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Sunday, August 30th, 2009
12:18 pm
Austin TX, September 19th Sherwood Forest Stone Circle Jamboree.
Austin TX, September 19th Sherwood Forest Stone Circle Jamboree.

A Nighttime Gathering dedicating the newly erected Seven Sisters Stone Circle in Sherwood Forest under light of the full moon

September 19th, 2009 
Beginning at 5pm...with a Celtic Drumming at Midnight
Cover Dish--Pot Luck
Family, Kids, and Friends Welcome
Druids Encouraged to Attend
Camping Encouraged
(our last gathering until the conclusion of TRF)
Music, Dance, and More
This is a Night of Enchantment
We will celebrate the Autumn Equinox
within our own Stone Circle
Soft Drinks, Water and Ale Provided
Bring your Incense and Sage
Bring your bagpipes, drums, lyres, and other musical instruments
Bring your poetry and songs of blessings to our Mother Earth
This is a community building/rennie gathering fun party at the beautiful forested site of the upcoming Sherwood Forest Faire which will have its Grand Opening in the spring of 2010, and which will have onsite patron camping and large group campsites as well as showers and flush toilets.

The official Faire Website

Directions to the faire

A video Tour of the Faire (as it was in April, much construction since then)

photos of the Fair site

I know theyre also looking for more volunteers earlier in the day.. and if youre planning on camping as a group during faire you'll want to contact them and make arrangements to clear your campsite too.

If youre thinking of Vending at this faire or just interested in keeping abreast of things you may want to join the yahoo group

Saturday, August 8th, 2009
11:19 am
Sherwood forest faire Jamboree/Drum Circle/Party TONIGHT! (august 8th)
Fairefolk! Actors! Musicians! Playtrons! Vendors!

TONIGHT , Saturday August 8th starting 5pm+

See the site of the new Sherwood Forest Renaissance Fair egrounds Just 32 miles East of Austin on Hwy 290. Meet new performers, meet vendors, Drink Beer, Eat Food!(Feel free to Bring a pot luck dish if ye can but there should be plenty of food)

dont forget to bring your musical instrument or your dancing feet and by midnight in the magical moonlight we can Dance to the drums at a midnight drum circle at the Seven Sisters Stone Cricle Under the full moon!

Does it Cost anything? NO NO AND NO!
Camping? YES! Directly on the faire Grounds!
Garb Required? No But there will be some dressed up.

Directions at link.

(For a Picture of the Sheet of plywood in Question see next Link.
To see what its all about and for a virtual tour of the campgrounds as they were back in April (theres been a lot of work done since then!) check out this video  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vjHJJzWpaEU

A message from our host about tonights gathering :

our focus of these get togethers are for folk to meet each other, for potential vendors to see the grounds and get a chance to ask the owners/developers any and all questions they want, a time we can start to build a sense of community among us by talking, having our kids meet and play together in a safe environment, drink a beer or two, listen to music, share our best eats with one another in an ol' fashion pot luck style dinner, drum around a campfire, dance, howl at the moon, have fairies take us through a midnight walk of these enchanted woods, etc.

 all that is expected of attendees are these things:
 --have fun
 --bring the best of yourself to the gathering
 --be respectful of others and the kids
 --don't drink and drive
 --as with the spirit of the Burning Man, bring something of yourself to share in the building of a tribe
 --offer your ideas as to how to make Sherwood a success
 --bring a pot luck tray of some kind, if time permits, to share with others

 that's it.

 should be plenty to drink
 should be good entertainment
 should be enough folk with drums to result in a midnite drumming circle

 there are lots of trees and one portapotty
 a hike on the other side of green woode stage, there are showers

 plan on camping, if you'd like
 we are sure there will be plenty that will even tho its hot a blue blazes

 feel free to bring friends and family

Saturday, June 13th, 2009
8:12 am
Join the Sherwood Forest Faire! (near Austin)

Join the Sherwood Forest Faire! (near Austin)

Sherwood Forest Renaissance Faire is looking for You! if you enjoy GOING to other festivals, take this opportunity to get in on the ground floor of something great. The Sherwood Forest Renaissance Faire is opening near Austin next spring.. but planning and practice start NOW and youre invited to be a part of that. Now recruiting Robin and his merry band.. the Sheriff of Nottingham and henchman , thugs, nobles, townspeople , tax collectors , headsman, tavern girls, faeries, trolls, belly dancers, pirates, giants, swordsman and Shakespeareians.

You can take a virtual tour of the site as it was in April .. more than 300 days before opening right here...

OR if youre interested in drum circles and dancing and possibly performing or vending at the faire you can join us on the site this Saturday , June 13th  for a party/jamboree and get together at the faire site.

If you're interested in being a part of the faire, you can join the Sherwood Players yahoo group at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/sherwoodfaire to get directions to the fairesite as well as regular updates on practices and auditions and upcoming events

if you're considering becoming a vendor, or would like to be a 'friend of the faire' you can join http://groups.yahoo.com/group/robinandcompany for general information on whats coming up and discussions with other faire folk you'll meet there.
Wednesday, April 8th, 2009
4:32 pm
LARGE Austin Renn Faire,Spring of 2010,now welcoming acts and actors
There have been Faires in Lockhart and Bastrop before... but this is something of a COMPLETELY DIFFERENT MAGNITUDE.

Never before has there been a faire with an AUSTIN based cast located on ONE HUNDRED ACRES of land (25 acre initial faire site, 18 acres of parking and LOTS of room to camp.. and grow) OWNED BY THE FAIRE so that vendors can be SECURE IN THIER IMPROVEMENTS and performers and Rennies in Austin will FINALLY HAVE A FAIRE OF THEIR OWN.
The Faire site is 40 miles East of Austin located ON Highway 290... no narrow rough back roads here.. this site has direct highway access. On-site camping will be permitted free of charge in the Participants Camping area. Toilets and showers will be available during the entire run of the Faire—weekdays, as well.

Tell your friends and faire family, and join us in building Austin’s OWN first rate Renaissance faire which will be opening in the Spring of 2010!

You are invited to Join the The Sherwood Players as we meet to practice and plan at a convenient site in Austin every Wednesday at 6:30.

While Formal auditions for specific acts and roles are likely to start in July or August, we invite you to bring us your talents and ideas now in these informal practice and planning sessions where Rennies will get to stretch their performance art and both absorb and create the spirit of this new fair.

We'll be assembling a diverse cast including not only the expected RobinHood/Sherwood Forest/Nottingham roles such as Robin of Loxley, Little John, Friar Tuck, and other Merry Men, Sheriff of Nottingham and his deputies and not only the usual Lunatics, Peasants, Lords and Ladies,but also Gypsies, Fairies, Elves, Dark Elves (Drow), Trolls, Goblins, Ogres, any creatures of fantasy, Musicians, Wenches, Pirates, Crusaders, the Pied Piper, and more…

During the first year, the Sherwood Forest Faire Acting Company we'll be casting approximately 20-25 compensated positions for proven professional Fairefolk who can infuse the spirit of faire into the festival and mentor the less experienced cast, as well as 30+ apprentice roles who will be provided food and drink vouchers for use during the Faire..as well as free camping.

All levels of Performers will be required to audition, attend all practices and of course perform all days the Faire is open. Additional stipends may be available for participating in pre faire promotions.

This Faire will be Participant-friendly and will donate a portion of its profits to Rescue, the 501©3 not-for-profit which assists the Rennie community with emergency health care needs.

For more information and for entertainment and vendor applications visit: http://www.sherwoodforestfaire.com/

Reply to arthurthedented@yahoo.com for directions to the Auditions/practices.

If you have an independent act that you would like to us to consider booking at our festival, please email to entertainment@sherwoodforestfaire.com to discuss opportunities or schedule a formal audition.
Monday, March 2nd, 2009
2:55 pm
Austin is getting a REAL renn faire of its own... THIS IS DIFFERENT FOLKS!
Sherwood Faire Opening Spring of 2010... its the real deal.. and if you WORK faire or VEND faire or have an ACT for faire or just want to be part of the a cast.. theres room to get in the ground floor...

Its opening in the spring of 2010 at a site  35 miles from downtown Austin

This weekend i took a site visit to the site of the Sherwood Forest Renn Faire... spread the word.. its the most BEAUTIFUL faire site I've seen in years.. and the faire seems to have both the soul and the backing to make it the best faire in TX...

and theres still room on the ground floor.

let me just say this is NOT 'excaliber 2.0' or anything like that... the guy starting BOUGHT and owns the land.. 105 acres of prime forest 35 miles from my front door in Austin... (opening year will be using a fraction of the site) covered in huge trees AND .. heres the miraculous part.. a glacier must have dropped a gift from the gods there because the faire site.. despite being so forested there may not BE any direct sunlight in the greener part of the year is geologically situated on top of 30 feet of hard packed SAND... there will be NO MUD .. EVER. on the fairesite... three minutes after a torrent you'll be walking on relatively dry ground...  (IE perfect drainage.)

AND THEY ALREADY HAVE THE ROADS IN.. metaled surfaces.. and such are already in place EVEN THOUGH THE FAIRE  doesnt open until Spring of 2010. I remember clearing parking lots and paths down to the last minute on some faires)

The directions as simple as 'get on 290 going east,  15 miles past Elgin take a LEFT turn on "Old Potatoe Road" .. and turn into the parking lot. really , thats it.

THATS not the really big news though.. the BIG news is this guy has both the dream, the brains AND the resources...  to make this a BIG faire in its first year.  I asked for a figure on his advertising budget AND IT BLEW MY MIND... I should have asked him if i can repeat that number.. and in fact, I'm going to but he estimates  a FIRST YEAR DRAW of 30,000-40,000 patrons in a six weekend run.  Normally i'd take that to be wild optimism.. BUT hes GOT THE ADVERTISING BUDGET to make it happen SO...

I dont know if the fairly dismal and drearly showings at  Excalibur and its sucessors has burned you out on fair vending.. but if it hasnt and youre just waiting for a fair WORTH your investment in time and effort JUMP ON THIS ONE....

I'm not officially affiliated with this faire (yet) and have no stake.. but I'm  passing on FIRST HAND knowledge.. things I saw with my own eyes, or got straight from the horses mouth. . whether as a vendor or as an act or an actor... if youre interested in faires at all.. you WANT  a piece of this faire...


an unusual (and good) amount of emphasis is being put on a Childrens area for entertaining kids... and on Faeries in general for the faire.. not an afterthought or outcasts but an integral part of the ideas and plans...  I think this one not only has the budget of a real business to get it started.. but also has the soul of a faire. So faire folk.. get in touch and see for yourself. You want in on this one.
Thursday, January 3rd, 2008
2:23 pm
So,whats the scoop at this point? anyone know?
apparently canceled and I cant imagine that doesnt come with barrels of finger pointing and loads of drama.. but in general, what happened to this lovely little faire and what are our odds for 2009?
Tuesday, November 7th, 2006
11:54 am
Ultimate Renn Experience
Tour Ireland in 2007 with the
Brobdingnagian Bards
June 7-15, 2007

This event is filling up fast! Travel across Ireland with the Bards and their fans.

11:42 am
Special Event at Things Celtic
On Saturday, November 18th, 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM-ish, join us for an evening of entertainment provided by the lovely & talented Diane Linn, aka: "The Bard O'Neill".

Many of you may have seen "The Bard O'Neill" at Scarborough Faire or The Texas Renaissance Festival. Diane's music can best be described as "American Celtic"; her songs are filled with tales of love, adventure, and humor. She will have CDs available for sale, so you can enjoy her music anytime you'd like.

There is a free event! Wear your rennie garb if you'd like!

Things Celtic
1806 W. 35th St.
Austin, TX 78703-1323

Hours Mon-Sat 10-6, Sun 12-5
Friday, March 31st, 2006
3:31 pm
Hello Texas
My name is Bryan Crump. i am an artist, photographer and bodypainter. I will be moving to houston in the end of may and am looking to meet models, photographers and all sorts of artists and creative people. So if you need makeup for a shoot, outfit for a con, faire, etc. let me know...

I am interested in anything anime, fantasy art, medeival, fun, interesting, fashion, photography etc. So if you know of any galleries, conventions, etc. please pass along the info.

Anyways, This is a lovely picture I took with my gal, Ang, she is awesome. We took this my last trip to visit her at the Aquarium. I really liked the way this photo turned out.We got some cool pictures.

click here to see the imageCollapse )

Kind of gives you an idea of my photography. My artwork and stuff is on my site and myspace.

my website is http://www.bryancrump.com
and my myspace is http://www.myspace.com/neoquark

I am looking forward to meeting people, so Hello in advance....
Wednesday, March 29th, 2006
8:20 pm
2 minute video Montage from opening weekend
go to http://channelnone.com/profiles/excaliburfaire/excaliburfaire.html

The new site is gorgeous and it feels like theres more vendors than ever before.. more acts too

I cant say that there ARE more , but it FEELS like it because they've been able to spread out more.
Wednesday, January 11th, 2006
9:12 am
looking for performers
I got this email earlier this week. Thought I'd pass it along.

Excalibur Faire is looking for local musicians.
Do you know of local musicians who may be interested in playing at
Excalibur? Thanks for any info you can give,

Terrie Cooper Excalibur stargzr12@austin.rr.com
Fantasy Faire Weekends, March 11-April 2, 2006
Friday, December 30th, 2005
12:55 pm
Amazingly Enough I havent seen this info here yet... Excaliburs new site...
Hopefully everybody else has heard that Excalibur faire has a great new physical site near Luling/Lockhart. Easy driving distance now for San Antonio and San Marcos (lots of university students there) and no further from Austin.

I havent seen the site yet but at a recent alamorennfest event I heard some good things about it and am looking forward to helping with prep at least a couple of weekends during the coming months.

As I understand it, George is the new owner, and while I think the holidays have kept him busy and the transition has been taking some time, he's probably still getting the hang of delegating which is why 'random guy who used to know george and go to excal a few years ago' is taking it ENTIRELY on his own to say to the other folks on the list (on the odd chance you havent heard)..

The faire is alive and well and living in Luling TX. It seems to be in good hands and there is (so I hear) great on-site camping again too!

hopefully the official announcement folk will get on this stuff soon... just posting what I've heard at first hand (some from George, some from folks who've been to the site).. Really really looking forward to Excalibur this year...

hopefully March weatehr will be kind too.

(Disclaimer: I'm not a member of any inner circle nor authorized by anyone in any way...please feel free to comment, update, or add to this post with any first hand or at least directly sourced knowledge you have... )
12:33 pm
Vote for the Renaissance Festival Podcast
Happy New Year!

Thank you all for a brilliant start to our first year with
the Renaissance Festival Podcast. It's been great and we
look forward to many more.

You may already have heard about or voted in the Renaissance
Festival Performer Awards at

Well there's something
else you should know.

The Brobdingnagian Bards are not eligible for the awards
since I am running the contest. Luckily, there's a way you
can show your support for us.

Vote for us in the Austin Music Poll!

Anyone around the world can vote. That means you!


You can Vote for the Renaissance Festival Podcast too.
And Kristen Roger as best DJ!

Every vote matters. Last year, my group did amazingly
well in the poll. (#1 Novelty Band, #2 Folk Band) But now
we want to do better. Please vote for us and ask you
friends to do the same.

Many thanks! And I wish you a bright blessed New Year.

-Marc Gunn
Thursday, November 17th, 2005
10:45 pm
For Sale!
Hey everyone I just wanted to let you all know I am selling my costume on e-bay.

Image hosted by Photobucket.com

Yeah thats me in the Middle..

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=7564001073&rd=1&sspagename=STRK%3AMESE%3AIT&rd=1 Click here to check it out!!!!!!!!

Good Luck...
Wednesday, September 28th, 2005
4:43 pm
I have a few Ren/SCA related bits up for auction right now, so I thought I’d spread the word:

Pair of wooden goblets

Sofi’s Stitches deep blue velvet doublet (Generously sized for a big guy)

Trio of pewter goblets

Wool/cashmere/velvet cloak

Hand wrought rose motif platter

…as well as a few other feast gear appropriate items. Please take a peek!


Current Mood: busy
Friday, September 23rd, 2005
6:25 pm
Updage from a vendor
Hi folks, for anyone who's still reading this - I'm a vendor, and as far as I know I haven't signed any non-disclosure agreements ;) , so here's what I know:

1) Sometime over the summer the people in charge decided to add an extra weekend onto the faire. Having seen our attendence numbers for the past four years, and noticing little growth over the past three, I think this is shooting ourselves in the foot, but that's just my opinion.

2) Whoever owns Rocky Hill Ranch decided to either not renew our lease or kick us off somehow. So we're looking for a new spot. Vendors with buildings have spent the past month and some going out to the grounds on weekends to tear down their buildings. Hopefully we will find a new spot, and the advertising people will actually buy a billboard along a major highway instead of the dinky signs they've always had... (can you tell I'm nervous about advertising and attendence growth? ;) )
Monday, August 15th, 2005
3:53 pm
i saw tree recently and he said there was talk of moving the faire. i looked on the website under latest news and didnt see anything about it, but i did see the link to this group. so now im in the group and thats my question. is the faire moving?
Monday, March 28th, 2005
4:54 pm
Welcome to Excalibur Fantasy Faire!
I hope you all enjoy the new Excalibur Fantasy Faire LiveJournal group. Chat away, post pictures, etc, etc, etc. Slainte!
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