We have a green light from the City! Monday, Mar 10 2014 

Great news!  We now have a green light from the City of Gloucester, and so far, there is nothing going against us this year in Gloucester!  For us, that’s a first!

We’ll be updating the website very shortly so stay tuned for that!

More news to hopefully come soon!  Stay tuned!

Great News! We are ON for the Fourth year! Sunday, Feb 23 2014 

Can you all yell HUZZAH!!!??!!!  Yeah!  We just got back from our meeting yesterday with Hammond Castle Museum http://www.hammondcastle.org and although we will need to make a few changes, we are ON for a FOURTH year!!!

Dates will be July 19th and 20th of 2014 at Hammond Castle Museum (and if you haven’t gone yet, it’s actually a real Castle!) We started in 2010 and we’ve gotten so much support from the Renaissance community as well as the Castle staff!

We’ve just made the announcement and we’ll be updating the website very shortly so stay tuned!

I can tell you all that tickets will be:

$15 for adults (ages 12 and up)

$10 for kids (ages 5 – 11)

Kids ages 4 and under will be FREE!

More information will be announced hopefully soon!  HUZZAH!!! bell tower

 

News: The good, the sad and the Maybe? Monday, Sep 16 2013 

This is a difficult post for yours truly to write, but the news is the news, and one must buckle up (buttercup) in order to inform all of our supporters over the years of this event we do at Hammond Castle.

Right, so on that note, here is the news, the good, the sad and the maybe :

First the Good news: The good news is that the Castle did very well for 2013 season.  we had roughly 880 people (give or take) for the entire weekend.  So the Castle did fairly well (sorry for the pun) and they were able to make enough money to cover the expenses and they also informed us that they didn’t see any major problems this year.

We know that What’s Cookin’ ran out of food quite a few times on the Saturday and a few more times on Sunday, but he got replacement food right away and since he lived near by, it didn’t seem to be too long.

We know that all of our performers and merchants had a great time and we made some new friends along the way and of course got to see some of our old friends too.

Now for the sad news: The curator of Hammond Castle is retiring.  Yes, we know that they’ve been saying that for a while, but now it’s official.  We know that he loves it there and he will be terribly missed, and he will always be a loyal friend to PhinnVolt Enterprises (Phinn and myself).

Which takes us to the Maybe? News – With the curator of the Castle no longer there, there is a possible chance that we might go again next July of 2014, but we won’t know until we get the final word since the Board of Directors of the Castle will be taking the Curator’s position.  We do know that they have penciled us in for next season, but we don’t want to give the dates or information out just yet.

We can’t thank you enough, especially those of you who came to our little event for the last three years, but you know what they say, it Ain’t over until the Fat lady has sung, and this lady ain’t singing yet…(ahem).

We’ll have more news very soon, but our family is taking a vacation next week and we wanted you all to know now rather than wait another month for an update.

Another season has passed with much success! Saturday, Aug 3 2013 

We have just finished up another fabulous season of Abbadia Mare Renaissance Festival, and we have to say it was a grand success!

Saturday, the weather was a bit hot but perfect!  The crowds were enjoying every bit of the magic of the Castle and of the Faire itself!

Sunday, it looked a little rainy and foggy out, but the weather held out for us (I personally think that singing “Here comes the Sun” with Misfits of Avalon in the Great Hall helped!) – and we had a pretty good crowd that day as well!

Even with the few mishaps and accidents that occurred, everyone is now okay and is healing in some way or another.  Even without the ATM being present (yeah, sorry about that, there was nothing I could do, but I promise you all that this will be the last time we deal with that company), a few of the performers informed me that they made tips!  I even saw one in process of a nice lady handing Rufus a dollar!  (Yes, Rufus, the mud beggar – really!)

With the help of some of our crew, we ended up getting some WiFi access to the Castle so that merchants could attempt getting a signal to charge credit cards, and we think it worked (well, when it did work).

We had some brand new volunteers this year, and they did a wonderful job of helping schlep a lot of the merchants heavy stuff inside, outside and through those treacherous stairs!

Of course, ALL of our cast and crew is just amazing, and we can’t thank them enough for all their hard work and dedication to help us with this event!  You know who you all are, but I’ll say it again, THEY ROCK!

Thank you for those of you who came out to our little event, we certainly hope you had a great time, and we’ll be posting hopefully soon to let you all know the results!

In the meantime, Merry Meet, Merry Part and Merry Meet Again!

 

HUZZAH!!!!

 

 

ONE MONTH TO GO!!! Last update before the Faire! Thursday, Jun 27 2013 

Huzzah!!! The countdown IS here!  Few small updates:

So we now have 18 vendors, plenty of performers, and even Bumbly Phinn and I (as Mother Abbess Phinn) will be performing!  You can even be part of our Human Chess Match!

We encourage you to tell your friends and your families about our event, and hope that you can come to see the Castle!  The dates this year will be July 27th and 28th from 11 am to 5 pm each day.  Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for kids ages 5 – 12 and kids ages 4 and under will be FREE!  Parking is located at Stage Fort Park and is an additional $15 to park your vehicle, but there is free busing to and from the event!  For more information about our event, see http://www.abbadiamarefestival.com

This is a benefit for Hammond Castle Museum which is an amazing historic venue in itself and really a site not to be missed!  For more information about the Castle, see their website at http://www.hammondcastle.org

We hope to see YOU there!!!

38 days to go! Countdown time and a few updates! Thursday, Jun 20 2013 

Wow, this came up so quickly!  Abbadia Mare Renaissance Festival is coming SOON – 38 Days!  Countdown time is HERE!  We are just so overwhelmed with the support from all of our fans, old and new!

Few updates to share:

What’s Cookin’? – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Whats-Cookin/199438023475973 is our new food vendor!  They are local to Gloucester, MA and we welcome them with open arms (without swords even!)

B.O.N.E.S. – akahttps://www.facebook.com/ShantyBONES - is a bunch of pirates that be singing sea shanties mates!  They be there or be square!

Resa Nelson – https://www.resanelson.com will be there with her books – 4 in the series!  She will be signing books too!

 

That’s all the updates we have for now, but stay tuned – a lot can happen within 38 days!  We hope you get to storm the castle with us!

Our website for further information is http://www.abbadiamarefestival.com HUZZAH!!!

 

Performers for the 2013 season Wednesday, May 29 2013 

Here are the performers that are going to be at Abbadia Mare Renaissance Festival this season: (Please note this is not a full list yet, we’re still working on a few kinks)

Again, this is not a complete list but this is what we have up on our website – so stay tuned!  Less than 2 months to go!  HUZZAH!

Vendors for the 2013 season Friday, May 24 2013 

Medieval Magic happening in Gloucester Sunday, May 19 2013 

PhinnVolt Enterprises

http://www.abbadiamarefestival.com

abbadiamarefestival@gmail.com

 

Press Release

Medieval Magic happening in Gloucester

Gloucester, MA   -

A third season for Hammond Castle Renaissance Festival approaches this July 27th and 28th of 2013.  Abbadia Mare Renaissance Festival will be going on the last weekend of July from 11 am to 5 pm per day.

There will be Knights in shining armor battling it out, silly magic shows, belly dancing, music, storytelling as well as a Human Chess Match each day.  What makes this event extraordinary is Hammond Castle itself has a breath taking view of the Hesperus which adds to the medieval magic.

The price of admission is $15 for adults, $10 for children ages 5 – 12, and children ages 4 and under will be free.  Parking will be located at Stage Fort Park for an additional $15 per vehicle, however free busing will be provided to and from the event.

Please note that Hammond Castle is not wheelchair accessible.

For more information on this event, please see their website at http://www.abbadiamarefestival.com

Tower shot with faire fiddle maid

We have our first Green Light from the City of Gloucester! Friday, May 3 2013 

Yesterday, Bumbly Phinn (the director), myself (co-director/marketing girl), John Pettibone (curator of Hammond Castle), as well as Linda and Jay who work at Hammond Castle were asked to attend a City Meeting in Gloucester to meet with their new “Special Event” committee.

 

It took a while (okay, almost an hour) to have us discuss our event (Abbadia Mare Festival at Hammond Castle) – but I was asked to go up to the table with John P.  When it was my turn to talk, I discussed what the event would be (and I used the old 7 second approach) – A Renaissance Festival that is located on Hammond Castle grounds that will be going on July 27th and 28th from 11 am to 5 pm, that we would have Knights in shining armor battling it out (that are fully insured), Belly dancers (I brought that directly to the attention of the Police Chief – who by the way, the cop that was there last year decided on coming back both days due to our lovely ladies that did belly dancing…) Music, Magic and more.

We got the GREEN LIGHT!!! 

Now we just have one more meeting to go, with the licensing board and then we should be good to GO!   Huzzah!!!

We do have one minor glitch issue that we now need to find a Gloucester, MA Food vendor!  IF that is YOU or you know of someone that might be interested, please have them contact us as soon as possible!

Huzzah!!!

 

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