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Saturday September 22nd, 10:00am - 6:00pm
Venue: Ives Park, Sebastopol
Ages: All Ages
City: San Francisco CA
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Renaissance Faire

September 22 & 23, 2012

Sebastopol steps back in time….to move its schools forward.

Sebastopol, CA –Much Ado About Sebastopolprides itself on being truly authentic by representing the historical and cultural movement of the Renaissance period and evoking the spirit of the era. Members of theSebastopol Educational Foundationalong with other scholastic professionals produce this event as a fundraiser for Sebastopol public schools. This year the beneficiaries includePark Side Elementary, Brook Haven K-8, and Analy High School. Kevin Patterson, producer of the original Ren. Pleasure Faire, praises this production, "I appreciate and honor the educational value that theMuch Ado About Sebastopolevent presents."

Much Ado About Sebastopolis a family-friendly Renaissance Faire attracting enthusiasts from the entire North Bay area. At last year’s one-day event, over 3,000 people attended. Praetorian Event Services will again be donating their time to oversee operations, leveraging their extensive experience with events such as the San Francisco Dickens’ Christmas Fair and past Renaissance Faires.

History will come to life as Ives Park is transformed into a fictional town of Fenford, a small village in 16thcentury Europe. Visiting nobility will include Queen Elizabeth 1, her court, and William Shakespeare, plus costumed peasants and villagers. Artistic Director, Rydell Downward, explains, “our interactive performers are history enthusiasts dedicated to bringing the past to life; they 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 on two stages, as well as themed parades, wandering musicians, jugglers, fortune tellers, storytellers and the crowd pleasing timely entrances by the Queen. Attendees will also enjoy historical demonstrations such as spinning and lace-making, as well as interactive workshops on a variety of subjects, including cheese making and learning the Elizabethan-style Olde English. St. Michaels, a military guild, will be teaching sword skills or attendees can try your luck at archery.

Students can participate in a Renaissance scavenger hunt with age-appropriate questions and direction to the correct location at the Faire to find the answers. If they complete all the steps, students earn a real shark’s tooth. Andrea Schmitz, head of theSebastopol Educational Foundation, explains “during the Renaissance, the nobles and upper class were concerned about being poisoned so they would dip a shark’s tooth in their food and drink and believed if it changed color that it was unsafe to consume.”

Guests have the opportunity to interact and express their own creativity while making a variety of crafts and Renaissance keepsakes, such as sachets, herbal soaps, decorated boxes, wooden toys and leather pouches. There are also many games in which to participate, the most popular being Rat-a-Pult, where stuffed rats are launched with a catapult into a miniature castle.

The Faire offers a wide-variety of artisanal foods available for purchase which include: grilled turkey legs, oysters, seafood, cheeses, sausages, gallettes, crepes and more! Much Ado’sPip and VineTavernis sponsored byLagunitas Brewing Companyand guests can choose from their award-winning signature beers or a specially crafted Renaissance brew. Plus, guests can experience several flavors of Ace Premium hard cider, tastings of high-end wines and participate in a wine auction with exclusive rare vintages from local winemakers. Attendees who stay for the 6pm to 10pm festivities on Saturday can enjoy food and drink in the Pip ‘n Vine Tavern and a stage performance, with a Live Auction at intermission. A special dinner with period food will be offered for an additional charge, prepared by Rick Vargas, a French trained chef from La Bodega / Sonoma Wine Shop with wines selected to compliment the meal. Tickets can be purchased in advance on the website


What:Much Ado About Sebastopol Renaissance Faire
Presented by the Sebastopol Educational Foundation

When:Saturday, September 22, 10am to 6pm
(merriment continues 6pm to 10pm in the Pip ‘n Vine Tavern:
special performances & live auction)
Sunday, September 23, 10am to 5pm

Where:Ives Park -7400 Willow St.,Sebastopol,CA, 95472

Why:Benefit forSebastopol public schools: Park Side, Analy and Brook Haven

Tickets:Single Day - $12 for adults/$7 for students (6-14). Weekend - $20 for adults/$10 for students. Children under 6 are free. Presale tickets (with a $2 savings) are available

Attire:Costumes are encouraged, but not required