By: Renee Profitt | Category: Recreation/Leisure | Issue: May 2010
Captain Thom Bedlam, a pirate magician, is one of the new acts this year at the 15th annual Oklahoma Renaissance Festival at the Castle of Muskogee.
The Oklahoma Renaissance Festival is celebrating 15 years with 15 stages of entertainment featuring professional entertainers from across the New World, as well as hundreds of street performers, for twelve exciting days in May. The beauty and grandeur of Renaissance England is certainly growing in Muskogee! You’ll be transported back to the 16th century as the Castle of Muskogee and the village of Castleton come alive, with over 500 costumed villagers, stage performers and street performers providing entertainment fit for royalty. New acts this year include EznDil, a singing act from Branson, the Tulstin Troubadors and Captain Thom Bedlam, a pirate magician.
In the Tournament Arena you’ll see the Knights of Noble Cause clash with sword and lance as they joust. Watch as the Birds of Prey demonstrate the hunt just as it was during the time of kings and lords. Move to the Living Chess Match and cheer on your Red Griffin favorites.
The Renaissance Festival has grown to fill acres and acres of the Castleton fields and forest, with the new Garrison Barracks, games area, Ren Shirts Building, expanded Black Smithee Building and many new artisans and merchants. Stroll down twisting, tree-covered village lanes filled with quaint shops displaying rare, one of a kind, hand-crafted goods. Stop at one of the inns for a flagon of ale, or don the latest Renaissance fashions, found in the marketplace. Follow the aromas of the fire-roasted food, then let the kids play some of the games or watch the performers while you enjoy a huge smoked turkey leg.
“The Renaissance Festival is fun for the entire family. With shopping, live entertainment, games, food and special activities, there is something for everyone to enjoy,” says Matt Hiller, vice president and advertising director for the Castle of Muskogee.
Fascinating fun and entertainment for all ages will be found at the expanded, better-than-ever Oklahoma Renaissance Festival, taking place May 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, 22-23, and 29-31 from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Student day is May 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, visit www.okcastle.com.