***NEW This Year!!*** Knights of the Realm

In the World Tournament Of Champions, Knights of the Realm, an international troupe of skilled horsemen, archers, and swordsmen bring the games and jousting of 16th century Europe to life. The clash of steel rings throughout Merriwick as each Knight brings passion and prowess to defend the honor of their home country. Feel the ground tremble with pounding of hooves, lend your voice to cheer your favorite Knight to victory, as they vie for the favor and honor of Her Majesty, Queen Bess!

*** NEW This Year*** Mermaids

Mermaid and Mom is thrilled to be joining the Washington Midsummer Renaissance Faire for the first time! Mermaid and Mom is a mother and daughter owned business comprised of Mermaid Rachel and Mermom Laurie Smith. Mermaid Rachel has been the Head Mermaid at the Dive Bar in downtown Sacramento since 2011, and has traveled the world teaching underwater movement and modeling, performing for corporate and private clients, and has been featured in national and international film and video projects. Mermom Laurie is a seamstress and professional dancer with over 30 years of experience in children’s-development and entertainment. They are thrilled to swim their beautiful team of mermaids and pirates all the way up to Washington this summer! Come and join them all as they sing songs, play mermaid games, tell mythical stories, and pose for photos with guests. You don’t want to miss out on the fishy ‘fin’!

Manis O’Tool

Witness the ‘Manis O’Tool and his Imperial Tibetan yak show’! Please note that on the very rare occasion that his incredibly trained yak, Clark, goes missing right before the big show, Manus will be forced to improvise – fortunately he’s got hilarious stories, jokes, some audience participation and maybe even a dangerous stunt or two that he can pull out of his sleeve in a pinch… Enjoy the show, and if needed, please keep an eye out for Clark.

Broon

Broon is a variety comedian who has toured all over the country for more than twenty years presenting a show of side splitting laughter and amazing stunts. With a strong background in improvisational theater and street performing he has developed a spontaneous and edgy style that guarantees no two shows will be exactly alike. One part stand up comic and one part side show performer Broon amazes with magic, fire eating, juggling and bullwhips all wrapped up with a sardonic wit that will leave you breathless.

The Seadogs

The Seadogs are a group of performers who perform Nautical music and songs, with a healthy injection of comedy and sailor-y theatrics. Several instrumentalists, along with an entire crew of talented singers who perform a wide range of seafaring music…from old world shanties & work songs done in the traditional style, to more upbeat interpretations of classic sea-songs, to modern & original seafaring music. The Seadogs have been entertaining west coast audiences for over 25 years, and have a strong background in entertaining audiences both young and old in nearly every conceivable venue. If you’re looking for Nautical Entertainment, have we got a show for you… Come check out our all-adult “Naughty and Nautical” show! Come on out, grab a drink and try “Swearin’ With The Seadogs!”

MarCher

The beautiful music they made together was a true reflection of their love for each other through the years. Sometimes soft and sweet, sometimes romantic and often fun and energetic their music has brought a full spectrum of feelings to crowds throughout the Northwest. Cheryl continues their tradition of bringing music and love to all.

Lord Mayor of Merriwick

The Mayor of Merriwick is a little unusual, as René Beaumont is a Frenchman and not English. Hailing from the Bordeaux area of France, René fled religious persecution, and traveled Europe a bit before ending up in northern England where he found a place to settle down. Performing odd jobs, René filled in many roles around Merriwick where he built a strong relationship with the townsfolk, despite being an outsider. But it was his sudden and surprising appointment to the office of Mayor by the local Lord that really stands out, causing the local rumor mill to operate overtime with stories and hushed whispers about how he acquired such an appointment. Friendly, yet secretive, René has not yet revealed the nature of his appointment.

Washing Well Wenches

GOOD, CLEAN FUN… WET, DIRTY WOMEN. Your village laundresses, Lulu and Clover, will scrub your funny bone and knock your socks off… into the wash, that is! Nimble, naughty, and absolutely available! The Washing Well Wenches are an all-female comedy troupe that performs at various venues across the nation and beyond. Live, Love, Laugh, Launder… Repeat.

The Tortuga Twins

Outrageously unpredictable and audaciously hilarious, these three “twins” are improv comedy storytellers extraordinaire—which is not an easy thing to say with a mouth full of laughter! Their special blend of stage comedy and audience participation has been labeled “Funny-Bone-Breaking Humorous.” You have been warned.

Heavy Hammer (2nd Saturday Evening Opener)

Heavy Hammer is a non-traditional Celtic drumming band. Hailing from Buckley, Washington, Heavy Hammer plays traditional pipe music with their own spin. Rowdy and rocking bagpipe and drums! Opening for Vidor’s Vixxens, 2nd Saturday Evening ONLY!

The Renaissance Man

Famed actor of Tragedies, Ned Alleyn, takes a stab at Comedy!  Neddy is delighted to bring a plethora of interactive entertainments to Her Majesty’s festival at Merriwick, and invites one and all to come Make Fun of History at the Auld Lion Stage with shows Stand Up Tragedy and The Bear-Witch Project!

Hawke the Bedlam Bard

Hawke plays aggressively loud, sweaty, foot-stomping music on guitar, mandola, bones, bodhran, strumstick, and kazoo. Catch his sit-down set for sweet, moving ballads.

Hangman's Acre

An unruly crew of the most viscous Jailers tasked by the Crown to lock up the accused in the towns and villages throughout England! Just watch out, if we have a warrant for your arrest, the dice will determine your fate!

Salle Saint-George

Salle Saint-George, Seattle’s traditional school for classical fencing arts and the science of self-defense, will once again be demonstrating the history of the sword (and other Renaissance weapons) with their usual level of witty banter, grace, actioned packed fencing assaults and even science! Join them to learn about the art and science of fencing, more than you thought possible. You may even get caught up in the action!

Tatiana & Misha

A lush feast of sounds: the droning blare of the hurdy-gurdy, the metallic sparkle of the hammered dulcimer, ethereal woodwinds, and the compelling rhythms of cittern and drum. Tania Opland and Mike Freeman enchant with songs, stories and unusual instruments from all over the known world, meshing English and Celtic songs with tunes from the Silk Road, Cathay and the Holy Land. They have delighted court and village alike on their travels.

Robin Hood & Maid Marian Present!

Join Robin Hood and Maid Marian for magical storytelling! Six members of the audience star in these high-energy, interactive re-tellings of “St. George & the Dragon” and “The Tales of Robin Hood”! Heroes, villains, cheering, screaming, and hilarity ensues!

Wytchwood Players

Wytchwood Players is a family based performance group that has been ongoing since 2001, bringing fairy tale characters to life from the pages of some of your favorite stories. Come join WitchyPoonella, Puss N’Boots and the Wytchwood players as they share daring stories for the young at heart and romp thru the faire green causing mischief and mayhem amongst the townsfolk in Merriwick.

Master Payne's Magykes

Master Payne has been skillfully entertaining audiences in and around the Pacific Northwest with his award winning magic show for over thirty-five years. Payne’s performances are unique, contemporary and feature many original presentations that you’ll see nowhere else.

Earl the Bard

A Professional Noise Maker specializing in song and tale told to the accompaniment of the Hurdy Gurdy in the style of the wandering minstrels of old.

Rey Sancho (Joust MC)

In a land far away… In a time long ago – Brave Knights fought for Honor, Glory, & Chivalry. Led into battle by Sir Rey Sancho, “The Giant of Aragon!” This 7 foot tall “Lord of the Ring” will command the Knights at your bidding. With a voice like thunder & a wit like lightning, he will enthrall both young & old, with a show for the ages!” Victory awaits you in the Jousting arena! Huzzah!!

Fire & Combat (Final Saturday Evening Entertainment)

“Live Steel by Company of the Iron Phoenix & Fire by IGNITION Fire Troupe” Fire breathing, Fire Eating & Fleshing, Fire Poi, Fire Whips, Fire Fans, Fire Batons, Fire Crowns, Fire Dart, Fire Hoops, Devil Sticks on Fire, Hand Candles, Fire Wands, Fire Sword, Fire Dancers, Fire, Fire, Fire!

Dangerous Curves

Public flogging available upon request! Dangerous Curves is an insult comedy public torture show. Bring us your witches, crooks, traitors to the crown, or you know, those really annoying people who put the cereal back in the cupboard after it’s empty, so you think you have a little bit left but you pour it in your bowl and it’s just crumbs? Yeah. We hate them too. Bring them to us and we’ll bring them to heel. We are Dangerous Curves. Welcome to the dark ages.

Queen Elizabeth I & Court

Bringing to life the Golden Age of the English Renaissance! Queen Elizabeth I is on progress this summer through the quaint village of Merriwick to enjoy their Midsummer Faire. Join the Queen and Her Court as they take in the sights and sounds of performers, revel in the excitement and pageantry of the Joust and experience the romance, chivalry and intrigue of the Elizabethan Court. Queen Elizabeth I is portrayed by Patricia McElroy of Auburn.

The Whiskeydicks (August 3 - Evening Entertainment)

Celtic Gypsy party rockers! The WhiskeyRicks have spent the better part of a decade carving a reputation for themselves as “One Hell of a Good Time”. Using fiery celtic-gypsy fiddle licks, cello played like a bass, bombastic trumpet, vivacious drum beats, energetic guitar strumming, and voice; they tell stories of good times past and reinterpret old favorites in unimaginable ways! Bridging the gap between traditional and modern popular music with an enthusiasm that is contagious, and an eclecticism that knows no bounds! Evening entertainment is included in your camping pass or evening tickets can be purchased at either alehouse during the faire day!

Les Bouffons des Battes

Les Bouffons bring zesty, irreverent comedy to the faire with plays inspired by the masked farces of old France and Italy. Rascal swordsmen, crooked misers, and sly maids careen through two zany tales of life, love, and lunacy: The Rapscallion’s Romance for all ages, and The Phallusoidal Philtre for adults only!

Goode's Company of Foote

From the shadowy, sodden recesses of Northumbria march a hale and hearty band of heroes. Goode’s Company of Foote is a living history group dedicated to reenacting the life and times of a 16th century English trained band. We gather to embrace the camaraderie, discipline and chaos of a company of pike and musket as they variously served the will of their prince and purses during the reign of Queen Elizabeth.

Baksana

Baksana music and dance ensemble performs colorful pieces inspired by eastern lands. Adventure, passion, and humor combine to tell stories through movements. “Baksana” is Turkish for “Hey! Over here!” which compliments their energetic and captivating presence. Swords, veils, assaya, cymbals, and lots of improvisation are used to create unique audience experiences.

Wotan the Faeriesmasher

Wotan the Faeriesmasher is a friendly giant from the emerald city who performs on both coasts of United States, for the last 10 years at Midsummer Renaissance faire the silly barbarian loses every fight to children and faeries of all ages. As an antagonist it is his goal to let the children be the heroes of their own fairytale story and go home bragging they defeated the giant. Wotan hates all things beautiful and magical, he is allergic to fairy dust and blown kisses send him running away!

Hawkwood’s Troope

In Renaissance Europe there’s always a war going on somewhere. Hawkwood’s Troope makes that war their business. Demonstrating advanced historical fighting techniques in several styles and offering the chance to learn how to swing your sword like a mercenary! An ongoing project combining resources from several Oregon and Washington schools of Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) to educate the public about the realities of warfare in the middle ages and renaissance and how much fun historical martial arts can be! But watch out, you may just be recruited into the Troope!

Fakespeare

Featuring Patrick Hercamp performing the Bard’s work like you’ve never seen it before! This award winning vaudevillian comedian condenses some of Shakespeare’s best loved tragedies, energetically illustrating all the key points, characters, and iconic dramatic moments in 30 minutes or less. This show is for Shakespeare fans and total illiterates alike. There’s something for everyone to enjoy with Patrick’s “Fakespeare”, and if you’re not careful, you just might learn something!

Liffey the Bard

Liffey the Bard is a street musician versed in folk music from around the British Isles.  Though she doesn’t have a stage show, she’s usually out with her mandolin playing the lanes and happy to regale guests with a song or two.  Dancing is appreciated, but not required.

Piccolo Puppet Players

The Piccolo Puppet Players presents The Punch & Judy Show! Done in the traditional British style. Prepare for lots of color, laughter and audience interaction. Mr. Punch is a light hearted anti-hero who gets himself in and out of trouble by the use of his wits. He meets many colorful characters throughout the show: Judy, his wife; the Baby; Joey the clown; the Constable, who never fails to misapprehend Mr.Punch, the Crocodile who swallows his stick and many others! Join us at the Oakwood Puppet Pavillion!

Arden the Fiddler

Listen as Arden plays world fiddle music of all ilks, with an emphasis on Celtic, ballads both bawdy & brave, and Gypsy & Ukrainian folk. Arden can be found about Merriwick entertaining and providing tunes to get your toes tapping!

Mistress of Melody

Samantha, the Mistress of Melody is a bard in the classic sense. Telling tales in song with her Celtic harp and her voice she entertains, recalling stories both old and new. Samantha is also a member of the Irish band, Possibly Irish, whom of which she plays harp with in the summers at the Enchanted Forest in Salem, Oregon.

BOWI

Kickin’ Celtic Music – For years, Seattle based BOWI has been entertaining audiences with a blend of traditional Celtic music and unique energy. The BOWI sound encompasses a wide range of music including driving Jigs and Reels, exciting vocals, and beautiful ballads. An incredibly flexible and adaptive group, BOWI has performed at everything from Pubs and local faires, to private parties and weddings. Acoustic or “Plugged in”, BOWI has never failed to get the hands clapping and feet stomping.

Brotherhood of Oceanic Mercenaries (BOOM)

Plundering will be Had! Cutlasses will Clash! Jigs will be Danced and Shanties will be Sung! Enjoy lively performances and theatrical re-enactments by the notorious crew of the “Emerald Rose”. This fun- loving band of scallywags will raise your spirits in song and thrill your senses with suspense and intrigue; charmin’ their way into your good graces all the while. “So batten down yer hatches, stow yer wenches and …Prepare to be Boarded!!!”

The Minstrel Darius

After studying mandolin under the tutelage of a wise master deep in the desert, the minstrel known as Darius set forth to share the gift of music. From street corners to the queen’s court, an eclectic blend of medieval, renaissance, and celtic ballads and dance music is sure to delight Lords, Ladies, and Fairies of all ages and walks of life.

Wyldewood Fae

From the magical realms of the Wyldewood, the Faerie Queen Tanaquil Glorianna has heard that Queen Elizabeth I is to be honored with a summer faire in the town of Merriwick. Intrigued to see a mortal queen, she has gathered her court of Fae to come and partake of the festivities. Come meet the Faerie Queen, Princess Aurelia, their faeries, elves, goblins, satyrs, pixies, brownies and more! The Queen likes her entertainment, and so there will be songs, dancing, and crafting, all aimed at enchanting your wee ones!

Troupe Seven Stars

Troubadours, actors, poets, and bards. Troupe Seven Stars are creators, virtuosos and vagabonds; making their way across the lands to spread their passion for their craft during an era when the ideals of learning, art, and beauty have become paramount once more.  With no food left to fill their bellies or supplies to keep the carts on the move, this raggle-taggle band of folk artists and street performers has set up camp in town until their welcome has been worn out or they have scrounged up the means to move along. Catch them performing music, dancing, Commedia dell’Arte, and more in the streets!

The Royal Acre Reinactment

The townsfolk of Merriwick! Representing the common folk from renaissance period; the farmers and artisans that keep the village fed and clothed, the servants in noble households, soldiers and mercenaries that keep us safe, and players and musicians that entertain. Stop by to play a game and see how peasants live!

Vidor's Vixxen (2nd Saturday Evening Entertainment)

Come one, come all to the last installment of Vidor’s Vixxen’s, the world first and only Renaissance Drag Show! Vidor’s Vixxxens hosts phenomenal local performers such as: Anita Spritzer, Butylene O’Kipple, Hellen Tragedy, Irene DuBois, Joy LeStrange, Londyn Bradshaw, Beau Degas, Louvel, Visage “Legs” LaRoux, Isabella Extin, SHE and HOSTED BY Indika Haze. Paying tribute to the origins of drag during the Renaissance period, the Renaissance inspired Drag show is on August 10th @8:oopm. Presenting traditional and historical drag esthetics, as well as modern drag influences, this show will be one for the books.

Clergy of Errors

Monastic, uproarious, and all around charming, these three monks have traveled from afar to baptize you in their comedy of the cloth. With years of improvisational experience mixed with a devotion to delight, audiences can expect a truly unique and individual show. So hold onto your sacraments and prepare yourself to come as a sinner and leave as a winner with the Clergy of Errors.