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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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.

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