Now one of the most anticipated outdoor events of the High Desert area, this year’s festival will feature fine performances from Mayde In Ireland, a local Folk/Celtic music group located out of Rosamond, Wajeh Mokif, a home-grown belly dance troupe comprised of area locals as well as members of other gypsy/belly dancing tribes; Birds of a Feather, a wonderful trio of ladies that sings a capella madrigals and other period songs recent Target Stores Arts and Education Grant winner Victoria Goring, “The Dueling Dame” who will teach and wow families and children alike with her Swordtales and storytelling as well as Daniel DaVinci, the Juggling Genius, a performer who will present an amazing show full of original juggling, magic, stunts, audience participation, and an endless stream of hilarious comedy patter.
Returning to the festival as well is the Guilde of Sainte Marie, who will be presenting the Court of Henry VIII in the year 1532. Sainte Marie will present the rise of Anne Boleyn to her place as the fiancé of King Henry VIII, thus supplanting Catherine of Aragon who has been reduced to the title of Dowager Princess of Wales. Come watch this historical drama play out in court and onstage! “This is a very intriguing and dramatic occurrence in history. Henry VIII quite literally tore his country apart to marry Anne [Boleyn] all to get a male heir. The irony is that it never happened with her.” says John Bloom, the Festival’s Entertainment Director and guildmaster for Sainte Marie. Mr. Bloom (of Anaheim, CA) will also be portraying the role of King Henry VIII, while Mrs. Sarah Esparza of Lancaster, CA will portray the role of oft-maligned Anne Boleyn as Marquess of Pembroke.
To further celebrate, Sainte Marie’s has planned the following activities for this year’s event:
- A Children’s Court area will be established within the Royal Encampment. This area will be dedicated to kids and their parents who want to participate in some fun crafts and games. Included in this will be a coloring contest for children (up to age 12), with a prize given for the best of the faire.
- Guilde of Sainte Marie will be sponsoring the King’s Quest, which will include a scavenger hunt as well as a Quest to learn more about history and activities during the Renaissance!
- Saturday night of the event, the Guilde of Sainte Marie with assistance from the California City Arts Commission will host the Grand Masquerade Ball at the newly opened Arts Commission Building. Tickets will be sold at the front gate as well as the pub for $5.00 per person. Dance the night away with His Majesty King Henry VIII and his fiancée, Anne Boleyn. Guests are encouraged to arrive in costume, and a prize will be given for the best mask!
- The Guilde of Sainte Marie will be hosting a Queen’s Tea within their encampment on Sunday afternoon evening at 5:00PM – serving a traditional English Tea with a Renaissance flair. Tickets for the Tea can be purchased at the front gate and the pub for $5.00 per person.
This year the Festival is also being held in conjunction with an amazing model train show, which will occur concurrently in the StrataCenter during the Festival’s two-day run. The model train show is a wonderful experience in itself and is not to be missed!
Roughly 2,000-3,000 people attend this yearly event. Cost of admission is only $5.00, with $1.00 off the admission for seniors and students. Gates will open at 11:00 a.m. and close at 6:00 PM on Saturday and 5:00 PM on Sunday. For more information, please contact Brenda Daverin at (760) 373-3530 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Further information and directions can also be found on the event website: www.calcityrenfair.org.