Success! Another season behind us! Monday, Jul 28 2014 

Thanks to all of you who came out to support Abbadia Mare Festival and of course, Hammond Castle Museum!

We’d also like to thank the performers, the vendors, and of course our fabulous hard working volunteers!

We’ll get an update as soon as we can from the Castle, but we hope you and your families had a great time at Abbadia Mare – and here is a pic from last year!

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Vendors coming to Abbadia Mare Festival 2014! Sunday, Jul 13 2014 

Welcome back to reading this blog and part two of the vendors that will be at Abbadia Mare Festival (http://www.abbadiamarefestival.com) this season which again is coming NEXT WEEKEND July 19th and 20th from 11 am to 5 pm each day at Hammond Castle Museum (http://www.hammondcastle.org).

This season we have 17 merchants including one demonstrator this season!  Here are the listings:

Okay, that’s all of them!  Also forgot to mention that we will be having The Corr Thieves joining us, so do come to see their show!

Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for kids ages 5 – 11 and kids ages 4 and under are FREE!  Parking is an additional $15 per vehicle and is located at Stage Fort Park also in Gloucester, MA, but a free shuttle service will be provided to and from the Castle!  You can buy your tickets when you arrive at the event!

Do know that as beautiful as Hammond Castle Museum is, it is NOT WHEELCHAIR OR STROLLER FRIENDLY due to the numerous stairs at this venue!

We hope to see you and your families and yes, you too can “Storm the Castle!”  HUZZAH!

Performers listing for Abbadia Mare of 2014! Friday, Jul 11 2014 

HUZZAH!  We have only a few days left before we get to storm Hammond Castle Museum!  bell tower

 

This is part one of who is coming, I’ll try to post this Saturday evening of all the vendors coming!

We know, we’ve been rather busy at PhinnVolt Enterprises running three events this season, but this is one event NOT to be missed!

If you have never been to Hammond Castle Museum in Gloucester, MA (Hammond Castle Museum), and you love history and you live in New England – then you really should come to check it out!  This venue makes for a great backdrop to our event especially when we combine the History of the Castle along with Knights in shining armor and music from that time! frnt_towers

Here is the listing of the Performers that are coming this season to 2014!

Performers this season are:

  • Knights Hall – https://www.facebook.com/Knightshall/timeline  – Knights in shining armor that will be battling it out in Tournament style during the days of the faire on the front lawn.
  • Kate Holly-Clark – storyteller – http://www.antikanueva.com storytelling
  • Misfits of Avalon – http://www.misfitsofavalon.com –  terrific family that plays fantastic together
  • Tom Foolery – Silly Magician – http://www.fooltales.com/ silly magic tricks and goofy puns
  • Granny Gruesomes Gleeful Tales – http://www.reverbnation.com/grannygruesomlovesgleefultales  singing vegetarian zombie
  • Buzzards Bay Buccanneers – lovely duet of guitar and auto harp
  • The Harper and the Minstrel – http://www.theharperandtheminstrel.com/ – beautiful duet of harp and flute (and more)
  • Guy Todd – wandering harpist
  • Dirge Queen – dirges and other songs
  • Rufus – our dirty mud beggar
  • Faire Fiddler Maid – our roaming fiddler
  • Shimmynannigans – beautiful belly dancers
  • Pillage Idiot(s) – Captain Wolf is doing one show with possible guest
  • Myschyffe Managed – SUNDAY ONLY – http://myschyffemanaged.com/ – However the Wondering Bard will be there BOTH DAYS!  – a Capella at it’s finest and in it’s mischief!
  • Wee Bit Different – just one of our finest talents wandering the Castle grounds

I will post hopefully Saturday evening for all the vendors coming!  We have a full Castle filled to the brim for your entertainment!

Don’t forget we will also have a Human Chess Match during the days where YOU can be a part of the game!  You can be any piece you like!

HUZZAH!

 

Press Release! Renaissance Festival returns to Hammond Castle for 4th year! Sunday, May 18 2014 

Gloucester, MA, May 18, 2014:

Knights in shining armor, musicians and bards roaming, hand crafted wares and goods from the medieval period along with demonstrators who will show you and your families how things were made all are coming back to Hammond Castle Museum in Gloucester, MA for one weekend in July!

 

This year’s Festival will occur on July 19th and 20th from 11 am to 5 pm each day.  Tickets are: $15 for adults, $10 for kids ages 5 to 11 years of age, and kids ages 4 and under will be free to attend.  Parking will be located at Stage Fort Park, also in Gloucester, MA that is an additional $15 to park vehicles, but free busing to and from the Castle will be provided.

 

The festival producers, Richard and Gia Saulnier (aka The Phinn’s) are excited about coming back for a fourth year and looking forward to a few changes that are expected for the 2014 season.

 

Family friendly fun with a Human Chess Match each day and amazing food and drinks will also be there for the weekend.

 

Please note that Hammond Castle does have a lot of stairs and is not recommended for those in wheelchairs or for little ones in strollers.

 

For more information please visit our website at http://www.abbadiamarefestival.com

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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!!!

 

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