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Blog - Maryland Renaissance - Gibson's LodgingOn August 27, 2016, the Maryland Renaissance Faire (MDRF) will renew its annual 9 weeks of merriment in Crownsville. The fair is set in a fictional 16th Century English village called Revel Grove on grounds numbering 25 acres, featuring 130 craft shops, and 42 food outlets. MDRF is the second largest renaissance fair in the United States.

History

Founded by Jules Smith, the fair was first held in 1977 in Columbia, Maryland. Penn & Teller and The Flying Karamazov Brothers were performers at the inaugural event. The fair was subsequently relocated in 1985 to its present location in Crownsville. Initially an Elizabethan fair, the focus was changed to Henry VIII in 1989.

1,300 Participants

Of the 1,300 participants who populate Revel Grove, 400 are fair employees, 700 work for vendors, and 200 are performers who entertain on stage or as period characters living in the village. The Maryland Renaissance Faire features 8 major theaters, 4 small stages within taverns, a special area for children, and a jousting tiltyard seating 3,000 viewers. The fair also provides elephant and camel rides to attendees for a fee.

Return to a Bygone Era

You will travel back to a time of knights, ladies-in-waiting, tankards of mead, and venison. Performing minstrels will entrance you with music as you walk the grounds, fascinated by a curious juxtaposition of the 16th and 21st Centuries. Visitors are encouraged to wear or rent costumes for the festivities. They can discover jousting, sword swallowing, maypole dancing, and archery, and other forms of English entertainment during the time of King Henry VIII. MDRF will commemorate the 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare’s death by performing his stage plays. Artisans will offer handmade goods, such as jewelry, art, and clothing for sale. For more information: https://www.facebook.com/mdrenfest/

40th Season Celebration

The Maryland Renaissance Faire will celebrate its 40th Season through October 23. For more information regarding the festival, please visit its website: https://www.facebook.com/mdrenfest/

A B&B Near the Faire

The MDRF is only 7 miles away, about a 16-minute drive, from Gibson’s Lodgings, a historic inn located in downtown Annapolis. Call us to reserve your bed & breakfast room at our toll free number 877-330-0057. We’ll be very happy to serve you and your family throughout the year.

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