Thursday, May 30, 2024

Shakespeare Renaissance Festival Smashing Success


Photos by: Steve Raguskas

Knights of Gore

Shakespeare Park was transported back in time last Sunday.  Approximately 700 people attended the event which had professional performers in period garb, craft vendors, and food offerings.

There were two performance stages with rotating schedules, a dining area, a separate music performance area in the pine grove, and a field full of games for young and old.

Crowds were entertained by Daniel Greenwolf the Celtic fire breathing magician along with Brotherhood Knights of Gore, a massive team of live action armored fighters.

Music was provided by The Renaissance Players, seasoned veterans of Renaissance Fairs across the country.

Not in the Face provided a staged fight for the fans and made up many of the walk around characters interacting with the crowd.

Daniel GreenWolf

Nearly 200 people engaged with Shakespeare Approves incredible renditions of the famous plays by drawing members of the audience directly into the action.

Elana Zabari added her amazing voice to the atmosphere while nearly 25 vendors offered their wares.  From Fairy Houses to spoon carvers you could find it at the festival.

Shakespeare Approves

Bloody Historical brought the cannon which sounded off near the Thinker statue at mid day and to signal for the Knighting ceremony where young lads and lasses were inducted in the Order.

According to 8 year old Alon Fine,”There were a lot of vendors and the performances were very educational.”

Tim Bristol and Tom Dillon

Games filled the field including a trebuchet! Fun was had by all, and there is every reason to think that the Shakespeare Renaissance Festival will be back next fall.

Knights of Gore

The all-day event hopefully will be an annual event.   This year’s event was coordinated and staged by Tom Dillon and Tim Bristol.


  1. This event was so much old fashioned fun. Performers and some attendees alike were in costume, and half the enjoyment was taking in all of the regalia. The artisans present offered high quality goods and delicious foods. Just a top notch good time.Hope it becomes a regular event on the Shakespeare grounds.


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