We have a green light from the City! Monday, Mar 10 2014 

Great news!  We now have a green light from the City of Gloucester, and so far, there is nothing going against us this year in Gloucester!  For us, that’s a first!

We’ll be updating the website very shortly so stay tuned for that!

More news to hopefully come soon!  Stay tuned!

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!!! Change of Date due to parking situation in Gloucester! Wednesday, Mar 27 2013 

NEWS!!!  The date of the event for Abbadia Mare Renaissance Festival has changed due to the parking situation in Gloucester!  We are now going to go on for July 27th and 28th of 2013!  The hours are still the same from 11 am to 5 pm each day with tickets at $15 for adults, $10 for kids ages 5 – 10 and kids ages 4 and under are FREE!!!  Parking will be located at Stage Fort Park in Gloucester for an additional $15 per vehicle but there is FREE busing provided!

We have asked all of our vendors and performers that were coming to our event, and we’ve had a good response so far! Most of the vendors that signed up already will be there the 27th and 28th of July!  We’ve had a good response with the performers as well so you will be well entertained!

We thank all of our supporters, fans, and friends for your understanding of our situation and hope you can attend our Faire!  HUZZAH!

Happy Christmas & update from last July – Holiday ideas from us to you from the vendors we had Friday, Nov 30 2012 

So, if you didn’t make it last July to Abbadia Mare Renaissance Festival, you missed a wonderful time, some new exciting acts and a few new vendors!

Hammond Castle informed us that we did double the number of attendance from the previous year (and this included the small incidents that happened and thanks to our amazingly hard working cast and crew were on top of in seconds!) and they were so happy that they invited us to come back for Year 3!  This will now be happening July 20th-21st of 2013 from 11 am to 5 pm with more details to come probably after the Holiday season!

In the meantime, here are a few ideas to get you or your loved ones this Christmas or Hanukkah (or Yule, or whatever it is you celebrate):

That’s just some ideas!  We’ll post again after the Holidays are over!  We hope you and your family have a blessed season and joy!

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!

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

Thankful for all of you who support us Wednesday, Nov 23 2011 

This is just a post to say thank you to all of YOU who have supported us either with this festival or Winslowshire Festival (which is no longer going to happen, see our other blog at http://www.winslowshire.wordpress.com).

 

We’d also like to thank all of our vendors and performers (and of course our hard working cast and crew) that came to our event.  We hope that you and your families have a nice Thanksgiving.

For those of you who came to our festival, we can’t thank you enough, and of course, our host – The Hammond Castle (http://www.hammondcastle.org)  for letting us come out and play.

Our only request now is that you go to our website http://www.abbadiamarefestival.com and click on any of the vendors or performers and buy something local and hand made for your Holiday gifts – there are quite a few options, and I will post about them come closer to the Holiday time (er, like December sometime…).  Plenty of music to go around too!

Thank you!

 

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!

 

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

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