Gloucester County Renaissance Fair
by Larry S. Chowning
On Saturday and Sunday, July 21-22, the Gloucester County Renaissance Fair will be held on the grounds of historic courthouse circle at Gloucester Court House.
The event, sponsored by the Gloucester Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department, will provide reflection into the golden age of the Renaissance. The period was a time of a cultural change that began in the 14th century and continued through the 17th century.
The Renaissance began in Italy and spread to the rest of Europe. It sparked the rise of educational and social reforms that ultimately resulted in a better quality of life for mankind.
It was an age of scientific revolution and an important period in history that helped change from centuries-old Medieval lifestyles to a more modern age. “Renaissance Man” was used as an expression for people of those times who embraced the changes that were occurring.
Festival-goers on July 21-22 will enter a world of Medieval and Renaissance fantasy. All ages are invited to join in exciting activities throughout the weekend.
There will be juggling workshops, knighting ceremonies, Maypole Dance, a human chess game, and much more.
A Masquerade Ball will be held Saturday starting at 5 p.m.
Throughout the two days, there also will be a variety of artisans and vendors featuring exotic wares.
Gloucester County tourism coordinator Hilton Snowdon said the Renaissance Fair is a fun time for children and adults to learn about “a dynamic period in the history of the world.”
The fair features knights in armor, damsels dressed in clothing of the times, period dancing, and Medieval magic by a magician and face painting.
“The vendors really have different stuff for sale,” Snowden said. “We have a lot of fun and I think the children and others who attend learn a lot about the history of the Renaissance period. We hope a lot of people will come and enjoy the two-day fair.”
Events will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day and admission is free.
There is currently road construction around portions of the courthouse circle, so parking is available on Main Street several blocks south of the event, as well as north of the circle at 6467 Main Street behind the Gloucester County government office building.