Monday, October 29, 2012

This is supposed to be a Renaissance Faire how in the name of Queen Bess's bloomers do you have William Wallace?

2013 Preview Video - William Wallace Scenario

We have had some very non-Renaissance plots and scenarios in our three seasons of the New Jersey Renaissance Faire and are about to have another one when William Wallace arrives this June at the village of Crossford.  Our first year scenario was centered around Maid Marian and Robin Hood.  In year two we were visited by King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table.  Last year we had the Three Musketeers all the way from France and the 1600's.  Our first four plots come from times in history that are clearly not the Renaissance (you can argue for the Three Musketeers, but it is still not typical Renaissance Faire material) so how do we have the audacity to call ourselves a Renaissance Faire?

There is a secret in our village of Crossford that for all purposes seems like any normal village in the English countryside in the 1500's if you do not look too closely.  But the nobles of Northumberland (the English region our little village is located in) know of a secret that they have protected for generations.  The woods and forests that surround the village of Crossford are magic, still resonating with the old magic of the fey.  Each year at the strong times, the harvest festivals, the solstices, the equinox, there is a chance that some hero out of history will be brought to Crossford to change the path of their destiny.  These heroes stand at a crossroads and are about to make a decision that history and the magic knows is not the right one.  They are brought to Crossford to get back on the right path.  The Dukes of Northumberland and the villagers of Crossford have always been there to help.

So, our village and faire is set in an English village in the 1500's, 1561 to be exact this year, but our magical shire gives us the chance to explore other heroes and the idea of what one can do when they have another chance.  Come to Crossford yourself and experience the magic.  Maybe you are standing at a Crossroads yourself and the citizens of our fine village are more than willing to help you on your way.

The New Jersey Renaissance Faire and the village of Crossford are located on the grounds of Liberty Lake in Columbus, NJ.  The magic of the lake and the woods will bring our village from the 1500s into our century on June 1st, 2nd, 8th and 9th of 2013, from 11 AM until 6 PM, rain or shine.  Long live the Duke and Duchess.  Check out the website at!

For a little more on the background of Crossford watch the 1st preview video for our 2013 season.

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