From Our Editors
Glimpses into the Elizabethan era fulfill the mission of bringing a bygone Europe to life. Turning the Kelley Farm into the Village of Merriwick, entertainers of all types, from courtiers to peasants, engage fairgoers with a range of acts. Flanked by her entourage, Queen Elizabeth travels through the streets, perhaps on her way to watch the jousters compete for her phone number, or perhaps to watch sprightly performers such as the piccolo puppet players or The Dread Crew of Oddwood, who play "mahogany metal"—a mix of hard rock, Celtic punk, and traditional Irish tunes.
Elsewhere, merchants peddle their wares to passersby, talking up goods such as hand-forged weapons and roasted turkey legs. Camel rides and bubble-filled buckets cater to kids, and adults can duck into two alehouses where quick-witted wenches pour draft microbrews and ciders. For guests who want to spend the whole weekend immersed in the festivities, organizers reserve a section of the grounds for tent and RV camping.