New York Renaissance Faire

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New York Renaissance Faire
New York Renaissance Faire.jpg
Entry gate to the New York Renaissance Faire
Genre Renaissance fair
Dates August - September
Location(s) Tuxedo, New York
Inaugurated 1978
Attendance 160,000 (average)
Area 65 acres (260,000 m2)
Stages 20
Website
www.renfair.com/NY/

The New York Renaissance Faire is a Renaissance faire located in Tuxedo, New York off New York State Route 17A. In 2014, the faire will celebrate its 37th season.[1] The 65 acres (260,000 m2) faire[2] comprises permanent structures and has twenty stages and more than 100 shops.[3] The fair runs eight weekends (Saturday and Sunday) beginning the first Saturday in August, with a seventeenth faire day each Labor Day Monday.

History[edit]

The New York Renaissance Faire was originally created 1978. In 1996, Barbara Hope and Donald Gaiti, Renaissance Entertainment Corp. acquired Creative Faires Ltd., the company who owned and operated the faire.[4] The faire is the fifth to be owned by the corporation.[4] Presently owned by Renaissance Entertainment Productions (REP).

Attractions[edit]

Ann Alford as Queen Elizabeth I at the New York Renaissance Faire.

Like many other faires, the faire has a different storyline that changes with each year. Some weekends are themed, such as one aimed towards pirates.[5]

The faire is a training ground for stage and screen actors who use the opportunity to grow in their careers.[6] The actors spend two months preparing for the faire.[6] The faire is also known for its charity work in reading programs and blood donations.[7]

Several weeks after the faire ends, the land is changed to be a Halloween-themed event called the Forest of Fear. It runs every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night in October.[8]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sunkin, Alyssa (6 August 2010). "Renaissance Faire's returning, forsooth!". Times Herald-Record. Retrieved 11 August 2010. 
  2. ^ Graeber, Laurel (1997-09-12). "For Children - 20th Annual New York Renaissance Faire". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-08-21. 
  3. ^ Rovito, Lisa Marie (2006). Frommer's Great Escapes From NYC Without Wheels. John Wiley and Sons. p. 255. ISBN 0-7645-9829-5. 
  4. ^ a b Accola, John (1996-02-17). "RENAISSANCE BUYS NEW YORK FAIR\BOULDER COMPANY ADDS ONE OF OLDEST ELIZABETHAN FESTIVALS TO ITS ACQUISITIONS.". Rocky Mountain News. 
  5. ^ "SPECIAL THEME WEEKENDS & EVENTS for 2009". Renaissance Entertainment Corp. Retrieved 2009-08-21. [dead link]
  6. ^ a b Minor, E. Kyle (2000-08-20). "The Performers Behind the Costumes". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-08-21. 
  7. ^ Pologruto, Jessica (2008-08-22). "Forsooth! Characters of old address new needs". MSNBC. Retrieved 2009-08-21. 
  8. ^ Charles, Eleanor (1995-10-01). "WESTCHESTER GUIDE". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-08-21. 

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