Children’s Festival turns into Renaissance Faire |

Children’s Festival turns into Renaissance Faire

The daylong Children’s Festival at Pioneer Park in Nevada City this Friday will be a Renaissance Faire for all ages.

Juggler Barry Friedman, Rudy Darling and Barry Angel as minstrels, Richard Geisler and the Canterbury Belles recorder group, Tynowyn on harp, Scott Ingram as a town crier, Lew Sitzer as a wizard, Jonathan Meredith as an overseer on stilts, the Griffin puppet family, a fire-breathing dragon and storytellers will entertain there.

“The festival’s purpose is to have a fun family event, something that families can do together where there’s no commercialism,” said Gayle Martin, festival coordinator.

Founded in 1971 by Pat Cobler and Ilse Barnhart, the festival continued annually for 18 years with the help of many volunteers.

Last year, the Children’s Festival was revived as a memorial tribute to Barnhart. A total of about 1,400 children and their parents attended the festival which celebrated creativity and community spirit.

Friedman, storytellers, fortune tellers, face painters and wandering musicians entertained last year; more than 20 arts and crafts tables on subjects such as cardboard castle construction, soapstone carving and puppet-making were set up.

“It’s for children of all ages is what we always say. The festival is an event I thought was important to my children and other children in the community,” said Martin, whose children are now adults living in New York. “I like being able to help preserve the event for the children of today.”

Renaissance costumes can be made at the festival or participants can come to the festival in their already-assembled Renaissance costumes.

Like last year’s festival, Friday’s festival has two sessions: 9 a.m. to noon and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Admission to each session is $1 per person. The Soroptimists will sell food and beverages.

The festival is sponsored by the Nevada County Superintendent of Schools Office and local businesses.

For more information, call Martin at 265-2165.

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