October is Renaissance
Fall brings annual feast and faire to Florence

Flor-Ala, Oct. 14, 2004

The Feast

A Renaissance Feast, sponsored by the Alabama Renaissance Faire Roundtable, is scheduled for 7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 16, at the Florence-Lauderdale Coliseum.

The meal, prepared by chef Jim Matterer of Morgantown, West Virginia, whose specialty is Medieval and Renaissance foods, will feature a plethora of period delicacies from his vast array of Medieval recipes. Visit Jim's web site at www.godecookery.com; you will be amazed.

During the evening, there will be entertainment from the Renaissance era performed by people dressed in the costumes of the period.

Those who attend the Feast are urged to don attire befitting the Renaissance (though it's certainly not a requirement) and to bring their own goblets or drinking vessels. Plates and silverware will be provided as well, but guest are invited to bring their own to decorate their place settings.

Better yet, groups of four or six might wish to bring their own table linen, pewter or wooden plates, candelabra, etc. and set their own table.

Tickets are available after Oct.1, at Kennedy-Douglass Art Center on Tuscaloosa Street and Anderson's Bookland on North Court Street, both in Florence.

For further information contact Billy R. Warren at (256) 768-3031.

The Faire

See and hear wandering minstrels.

Enjoy colorfully dressed court acrobats in motion.

Bask in the soothing sounds of dulcimers and recorders.

Delight in the vocal ranges of chamber singers.

All of these and much more will entertain those who attend the two-day Alabama Renaissance Faire on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 23-24.

The 18th annual Alabama Renaissance Faire has been scheduled for Fountain-on-the-Green (Wilson Park) in downtown Florence.

Admission to the Faire is free.

Since the historical period known as the Renaissance had its start in Florence, Italy, it is natural that the Alabama Renaissance Faire should occur in that city's namesake, Florence, Ala. So it was that the State Legislature passed a bill in the 1988 session designating the Faire in Florence as the official Alabama Renaissance Faire. The Governor signed it into law on February 4, 1988.

This year's Faire will feature foods, entertainment and crafts that would have been available in Europe 500 years ago.

Fairgoers can eat turkey legs, fried veggies, funnel cakes and other such delicacies while being entertained by jugglers, dancers, violinists and actors.

They can purchase stained glass pieces or hand-thrown pottery, handmade jewelry or homegrown herbs.

Along the way they can enjoy all the sights and sounds of a Medieval-Renaissance village.

Hours for the Faire are 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Saturday and 12 p.m. until 6 p.m. on Sunday.

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