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/.
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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

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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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!!!

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

Tower shot with faire fiddle maid

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