Bringing the Renaissance festival back to Hammond Castle Thursday, Mar 31 2011 

Abbadia Mare Renaissance Festival

Bringing the Renaissance festival back to Hammond Castle


By: Gia Volterra de Saulnier


You don’t have to imagine an amazingly beautiful castle against an ocean view; you can actually go visit a real one in Gloucester, Massachusetts called Hammond Castle ( Hammond Castle was created by John Hays Hammond Jr. who built this incredible medieval style castle according to the website: “in between the years 1926 and 1929 to serve both as his home and as a backdrop for his collection of Roman, medieval, and Renaissance artifacts”.

     John Hays Hammond Jr. was one of America’s premier inventors who patented over 800 ideas with 400 inventions.  One of the most famous today is the Remote Control over radio waves (so ladies, yes, you can thank John Hays Hammond Jr. for the Remote Control).  He also was a bit of unconventional person that loved throwing parties at this Castle of which were sometimes Renaissance themed, where people dressed in Renaissance or Medieval attire to come to these parties.

    To describe what a Renaissance Festival entails is difficult to put on paper, but mostly it is live interactive theatre in Vaudeville/Shakespearian format with entertainment and  music from the era. Add handmade crafts and goods with some good food and some historical magic to boot. However, don’t expect Historical accuracy, as most Renaissance Festivals are done with a lot of humor and puns all around.

    You will see actors dressed in the full attire of that time period(s) as they greet you and your families.  You can watch magic shows or see live fire eaters while perusing many hand crafted goods from art, fiber, pottery, stained glass and much more!  You can also have your small ones join in on the fun as they watch Knights battle it out with swords or Fairies wandering around with glittery wings. For this festival, you can expect to eat fantastic food from Nourish Lexington ( who will have chicken wings and ribs, and some vegetarian choices as well.  There will also be snacks available such as delicious brownies from Cucina Dolce and Kettle Corn.

   To bring back the Renaissance Festival it is important to keep the history alive for Hammond Castle, which is why they contacted Phinn-Volt Enterprises to create Abbadia Mare Festival.  Phinn-Volt Enterprises consists of Richard and Gia Saulnier, a husband and wife team, along with an remarkable crew of about 30 people, have been busy at work getting ready to put on a fantastic show called Abbadia Mare Renaissance Festival, John Hays Hammond Jr. named the Castle Abbadia Mare “Abbey by the Sea” , For the Castle was designed after a few Abbeys from Medieval Europe and it sits by the sea.

According to the website “The Abbadia Mare Festival is a fundraiser for the Hammond Castle Museum. On July 23rd and 24th of 2011, we welcome you to please come and support our festival.  Perhaps you can be a part of our Human chess Match, or cheer on our knights as they do live steel combat.”

So far, they have 13 wonderful performers such as Misfits of Avalon ( , The Neville Companye (a Knight troupe that does hand to hand combat) ( , Diabolis in Musica ( a Medieval instrumental group that plays authentic medieval type instruments (very engaging as well) along with so many others. 

There will be many arts and hand made crafts from such vendors as: Ironwood Artisans, Parrish Relics, Wulfemoon Studios and PupDog Pottery to name just a few.

There is plenty of lodging available and if you go to you can find a couple of hotels that have deals for this festival.

Abbadia Mare Renaissance Festival will be from 11 am to 5 pm per day and tickets are $12.00 for adults and $7.00 for kids from 5 – 12.  Kids under 4 will be free.  Tours of the castle will also be available for an additional cost.

For more information about this Renaissance Festival, please visit their website at


Introducing Vendors and Performers: Antika Nueva and Tom Foolery Monday, Mar 21 2011 

To give you all a little taste of what you can hear and see at Abbadia Mare Renaissance Festival this coming July, I’m going to do a blog post every week to introduce one vendor and one performer (although this week, Antika Nueva although is really a vendor, she also happens to be a story teller too).

Antika Nueva ( has really great soaps, goos (yes, they are called goos) that are actualy salves that help heal your skin or your ailments, along with fantastic wire jewelry and cloak pins.  On her website you can find more of what she sells, but she is very careful of what she puts into her salves and is very knowledgeable when it comes to herbalistic medicine.  She is also a very good story teller that can tell you a few tales to young and old alike so she’ll be performing as Kate the Story Teller during the day as well.

Tom Foolery ( ) is a fantastic silly magician that is fabulous with young kids and older folks as well.  He makes sure that he puts a smile on your face while being entertaining at the same time.  He and his wife (Suzy Magoozy) have been performing for kids all around New England at Libraries and public schools (and at parties too, so do look them up for party ideas, especially if you have young kids!).

We hope that this gives you a little taste (at least for now) of what will be going on at Abbadia Mare (oh there is more coming, I promise).

Announcing Abbadia Mare Renaissance Festival Wednesday, Mar 9 2011 

The producers of Winslowshire Festival for the Animals are proud to bring back a fresh new Renaissance Festival for Hammond Castle originally called by John Hammond “Abbadia Mare” or Abbey by the Sea.

The Renaissance festival will take place at the beautiful Hammond Castle ( on July 23rd and July 24th of 2011 from 11 am to 5 pm per day.

We’ll have entertainment, great food and an amazing back drop for the Renaissance Festival which we will get more details as we get closer to the dates.

Tickets for this event are $12 for adults, and $7 for children ages 5-12.  Kids under 4 will be free.  There will also be tours of the castle available while you are at the festival.

We have already 17 vendors and 1o performers (filled to the brim!) and a website if you would like more information!

Huzzah and we’re looking forward to Abbadia Mare!

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