Dig out your tights, folks.
The Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire will open for its 36th season on Saturday, August 6, at 11 a.m. For most of its tenure, the Faire featured Queen Elizabeth as its monarch; however, in keeping with last year’s change, this time, Good Queen Bess’s father, King Henry VIII, and his first wife Catherine of Aragon take the thrones. (For those of you playing at home, she was the first divorcee in Henry’s line of six wives, but the Faire takes place during Henry’s coronation, at which time all is well.) In its past few years the Faire has seen plenty of changes; among this year include some new features and some absences. The old Pyrate Ship vendor will not be present, but they’re still around – down the road in Lebanon at Pyrate’s Treasure and the Crimson Throne. The glass blower’s stand will be different this year, as well, now manned by Dragon’s Breath Glassworks (the old vendor, Historical Glassworks, known for their live demos, are still extant in Mount Gretna.) Another new vendor will also be taking up residence on Faire grounds – Lancaster County Cider will serve up the good stuff in a variety of flavors at their brand-new booth.
Yet another change on Faire grounds comes on four paws – if you’re looking for a place to take your dog this summer, look no further. Dig up Bowser’s proof of rabies vaccination from that box of important documents you never look at, because for every weekend in August, dogs are welcome on Faire grounds. (Check here for details and requirements. Really, please do bring that vaxx paperwork. Also, a miniature crown for your dog, because… just do it.) The new plot line is interesting, of course, but this just might top it.
If you’re not excited enough, check this trailer:
Tickets for this weekend are $15.95 online and $19.95 at the gate. They are regularly $25.95 online and $30.95 at the gate.