The stage is set for historical drama, music, handcrafts, and food, at the first Mid-Summer’s Renaissance Faire, July 19-20 in Dee.
The two-day family-oriented event brings in musicians, performers, jugglers, blacksmiths and others to share their skills reminiscent of days gone by.
“We want people to come and feel like they’re going back in time,” said Erika Ammon, who organized the event with her husband, Tobias.
It came about when members of the Upper Valley Business Association, which supports the Faire, discussed staging a community event to support a local cause. The Ammons had visited a number of Renaissance fairs, and suggested doing one here — though they had never organized one.
“It’s been a lot of work, but we’ve had so much support,” Erika said. About 20 volunteers are helping stage the Faire, held on land owned by Andy Von Flotow along the Hood River in Dee.
The Faire raises funds for Mid-Columbia Habitat for Humanity. Tickets are available at Waucoma Bookstore and Shred Threads in Hood River and Santacroce’s Restaurant in Odell. Advance tickets cost $6 for adults and $4 for seniors and children 5-12, and $7 and $5 at the gate.
Performers will range from comedy by Hood River’s Perpetual Commotion improvisational troupe to catapult target shooting by Seattle Knights.
The Knights will also stage hand-to-hand fights wearing full armor.
Hood River News will publish a full schedule of Faire events on July 16.