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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 : (yeah, I am still not believing that either!).

We’d like to personally thank Nourish Lexington, 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 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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Winslowshire – A Renaissance Festival to benefit Winslow Farm


Contact: Phinn Volt Enterprises

Name: Gia Volterra de Saulnier

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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 ( , T York Stained Glass ( , Parrish Relics ( and Ironwood Artisans ( 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

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Press Release for Winslowshire 2010

Phinn Volt Enterprises

For Immediate Release

Contact: Gia Saulnier

Step Back in time to help the Animals

A Renaissance Festival to Benefit for the Winslow Farm Animal Sanctuary

June 26th and 27th of 2010

Norton, MA – March 30,2010 – Phinn Volt Enterprises has announced that the third annual Winslowshire Renaissance Festival will take place this year at the Winslow Farm Animal Sanctuary, located at 37 Eddy Street, Norton, MA, 02766 ( during June 26th and 27th of 2010.  With only having two years behind them, Winslowshire Renaissance Faire won second place Best New Renaissance Faire of 2009 from .

The Winslow Farm’s mission is a high quality “Stay for life” animal sanctuary that helps abused animals and offers a tranquil setting which then becomes a step back through history with the Winslowshire Renaissance Faire.

Phinn Volt Enterprises Director Richard Saulnier was pleasantly surprised at the turn out so far this coming year.  “I’m very excited that we’ll have new varied acts and that most of our vendors are still supporting us.”  His wife and partner Gia agrees, “With all the pavilion tents, you feel as if you were walking through a real shire.”

In fact, Winslowshire has expanded to 30 plus vendors offering handcrafted goods, medieval clothing, leather crafts and much more.  There are also 24 varied acts from live music to Knights doing Hand to Hand combat, to magic, and face painting for kids of all ages.

The two day event will be from 11 am to 5 pm each day.  Admission is $12.00 for adults, $7.00 for children.  Please see our current specials located on our website.

Winslowshire is currently looking for sponsors.  For more information about Winslowshire please visit the website at

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Sneak Peaks for Winslowshire 2010

Ah sneak peaks…kind of like a preview from the movies right?  I think I can keep you still in suspense up until the event, but I think I can give you a few things that have been confirmed for this coming June!

June 26th and 27th are our dates for this year from 11 am to 5 pm per day.  Tickets this year will be $12.00 for adults, and $7.00 for kids.  We’ll have discounts too, such as: $2.00 Off for Veterans that bring a Military ID, $2.00 Off if you come dressed in Renaissance Attire or $2.00 Off if you bring a 5 pound bag of dry pet food (any brand is fine) *just know that we can not combine discounts.

So far, Artist Andy Volpe and Author Resa Nelson is confirmed.  We also know that Antika Nueva will be there and Shaine the Blacksmith is really excited and happy to be coming back…I actually heard he sold out of all of his stock last year!  (Including his last metal hand made stake…).

More confirmed vendors have sent in their things, but I don’t want to give it all away…heh heh…oh but our friend The Bonnie Weaver will be there doing live demonstrations again on how to weave with her loom.

We have some  performers lined up too!  Such as our friend the Dirge Queen, Lady Fair, The Three Graces (oh yes, they did confirm they are coming!), Guy Todd, and Paul Calvo is coming!  We also know that Diabolis in Musica has also confirmed for this year.

We also have confirmed that The Neville Companye is coming back to fight it out again this year!  So exciting!

Well, I don’t want to give it all away, but I hope I’ve given you a sample of what we’ll have going on this year, and hope that you make your plans now to come to Winslowshire Festival for the Animals – Third Year!

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Hickory Arms and Silver Leaf – more vendors that we had

Silverleaf Leather another one of our newer vendors for the 2009 season.  Christopher Goguen makes all handmade leather wares from pouches, bracers and masks among other things.  He also does some piece work while working at Renaissance Faires he vends at.

From his website:

“How To Order

Currently, we are live on site at only a few local Massachusetts and Connecticut faires and events, but our products are available for sale 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on Ebay! Come visit us on Ebay by clicking any of the photos.  If you do not see what you are looking for, email us!  We will be more than happy to do custom work for you to your specifications.  Anything from a special bracelet to a full suit of embossed leather armor!!
Thank you for visiting the temporary home of Silverleaf Leather!
Christopher Goguen
Silverleaf Leather”
He always answers any questions that you may have, or if you wanted something specific in mind, he could probably work something out for you.
He is also pretty good friends with Mark from Hickory Arms (http;// that makes all handmade wooden wasters and of course their ever popular mini marshmallow crossbows.  (Yes, we did buy one for our five year old).  Mark actually talked to Chris about doing Winslowshire, as he had previously came to the 2008 season as one of our first vendors that we had, which we appreciate greatly.

Do make sure you check out their wares, and say hello from the Phinns (that would be us!)

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The Neville Companye Battles Wills

If you came to The Winslowshire Festival for the Animals you got to hopefully see The Neville Companye doing armored combat.  This means that they put on full body armor to battle each other as if they were in a real battle.  The have a full encampment which is about 5 to 6 period tents, fire pit, spit to cook food on, pavilion tents, ropes and all.

According to their website:

“The Neville Companye is a medieval reenactment group based in Gardiner, Maine, USA, but is open to all residents of southern Maine. It is a group that portrays a military unit of Sir Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick, during the War of the Roses (1377-1485).”

We have actually personally known Sir Brian (Brian Caton) from the days we used to perform at The Maine Renaissance Faire in Lebanon, ME (Maine) and didn’t’ realize that he liked dressing in full armor and battling others.

In fact, at The Winslowshire Faire, they invited another troupe from Vermont to come and join them in the battle of wits if you will.  The troupe did come, and brought their family to watch them fight against one another.

When I say fight, I mean they really go at one another with full force and energies.  It is really amazing to see it first hand, rather than have me just write about it.  So many epic battles, so little time to write about all of them.

According to their website, their next event will be:

September 19-20, 2009

In Lakewood, New Jersey! Please click here for more information.

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