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Merry Meet, Merry Part and Merry Meet Again

All good things must come to an end….even little Winslowshire Festival.  Yes…it is true.

Winslow farm has decided that they are going in a different direction.

We would like to thank ALL of our performers, merchants and of course our hard working cast and crew that made this Festival 10 Classic Renaissance Faires across America : http://www.thedailymeal.com/10-classic-renaissance-faires-across-america (yeah, I am still not believing that either!).

We’d like to personally thank Nourish Lexington, http://www.nourishlexington.com who not only became the one and only Vegetarian food vendor that was fabulous but also was like finding a diamond – plus we now became friends.

We would like to thank ALL of you who came to the festival, whether it was our very first year (yeah, it was small) to the very last year (2011 season).  We would like to thank ALL of the people who have supported us (behind the scenes) like GoBostonCom http://www.gobostoncom.com and others.

We thank all of YOU who have become our friends and family – we were lucky to see some friends from the past (who I never thought I would see again) and meet some new ones every year.

We have other festivals/faires in the works, so other things are coming our way.  I like to think that Winslowshire was my springboard into this new career for both of us.  Without that, we would not have had this many opportunities that have come our way now.

So, Merry Meet, merry part and Merry Meet Again – Fare thee well, Winslowshire, you will always remain sweet in our eyes.

 

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Prospect Hill Forge – The Blacksmithing Classroom comes to Winslowshire

The sound of cold steel against hot iron. Human will versus inhuman resistance. The shimmer of heat as it rises into the sky. Sinuous curves stiffening as they cool…
A battle with a fire-breathing dragon? No, just a blacksmith doing his job.

According to Prospect Hill Forge’s website http://prospecthillforge.com ” a blacksmith is one who works the black metal (iron) by smiting (hitting) it. The blacksmith takes advantage of the fact that iron becomes plastic when hot and forms it to his will in that state.”

Prospect Hill Forge will be demonstrating Blacksmithing for Winslowshire this June.  They have been with us since 2009 and they are just really interesting to watch.  If you have any questions about what they do, or would like to try your hand at it, they do have classes available in Waltham, MA and take students so you too can learn the art of blacksmithing.

We do hope you can come to Winslowshire this June.  There is plenty to see and do!

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Update:

Reliable Bus from New Bedford, MA will be our chariot this year.  The extra parking has been allowed at The New Testament Baptist Church in Taunton, MA on Saturday, June 25th from 10:30 am to 5:3o pm.  The bus will go every half hour from the Church to the Farm for your convenience.  The Bus will then go on Sunday, June 26th from 1 pm to 5:3o pm.  Please do respect the church and not park before 1 pm on the Sunday as they do have services there.

We have only a little more than a month to go, and we’re working hard on some new songs for finale!  38 vendors and 22 performers!  Lots of things for the little ones too!  There will be an ATM on site should you need cash for some vendors (or give a tip to our performers, please do feel free to tip them well).

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Shakespeare at play at Winslowshire Festival

http://www.youtube.com/user/MrMichaelMeissner#p/u/24/9aoUjtOm5Pw

Duncan Inches has been performing as the great bard himself, William Shakespeare for many different festivals and faires all over the Country and we’ve been fortunate to have him perform with us since the very beginning of Winslowshire Festival.

Duncan has a knack of getting the character of William Shakespeare so well, that you almost feel like you are talking to the great bard himself.  He will let you ask questions and he’ll answer them as Shakespeare also.  He also performs for libraries, schools and other lecture series.

He also is a character actor that you may have seen in some movies like; McLintock (yeah, the one with John Wayne) and others.

We love having Shakespeare come to our festival, and he really loves Winslowshire – he tells me he loves this festival as it’s very intimate and friendly, and the animals add another element to it. 

We hope you can come to Winslowshire and meet Shakespeare.  Maybe he’ll answer your questions too!  Don’t forget the festival is coming up this June 25th and 26th from 11 am to 5 pm.

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As Graceful as ever – The Graces

Ah The Graces…three lovely ladies who can sing in such wonderful harmonies with a sense of humor and wit…not to mention they can get down right bawdy.

Jezzebel Grace with a drink in hand

(Picture by Paul Shaughnessy)

When we say bawdy, we mean that it’s not crude or rude or nasty…no…it’s twists of the language so that if your children understand their jokes, it’s not their fault.  It is a show meant for older adults (mostly over the age of 18) but really, leave your young children to other things that will be going on.

These three lovely ladies are wenches free that consist of Kat McNiff (Kitty Grace), Gabrielle Murray (Jezebel Grace) and Mikayla Pachucki (Lily Grace) (more information is on their Facebook fan page at : http://www.facebook.com/?ref=logo#!/TheGraces?sk=info).  This is a high energy group that has performed at King Richard’s Faire, Winslowshire Festival, The Steampunk Festival (coming up soon in Waltham, MA) and their newest adventure at Abbadia Mare Festival (coming to Hammond Castle this July).

If you love wenches, and you love bawdy songs, then you really need to look no further than The Graces.  We hope that you come to Winslowshire to listen to their wonderful voices (crystal clear with harmonies too I should add) and enjoy their music (which you can now buy on a CD!)

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Granny Gruesome and her Gleeful Tales

Granny Gruesome’s Gleeful Tales is a wonderful combination of Story Telling and Music done by Glee Violette (former Music Director at King Richard’s) which was created in 2010.

Granny Gruesome

(Picture provided by Paul Shaughnessy)

Granny Grue even has a fan page on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/?ref=logo#!/pages/Granny-Gruesomes-Gleeful-Tales/101890523190737?sk=info so you can find out more information about what she does.

Granny Grue can entertain young kids (I know, my son – age 6 is a big fan) to adults alike.  She is very personable and very interactive with the audience.  She also walks about with her Roso the Whatsis, a strange pet on her shoulder for people to stare at or pet with intrigue.

We hope that you catch one of her shows at Winslowshire, and enjoy the show!

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Winslowshire – A Renaissance Festival to benefit Winslow Farm

PRESS RELEASE

Contact: Phinn Volt Enterprises

Name: Gia Volterra de Saulnier

e mail: infownslowshire@gmail.com

 

Winslowshire – A Renaissance Festival to benefit Winslow Farm

By: Gia Volterra de Saulnier

Norton, MA – Imagine a place that seems to be a step back in time with maidens, knights in shining armor, fairies, pirates and more who are all part of a Renaissance Festival called Winslowshire Festival for the Animals.

Winslowshire Festival was created in 2008 as a fundraiser for Winslow Farm Animal Sanctuary, a “Stay for life” animal sanctuary that helps abused animals and offers a tranquil setting. 

Phinn Volt Enterprise’s Director Richard Saulnier has been pleasantly surprised at the continued support for this coming year.  “I’m ecstatic that we’ve been able to continue this long with 40 vendors and 20 performers that seem to want to keep coming back!”  His wife Gia agrees, “We couldn’t be more pleased that Winslowshire seems to be like a little vacation even for vendors and performers alike.  We’ve really strived to make this a very family friendly event so that all ages can have a great time while supporting a fantastic cause.”

In fact, Winslowshire has some previous vendors and performers returning from earlier seasons and some new vendors as well including; pottery from PupDog Pottery (http://www.pupdogpottery.com) , T York Stained Glass (http://www.etsy.com/shop/LdyIsis) , Parrish Relics (http://www.parrishrelics.com) and Ironwood Artisans (http://www.ironwoodartisans.com) just to name a few.

The two day event will be from June 25th and 26th of 2011 from 11 am to 5 pm each day.  Admission is $12.00 for adults and $7.00 for kids ages 5 – 13 and kids under 4 will be free. 

Specials include: Two day pass for $18.00, Come dressed in Renaissance Attire for $2.00 off and a Veterans’ Discount of $2.00 (must show military ID).  Specials may not be combined.

For more information about the event, please go to the website at http://www.winslowshire.com

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