Mid-August brings my favorite long-running festival located in a large village in Crownsville, Maryland. The Maryland Renaissance Festival, known as “RennFest” begins the weekend of August 25, 2012 in Revel Grove. Revel Grove is a permanent village tucked back in the forest and covers over 25 acres. As the second largest Renaissance Festival in the United States, RennFest is literally a worm hole that takes you back in time. Following the life King Henry the VIII, this year will be 1514 and Revel Grove is to celebrate the upcoming nuptials of King Henry’s sister Mary to France’s King Louis XII.
Visiting the RennFest allows one to enjoy in the sport of “LARP’ing” or known as “Live Action Role Play.” Available at the entrance are costume rentals where one become part of the festival. Other visitors are more enthusiastic in participating in the festival and own elaborate costumes to stroll through the village. Of course knowing how to say M’lord and M’lady is necessary.
There is so much to love in Revel Grove, not only is it a roaming village that is quite family friendly, but countless entertainment is offered throughout the day. With a number of stages, the entertainment ranges from Shakespeare plays to comedy and acrobatic acts.
There is something so liberating about visiting the RennFest. All those who attend either as a guest or as an entertainer are looking for full-hearted fun. Being expressive and artistic comes with your entry ticket and inhibitions are left at the gate.
There are Tree Fairies and tall wind sprites that float by sprinkling magical fairy dust throughout the land.
For a pittance your fortune can be told
Handsome lairds are a sight to see
While baudy wenches hang out of windows
There is so much to see and do at the Maryland Renaissance Festival, from Elephant rides to live jousting. And the food..oh the food, along with the beer and wine. Cheesecake on a stick, Steak on a Stake and best of all Turkey Legs. Come hungry and leave fully satisfied.
This family and adult friendly venue runs every weekend through the weekend of October 21, 2012. Come out and be part of the fun, and don’t forget your costume!