Step Back in Time at the Maryland Renaissance Festival

With “Game of Thrones” so popular these days, and with the recent success of the “Harry Potter” and “Lord of the Rings” movies, more people than ever are showing their inner fantasy nerd.

Fantasy geeks and sci-fi nerds don’t really bother anyone. Well, you know, you can only take so much “Star Trek,” “Star Wars” or Tolkien talk before the ears start to buzz or the feet start to move, but they’re not busy bossing you around or threatening to kick your butt … unless they’re wielding a plastic sword.

And these types of apartment renters would be right at home at the 38th Annual Maryland Renaissance Festival in Crownsville, Md., located right outside Annapolis. The festival will take place on weekends from August 23 to October 19, plus Labor Day, September 1. They open at 7 a.m., close at 10 p.m., and it’s on rain or shine.

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Maryland Renaissance Festival (Jeff Kubina via Flickr)

Down the hatch: Catch Johnny Fox’s sword swallowing act three times daily at the Royal Stage, one of several performance venues at the Maryland Renaissance Festival. (Jeff Kubina via Flickr)

This year’s storyline at Revel Grove takes place in 1521 and involves intrigue in the court of Henry VIII. I can’t say this particular festival is the largest of its kind in the United States, because it isn’t. That honor goes to the one in Texas. Hey, it’s in Texas, it should be. But that’s OK, we like ours better because … it’s ours, OK?!

What will one see here? What one always sees here: all types of performers in period costumes.

Try one of their Stage Acts, Shows and Events. You could watch Johnny Fox swallow a sword and entertain the crowd, or maybe even have an audience with King Henry VIII. You might check out some music and dancers; the Ballet Theatre of Maryland will be presenting “Pirates,” a production “inspired by the first documented acts of piracy on the Chesapeake Bay” in the 17th century. Or, maybe you could go see Deborah Rose, a Welsh songstress whose fans include Judy Collins.

Check the schedule and see who’s performing where and when.

Man cannot live on song and dance alone, so there’ll be plenty of food and drink for you to consume and arts and crafts to purchase. Who wouldn’t want to own a piece of blown glass or a cool-looking knife or two? Maybe jewelry or sculpture is more your mug of mead? Whatever 16th-century pleasure you seek, you’re bound to come across it here, along with denizens dressing the part.

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Single tickets this year from August 23 to September 14 are as follows: adults (16-61) – $17; seniors (62-plus) – $15; children (7-15) – $8.

After September 14: adults – $22; seniors – $19; children – $10. Children six and under get in free. Look to the site for information on group rates and multiday passes.

Here are directions to the party along with their Facebook page.

Come out and enjoy one of the premiere – and certainly colorful – outdoor festivals in the area.

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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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