As of tomorrow – 2 weekends to GO! Last Update! Friday, Jul 6 2012 

This will be the final update for this blog as we only have two more weeks to go before Abbadia Mare Renaissance Festival to benefit Hammond Castle (http://www.hammondcastle.org) located in Gloucester, MA at 80 Hesperus Avenue.

We certainly hope that you and your friends and family come out to enjoy much merriment that is sure to happen for this event!

Remember, tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for kids ages 5 – 12, and kids under 4 are Free! Parking is an additional $15 per vehicle and that is located at Stage Fort Park in Gloucester, MA.

Tours of Hammond Castle will also be available during the Festival.

The Vendors for this season will be:

  1. Antika Nueva – http://www.antikanueva.com
  2. Ironwood Artisans – http://www.ironwoodartisans.com
  3. WolfsHead Whatever – http://www.etsy.com/shop/wolfsheadwhatever
  4. BlackSwann Masques – http://www.blackswannmasques.com
  5. Parrish Relics – http://www.parrishrelics.com
  6. PupDog Pottery/DeepWater Dye Works – http://www.pupdogpottery.com/category/notes-from-the-wheel-mistress/ and http://deepwaterdyeworks.com/?page_id=2
  7. Esme’s Heart Pockets – http://www.esmesheartpockets.com/esmesheartpockets.com/Home.html
  8. Cucina Aurora – http://dawnthekitchenwitch.com/
  9. The Stone Lady – http://thestonelady.net/
  10. Poetic Earth – http://www.poeticearthjournals.com/
  11. Cornerstone Creations – http://stores.ebay.com/Petes-Cornerstone-Creations
  12. MoonDragon Designs – http://www.moondragondesigns.com/store/
  13. Bonnie Weaver – demonstrations of hand woven material on a real wooden loom
  14. Silvermane/Tintagels Gate – http://www.silvermane.com/acatalog/index2.html
  15. Emazanti Creations – hand made Renaissance garb/attire for men and women
  16. Diamonds and Dinosaurs – gems
  17. Resa Nelson – author – http://www.resanelson.com/ 
  18. Lady Feyline Fantastickal Faces – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lady-Feylines-Fantastickal-Faces/104348576263708?v=wall
  19. Lady Lethal Chain Mail – http://www.ladylethalchainmail.com/default.html

Don’t forget we’ll also have plenty of entertainment from Knights in shining armor, Belly Dancers, music, magic and so much more!

Huzzah to our second year – Hope to see you there!

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Renaissance Festival to storm Hammond Castle a second year Wednesday, Jun 6 2012 

PRESS RELEASE

Contact: PhinnVolt Enterprises

44 Main Street, #13

North Reading, MA

http://www.abbadiamarefestival.com

abbadiamarefestival@gmail.com

Name: Gia Volterra de Saulnier

Renaissance Festival to storm Hammond Castle a second year

Abbadia Mare Renaissance Festival year 2

By: Gia Volterra de Saulnier

June 6, 2012 :Gloucester, MA –PhinnVolt Enterprises and The Hammond Castle Museum in Gloucester, MA are proud to announce the second year of Abbadia Mare Renaissance Festival for the second year!

From July 21st to July 22nd, Hammond Castle Museum will be transported back in time to 1600s with maidens, knights in shining armor and music from that time period.  Humor, fantastic food (provided by Nourish Lexington – http://www.nourishlexington.com), live music, Knights in full armor battling it out and so much more for you and your family to enjoy both days of this fantastic event.

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 another incredible opportunity.” Gia Saulnier stated.  “Since the first year was such a success, the Castle is extremely excited to do this year”  Her husband Richard agrees “Since we are doing it again, the Castle seems to be doing better and we hope that it continues to do so.”

There are 18 vendors coming to this event, including: Silvermane http://www.silvermane.com/acatalog/index2.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/ (for one day) are a few mentioned. There will also be fabulous food from Nourish Lexington, http://www.nourishlexington.com/, along amazing frozen lemonade from Del’s Lemonade and Kettle corn from The Kettle Master.

The two day event will be from July 21st and 22nd of 2012 from 11 am to 5 pm each day.  Admission is $15.00 for adults and $10.00 for kids ages 5 – 12 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

After today – less than a month to go! Updates! Thursday, May 31 2012 

So, finally we have some updates, and we’re planning on meeting with The City of Gloucester after June 15th to discuss this event.

In the meantime, we can tell you the few updates that we have:

For vendors:

  • Mehndi Spirithttp://mehndispirit.webs.com/ that does an amazing job with hand painted Henna (all natural)
  • Dell’s Lemonade- frozen lemonade & watermelon drinks – need I say more?
  • Kettle Master – Kettle Corn – fresh and HOT!

For performers we’re adding a returning group:

Diabolis in Musica  : This group has medieval type instruments and takes Rock and Roll to a Medieval level…yeah…they are fun!

More details will be coming very shortly so stay tuned!  We’ll also have the press release ready to go once the City gives us the green light (which we are hoping does happen).

 

The article for Artizen Magazine got published! Wednesday, Apr 27 2011 

Oh this is exciting news indeed!

The article I wrote for Artizen Magazine has been published and is currently available at http://www.artizenmagazine.com/artizen2-4

If you find pages 14 – 17 you will find the article there!  Please do pass this among your friends and family!

Music from Diabolis in Musica http://www.diabolisinmusica.com/index.html was provided on this article as well!

More updates coming soon!

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 (http://www.hammondcastle.org). 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 (http://www.nourishlexington.com) 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 http://www.abbadiamarefestival.com “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 (http://www.misfitsofavalon.com) , The Neville Companye (a Knight troupe that does hand to hand combat) (http://www.rainasmind.com/neville/index.shtml) , Diabolis in Musica (http://www.diabolisinmusica.com/index.html) 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 http://www.ironwoodartisans.com, Parrish Relics http://www.parrishrelics.com, Wulfemoon Studios http://www.wulfemoonstudios.com and PupDog Pottery http://www.pupdogpottery.com to name just a few.

There is plenty of lodging available and if you go to http://www.abbadiamarefestival.com 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 http://www.abbadiamarefestival.com