Inside the gates of Wellington in old England, villagers were preparing for a visit by the Queen. The Renaissance was in full bloom and it had been a year since her last visit. Craftsman, working peasants and even farmers provided clothing of the time. Others shouted “Huzzah” with each drink and sustenance served to Vikings, roving knights, visitors, and even privateer Sir Francis Drake. Entertainment from a half-dozen stages was offered around every corner.
The annual Northern California Renaissance Faire opened Saturday at Casa De Fruta between Los Banos and Gilroy on State Route 152. The Faire is the largest of its kind in northern California and features entertainers from around the world. This unique chance to step back to the time of pirates, peasants, maidens and nobility will continue every weekend through Oct. 13.
The village streets are lined with quaint shops where 140 master artisans present their finest woodwork, leather, blown glass, handcrafted jewelry, clothing and even armor, chain mail, and weaponry of the time.
With every step, one encounters one or more of the hundreds of costumed entertainers, vendors and performers. The good mayor of Wellington might welcome you. Drake will bow to the ladies and one might even meet a knight in shining armor on his way to the daily jousts where brave warriors on horseback clash lance against shield in an attempt to dismount their adversary...