MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

May 1, 2014

The Castle goes back in time for Renaissance Festival


— Experience a rich cultural tapestry, and the beauty and grandeur of Renaissance England, at the 19th annual Oklahoma Renaissance Festival, which starts Saturday, according to a media release.

You’ll be transported back to the 16th century as the Castle of Muskogee transforms into Castleton Village, with more than 600 costumed stage and street performers, merchants, and artisans to provide an entertainment experience fit for royalty. Enjoy special daytime events including the Queen’s Tea, the Royal Luncheon, and the King’s Smoker. After-hours entertainment includes the Masqued Ball, the Pirate’s Feaste, and the Ceilidh.

The Renaissance was a rebirth of the human spirit, igniting a passion for beauty expressed through poetry, art, music, intellect, and romance. This pivotal time cultivated a desire for a noble life, for a freer opportunity for expression, and for the melding of intellectual curiosity, diverse culture, and exotic commerce.

The Castle welcomes new performers for 2014. Wolgemut, formed in 1997 in Berlin, performs historical music on original instruments. Sirena is a spectacular group of singing mermaids, and The Swordsmen perform sharp-edged comedy. Circa Paleo will be back at The Cave for a limited engagement. And you’ll find all your other favorite acts appearing on the 15 stages on the Castle grounds.

You’ll find an array of artisan creations at the 134 merchant shops. The festival is proud to include new merchants. Jezzy’s Treasures features hair adornments. Find the spices you need to bring life to your kitchen creations at Garlic Festival. Twisted Family Creations, a “Made in Oklahoma” business, crafts unique items from sustainably harvested wood. Ye Jams and Jellies offers delectable homemade spreads, also made in Oklahoma. Be sure to visit the new Masque Shoppe adjacent to the Italian Quarter.

Stroll down twisting, tree-covered village lanes filled with quaint shops displaying one of a kind, hand-crafted goods. Don the latest Renaissance fashions found in the marketplace, and stop at one of the inns for a flagon of ale.

If you go

WHAT: 19th annual Oklahoma Renaissance Festival

WHEN: 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m on the weekends from Saturday to June 1, plus Memorial Day, May 26. On May 9, Student Day, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

WHERE: The Castle of Muskogee, 3400 W. Fern Mountain Road.

TICKET PRICES AND INFORMATION: http://okcastle.com.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The original online version of this story has been corrected to say this is the 19th year for the Oklahoma Renaissance Festival.