Dust clouds form from the hooves of two warhorses thundering across the jousting field. Across the way, a falcon wheels in the sky, spotting prey for his master. Meanwhile, King Henry watches from a tall stone tower, pleased with the bustling marketplace below. It isn’t the year 1539, and it isn’t planet Camelot IV in the Avalonian system. It’s the modern-day Oklahoma Renaissance Festival, held at the Castle of Muskogee every summer for nearly 20 years.
Every merchant and performer has a story to tell, from Sir Robert Vinterhawk of Birds of Prey to the painter Lady Anne, who creates lush portraits of the castle’s guests. The Tribal Circus performs gravity-defying feats without the aid of strings or wizardry, and the mysterious masked man of Cast in Bronze enraptures his audience with the sanctified tones of carillon bells. For adrenaline-pumping thrills, the human chess game —where life-size pieces engage in full battle—is second only to the raucous jousting tourney. Guests can further immerse themselves in a lost era with a spin around the maypole or by dressing up for the daily costume contest.
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The skillful shutterbugs at Studio Keepsake take pride in capturing a variety of memories for posterity; they'll thoughtfully photograph graduating seniors, families, babies, people carrying babies in their bellies, people carrying babies in their tote bags, and more. During your hourlong portrait session, one of the studio's professional picture-takers will coax a natural-looking smile from your lips as easily as you can say "easy-cheese." Snuggle up with your best friend forever to commemorate your camaraderie, or give the gift of a 1,000-word vocabulary to your newborn gurgling baby. Though there is no hard limit for the number of people in the photo session, Studio Keepsake would like you to bring immediate family only.
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