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Santa Fe Renaissance Fair
the popular event takes over El Rancho de las Golondrinas by Emi ly Va n Cle ve
Twenty-first century trappings are left far behind at the Santa Fe Renaissance Fair, which is being held at El Rancho de las Golondrinas September 20 and 21. Now in its seventh year, the popular event features Spanish styles of combat and cultural activities from the 8th through the 15th centuries, all of which are re-created by local and regional actors, musicians, magicians, and dancers dressed in the eye-catching garb of the times. Visitors can watch jousting tournaments and sword fights; buy shields, cloaks, jewels, and other items from numerous vendors; indulge in ale, mead, and turkey legs; and bend their knees to King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella. Onstage entertainment includes belly-dancing, flamenco dancing, and performances by Belisama Irish Dance
and the Santa Fe Shakespeare Society, among many other organizations. Clan Tynker, a Santa Fe–based family of five jugglers, musicians, and magicians who perform worldwide and have appeared at the Santa Fe Renaissance Fair for the past six years, will present three sets daily on the event’s main stage. “We’ll start each set with some magic before we turn to fire eating,” says Santiago Tynker, Clan Tynker’s master of ceremonies and accordion player. “Every show has fire eating in the beginning and fire juggling at the end. I’m the only one in the troupe who doesn’t eat fire. I play the accordion while the other four do it.” Muller Davis, an eighth grade English teacher at Capshaw Middle School, plans to do some tried and true magic tricks and be as silly as possible during his second appearance at the event. “What I hope for at the Renaissance Fair is a gaggle of kids ready to laugh their heads off and scream their eyes to tears for the love and joy and hilarity of being alive,” he says. Proceeds from the event go to The Interfaith Community Shelter, which provides services for people who are homeless, and to funding El Rancho de las Golondrinas’ year-round educational programs.
Santa Fe Renaissance Fair, $10 ($8 for seniors and teens, free for kids under 13), September 20 & 21, 10 am–6 pm, El Rancho de las Golondrinas, 334 Los Pinos Rd, La Cienega, golondrinas.org September 18, 2014 NOW
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