Getting closer to our 8th year – List of Merchants and Performers for 2018 Wednesday, May 30 2018 

We are nearing the dates of July 21st and 22nd, so we thought it would be good for us to list all the performers and merchants coming to the Castle for this season.

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Step back in time to Abbadia Mare Festival – Year 8 Wednesday, May 2 2018 

Press Release

Gloucester, MA

May 1, 2018

PhinnVolt Enterprises

Step back in time to Abbadia Mare Festival – Year 8

On July 21st and 22nd of 2018, Hammond Castle Museum located at 80 Hesperus Avenue, Gloucester, MA will be having their annual Renaissance Festival where you and your families can come take a step back in time.

From 11 am to 5 pm each day, there will be plenty of entertainment including Knights in Shining Armor (Brotherhoodofthearrowandsword) , Belly Dancing, Music, wandering minstrels plus a special guest Rosalita’s Puppets and magic from Tom Foolery Silly Magician!

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Kate the Story teller – photo credit Michael Meissner

There will also be hand made crafts such as Leather from Otherworld Sundries

plus our first Steampunk Vendor Voltaire Design Studio who will have clothing and other items.  In total, there are about 20 plus hand crafters coming this season!

Tickets are $15 for adults, $11 for kids ages 5 – 11, and kids ages 4 and under are free.  Parking is only located at Stage Fort Park for an additional fee, however, free busing is provided to and from the venue.

Please note that due to the historical nature of the venue, it is not wheel chair accessible nor is it stroller friendly due to all the stairs.

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

7th year is upon us! Here be the listings of performers and merchants! Saturday, Jun 17 2017 

 

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Our 7th year approaches and quickly!  Our dates this season are July 15th and 16th from 11 am to 5 pm each day!  Parking is only available at Stage Fort Park which is an additional fee, however free busing to and from the venue will be provided.

Tickets are only available at the Castle when you arrive.  Ticket prices are: $15 for adults, $11 for kids ages 5 to 11 and kids ages 4 and under are free.

Here be the listing of all the performers and vendors we will have this season – we have a Castle filled to the brim!

Please be advised that due to the Historic Nature of the venue it is not wheelchair accessible nor is it stroller friendly due to all the stairs.

Here is the list of Performers:

Here is the list of merchants and demonstrators for 2017!

A map is located on our website at http://www.abbadiamarefestival.com/.

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!!!

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

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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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What you can expect this season for 2012 Friday, Apr 13 2012 

Merriment, excitement and more?  Oh yes, that is in store if you and your family come visit Abbadia Mare Renaissance Festival scheduled this July of 2012.  So without further ado, let’s introduce the vendors and performers we’ll have for this season – shall we?

Vendors for 2012

  1. Antika Nueva – http://www.antikanueva.com – sells hand made soaps, goos that help with a lot of different ailments, jewelery, head pieces and so much more!
  2. IronWood Artisans – http://www.ironwoodartisans.com/ – sells handmade wooden toys, games, jewelry, musical instruments and housewares
  3. WolfsHead Whatever – Chain Maille, shawls and banners along with jewelry
  4. The Stone Lady – http://thestonelady.net/ – will be doing readings by stones in the library
  5. (NEW) Esme’s Heart Pockets – http://www.esmesheartpockets.com/esmesheartpockets.com/Home.html – kilt pins and Heart Pockets
  6. (NEW) Emazanti Creati0ns – Excellent Garb for all ages
  7. Cornerstone Creations – http://stores.ebay.com/Petes-Cornerstone-Creations – concrete items for your garden or home (with gnomes no less ;))
  8. PupDog Pottery and DeepWater Dye Works – hand made pottery and hand made yarn go hand in hand – fiber is also available
  9. Resa Nelson – Author of DragonSlayer’s Sword http://www.resanelson.com/ – she just finished The Iron Maiden (book 2 of DragonSlayers Sword)
  10. (NEW) Earth Bound Journals –http://earthboundjournals.com/ – Leather journals and bags
  11. (NEW) BlackSwann Masques – http://www.blackswannmasques.com/ – amazingly beautiful handcrafted leather masques and more
  12. Parrish Relics – http://www.parrishrelics.com/ – handcrafted jewelry made for the Stars (yeah, like famous people!)
  13. MoonDragon Designs – http://www.moondragondesigns.com/store/ – handcrafted jewelry, mittens, cloaks and other items
  14. Nourish Lexington – http://www.nourishlexington.com/ – yummy food – including barbequed ribs and wings!

(More to be listed soon)

Performers for 2012

  1. Rufus – our roaming Mud beggar – he loves to “stalk” people with his celery sticks
  2. Neville Companye – http://www.rainasmind.com/neville/index.shtml – Knights in shining armor battling it out for honor
  3. Story Telling by Kate (of Antika Nueva)
  4. Misfits of Avalon – http://www.misfitsofavalon.com – these are very talented musicians that include 2  incredibly talented kids (age 12 and 8) – with sounds that will just give you goose bumps (in a good way)
  5. (NEW) Days Of Knights – http://www.daysofknights.net/From their website: Days of Knights is a New Jersey-based organization providing educational entertainment for children and their families.

    Through a unique fusion of medieval history and storytelling, we deliver an engaging, interactive, hands-on experience that inspires young learners. Stories were a major form of entertainment throughout history, and they act as our link back to Medieval Europe — back to the days of kings and castles, sword-fights and jousts, adventure and romance, chivalry and honor.

  6. The Harper and The Minstrel (only Saturday) – http://www.theharperandtheminstrel.com/ – very soothing Celtic and Older music.
  7. Tom Foolery – http://www.fooltales.com/Fooltales/main.html?src=%2FFooltales%2Findex.html#1,0 – Silly Magician
  8. Guy Todd – our roaming Harpist
  9. Dirge Queen – singing Dirges and other songs
  10. Granny Gruesome’s Gleeful Tales – http://www.reverbnation.com/grannygruesomesgleefultales# – singing zombie Grandmother – but not so scary 😀
  11. Gypsy Assasins – Belly Dancing Divas
  12. Faire Maid Fiddler – our very own roaming fiddler

Whew, that’s all for now folks!  Stay tuned for more updates!

Success for a first year! Thank YOU! Friday, Jul 29 2011 

We just wanted to say Thank You to ALL who came, posted, promoted, helped in any way for our little festival at Hammond Castle.

We also learned a lot when it came to the City of Gloucester, (http://www.gloucester-ma.gov) who we want to thank for all their assistance and kindness to us for our first year of learning curves.

We also want to give a Big Shout OUT to Atlantic ATM out of Ipswitch, MA (http://www.atlanticatm.com) who came out to Hammond Castle (http://www.hammondcastle.org) and figured out a way to get a signal so that people could get $$ out to pay vendors/castle, and also for food!

The Friday prior for our set up was brutal due to the 106 temps outside as well as the not so lovely green head flies that constantly kept biting all of us (oh and there seemed like 1000’s of them in that awful heat) – but we had plenty of water on hand and everyone in the crew took breaks.

Saturday was a little slow due to the heat, but we still managed to have a good time with all the performers and no matter where you went, there was always something going on.

Sunday was much better day all around, we had to make a few minor adjustments (which we did, for the better of the festival, I mean, who knew that tables facing the overlook to eat food would be so fantastic!) – we ended with 26 vendors all over the Castle (inside and out).

There are pictures up on Facebook everywhere, and there are a lot of videos up from YouTube – so look for them!

The totals to the castle was $8,699 (anyone have a buck? Just kidding) – so all in all grand success for our first year!

Thank you to all our performers, vendors and of course our amazing Cast and Crew!  Without you, we don’t know where we would be!

Hip Hip Huzzah!

Less than a month to go! Thank you so far for your support! Friday, Jun 17 2011 

We now have less than a month to go before Abbadia Mare Renaissance Festival I think even the gargoyles are getting excited!

Over 20 vendors with hand crafted goods such as pottery, clothing, leather, toys, jewelry and so much more!  Fabulous food from Nourish Lexington (http://www.nourishlexington.com) , Cucina Dolce and Kettle Master kettle corn!  Del’s Lemonade (frozen lemonade) will be there to quench your thirst!

There will be 12 performers to entertain you and your families (of all ages) which does include a Human Chess Match!  Come watch the Neville Companye http://www.rainasmind.com/neville/index.shtml battle it out and mark your hero with a ribbon!

We’d also like to thank The Boston Globe Sunday Magazine (http://www.boston.com), 96.9 Boston Talks http://www.969bostontalks.com/community.aspx, The Boston Phoenix Summer Guide http://thephoenix.com/Boston/Events/Search/?dt=2011-07-23&cat=Fairs+and+Festivals for upgrading our ad and so many more to count!

We’d also like to thank all of our hard working staff/crew/volunteers who will be there to help you if you need assistance!

Remember that all parking is located at Stage Fort Park for an additional amount of $15 per car and that Hammond Castle (http://www.hammondcastle.org) is a museum that benefits from this event!  Also note that Hammond Castle is not handicapped accessible, we also recommend leaving the baby strollers at home.

Hope to see you and your families at Abbadia Mare Renaissance Festival!  Huzzah!

 

Press Release for Abbadia Mare Renaissance Festival Thursday, May 26 2011 

PRESS RELEASE

Contact: PhinnVolt Enterprises

Name: Gia Volterra de Saulnier

Bringing back the Renaissance Festival to Hammond Castle

Abbadia Mare Renaissance Festival

By: Gia Volterra de Saulnier

Gloucester, MA –If you have never seen a Medieval Castle up close, you don’t need to go far to visit one if you live in the area of Massachusetts.  You can just go and visit The Hammond Castle Museum in Gloucester, MA.  Plus if you love History and Festivals, this will be an extraordinary opportunity to do so.

PhinnVolt Enterprise’s Director Richard Saulnier and his wife Gia are thrilled about helping promote such a historic landmark, “We are just so delighted that Hammond Castle has given us this incredible opportunity.” Gia Saulnier stated.  “With the achievement of Winslowshire, the Castle seems to be the natural next step for us to take.”  Her husband Richard agrees “While we were creating this new festival, we were flooded with the buzz from the Community, along with vendors and performers who are really excited about coming back to Hammond Castle.”

There are over 20 vendors coming to this event, including: Silvermane http://www.silvermane.com/acatalog/index2.html , Mei Mei’s of Lexington http://www.meimeioflexington.com/index.html , The Stone Lady http://thestonelady.net/ and much more. There are also 12 performers confirmed which includes: The Neville Companye http://www.rainasmind.com/neville/index.shtml  doing hand to hand combat in shining armor, Misfits of Avalon http://www.misfitsofavalon.com/ , The Harper and the Minstrel http://www.theharperandtheminstrel.com/ are a few mentioned. There will also be fabulous food from Nourish Lexington, http://www.nourishlexington.com/, along with scrumptious brownies from Cucina Dolce and Kettle corn from The Kettle Master.

The two day event will be from July 23rd and 24th of 2011 from 11 am to 5 pm each day.  Admission is $12.00 for adults and $7.00 for kids ages 5 – 13 and kids under 4 will be free.  Parking will be located at Stage Fort Park in Gloucester for a fee of $15 will be charged per car to park and that a free shuttle bus will be taking visitors to the Faire at the castle.  People may not park at the castle or on Hesperus Avenue as they will be ticketed and towed, and that the Museum and PhinnVolt Enterprises are not responsible to pay their fines and towing fees.

For more information about the event, please go to the website at http://www.abbadiamarefestival.com

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