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I have wanted to attend a Renaissance Faire for as long as I can remember. Growing up in Atlanta, there was a huge one put on annually…smack dab in the heat of a scorching Georgian summer. In fact, when you think about it, most Ren Fests are held during the summer…and chubby chicks and heat just don’t mix. Since I’m still not thin, I guess it’s no surprise that I’ve never actually been to one.
guess what I stumbled across on the internet the other day?!
Rosenvolk German Medieval Festival
It caught my eye because, not only is it a medieval festival, but a German one at that! My husband’s family has strong German roots and we celebrate that heritage in creative ways, including:
how we decorate our home
the food we cook for special events
how we name our backyard chickens
and even the type of home we live in (a German Tudor Revival)
Plus, our adopted hometown (St. Louis) was founded by German immigrants.
See? It was meant to be!
And if that wasn’t enough, this festival happens to be in OCTOBER!
If you’re as intrigued as I was, here’s some of what I learned about them during my research:
We are proud to announce we have over 20 entertainment acts booked from all over the US and Canada joining us on our special weekend. The Landsknechts will be traveling from Florida with a troupe from 10-15 people; this group is comprised of educators and ex-military. Combined they have over 100 years experience in teaching and demonstrating in a fun interactive way. Knights of Valour will be joining us from Canada, with Shane Adams World Championship Jouster, 4 consecutive years and host of “Full Metal Jousting” on the History Channel. Internationally renown music group “Bounding Main” singing 200-300 year old sea shanties.
We also have an authentic Punch & Judy puppet show, visiting Royalty, faerie tale creatures, magic, comedic acts and so much more than what we can put here. Also unique vendors; wayside shrines, chainmaille, garlands, handcrafted wooden swords and shields, leather masks, renaissance and medieval clothing, just to name some of what you’ll see to purchase at our festival! We’ll also be featuring some of our local authentic German food and featured German Craft beer and local German Monastic wine (not served on Sunday, but Friday after school day event in the evening and all Saturday + Masquerade ball), along with other delicious foods that will delight the palette.
All this fun and revelry will take place on the breathtakingly beautiful and unique grounds of the 167 year old German built Monastery of the “Immaculate Conception.” Or as locals like to call it, “The Castle on the Hill.” Each Day we have different events planned, Friday Oct 16th, School Day, artisans will be demonstrating, teaching and in some cases allowing the kids to participate in their crafts. On Saturday, “The Presentation of a Rose,” the lost Grimm Brothers Tale, and “The Under the Stars Masquerade Ball” held outside on the beautiful grounds of the Monastery. On Sunday, we will be performing a Medieval German ritual called “The Parade of the Rosary,” just before the official opening of the faire. We’ll also be featuring the marriage of the Queen to the Arch Duke and an auction of some of our unique items from our vendors towards the end of the day.
Rosenvolk German Medieval Festival is a not-for-profit faire that is raising money for 3 youth programmes in Dubois county. These youth organizations are committed to nurturing their kids to help them grow, emotionally and spiritually. Guiding them to be healthy, responsible, contributing members of the community. Most of the kids that attend these organizations will be volunteering at the faire and raising money through running their own food and game booths. We will also have a special performance from “Strings Inc.” a youth orchestra, to whom many of the children belong.
It doesn’t get more German than this, folks! Not only will it be a ton of fun for the whole family, but it supports a good cause! And since I’ve always wanted to attend an Oktoberfest too, I’m getting the best of both worlds!
The only downside is that it’s in Indiana. However, that’s only about a 3 hour drive from St. Louis- so not too bad. We need a little mini-vacay, anyway!
Now, I promised y’all a deal…and I aim to please! So, here you go!
Grab this deal fast, it won’t last forever!
Weekends -Save $3 off a family weekend pass or save $1.50 off each Adult weekend pass.
Weekdays – Save $1 off a weekday Adult pass.
Children under 5 are free!
So, now that my Oktoberfest plans are set, I’m headed to the kitchen. I’ve got a sudden hankering for some Spritzkuchen…
See you at the Faire!
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