The Sebastopol Educational Foundation presents costumers in the San Francisco Bay Area an opportunity to wear costumes at the Much Ado About Sebastopol Renaissance Faire on Sept. 22 and 23 at Ives Park in Sebastopol. Costumes, while encouraged, are not required.
Much Ado About Sebastopol is a family-friendly Renaissance Faire, which prides itself on being truly authentic in representing the historical and cultural movement of the Renaissance period. History will come to life as Ives Park is transformed into Fenford, a fictional small village in 16th century Europe.
Historical personages will include Queen Elizabeth I and her court, William Shakespeare and costumed peasants and villagers. Artistic Director Rydell Downward states that “our interactive performers are well-educated about the period and are trained to portray real-life characters who invite the public to be part of the show as fellow revelers.”
Ongoing entertainment will include musical and theatrical performances as well as themed parades, wandering musicians, jugglers, fortune tellers and storytellers. Guests have the opportunity to interact and express their own creativity while making a variety of crafts and Renaissance keepsakes. There are also many games in which to participate.
The faire will offer a wide-variety of artisanal foods as well as specially crafted Renaissance beverages for purchase. Attendees who stay for the festivities on Saturday evening can enjoy food and drink along with a stage performance and a live auction during the intermission.
Members of the Sebastopol Educational Foundation along with other scholastic professionals produce this event as a fundraiser for Sebastopol public schools. This year’s beneficiaries include Park Side Elementary, Brook Haven K-8 and Analy High School. Praetorian Event Services will be donating their time to oversee operations.
For more information on the event, such as costuming information, discounted advance tickets, exact location, and opening and closing times, visit: http://www.muchadoaboutsebastopol.org/.
Copyright 2012, Jean Martin.
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