Steampunks looking for someplace to wear their duds, fans of A Game of Thrones
or just anyone who likes wandering minstrels, knights and ladies, odd shoppes
and eccentric performers can hie themselves hence to the shire of
Hollygrove and enter the realm of the Michigan Renaissance Festival.
The popular medieval attraction opens this weekend, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Aug. 18-19, and
every weekend through Sept. 30, plus Labor Day Monday, Sept. 3, and
Friday, Sept. 14.
Every weekend has a theme. This weekend's is the "Royal Pet & Ale Festival," a pet-centered event with contests, demonstrations and shows.
For the non-pet-impressed, there's a microbrew tasting, 10 a.m.-7 p..m Saturday, noon-7 p.m. Sunday, ages 21 and older, $5 for 5 tastes, the "Press-A-Wench!" weight lifting competition wirth (comely maidens in place of barbells) and a hot wing-eating contest.
Future themes include “Highland Fling,” Aug. 25-26;
“High Seas Adventure,” Sept. 1-3; “Wonders of the World,” Sept. 8-9; “Shamrocks
& Shenanigans! Sept. 15-16; “Harvest
Huzzah,” Sept. 22-23; And “Sweet
Endings! Sept. 29-30.
Entertainment includes comedy acts, musical
groups, magicians, jousters, stunt performers and dancers. And fully as
much a part of the experience of fun are the many shops selling
everything from armor to artwork, scents to tastes, weapons to musical
instruments. Plus, where else can you engage in medieval people
Tickets are $20.95, $18.95 ages 65 and older and college students with I.D., $11.95
ages 5 to 12at the gate, or $17.95, $9.50 ages 5 to 12 in advance.