Marghi Bean’s property, home to the New Hampshire Renaissance Faire, will be bustling with jousting knights, a queen and costumed performers on Saturday, May 17, and Sunday, May 18.
“It’s a smaller King Richard’s [faire]. It’s like coming and walking straight into a medieval village,” said Bean, who runs the New Hampshire Renaissance Faire.
This is the fair’s second and final weekend, and it will feature all things medieval, with merchants, activities and live entertainment.
“I think of it as theater in the round. It’s wandering characters and performers — it’s really cool. People pick out the things that they want to see, but I’ve found I get distracted along the way. There’s something for everyone,” Bean said. “It’s total immersion. Everyone’s dressed in these beautiful outfits, and there’s all sorts of merchants doing henna, selling clothing, painting. It’s all very medieval. ... It really is a family fair.”
Bean said her property is the perfect place to hold the fair.
“It’s really neat because we have these neighbors, but our land pushes back into conservation and you can’t see the neighbors from there. It’s like stepping back in time to the 1500s,” she said.
Bean said people who attend often dress up in medieval costumes and get into character for the day.
“A lot of people use accents — they try to talk in old English or Irish accents. It’s a lot of fun,” she said.
She said people will be amazed at the jousting.
“The jousting group belongs to an international society, so they’ve been all over to places in Europe. They’re very good,” Bean said.
This year the fair celebrates its 10th anniversary.
“It really is a celebration for us. It’s a nice feeling. Over the years we’ve raised over $33,000 for charities, and we’re very proud of that.”
Proceeds from the fair will benefit the New Hampshire Food Bank and the Rockingham Meals on Wheels.
“I want people to walk away from the fair thinking, ‘Wow, that was great, I want to come back next year.’ I want them to feel that they’ve learned, been entertained and were relaxed and had a great day,” said Bean. “It’s cheaper than a movie, and you get to see all this entertainment. It’s affordable and it doesn’t matter what age you are.”
As seen in the May 15, 2014 issue of the Hippo.