Genoa Renaissaince Faire is this weekend |

Genoa Renaissaince Faire is this weekend

by Laurie Hickey

The Genoa Renaissance Faire today and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. will feature a variety of entertainment for the $4 admission.

Music, singing, dancing, magic, juggling, period fighting, plus a staged two-act play, “Pirates of Genovese,” and knights jousting on the tournament field are planned.

The Faire has three stage areas for entertainment both days. The Merchants of Genovese in the food court area will offer musical performances beginning at 10:30 a.m. The Smugglers Retreat performances will begin at 10:50. Genovese Tournament Field performances are at 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. both days.

This year’s faire has a wide range of talented performers from professional entertainers to those who enjoy the theater and love performing just for fun. We are very fortunate to have Kelbie Fulkerson as the “Medieval Queen,” along with her son Seth as the “Court Jester.” Kelbie, a professional performer, has appeared at he Excaliber and the MGM in Las Vegas and was a performer at Knotts Berry Farm for 16 years. She will be portraying the “Medieval Queen,” one of her many characters, throughout the faire.

Zoltar the Gypsy will tell fortunes for a fee. Zoltar is quite the character. He will probably give you more advice than you wanted.

Talented entertainers Hiram Huber on the guitar and Mark Garry on the penny flute will play folk-style music.

Roger Ashbey, who performed last year, will be back again. He plays the guitar and is from the Reno area. He performs at many Renaissance festivals and fairs.

“Revilla,” a solo New Age artist, will weave a tapestry of Renaissance and ancient melodies together. “Revilla” is a regular performer at the Carson Farmers Market and has a large following of area fans.

The Renaissance Players Guild, a newly formed acting guild based in South Lake Tahoe, will provide actors, dancers, singers, tumblers, jugglers and sword fighters.

The director of the guild, Stefan Allen, says, “In 22 years of acting and directing classical and Renaissance theater, I have never worked with such an enthusiastic and talented group as the one I have found here. Their love of classical theater shows in their eagerness to learn Shakespeare and Renaissance forms of entertainment.

“Our stage performance is a play based on the theme of pirates. Some would say that pirates as we know them were not predominant in the Renaissance times, but pirates have always existed. We chose this theme for its flamboyance, entertainment and liveliness. The plot surrounds two pirate crews who must combine and cooperate to survive. There is much comedy, music and adventure in this fun play.”

The American Jousting Alliance will entertain twice each day. They will demonstrate their many skills and perform actual jousts on the Tournament Field of Genovese. They do a lot of Hollywood stunt work for movies and television.

Along with entertainment, visitors will find fine food and ale fit for the “Medieval Queen” and “Milord and Milady” provided by the Carson Valley Sertoma. Merchants in period costume will be hawking their wares.

The Genoa Renaissance Faire is affordable, fun and educational. Children under 12 who enter the coloring contest will be welcome at no charge. Coloring contest entry forms are available at Scolari’s, the Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center and the Chamber of Commerce in Gardnerville and the Genoa Courthouse Museum and Antiques Plus in Genoa.

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