Renaissance coming to Genoa July 29-30 |

Renaissance coming to Genoa July 29-30

Staff reports

The Renaissance will come alive in Genoa July 29 and 30 for the fourth time, featuring knights on horses, actors and merchants.

The Renaissance roughly took place between the late 14th to early 17th centuries. It was a time of bold explorers who sailed the unknown seas to find the New World. Previously undreamed of trade routes made men and nations wealthy, and the arts and sciences flourished.

Smugglers Retreat in the Village of Genovese, a European village, will be recreated at the food of the Sierra at the south end of historic Genoa, where visitors may step back in time and be entertained.

The American Jousting Alliance will entertain at two performances each day. They pride themselves on their well-trained horses and hard-hitting, realistic style. The knights will demonstrate their skill at arms in ring-spearing, spear-throwing, shield and lance passes and a “Joust a Plaisance,” which is a joust for the pleasure of jousting. They will also perform a “Tournament Joust,” involving swords, shields and lance passes. A “Joust a Outrance,” or the Joust of War, is where anything goes.

This year’s faire will feature a children’s petting zoo, plus musical entertainment of “Revilla” and Hiram Huber and his strolling minstrels. Also on tap are “Zinger and the Tart” magic show, juggler Thomas Wood, belly dancer “Rabis,” plus two story tellers and the Silver Rose Guild, demonstrating period fighting.

St. Gabriel Renaissance Guild will perform classic Shakespeare.

“The Carson Valley Players,” a new theater group, will perform a comic version of “Romeo and Juliet.” Anyone interested in participating in this production and other upcoming theater presentations may call Shannon Hickey at 782-2893.

This year’s faire will also feature “Renaissance Under the Stars,” from 5 until 8 p.m., with musical entertainment.

In addition to staged shows and improvisation, the faire will feature booths manned by costumed merchants who will be hocking their wares. “Fyne ale” and succulent food will be available from a variety of merchants, as well as the Carson Valley Sertomans.

The Genoa Renaissance Faire is an educational experience for the whole family, made possible by The Record-Courier, The Nevada Appeal, the Minden brand of the Bank of America and L & M Promotions in Genoa.

For more information, call Martha Williams at 782-2893 or Laurie Hickey at 782-2893.