By: Beki Akins | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: May 2014
Sirena, a spectacular group of singing mermaids, make their debut at the festival in 2014.
The Renaissance was a rebirth of the human spirit, igniting a passion for beauty expressed through poetry, art, music, intellect, and romance. This pivotal time cultivated a desire for a noble life, for a freer opportunity for expression, and for the melding of intellectual curiosity, diverse culture, and exotic commerce.
Experience a rich cultural tapestry, and the beauty and grandeur of Renaissance England, right here in Oklahoma! You’ll be transported back to the 16th century as Castleton Village comes alive with over 600 costumed stage and street performers, merchants, and artisans providing an entertainment experience fit for royalty. Enjoy special daytime events like the Queen’s Tea, the Royal Luncheon, and the King’s Smoker. And be sure to get tickets for the after-hours entertainment at the Masqued Ball, the Pirate’s Feaste, and the Ceilidh.
The Castle of Muskogee welcomes new performers for 2014. Wolgemut, formed in 1997 in Berlin, performs historical music on original instruments. Sirena is a spectacular group of singing mermaids, and The Swordsmen perform sharp-edged comedy. OKRF welcomes Circa Paleo back to The Cave for a limited engagement. And you’ll find all your other favorite acts appearing on the 15 stages on the Castle grounds.
You’ll find a dazzling array of artisan creations at our 134 Renaissance merchant shops. OKRF is proud to include new merchants in the Village. Jezzy’s Treasures features hair adornments. Find the spices you need to bring life to your kitchen creations at Garlic Festival. Twisted Family Creations, a “Made in Oklahoma” business, crafts unique items from sustainably harvested wood. Ye Jams and Jellies is another MIO company and offers delectable and unique homemade spreads. Be sure to visit the new Masque Shoppe adjacent to the Italian Quarter.
Once in the Italian Quarter, be sure to visit Absalom’s Dreams – a new Hookah Bar and Silk Road experience. Find expanded seating in the Tournament Arena, where the Heroic Knights of Old clash with sword and lance in full contact jousting. Also watch The Royal Gauntlet Birds of Prey present thrilling conservation education with raptors. Then, move to the new seating area for the Living Chess Match and cheer on your favorites.
Stroll down twisting, tree-covered village lanes filled with quaint shops displaying one of a kind, hand-crafted goods. Don the latest Renaissance fashions found in the marketplace, and stop at one of the inns for a flagon of ale. Follow the aroma of fire-roasted food, let the kids play some of the games, or watch the performers while you enjoy a huge smoked turkey leg.
Entertainment for all ages will be found at the 2014 Oklahoma Renaissance Festival! Dates and hours are weekends: May 3 - June 1, plus Memorial Day, Monday, May 26, 10:30a.m. to 6 p.m. (Student Day is May 9, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) For more information and online discount ticket purchases visit www.okcastle.com.
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