Age of Chivalry Invades Location for Second Year
19th Annual Renaissance Fair Offers Weekend of Festivities Oct. 5-7
Costumed knights, fair maidens, knaves and wenches will be on hand for the Age of Chivalry Renaissance Festival Friday, Oct. 5 through Sunday, Oct. 7 at Silver Bowl Park, 6800 E. Russell Road, due to the renovation of Sunset Park. Clark County Parks and Recreation presents the festival in its 19thyear with more than 50 shows per day, over 100 artisans, historical reenactments and plenty of food and drink to satisfy the masses.
The festival is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5 and Saturday, Oct. 6 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7. Admission is $10 per day for adults and $5 per day for seniors ages 60 and older and children ages 5 to 12, ages 4 and younger are free. Three-day passes are $25 for adults and $10 for children, ages 5 to 12, and seniors, ages 60 and older. Combo packs including admission, an event T-shirt and 18×24 commemorative poster are available for Single-day or Three-day options. All tickets are available through Ticketmaster. Three-day passes are only available through Ticketmaster and can be redeemed at the event box office for a wristband Oct. 7, the first day of the fair. Advance tickets are only available through Ticketmaster; box offices will be open throughout the festival.
This year, Lexington Field, The Mahones and Killian’s Angels will headline the fair’s main stages.
Lexington Field hails from the birthplace of Irish American Folk Punk – San Diego. The band has played hundreds of shows since it was formed in 2007, sharing the state with the Young Dubliners, The Tossers, The Mahones, Seven Nations, VooDoo Glow Skulls, Cash’d Out and Buck-O-Nine. In 2010, the band released the five-song EP The Streets of Dover and recently put out a new, all-original, full-length album, Old Dirt Road. The band consists of Beau Gray, vocals and guitar; Cami Smith, violin; Bryan Hane, lead guitar; Casey Jones, bass; and Vincent West, drums.
The Mahones feature Finny McConnell, guitar and vocals; Dom “The Bomb” Whelan, drums and vocals; Katie “Kaboom!” McConnell, accordion and vocals; Sean Winter, mandolin, banjo and vocals and Paul “Cuzo” Mancuso, bass and vocals. The band formed 23 years ago at the Irish Pub in Kingston in Ontario, Canada and was the brainchild of Dublin-born Finny McConnell, who wanted to put together a band that could merge Irish music and punk rock. Its song, “Paint the Town Red 2010” was heard in the final fight scene of the award-winning film “The Fighter,” and The Mahones co-wrote and recorded the title track for the Hollywood Pictures movie “Celtic Pride.” The Mahones’ two CDs “The Black Irish Album” and “Whiskey Devils – A Tribute to The Mahones” were released in 2011, and they join the Renaissance Festival on its 2012 tour.
Killian’s Angels have been a local favorite for years and includes Beth Mullaney, Dolly Coulter, Ginger Bruner, Lisa Viscuglia, Nan Fortier, Vita Corimbi and Sharon Lynn. Through the years, Killian’s Angels has recorded two CDs and is currently working on its third. The band’s original arrangement “Celtic High Step” is featured in the New York City pub scene in the popular video game “Grand Theft Auto IV.” The band was listed as a Must See Band in Pauline Frommer’s 2008 Las Vegas Travel Guide, and Killian’s Angels won National Radio Honors in 2006 for its original version of the “Jeopardy” theme song. Unpredictable and energetic shows have kept Las Vegans of all ages coming to hear them play for more than a decade.
Along with main stage performances, several smaller stages will feature entertainment with costumed performers presenting more than 50 shows per day along with historical re-enactments, jousting tournaments, medieval pageantry and more than 100 artisans – including blacksmiths, stained glass designers, jewelers, wood workers, toy makers, perfume blenders, stone carvers and sword, dagger and armor craftsman – to demonstrate and sell their wares. Authentic food, from fish and chips to an English feast, also will be available as well as beer and ales for adults with proper identification.
Along with concerts all weekend, the fair will host a royal parade with kings, queens, warriors and peasants on Saturday and Sunday. The festival also offers full-contact jousting tournaments; no-holds-barred gladiator battles; black powder demonstrations, strolling minstrels, contortionists, magicians, storytellers, jokers, jugglers, flame eaters, belly dancers, trained parrots and pirates. Additional attractions include bow and arrow and axe target games, medieval barber and surgeon demonstrations and Renaissance guilds. In the 16th Century Village, German, Italian, Ottoman Turk, French, Celtic, Polish and British military encampments meet on the Field of Honor for battle.
The Boars Head Feaste brings the feeling of the Renaissance alive with a six-course feast complete with live entertainment. Patrons will be entertained by the serving wenches and boisterous, often immature and suggestive, tavern knaves while they dine on fresh herb chicken, ribs, smoked sausages, steamed vegetables, baked rolls and sweet desserts. Cost is $25 per seated guest (in addition to fair admission). Feasting times are scheduled for 6 and 8:30 p.m. Oct. 5; 2, 6 and 8:30 p.m. Oct. 6 and 2 p.m. Oct. 7. Reservations are suggested and can be made online at www.lvrenfair.com.
No carry-in food or beverages, pets, lawn chairs or weapons are allowed inside the festival area. Patrons may bring one sealed bottle of water. No unauthorized vending, concessions, merchandise, literature or promotions allowed. Any participants in costume must have all related props or weapons peace tied, or those items will be denied at time of entry. No re-entry is allowed.
Event sponsors include Clark County Parks and Recreation, Miller Lite, Las Vegas Review-Journal, My LVTV and The CW Las Vegas. Those interested in the Age of Chivalry Renaissance Festival can call (702)455-8200 or visit the web site at www.lvrenfair.com. Clark County Parks and Recreation also can be found on social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook by visiting http://tinyurl.com/4dfw8ea.
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