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Renaissance comes alive in Genoa

Staff reports

The Genoa Renaissance Faire, July 24 and 25, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., will feature entertainment for the whole family for the $4 admission. On tap will be knights on horseback, jousting on the tournaments field, music, singing, juggling and period fighting.

This year’s faire will feature a new theater group made up of some of the performers of the “Curse of the Hanging Tree,” a show sponsored for several seasons by the Carson Valley Historical Society.

Denise Walsh, Kelly Ryder and Shannon Hickey will present two-act play “Romeo and Juliet” – with a new comic twist.

The faire has three stage areas for almost continuous entertainment both days. The “Merchants of Genovese”” stage in the food court area will offer musical performances beginning at 10:30 a.m. “Romeo and Juliet” on the “Smugglers Retreat Stage” will begin at 10:50 a.m. and jousting on the “Genovese Tournament Field” will be held at 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on both days.

The American Jousting Alliance is the featured entertainment. Members will demonstrate their many skills and perform actual jousts on the tournament field. This year’s faire has a wide range of talented performers from professionals to those who just enjoy the theater and love performing just for fun, said organizer Laurie Hickey.

Hyrum Huber on the guitar and Mark Garry on the penny flute and their band of strolling minstrels will entertain on both stages. Roger Ashbey has performed at every Genoa Renaissance Faire and will be back again this year. “Revilla,” a solo New Age artist, will weave a tapestry of Renaissance and ancient melodies. Jugglers, dancers and other performers will also be on and off stage performing throughout both days of the faire.

Along with the entertainment, visitors will find period crafts, and fine food and ale will be provided by vendors in period costume hawking their wares. The Carson Valley Sertoma members will serve their famous turkey legs. Hyrum Huber and Mark Garry will play near the Sertoma food and ale merchants’ tents for free food and drink.

Children under 12 who enter the Genoa Renaissance Faire coloring contest will be welcome at no charge. Coloring contest entry forms are available at Gorman’s, Raley’s, Scolari’s, Smith’s, Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce, Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center and Genoa Courthouse Museum. The Record-Courier is sponsoring the coloring contest.

The Genoa Renaissance Faire is made possible by the R-C, Gardnerville; Office Depot, Carson City; 7-up Bottling Co., Reno; Bank of America, Minden; L & M Promotions and the Greater Genoa Business Association, Genoa.

Anyone interested in taking part in “Romeo and Juliet” or upcoming plays should contact Shannon Hickey at 782-2893.