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!

 

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Performers for the 2013 season Wednesday, May 29 2013 

Here are the performers that are going to be at Abbadia Mare Renaissance Festival this season: (Please note this is not a full list yet, we’re still working on a few kinks)

Again, this is not a complete list but this is what we have up on our website – so stay tuned!  Less than 2 months to go!  HUZZAH!

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!

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

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