Trumpets blare over the fairgrounds. As the king and queen ride through town, peasants and shopkeepers all kneel immediately, verbalizing praise and respects to their liege lord. Meanwhile, a man in shorts stands amid the crouching peasants eating a turkey leg the size of his arm as his kids tumble off the Jacob's ladder across the dirt road. This is but a snapshot of the special moments at King Richard's Faire, a renaissance festival that gathers period artisans, performers, and food merchants to celebrate the Age of Enlightenment along with visitors.
After a bit of practice throwing axes, visitors can stroll in optional costume to see fortunetellers, cobblers, and blacksmiths who have mastered ancient crafts. Knights ride to battle on the tourney field to win the king's and crowd's favor, and eight stages, a tournament field, and a mud pit bring in acts ranging from minstrels and jugglers to fire eaters and exotic animals.
As a conglomerate of paintball facilities, Paintball International offers many distinct destinations for chromatic outdoor combat. Some fields, such as Splat Zone Paintball in Louisiana, challenge players to find adequate cover in an arena littered with creative obstacles. In Massachusetts, PnL Paintball thrusts players into a realistic Ghost Town, comprised of churches, multilevel buildings, and stone walls. Meanwhile, trees, leaves, stacked wood, and foliage inside K.C. Crusaders offer players all-natural hiding places from which they can spring forth to surprise their rivals or remain undetected while they determine the color palette they will use to paint Water Lilies on the surrounding bunkers.
On a sprung bamboo floor, the dance instructors at Ancient Art Studios lead groups and individual students through routines in the various forms of belly dance. Inside the spacious and warmly hued studio, where large mirrors let visitors watch their body postures, staff members also hosts troupe rehearsals, special workshops, and recitals.
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Xplosion Dance Center's full wall of mirrors reflects the opposing purple wall and the row of ballerinas and danseurs in training between the two. A dance instructor with professional experience leads the groups of dancers who can range in age from 3 to teenagers through classes that focus on tap, jazz, or hip-hop. In addition to classes, the instructors also host birthday parties at the colorful studio.
South Shore Sports Center invites athletic enthusiasts to engage in such sports as soccer, basketball, and lacrosse within its massive sports and entertainment complex. Groups can rent one of the three fields for their ball-based diversions, each featuring all-purpose synthetic surfaces that make them ideal for lacrosse or soccer on the turf fields and basketball or uncomfortable napping on the hard courts. In conjunction with the recreational revelry, the center also hosts birthday parties, clinics, and summer camps geared toward athletic improvement.
A three-day celebration of country, bluegrass, roots, and folk tunes, The Javelina Festival showcases up-and-coming musical talent from across New England. More than 18 bands have climbed aboard this year's docket to rescue fans from summer's monotonous soundtrack of chirping crickets and shrill, cackling robins. Among Saturday's melodeers, Boston Globe –praised country-rock outfit Girls Guns and Glory will adorn the fest with rustic melodies and rocking guitar solos, and Girl Howdy will tickle eardrums with the strings of its guitars, fiddles, and upright basses. Visitors can rollick to the tunes and enjoy Francis Farm's acres of history-drenched beauty while standing or seated astride a docile blanket or lawn chair. Visit the fest's Facebook page for travel tips, concert announcements, and other up-to-the-minute information.