Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Maryland Renaissance Festival Holds Court This Month

Maryland Renaissance Festival

Stick them with the pointy end: Everyone loves a good Stark-Lannister battle to the death. (Jeff Kubina via Flickr)

What would certain people do without the Maryland Renaissance Festival?

You know who I’m talking about. The kind that like to dress up in 16th-century English costumes and quote Shakespeare (the festival is actually set just before the time of the Bard and the Elizabethan Era).

This is the 36th annual year for the event; it kicks off August 25 and runs each weekend until October 21, with Labor Day (September 3) thrown in for good measure, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (apparently, the days were only nine hours long back then and consisted of weekends with the odd holiday thrown in. Such interesting times indeed!).

Located just outside Annapolis in Crownsville, Md., this year’s storyline at Revel Grove is set in 1514 and concerns the upcoming marriage of King Henry VIII’s beautiful sister Mary to the older King Louis XII of France. Not exactly a match made in heaven, Tudor or otherwise.

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At the Maryland Renaissance Festival, patrons get to stroll around a mock village while checking out the wares of vendors, artisans and craftspeople while sampling a variety of victuals along the nine village pathways. Here you can buy all types of olde-worlde goodies, merchandise like wooden swords, clothing, jewelry and all sorts of arty things. Quaff it all in.

Spending your hard-earned money on blown glass may be enticing, but the spectacle here is the entertainment. You have musicians like Albannach, Painted Trillium and the Pyrates Royale, along with a bevy of interesting stage acts such as the Danger Committee, Cheeky Monkey Sideshow and Johnny Fox, who has been known to swallow a sword while busking for laughs.

The site is expansive enough (and sadly, a bit helter-skelter as of this writing) to let you in on the merry lowdown. One look at it and you can tell whether or not this is the event for you (or really, reading this far down in my screed should have done it).

The 2012 Maryland Renaissance Festival site does, however, give good directions.

They also claim that for the first nine days of the event they’re rolling back ticket prices to 2004 rates – $17 for adults. On September 22, the price goes back up to $22. Prices for kids (7-15), seniors (62-plus), active military members and groups of 20 are less expensive, and kids 6 and under get in free. Those inclined can also buy multiday passes.

While the beleaguered apartment renter cannot stop time, he or she can merrily go back half a millennium once a year at the Maryland Renaissance Festival. Find your next apartment in the area with Apartment Showcase. 

Scott D

Scott D

Scott is a local writer and has been with the Apartment Showcase blog since its inception in 2010.

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