HARPERS OF HOGGETOWNE
10:30, 5:00 PM
The Harpers offer a bevy of Celtic harpists in musical agreement. An occasional Viola di Gamba may find its way into a flock of harpists, but the music still points heavenward.
11:00, 12:30, 3:00, 4:30
This consort is riding the new wave of Renaissance music with authentic arrangements on authentic instruments. Only founder and maestro Professor Emeritus Jack Kitts-Turner is old enough to have been there when the music was new. This is the real deal for music lovers.
GYPSY GUERILLA BAND plays a stirring set on the hammered dulcimer & zither. Their exuberant mix of folk music styles includes old-time, renaissance, celtic, ethnic dance and even some originals. Band members think like gypsies in their range of cultural influences, and like guerrillas in their aggressive approach to traditional instruments. Their music will unify, entertain, and fire up people’s imaginations.
10:30, 11:30, 2:30, 4:30
This fine ensemble brings old Middle Eastern dance to ye Faire at Hoggetowne. And though the dancers have hidden cell phones, the dance moves are a thousand years old. Live music makes the show a wonderful experience of days and years gone by. Gypsy dance is an artform that brings the sensibilities of the East to the Western audience.
11:00, 1:30, 3:00, 5:00
EMPTY HATS plays Celtic music unplugged…but wired. Whether a fun song or one that warms the heart, their traditional music is beloved by audiences at Medieval and Renaissance festivals all over the country.
Utilizing magic, juggling, storytelling, rope walking and extremely obnoxious behavior, is GIACOMO THE JESTER a true renaissance man or just a hack of all trades?
Look out! Here’s a comedy knife throwing show-with a twist…or is it twisted? You decide. Giacomo the Jester and Paolo Garbanzo team up for some dangerous fun in this harrowing example of genial incompetence.
10:30, 12:30, 2:00, 3:00
Emrys Fleet performs the hilarious Rat Extravaganza! It’s comedy that’s more than just a shift of wit, featuring Wilbur the Dancing Weasel!
11:30, 1:00, 2:30, 4:30
Join Professor Chalmer’s Bodkin-Childs and his assistants for a fun-filled family comedy show with an ancient vermin shtick and a Glass Harmonium. Got worms? No problem! Got Eye Thrombosis? They have a cure! Got a need for something TOTALLY different? Along with the cures and potions, they have 6 HIGHLY TRAINED FLEAS ready to perform for your amusement!
11:00, 1:30, 3:30, 5:30
Isaac Fawlkes is not your usual idea of magician. He combines outrageous comedy and unusual feats of magic to create a hysterical show that leaves his audiences in tears with laughter and smiling with joy.
10:30, 12:30, 1:30 3:00
Falcons fly free, so hide your turkey legs. Don’t tell anyone, but there is a wonderful ecological message hidden within this beautiful show of avian raptors and their kin. You’ll be astounded as these spectacular birds exhibit their free-flight skill directly over the heads of the audience.
Warhorse Farms and The New Riders of the Golden Age present full armoured jousting and swordplay. These knights in shining armor run full-tilt at each other on large and beautiful Percheron horses while brandishing pokey lances and swinging steel – for honor and glory and the loud cheers of their audience.
Queen Eleanor and King Henry square off against Louis, King of France in a battle of wits and steel on a large chessboard where each square holds a living combatant. Each move necessitates a brief encounter with stage combat. Not for the faint of heart.
In days of olde when knights were bold, they practiced and practiced at their equestrian skills so as to have the advantage over other horsemen when combat was joined. But for our money, it’s the horses who star in these demonstrations.
11:00, 11:30, 3:30, 4:30
The Society for Creative Anachronism offers demonstrations of ARMOURED & RAPIER COMBAT as in ye days of olde.
10:30, 12:30, 2:00, 3:30
Mutch the Miller’s son and Clarinda lead an unruly troupe of actors in great costumes. Casting call happens at the beginning of each performance.
TOPSY TURVY is an acrobatic, family friendly variety show featuring two ragamuffin, comedic sisters. They amaze and entertain audiences with their silly humor and amazing stunts. Watch as they perform acrobatic feats, tip toe like ballerinas on high rising stilts, mesmerize with the enchanting hula hoop and poi, and try not to drop juggling balls on their heads. With the new additions of whips of whistling glory and rolla bollas of DOOM, it’s a must see show that’ll keep you on the edge of your seat.
11:00, 1:30, 4:30, 5:30
Each year, the talented performers of Magic and Mayhem Productions present over 400 performances of engaging, family-friendly and theatrical comedy magic. Their popular MAGIC & MAYHEM Comedy Magic Show provides quality live entertainment that features amazing magic, hilarious comedy, and the Mystery of Illusion presented with engaging interactions appropriate for all audiences. Featuring the terrifying “Bunnies in Peril”.
11:00, 1:30, 4:30, 5:30
The JONGLEUR JUGGLERS juggle balls, clubs, rings, knives, torches and kids. Well they don’t actually juggle kids but they do get a lot of kids from the audience up on stage and a lot of crazy and funny things happen.
THE HOOP ENCHANTRESS
1:00, 2:30, 5:00
BLUE BOAR INN
10:30, 12:30, 2:30, 4:30
This high energy band on the verge of absolute chaos bring their unique mixture of original music and traditional favorites. Enjoy their songs of drinking, sailing and adventure with a focus on storytelling and a high level of musicianship. They are known as the C, S & N of the middle ages.
11:00, 1:00, 3:30
This high-powered audience participation shows make the audience the stars. Leonardo’s older brother predicts a Renaissance. But for now, well-rendered stories abound with the help of willing audience members and their cheering fans. Expect to laugh.
2:00, 3:00, 5:00
These wenches are just what you deserve if you’ve been bad, I mean really bad. By contract these “ladies” are G-rated, but you can tell by the look just what they are thinking and it is more than you ever wanted to know.
CLOSING PUB SING
At the end of the day, all the King’s men, the Queen’s ladies, jousters, jugglers and jesters meet up with the musical acts to sing and sway at the end of the day.
11:00, 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, 5:00
Grab a ribbon and follow along in this free activity that is suitable for the whole family. Since time out of mind, every spring has been celebrated by bright, beribboned community dances for children and their carefree parents. Everyone is invited to celebrate with Greater Hoggetowne during these rites of spring.
10:30, 1:30, 2:30, 4:30
These are energetic medieval English folk dances made famous in Shakespeare’s plays, and danced with clashing sticks, hankies, and loud ringing bells. Some dances are hundreds of years old and were danced at celebrations for winter’s end, for spring harvests, and at early faires and music festivals.
11:00, 1:00, 2:30
These clever folks appear mysteriously to be both on the stage and off the wall. Come watch as Margret, Cameron, and Jimmy, or as you will come to know and love them, “Small,” “Medium,” and “Large,” balance precariously on top of each other, contort their limbs, and juggle knives as razor sharp as their wit. They’ll incorporate a cornucopia of circus props into the fun including: Chinese yoyo (of death), rolla bolla (of doom), and hula hoop (of no particular threat). They may even use one of their favorite and most unpredictable props- YOU!
ROBEM GOOD & HIS MERRY MULE
12:30, 2:00, 3:30
10:30, 12:30, 2:00, 4:30
Topsy Turvy is an acrobatic, family friendly variety show featuring two ragamuffin, comedic sisters. They amaze and entertain audiences with their silly humor and amazing stunts. Watch as they perform acrobatic feats, tip toe like ballerinas on high rising stilts, mesmerize with the enchanting hula hoop and poi, and try not to drop juggling balls on their heads. With the new additions of whips of whistling glory and rolla bollas of DOOM, it’s a must see show that’ll keep you on the edge of your seat.
Currently juggling 5 torches on the walking globe, Paul’s usual grand finale trick involves balancing on the “Ball of Death” and catching flaming torches thrown at him by volunteers! Paul is an experienced fire eater and manipulator of many props such as flaming devil sticks, diabolo, but his best tool is his comedy timing and personality.
PUPPIES OF PENZANCE
11:30, 1:30, 3:30
Watch in amazement as dogs of the high seas make landfall and come ashore for laughs.
10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 1:30
Sarasota’s circus-trained Brent DeWitt presents his internationally recognized show in the British style, with classic routines and evergreen characters!
THE KING AND QUEEN OF HOGGETOWNE
Meet King William and Queen Caroline and become a knight of the realm in this free activity for children.
ON THE STREET
PUNCH & JUDY
Punch and Judy is one of the world’s most famous and long running puppet shows. In this larger-than-life adaptation, they can be seen towering above the crowds as they roam the streets of Hoggetowne welcoming guests of all ages.
Mummers plays originated as an ancient pagan custom celebrating Winter Solstice and Saturnalia, performed in pantomime and accompanied by raucous and boisterous noise so loud the words sounded like mumbling.
Her mobile home, complete with garden, kitchenette, and dead petting zoo offers an abode to gifts from her many admirers. Whether tutoring her beloved Daffy Duke aka The Duke of Tazworth, or counseling those less gifted in fashion, her hugs are free as well as her advice.
At first, one might seem put off by the eccentric attire, but she is the most approachable character at any festival, and her fascinating gracefulness and great knowledge of etiquette keeps her audiences mesmerized.