Returning to the Past Again at Hammond Castle Tuesday, May 19 2015 

Returning To the Past Again At Hammond Castle

Fifth Year for Abbadia Mare Renaissance Festival

Press Release – for immediate release

PhinnVolt Entertainment

North Reading, MA 01864

http://www.abbadiamarefestival.com

For the fifth year, PhinnVolt Enterprises has been requested to coordinate and produce what is shaping up to be the best season yet for Abbadia Mare Festival with some friends old and new.

Dirge Queen playing her guitar at Hammond Castle

Dirge Queen playing her guitar at Hammond Castle

Photo of Linda Markey aka Dirge Queen taken by Jay Michaels of The Harper and The Minstrel

Abbadia Mare Festival will have a mixture of both entertainment and educational experiences for you and your families.

There will be great food as well as great fun to help benefit Hammond Castle Museum in Gloucester, which is located at 80 Hesperus Avenue, Gloucester, MA 01930

Dates for this year will be July 18th and 19th from 11 am to 5 pm.  Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for kids ages 5 – 11 and kids ages 4 and under are free.  Parking is located at Stage Fort Park which is an additional $15 to park your vehicles, however free busing to and from the venue is provided.

*Please note that this venue has a lot of stairs, so it is not wheel chair accessible nor is it stroller friendly*

For further information, please see their website at http://www.abbadiamarefestival.com

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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!

 

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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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