|Renaissance Faire History|
The Mayflower Stage was the central entertainment center for the Renaissance Faire and could be seen from anywhere on the faire site. It was a tall wooden two story stage. The open hexagon shape was designed like the the famous Shakespeare Globe Theater in England.
The display of various costumes worn by previous actresses depicting Queen Elizabeth I,
One could see the work of over 100 talented and skilled artists who had displayed and sold their artwork throughout the years at the local Renaissance Faire (some still do).
|Wardell's Pottery Green Man|
|Skull Plate - Wardell's Pottery|
|Potters to the People|
|Wheat Goddess by Cora Hendershot|
|Spirit of the Forest Leather Masks by Mitchell Walker|
|Wooden Miniature Tudor Village|
A Pillory that has been maintained by the Friends of Faire
|Kristina Iodice (far left) and Sarah Shaw (far right)|
|Renaissance Faire Entrance Diorama|
you can also see a depiction of the original entrance of the Renaissance Faire. FOF members have also added a display of the membership FOF (Friends of Faire) medals from various years for all to view.
Below is a picture of a diorama that depicts some of the entertainment that was available at the time. This particular diorama shows figures dancing and musicians playing various instruments (also made from paper).
|Figures Depicting The Dancers at Faire Diorama|
Over the years these dioramas have been displayed in various locations, including the Natural History Museum during the mid 1970s. Unfortantly, five years ago, the dioramas suffered extreme damage from a storm. Being that the figures were made from paper mache, some of the figures were permanently destroyed by the water damage from that storm.
Below is what the musicians looked like before they were damaged. We lost three figures. the original tree and some props from this diorama. The other three dioramas lost some figures and props, however the loss from this particular diorama was much more significant.
The figures and decor pieces that survived were restored by Paper Artist, Maria Del Pinto, from the "Friends of Faire" organization. Below is what the diorama looks like today.
Friends of Faire (FOF) is staffed by volunteers who donate their time and their talents to make the faire experience better for everyone.
|Artist who restored the dioramas|
In the photo above you can see that the bells, head wreaths, faux leather purses,
and faux Tudor plaques are all made from paper. The workmanship by the original artist was amazing, especially considering the limited materials available to her at that time period. They did not have the paper punches in the 60s that are readily available today. Some of the flags that you see in the picture below, were had designed and made by artist, Annette Elizabeth (member of FOF) to replace some that had been destroyed over the years.
There was also a wide selection of pottery, jewelry, costuming, signage, and props on display in the museum. This included the fun gypsy cart below that was used for shows during the early years of the faire.
Over the years, the faire has been survived more than its share of challenges to survive and grow. For past cast members and visitors, this was a glorious time to celebrate and share memories with each. As for those who were new to the faire experience, they had a chance to learn about some of the history of the event and the general purpose of this particular event.