In a style fitting with their sword-and-shield emblem, the King’s Crossing Vineyard & Winery’s yearly renaissance festival harks back to ye olden days with a weekend of days-of-yore-style entertainment. A Scottish band toots the soundtrack to the festivities as visitors hoist flagons of beer and wine and belly dancers enchant viewers with sultry undulations. With multiple opportunities for guests to demonstrate their feats of strength, the fest hosts an archery tournament and dueling matches fought with swords, maces, and enormous turkey legs. The afternoons are filled with informative demonstrations on renaissance life, performed by actors in full period dress.
In the warmer months, Moonstone Lavender Gardens' three acres of lush, purple flowers provide a dreamy and fragrant setting for wine tastings, live music festivals, and picturesque weddings. Entirely organic, the gardens are also home to annuals and perennials, so something is always in bloom. Each batch of lavender sold at the on-site store is hand-cut, bundled, and hung up to dry?or incorporated into items such as aromatic soaps, candles, and even aromatherapy pillows.
Twelve years ago, Frank and Amy Faust bought a 6-acre plot of land in the Loess Hills countryside with the intention of building themselves a log cabin. Instead, they found themselves sidetracked by a new dream—starting a winery. At Sugar Clay Winery, the Fausts now produce up to 10,000 gallons of wine each year, yet, as they told KETV-7, they still take the time to cork each bottle by hand. Visitors can introduce themselves to 14 of Sugar Clay’s proprietary varietals in the tasting room, such as the sangria-esque Loess Hills blush or a four-grape ambrosia blanc whose flavors morph from apple to butterscotch and almond with each sip. Outside, shaded decks house guests peering out on views of sloping valleys soundtracked by a chorus of birds hiding among the surrounding cedars. A fire pit warms sippers during crisper nights or on afternoons when a tour group of refrigerators shows up, and live musicians fill the air with notes from dulcimers and acoustic guitars.
The masked chainsaw bearers and flesh-eating zombies may have earned Gateway of Chaos a top rating on Hauntworld.com for two-years running, but they don’t do it for the awards. The terrifying show––a combined effort of more than 50 volunteers—elicits screams to benefit the Malvern Area Betterment Association, a nonprofit working to better social, educational, and developmental growth in the Malvern community. Comprising thousands of square feet, the haunted house also affords local actors plenty of space in which to flex their menacing muscles, and past years have seen the haunted house changing nightly to keep repeat visitors and ghostly real-estate agents on their toes.