NH Renaissance Faire jousts its way to new home in FremontBy JASON SCHREIBER
Union Leader Correspondent May 09. 2018 12:55PM
If you go...WHAT: New England Renaissance Faire
WHEN: Saturdays and Sundays, May 12-13 and May 19-20
WHERE: Brookvale Pines Farm, 154 Martin Road, Fremont
TICKETS: $15, or $10 for ages 5 to 12, senior citizens and military/veterans. Free for children 4 and younger.
The New Hampshire Renaissance Faire will have a new home this year, with more parking to accommodate a crowd of “Rennies” that has grown by the thousands since the event’s early days.
The event, which will be held Saturdays and Sundays, has moved from Kingston to a field at the Brookvale Pines Farm at 80 Martin Road in Fremont.
The move was necessary because the old venue ran out of parking space, and last year it cost thousands to bus visitors in from off-site parking areas in the center of Kingston.
“Nobody wanted to move it, but we outgrew our parking three years ago,” said Marghi Bean, a member of the Faire’s board of directors, which owns the Kingston property where the event has been held for the past 13 years.
The Faire — a production of Three Maples Renaissance Corp. — is a big draw for enthusiasts and other visitors curious about an event that brings out fairies, ninjas, gypsies, knights, pirates and others dressed in period clothing to recreate life in 1588.
Food booths and more than 60 merchants with mostly handmade items are expected for this year’s event, which will feature games and crafts for children along with jousting demonstrations, live steel combat, an archery range, craft and encampment demonstrations, a charity wench and lad auction, a Beltane spring celebration, bellydance lessons and music.
Ponies dressed like unicorns is a new addition.
Durham resident Marc Bernier, the Faire’s general manager, used to be an actor and a merchant who made and sold goods. He talks about medieval history and weapons and teaches archery.
“I loved interacting in an educational way with the patrons. I like seeing almost everybody who shows up find something they’re attracted to, whether it’s music or dancing or combat or pirates. There’s such a variety of things,” he said.
Bean said about 6,000 people attended last year’s event over the course of three days, some of which were rainy. She said an estimated 2,000 visitors are expected per day this year.
The event benefits the New Hampshire Food Bank, Rockingham Meals on Wheels and two local food pantries. It has raised $169,489 for charity in its 13 years, Bean said.
For many involved in the Faire, it’s like an annual reunion.
“It’s wonderful. It’s like a family gathering,” Bean said.