Renaissance Faire planned June 28-29 in Richland

Dori O'Neal, Tri-City HeraldJune 19, 2014 

Close your eyes and imagine, if you will, that it's 1585 and you're in the English countryside moseying along at a faire.

There are minstrels playing lutes, jugglers tossing clubs in the air and knights jousting in a clearing.

Then fervor erupts among the fairgoers as the Virgin Queen herself arrives with an entourage of underlings.

Now open your eyes and get a 2014 taste of that medieval era at the Ye Merrie Greenwood Players' 28th Renaissance Faire at Howard Amon Park in Richland on June 28-29.

There will be magicians, minstrels, jesters, puppeteers, jousting and sword play demonstrations, arts and crafts, Shakespearean plays, music and dancing throughout each day of the faire, as well as a new addition.

"The mythical village of Greenwoodshire has seen many changes in 28 years," said Marjorie Kunigisky, the event's founder and director. "This year, the players are bringing a vastly different side of renaissance life back to the faire -- the Latin Mass."

The event features Protestant services in the Greenwood Chapel during the faire, which also provide historic tidbits of the treatment Protestants received in Europe, Kunigisky said.

The religious services are planned for 11 a.m. Sunday at the chapel in the park. There is no cost to attend the service.

"Father Pat works at the Benevolence Institute in Spokane," she said. "He will say both a Latin Mass on Sunday and the Elizabethan version of an Anglican (Mass) each day of the faire."

With all the events happening throughout the two-day faire, Kunigisky recommends fairgoers snag a copy of the Jester Press when they enter the park.

The Jester Press is free and has articles, a horoscope, map of the faire and a schedule of events on the five stages set up throughout the park.

"It's always a challenge to pick what to watch at the faire, as there are (several) stages with continuous entertainment," Kunigisky said.

"Seeing new performers and vendors is always fun," Kunigisky said. "But finding your favorite merchant or performer is always a welcome pleasure."

The hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Admission is $9 for adults and $7 for students and seniors at the gate.

-- Dori O'Neal: 582-1514;; Twitter: @dorioneal

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