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15th-Aug-2008 04:21 pm - help booking a show in St Louis?
emchy antlers
Hey, everyone!

I don't live in St. Louis, but I love it there, and will be heading your way in a little less than a month. Which is why I need your help. Myself (Cindy Emch, squeezeboxer for Vagabondage and Rhubarb Whiskey) and my tourmate, Jessica Wilber, aka Waltzing Matilda the One Beer Prophet are going on a storytelling/music/sideshow tour. We are both accordion players, singers, occasional pirates (yar) and storytellers; and will also be performing a few sideshow acts (nothing too extreme, no fire or anything). We are hoping to hit St. Louis on September 14. We will play any kind of venue, really - cafe, bar, bookstore, whatever - and would of course be down with any local talents either opening for us or headlining, whichever works out better. (We also need help finding a place to stay that night.)

Any information you can give me about venues that might be appropriate, or who to get in contact with to help me book a show, would be greatly appreciated. Also, if you need any further information (i.e. photographs, sound files, writing samples, press) about myself or Jess, just let me know.

Thanks so much.
wench
It's summer, that time of year when things move slow, and we all go on vacation, right? Not any longer. Open House for the 3rd annual St. Louis Pirate Festival will take place on July 26th from 10am-3pm at the Non-Profit Developmental Center. Did you ever want to live on an "island" in the Caribbean, or be a pirate, or just ready to get back into costume? Well, it's time to make that happen. We will be filling out Pirate Fest paperwork, discussing roles, holding scenario auditions, and giving out information on classes, all-casts, costuming and site work.
The Greater St. Louis Renaissance Faire will end its 2008 Tenth Anniversary Season on June 8 and 9 with a great lineup of performers including the incomparable MooNiE the Magnif'cent. MooNiE, billed as "Juggler, Rope Walker, Foolish Mortal," is a complex individual who chooses to remain mute to the world and cripple his audience with laughter solely through the use of whistles and gestures.
 
Also onstage for the final weekend are old favorites 3 Pints Gone, Elvendrums, Pirate Shantyman and Bonnie Lass, and the Limeybirds. Jeff McLane brings The Wit O'Will Shakespeare to the Faire's St. Louis stage in an energetic and unforgettable performance. The Knights of Noble Cause joust on the Field of Honor three times during the Faire day.
 
Ninety merchants and merchant artisans display period-inspired items for sale. This year's Faire boasts several new food booths, including kabobs and bangers and mash. A cast of 175 volunteers populate the recreated French renaissance village celebrating a visit by King Francois I and his royal court.
 
The Greater St. Louis Renaissance Faire was forced to close its gates Monday, May 26, Memorial Day, for the first time in its ten-year history.
 
Four feet of water covered the Faire's parking area, carried away a merchant tent, flooded the Faire's two ticket booths, and damaged two bridges. The heavy downpour also created deep gullies throughout the Faire site and its roadways.
 
Renaissance Faire volunteers were hard at work as soon as access was available to the park on Monday. Generous donations were made of gravel and a skidloader, and Wentzville Parks Department repaired damage to the main roads.
 
The Faire offers several special coupon promotions. In conjunction with the Community Council of St. Charles County, the Faire offers $2 off gate admission with the donation of a packaged food item to be distributed to area food pantries.
 
All of the food items donated on May 24 and May 25 were lost in the flooding, so please consider doubling up on your donation to help replace those items. This is a difficult time of the year for food pantries, since it's not the season that people tend to think about those donations. The pantries have been very grateful for the Renaissance Faire's food donations, and we don't want to let them down. Please help out if you can.
Robert Hanson
Can't believe I forgot to post this earlier.

The Greater St. Louis Renaissance Faire

Saturdays and Sundays, May 17 through June 8, 2008, including Memorial Day
Gates open 10am-6pm.

More info here

Come, travel back in time as you step into the beautifully wooded, 16th century village, we call Petit Lyon! Immerse yourself in the costumes and mannerisms of the era. Thrill to the exploits of Jousting Knights on thundering steeds. Roam the village shops for unique crafts and goods as our artisans demonstrate period skills. Delight in comedy, music and feats of derring do. Feast on delicious food and drink while strolling minstrels entertain. Interact with the colorful villagers, nobles, peasants and personalities of ages past

Petit Lyon is privileged to host some of the finest crafters and artisans in the realm! You will find a wide variety of handcrafted treasures as well as unique items brought from the far corners of the world to entice and delight. Our merchants offer a delightful selection of period-inspired wares for your perusal and games, services, and foods for your enjoyment. Visitors can watch some of the crafts in progress as the artisans demonstrate their talents.

Thirty acts will be performing on nine stages through the four-week run of faire, including returning Faire favorites like the Elvendrums and 3 Pints Gone. You'll see sword fighting and juggling, and hear music and laughter around every corner! A costumed cast has re-created a French village of the year 1523 during the reign of Francois I, and you'll be able to see and interact with everyone from peasant to noble courtier.

Children will enjoy the petting zoo and games in the Kid's Kingdom. The King's Quest lets our young visitors earn a special audience with the King and Queen.
26th-Jan-2008 12:08 am - Slideshow and videos
Robert Hanson


George Laking has a really nice collection of pictures and videos from the 2007 run.
82 pictures and 11 videos
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The Pirate Shantyman and his Bonnie Lass, Vince Conaway on the hammered dulcimer, Elvendrums, Seelie Court, Manolete and his flying balls, The Chuvani Bellydance Troupe, Knights Hospitaller Living History Group doing a live steel demo)

Wander over and check it out.
Also check out the pictures and videos of the other fairs he covers.
Robert Hanson
Renaissance Faire Volunteer Open House and Sign Ups Set for Jan. 12
St. Charles County, Mo. - Renaissance Faire Volunteer Open House and Sign Ups Set for January 12 The Greater St. Louis Renaissance Faire is looking for volunteers for its 2008 season. For those interested in becoming performing costumed players, Open House offers the opportunity for potential volunteers to speak with veteran Renaissance Faire performers, see displays of costumes and props, learn about required classes, rehearsals and costuming, and fill out paperwork.

Volunteers are needed to portray peasants, villagers, merchants and nobility -- French, German and Scottish -- on the streets and stages of our recreated 16th century village. We also need skilled period artisans to demonstrate their crafts, as well as non-costumed behind-the-scenes support help. Volunteer Open House will be Saturday, Jan. 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Nonprofit Development Center, 425 Spencer Road, St. Peters (the building behind Spencer Road Library). Two Second-Chance sign-up opportunities are also offered for those who are not able to make Open House: Wednesday, Jan. 16 from 7 to 9 p.m. also at the Nonprofit Development Center; and Saturday, Jan. 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Progress Park Banquet Hall in Wentzville, Mo.

Renaissance Faire volunteers often attend promotional events like the St. Patrick's Day parade and St. Charles Tartan Days. Many continue to volunteer year-round at other Renaissance St. Louis events like the St. Louis Pirate Festival in September. The Tenth Season of the Greater St. Louis Renaissance Faire runs from May 17 to June 8, Saturdays and Sundays and Memorial Day, at Wentzville's Rotary Park. Visit our website at http://www.stlrenfaire.com/ for more info or call 636-443-9975.
19th-Sep-2007 10:35 pm - St. Louis Pirate Festival
Robert Hanson
Ahoy, mateys! Tis time once again to sail to Wentzville, MO for the St. Louis Pirate Festival, running weekends till the end of September. (Can you tell I am not a pirate? I get sea sick.)

Watch the shows, play games, search the shops or just keep an eye out for a nice chest and some good booty.

$2 off coupon at the web site.

Plundering Pirate's Food Drive - Help support the less fortunate by bringing a non-perishable food item to the St Louis Pirate Festival. All contributions will be distributed to the local area pantries.
Robert Hanson
Travel back in time as you step into the beautifully wooded, 16th century village, we call Petit Lyon! Immerse yourself in the costumes and mannerisms of the era. Thrill to the exploits of Jousting Knights on thundering steeds. Roam the village shops for unique crafts and goods as our artisans demonstrate period skills. Delight in comedy, music and feats of derring do. Feast on delicious food and drink while strolling minstrels entertain. Interact with the colorful villagers, nobles, peasants and personalities of ages past
Petit Lyon is privileged to host some of the finest crafters and artisans in the realm! You will find a wide variety of handcrafted treasures as well as unique items brought from the far corners of the world to entice and delight. Ninety merchants offer a delightful selection of period-inspired wares for your perusal and games, services, and foods for your enjoyment. Visitors can watch some of the crafts in progress as the artisans demonstrate their talents.
Thirty acts will be performing on nine stages through the four-week run of faire, including returning Faire favorites like the Jolly Rogers, 3 Pints Gone, and the Limey Birds. New acts include Robin Hood, an interactive children's show; the Musical Blades, a singing pirate group; and Morty, a comedy puppet act. You'll see swordfighting and juggling, and hear music and laughter around every corner! A costumed cast of 150 have re-created a French village of the year 1523 during the reign of Francois I, and you'll be able to see and interact with everyone from peasant to noble courtier.

Children will enjoy the petting zoo and games in the Kid's Kingdom. The King's Quest lets our young visitors earn a special audience with the King and Queen. The Faire is especially proud of several new educational offerings this year: the Hospitaller Knights encampment, the Viking camp and longboat display, and the wood collier camp.

Gates open at 10am, close at 6pm. Weekends from May 19 - June 10.
Website: http://stlrenfaire.com/
Map: http://www.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&q=Rotary+Park,+Wentzville,+MO
$2.00 off coupon: http://stlrenfaire.com/docs/2007_gslrf_2off_coupon_sheet.pdf

Tickets:

 1 Day2 Day
Adult$12.00$20.00
Senior/Student$9.00$14.00
12 and under$6.00$8.00
5 and under are free  

Season Passes:
Adults$45.00 
Senior/Student$32.00
12 and under$18.00

Free Parking

Also, RenBoots is looking for assistance at their booths. If interested please call 405-503-7936.

Mayhem rules at Derbinsley Manor.

Lord Derbinsley Senior, thrice decorated by King Henry VII and gifted with a young beautiful wife, is not well. His sons, Richard Jr, the legitimate heir, and George, the fruit of an ill-fated liaison with a chambermaid are in attendance to see that old Lord Derbinsley’s estate and legacy are protected.

Lords and ladies, faithful servants, and entertainers from the village have gathered at the manor for a midwinter’s feast this night but emotions run high, and someone will die. But only our audience knows who the victim will be, and who will commit the crime.

Join us to play your part, enjoy the feast, and cast your ballot.

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Holiday Inn 900 Corporate Parkway Wentzville, MO
Call for special room rates 636-327-7001

Tickets are $25.00 per person (tax and gratuity included)

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Visit our announcements page to purchase tickets online. Tickets may also be purchased at the event.

Visit Renaissance St. Louis for information about our events year-round, including the Greater St. Louis Renaissance Faire, and the St. Louis Pirate Festival.

(Cross-posted to various communities.)
13th-Dec-2006 10:48 pm - Off topic, and yet not
elphie 1
My friend Shauna has been working on a program that may be of interest to some of my faire friends (or those they know). Knowing her, it will be a great program. Below is the email she recently sent out.

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If you would like more information, please visit the website listed, thanks!
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