By: Value News | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: May 2007
Children enjoy a camel ride at a past Renaissance Festival at the Castle of Muskogee.
May marks the beginning of the 12th Annual Oklahoma Renaissance Festival. Every weekend in May, plus Memorial Day and Student Day, Thursday, May 11, the Castle of Muskogee will draw people from all over the country for 10 full days of nonstop entertainment.
Dozens of professional performers from across the country will appear on 13 stages throughout the Castle of Muskogee’s 60-acre forest and Renaissance village. Visitors will see singers and musicians, jugglers, amazing magicians, acrobats, swashbuckling sword fighters, hilarious comedy acts, balancing acts, belly dancers, Celtic bagpipers, a mud stage, singing executioners, angelic harpists and much more. The castle grounds will be packed with street performers, including mimes, jesters, artists, wizards, knights, knaves, peasants, lords and ladies.
Many of the Renaissance Festival’s scheduled acts have strong Oklahoma ties, including:
Gliss Maidens - Listen to music played on harps and inspired by angels.
Brothers Dimm - Freebooters in search of a captain, a crew. . . a brain!
Bra’d Swords - This comedy group has a “sharp” wit.
Lord Kerridwyn - Bard to the king.
Red Griffin - Actors will portray kings, queens, knights and other players on a giant chessboard.
The Queen’s Gambit – The group will perform Scottish songs of delight.
Sir Vinterhawk - Master falconer Bob Aanonsen will command birds of prey to perform at his will in amazing displays overhead.
Laundry Lasses - Sophie Waters and Rayne Waters will take the filth out of filthy.
More than 100 artisans will also be offering an array of unique, hand-crafted Renaissance wares. Pottery, jewelry, knives, leather goods, paintings, sculpture and much more will be available for purchase from the artisans who make them. Some artisans will also let festival-goers watch as they make their crafts. At the jousting list, you will see mounted, armored knights in authentic reenactments of traditional jousting.
The amazing, 60-acre Castle of Muskogee is a short, 45-minute drive from Tulsa on the Muskogee Turnpike. The Renaissance Festival will be a wonderful escape for any family.
Discounted tickets for the event may be purchased in advance at Muskogee Beverage, located at 209 Callahan St., at The Castle of Muskogee or at any Oklahoma AAA office. Purchase and print them yourself online at www.OKcastle.com. Coupons for $2 off are available at Wendy’s. Advanced ticket prices are as follows:
Children under age 6 are free
Children (ages 6-12) $5.95
Students (ages 13-18) $7.95
Seniors (age 55 +) $7.95
Student Day $5 all tickets
2-Day Pass $18.95
Season Pass $34.95
For additional information and photos of past Renaissance Festivals, please visit the website at www.okcastle.com or call (918) 687-3625.