggled to get this in-demand Renaissance boy band back for years. Now this popular high-energy group from 1299 returns to our show to bring you a unique blend of original music, and traditional folk tunes, along with contemporary and classic rock n’ roll parodies with a renaissance flair. You’ll be singing along and dancing in no time. October 8, 9, 10 Only.
  7. The Queen’s Feast: We’re not surprised when the Queen’s Feast sells out fast. Where else can you attend an exclusive event-within-an-event that includes a multi-course feast and private entertainment for adults only? The cost of this Queen’s Feast is already unbelievable and our ticket sale only sweetens the deal. Learn more about the Queen’s Feast. October 8 & 9 Only.
  8. The Rogues: Equally as difficult to pin down has been The Rogues, but now our show will resonate with the awesome sound of bagpipes and high-energy songs. These talented performers will be rocking the house on our final weekend. October 29, 30 only.
  9. Traditions of Chinese Acrobatics: Watch in awe as the incredible Li Liu performs acrobatic feats of strength, juggling, and balance that will leave you pinned to the edge of your seat.

There is more to the Faire than just continuous entertainment all day on stage and in the street. It’s your chance to laugh, interact with performers, take fun pictures, and share fond memories that are part of every day with us. So gather up your friends and family, order your tickets online, and come spend an unforgettable day with us in the past.

Costumes Not Required

Sometimes I think we’re too clever for our own good when we write fancy things like, “Come as you are or as you wish to be” on our website or Facebook. All that fancy phrase means is “wear what makes you happy and come enjoy the show.” We get asked the question often though: Do I have to dress up to go to the Faire? The short, simple answer is: No. You don’t.

Of course, we don’t want to discourage you from dressing the part if you enjoy it. If you’re having fun, treat yourself to a costume piece or accessory to start your collection. Sometimes all you need to show your Faire spirit is something simple like a flowered head wreath, a shirt, leather bracers, chainmail jewelry, horns, fairy wings, or maybe even mystical shoulder puppet. If you treat yourself to one item every time you visit, you’ll eventually have the perfect outfit for you. And an impressive outfit it will be.

So what’s the point?

Our guests who take their Faire experience to the next level by dressing the part tell us they enjoy the show even more. They’re more immersed in the fun and overall experience, plus they feel more like they’ve stepped back in time. Not to mention they look awesome in pictures. Having a cool outfit is a great reason to get your picture taken in our photo booth and it increases the chances our team of pro-photographers will catch your image as you wander the Faire. Always a plus for great memories!

So, if you have a costume – we’d love to see it! If you don’t – no worries. We’ll all have a lot of fun either way. And if you decide you want to step further into the fun, our merchant bazaar has just what you’re looking for.

Check out our growing list of merchants.

Pirate Invasion Weekend – October 8, 9, 10 (Columbus Day)

Avast! The Faire has been overrun by pirates! You can come as you are or break out that old pirate Halloween costume and get into the fun. Arrrrrr ya ready!?

TIMETudor Stage/strong>Rose & CrownGallery StageDragon's MouthThe Chamber PotPope's PulpitJoust FieldKnight SchoolLiving History CampHitting & StabbingTIME
10:30Meet the RoyalsBelow the Gaff 10:30
11:00Traditions of Chinese AcrobaticsPaulo GarbanzoShakespeare Approves!Shelli ButtonsThe Lost BoysPope's BlessingSquire Training 11:00
11:45Cirque du SewerMidsummer's Night MusicalZoltan the AdequateBelow the Gaff Bawdy Buccaneers Joust GamesArmored Combat DemoCooking Demo 11:45
12:30Traditions of Chinese AcrobaticsPope & CardinalShakespeare Approves! Lords of AdventureThe Lost BoysHuman Chess MatchWeapons DemoQuest Giving 12:30
1:15ParadeParadeParadeParadeParadeParadeParade Parade Parade Parade1:15
1:45Cirque du SewerMidsummer's Night MusicalShakespeare Approves!Shelli Buttons Bawdy Buccaneers Bill Darr ArcheryChainmaille Demo Axe Throwing Contest1:45
2:30Traditions of Chinese AcrobaticsPope & CardinalZoltan the AdequateLords of AdventurePub Sing Joust of Peace 2:30
3:15Cast ShowPaulo GarbanzoShakespeare Approves!Shelli ButtonsThe Lost Boys Armored Combat Demo Brewing DemoArchery Competition3:15
4:00Cirque du SewerMidsummer's Night MusicalZoltan the AdequateBelow the GaffBawdy Buccaneers Bill Darr ArcheryKnighting CeremonyRenaissance Medicine4:00
4:45Pirate Costume ContestPaulo GarbanzoLords of AdventureThe Lost Boys Joust of War 4:45
5:30Finale Show 5:30

SATURDAY

Meet the Author

Meet the Author: J.Z.N. McCauley

Our “Meet the Author” event is just one more reason you need a season pass as we host a different fantasy author each and every day of our show. This is your chance to:

  • Get to know the author and let them know what you enjoy most about their book(s).
  • Buy a book and have it signed. You are also welcome to bring a book you’ve already purchased.
  • Snap a selfie if there is time. Be sure to hashtag it with #ctfaire on Facebook so they can see it later.
  • Cosplay a character from their book – we encourage it!

Learn more about the authors on our Meet the Author Page.

Contest: Pirate Costume Contest

Unless they’re boarding your ship everybody loves pirates, so dress the part and come enter our pirate costume contest! Insider tip: The winners of this contest are often the ones that talk like pirates, walk like pirates, and really get into the whole pirate role. Do you have what it takes to win?

Contest Info: Unless otherwise specified, entry into all contests at the Special Events Stage are included with your same-day admission to the Faire. If you are planning to enter a contest, please arrive 10-15 minutes prior to the start. At the discretion of the contest host, some events may choose to limit the number of participants in a particular contest due to time restrictions.

Special Event: Pirates on Parade

If you came to the Faire dressed as a pirate then AVAST! March with us in the royal parade. See our show schedule for start time and location. Don’t be later or you’ll walk the plank.

For our Deaf and Hard of Hearing Friends: Deaf Awareness Day

Join us today as Finger Dancers from around New England interpret a variety of shows for our friends who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Private Event: The Queen’s Feast

Join us for two delicious hours of food, friends, and laughter at this exclusive special event! From 1:30pm to 3:30pm our kitchens will delight you with a lavish multi-course meal hot from the oven. While you dine the best entertainment the festival has to offer will perform original material not seen at the faire itself. Funny, raunchy, and frequently unexpected, the Queen’s Feast is a sure hit with world class entertainment. Learn More About the Queen’s Feast or Buy Tickets.

SUNDAY

Meet the Author

Meet the Author: E.A. Rappaport

Our “Meet the Author” event is just one more reason you need a season pass as we host a different fantasy author each and every day of our show. This is your chance to:

  • Get to know the author and let them know what you enjoy most about their book(s).
  • Buy a book and have it signed. You are also welcome to bring a book you’ve already purchased.
  • Snap a selfie if there is time. Be sure to hashtag it with #ctfaire on Facebook so they can see it later.
  • Cosplay a character from their book – we encourage it!

Learn more about the authors on our Meet the Author Page.

Contest: Movie Pirate Costume Contest

We’re hosting this contest to find the best cosplay for a movie or television show pirate. If you have the look and can walk the talk this is the contest for you.

Contest Info: Unless otherwise specified, entry into all contests at the Special Events Stage are included with your same-day admission to the Faire. If you are planning to enter a contest, please arrive 10-15 minutes prior to the start. At the discretion of the contest host, some events may choose to limit the number of participants in a particular contest due to time restrictions.

Special Event: Pirates on Parade

If you came to the Faire dressed as a pirate then AVAST! March with us in the royal parade. See our show schedule for start time and location. Don’t be later or you’ll walk the plank.

Private Event: The Queen’s Feast

Join us for two delicious hours of food, friends, and laughter at this exclusive special event! From 1:30pm to 3:30pm our kitchens will delight you with a lavish multi-course meal hot from the oven. While you dine the best entertainment the festival has to offer will perform original material not seen at the faire itself. Funny, raunchy, and frequently unexpected, the Queen’s Feast is a sure hit with world class entertainment. Learn More About the Queen’s Feast or Buy Tickets.

MONDAY (Columbus Day)

Meet the Author

Meet the Author: J.M. Aucoin

Our “Meet the Author” event is just one more reason you need a season pass as we host a different fantasy author each and every day of our show. This is your chance to:

  • Get to know the author and let them know what you enjoy most about their book(s).
  • Buy a book and have it signed. You are also welcome to bring a book you’ve already purchased.
  • Snap a selfie if there is time. Be sure to hashtag it with #ctfaire on Facebook so they can see it later.
  • Cosplay a character from their book – we encourage it!

Learn more about the authors on our Meet the Author Page.

Contest: Drunken Sailor Contest

What do you do with a drunken sailor? This contest may have the answer as adult pirates participate in our beer chugging contest followed by some pirate shenanigans that will help decide who goes home the winner. Of course, winning is all relative when beer is involved.

Contest Info: This contest is restricted to adults ages 21+ with a valid proof of age (a 21+ wristband from any beer booth is required). There is a $10 fee to enter this contest. If you are planning to enter, please arrive 10-15 minutes prior to the start. At the discretion of the contest host, some events may choose to limit the number of participants in a particular contest due to time restrictions. This contest takes place at our special events stage. Check our event schedule for the “Special Events” slot for time and location.

Special Event: Pirates on Parade

If you came to the Faire dressed as a pirate then AVAST! March with us in the royal parade. See our show schedule for start time and location. Don’t be later or you’ll walk the plank.

Special Event: Heroes’ Day

Active or Retired members of the Military, Police, Fire Department, and Dispatch are admitted to the Faire today FREE with proof of service. Thank you for your service to the people.

10 Fantasy Authors You’ll Want to Meet

New England Fantasy Authors

Thanks to movies like Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings, and Harry Potter, the fantasy genre has become more popular than ever. At the Connecticut Renaissance Faire, we’ve organized a daily “Meet the Author” event at our 2016 performance where you can show your support for the fantasy genre, chat with the author, buy a book and get it signed and maybe even take a selfie together. Here are some of the outstanding authors we are bringing attention to this season:

See what day these authors will be at the Faire.

C.A. Cooke

Connecticut fantasy author, C.A. Cooke is best known for his book Dragonfaerie that chronicles the life of a 15-year-old boy from Iowa and his travels in a mystical world he was taken to. Cooke is a trained naturalist, spiritualist, and philosopher.

Liz Delton

Meadowcity is the latest book from Connecticut Fantasy author, Liz Delton. It’s a story about Sylvia Thorne, a rider delivering messages between the Four Cities. Her life changes when she unknowingly delivers a declaration of war. What will this mean for the four cities of Arcera? Liz resides in what some would call “The middle of the woods.” Could this be where she got her inspiration for The Wilds – the lands between the Four Cities? Now is your chance to find out.

Suzanne Cordatos

If you’ve been looking something new and original to read to your kids as a family tradition, take a look at Sneeze Fire – a children’s book about a dragon, Willard, who has a bad cold that creates a bit of tension between he and his friends. Suzanne has a degree in English Literature from Bowling Green State University and works for international student admissions for Sacred Heart University, located in Fairfield, CT.

Deborah Ann Davis

When nineteen-year-old computer geek Petir Capota falls out of a tree, he awakens to find himself back in the days of Robin Hood. Follow his struggles with Maid Rianne and see if this is all just a dream or he really did travel to a different place and time. Deborah Ann Davis writes Quirky New/Young Adult Fiction with a Twist.

Kim Headlee

Virginia fantasy author, Kim Headlee, is no stranger to fantasy novels. She started her Dawnflight series back in 1999 and hasn’t looked back. Her latest paperback, “King Arthur’s Sister in Washington’s Court” won the 2016 IPBA Benjamin Gold Medal for Science Fiction & Fantasy. The story is about the only major character in Mark Twain’s well-known novel, “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court” that wasn’t killed off: Morgan le Fay. See what happens when she casts a powerful spell to take her to 1879 Connecticut in this enchanting story of time travel and magic.

A.L. Davroe

A popular virtual reality game, Nexis, is the only escape for a naturally-born teenager named Ella. There she learns the game isn’t quite what everyone thinks it is. Discover what Ella learns in A.L. Davroe’s latest novel. Davroe resides in Connecticut with her cats and has written several books with a focus on science fiction.

J.M. Aucoin

Darion Delerue, former soldier turned highwayman, has only two things of value—the hope in his heart and the steel at his side. After a heist on a royal ambassador goes wrong, Darion is thrown into a political plot to undermine the crown, pitting his old life as an honorable soldier against his new life as a highwayman. His actions could send France back into civil war, but do they? J.M. Aucoin’s “Honor Among Thieves” is a gripping tale of daring sword-play and political intrigue, with superb historical detail of 17th Century France that’ll have readers ready to draw their swords and fight for glory! Aucoin is fencer, actor, and full-time nerd who writes swashbucklers & historical adventure novels.

E.A. Rappaport

An evil spirit, trapped within a volcano for centuries, escapes its fiery prison with a vow to destroy all life. When no one else believes such devastation is possible, a young wizard and his companions are forced to oppose the powerful creature on their own. Lyche is Book Six in Legends of the Four Races, a series of nine high fantasy novels that form an Interlocking Matrix of six separate trilogies. Lyche may be read on its own, as the third book of The Transmuter Trilogy, or as the second book of The Necromancer Trilogy. Rappaport graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology with degrees in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering. He works as a software engineer for a financial services consulting firm in New York and is a lifelong resident of Orange, Connecticut.

Michael Bailey

In the land of Asaches, there are great men and women who have changed the course of history. Their adventures are honored in song; their names are spoken with a reverence normally reserved for the gods; their heroic deeds have elevated them to the status of living legends. And then there are these guys… Derek Strongarm and Felix Lightfoot are two hard-luck adventurers for hire looking for their big break — or an excuse to retire before they get killed. The Adventures of Strongarm & Lightfoot, the new series from author Michael Bailey (Action Figures), is an irreverent take on the fantasy genre. Get ready for an epic tale filled with action, magic, monsters, quests, treasure, inconveniently located ancient artifacts of great power, curiously specific prophecies, and dangerously rickety rope bridges that someone really should have repaired a long time ago. Bailey resides in Massachusetts where he has been working as a writer since 1998.

Amber Boccetti

All was quiet. Hundreds of Corrigon were dead and sprawled across the field. The scepter was smoking as General Viane approached it with caution. The stone on the top of it was now completely shattered. He stared into the faces of the others who were stricken with worry as to whether or not the royal family had made it safely through the portal. All they could do now, was wait to see what the fate of their world would be. Connecticut Author, Amber Boccetti took upon herself to “reinvent the wheel” and began writing stories with fairies and dragons, shortly after she received her master’s degree. If she is not working on her latest story, you will find her on an adventure with her daughter.

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10 Fantasy Authors You’ll Want to Meet

New England Fantasy Authors

Thanks to movies like Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings, and Harry Potter, the fantasy genre has become more popular than ever. At the Connecticut Renaissance Faire, we’ve organized a daily “Meet the Author” event at our 2016 performance where you can show your support for the fantasy genre, chat with the author, buy a book and get it signed and maybe even take a selfie together. Here are some of the outstanding authors we are bringing attention to this season:

See what day these authors will be at the Faire.

C.A. Cooke

Connecticut fantasy author, C.A. Cooke is best known for his book Dragonfaerie that chronicles the life of a 15-year-old bow from Iowa and his travels in a mystical world he was taken to. Cooke is a trained naturalist, spiritualist, and philosopher.

Liz Delton

Meadowcity is the latest book from Connecticut Fantasy author, Liz Delton. It’s a story about Sylvia Thorne, a rider delivering messages between the Four Cities. Her life changes when she unknowingly delivers a declaration of war. What will this mean for the four cities of Arcera? Liz resides in what some would call “The middle of the woods.” Could this be where she got her inspiration for The Wilds – the lands between the Four Cities? Now is your chance to find out.

Suzanne Cordatos

If you’ve been looking something new and original to read to your kids as a family tradition, take a look at Sneeze Fire – a children’s book about a dragon, Willard, who has a bad cold that creates a bit of tension between he and his friends. Suzanne has a degree in English Literature from Bowling Green State University and works for international student admissions for Sacred Heart University, located in Fairfield, CT.

Deborah Ann Davis

When nineteen-year-old computer geek Petir Capota falls out of a tree, he awakens to find himself back in the days of Robin Hood. Follow his struggles with Maid Rianne and see if this is all just a dream or he really did travel to a different place and time. Deborah Ann Davis writes Quirky New/Young Adult Fiction with a Twist.

Kim Headlee

Virginia fantasy author, Kim Headlee, is no stranger to fantasy novels. She started her Dawnflight series back in 1999 and hasn’t looked back. Her latest paperback, “King Arthur’s Sister in Washington’s Court” won the 2016 IPBA Benjamin Gold Medal for Science Fiction & Fantasy. The story is about the only major character in Mark Twain’s well-known novel, “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court” that wasn’t killed off: Morgan le Fay. See what happens when she casts a powerful spell to take her to 1879 Connecticut in this enchanting story of time travel and magic.

A.L. Davroe

A popular virtual reality game, Nexis, is the only escape for a naturally-born teenager named Ella. There she learns the game isn’t quite what everyone thinks it is. Discover what Ella learns in A.L. Davroe’s latest novel. Davroe resides in Connecticut with her cats and has written several books with a focus on science fiction.

J.M. Aucoin

Darion Delerue, former soldier turned highwayman, has only two things of value—the hope in his heart and the steel at his side. After a heist on a royal ambassador goes wrong, Darion is thrown into a political plot to undermine the crown, pitting his old life as an honorable soldier against his new life as a highwayman. His actions could send France back into civil war, but do they? J.M. Aucoin’s “Honor Among Thieves” is a gripping tale of daring sword-play and political intrigue, with superb historical detail of 17th Century France that’ll have readers ready to draw their swords and fight for glory! Aucoin is fencer, actor, and full-time nerd who writes swashbucklers & historical adventure novels.

E.A. Rappaport

An evil spirit, trapped within a volcano for centuries, escapes its fiery prison with a vow to destroy all life. When no one else believes such devastation is possible, a young wizard and his companions are forced to oppose the powerful creature on their own. Lyche is Book Six in Legends of the Four Races, a series of nine high fantasy novels that form an Interlocking Matrix of six separate trilogies. Lyche may be read on its own, as the third book of The Transmuter Trilogy, or as the second book of The Necromancer Trilogy. Rappaport graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology with degrees in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering. He works as a software engineer for a financial services consulting firm in New York and is a lifelong resident of Orange, Connecticut.

Michael Bailey

In the land of Asaches, there are great men and women who have changed the course of history. Their adventures are honored in song; their names are spoken with a reverence normally reserved for the gods; their heroic deeds have elevated them to the status of living legends. And then there are these guys… Derek Strongarm and Felix Lightfoot are two hard-luck adventurers for hire looking for their big break — or an excuse to retire before they get killed. The Adventures of Strongarm & Lightfoot, the new series from author Michael Bailey (Action Figures), is an irreverent take on the fantasy genre. Get ready for an epic tale filled with action, magic, monsters, quests, treasure, inconveniently located ancient artifacts of great power, curiously specific prophecies, and dangerously rickety rope bridges that someone really should have repaired a long time ago. Bailey resides in Massachusetts where he has been working as a writer since 1998.

Amber Boccetti

All was quiet. Hundreds of Corrigon were dead and sprawled across the field. The scepter was smoking as General Viane approached it with caution. The stone on the top of it was now completely shattered. He stared into the faces of the others who were stricken with worry as to whether or not the royal family had made it safely through the portal. All they could do now, was wait to see what the fate of their world would be. Connecticut Author, Amber Boccetti took upon herself to “reinvent the wheel” and began writing stories with fairies and dragons, shortly after she received her master’s degree. If she is not working on her latest story, you will find her on an adventure with her daughter.

Did You Know?

Subscribers to our eList have saved up to 50% or more on early-bird admission to the Faire? Sign up now for insider information, discounts, giveaways, event reminders and more. Be in the know and save.