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Title: 2012 countdown
Post by: Alaric on July 11, 2012, 01:03:54 PM
Well we are a few weeks from the first cannon of 2012. Man the last year has flown by!

Hopefully they will release the theme weekends soon!

And more hopefully this oppressive heat will go away and the weather will be nice!.

Does anybody know of any new stuff for this year? I did see they are getting a new Garb Merchant: Dress Your Dreams. (they make nice stuff and have a booth at PARF)  Wondering if there will be any new buildings this year and more merchants.
Title: Re: 2012 countdown
Post by: arbcoind on July 12, 2012, 11:58:49 AM
I'm looking forward to the theme weekends announcement.  There is garb to plot!  I don't know of anything new this year, it's always fun to just go and explore.

Gina
Title: Re: 2012 countdown
Post by: Alaric on July 12, 2012, 01:20:07 PM
I'm looking forward to the theme weekends announcement.  There is garb to plot!  I don't know of anything new this year, it's always fun to just go and explore.

Gina

 :D Its even more fun with a few pub stops along the way.

Title: Re: 2012 countdown
Post by: arbcoind on July 13, 2012, 06:49:18 AM
Oh yes!  That is the first thing to explore.  And then the second, and finally the third.

Gina
Title: Re: 2012 countdown
Post by: kcdcchef on July 13, 2012, 09:34:40 PM
they are touting expanded festival grounds on their facebook page, so i'm curious which way they expanded and what they've added. say what you want about the new ownership, but i love what they've done with the grounds in recent years.
Title: Re: 2012 countdown
Post by: Alaric on July 26, 2012, 10:21:17 AM
Less than a month to go and still no theme weekends
Title: Re: 2012 countdown
Post by: kcdcchef on July 26, 2012, 12:27:56 PM
yeah that kind of alarms me a little bit.
Title: Re: 2012 countdown
Post by: Alaric on July 27, 2012, 11:36:20 AM
Opening Weekend " An Adventure to the Past" August 25 & 26
Come join us in a celebration of music and dance as we put out the royal welcome mat for King Henry and Queen Katherine's arrival at the castle. Meet our new cast of villagers, enjoy our first-class entertainers and revisit old favorites. Take advantage of the "Buy One, Get One Free" offer this weekend only available at Wendy’s Restaurants!

Childrens Weekend! September 1, 2 & 3 Labor Day
Prince, Princess & Pirate Party
Throughout this weekend dedicated to young lads and lasses, children 12 and under experience the Festival for free with a paying adult. Special activities including the Prince, Princess and Pirate Costume Contest, the Royal Quest, knighting ceremonies and photos with the King and Queen. Enjoy medieval rides and games of skill.

Wine Revelry! September 8 & 9
“Good wine is familiar creature if it be used well”(Othello by William Shakespeare). For this weekend dedicated to “The Nectar of the Gods” we intend to use it very well indeed. Participate in the legendary Grape Stomp Competitions for prizes, as well as Free Sampling of some of the finest
vintages from local Pennsylvania wineries. Discover where it all began!

Irish Festivalis! September 15 & 16
Celebrate the Luck O' the Irish with us this weekend! Featured Favorites include Irish Dancing, Lively Music, Beer, Fyne Foods from the Emerald Isle, and so much more. Share a "Bit O' the Blarney" with their Majesties King Henry and Queen Anne in this Most Joyous Weekend. Join us at the Pirates' Pub for Fyne Irish Songs, Good Beer and Good Cheers!

Celtic Fling! September 22 & 23
Listen to the traditional sounds of Celtic musicians, Scottish pipe bands and madrigal singers throughout the Realm. Sing along with our Irish Troubadour as he performs popular ballads. Irish dancers and Bag Pipers will also be featured this weekend. Get ready to don ye kilts for the Men in Kilts Contest.

Oktoberfest: A Final Huzzah! September 29 & 30
"Willkommen"(a Hearty Welcome), as you join your Village Hosts King Henry and Queen Katherine in an Oktoberfest Celebration and a Farewell to the Festival Season. Tantalize your taste buds with Traditional German Favorites such as Bratwurst, Sauerkraut, and Chocolates! German Music, Dancing, Lederhosen and Tavern Wenches will delight one and all with a fun-filled taste of Bavaria. Come Eat, Drink, and Make Merry with us at the Castle!


Same as last year it looks like  ;D
Title: Re: 2012 countdown
Post by: arbcoind on July 27, 2012, 12:51:54 PM
Yes, exactly the same as last year. 

Gina
Title: Re: 2012 countdown
Post by: loxley on July 29, 2012, 08:02:13 AM
Since the German Brothers are not hosting Oktoberfest, I presume they are not returning. I will miss them.  However, I see on the webpage that the Duellists are back. 
Title: Re: 2012 countdown
Post by: kcdcchef on July 29, 2012, 08:16:04 PM
hope they're back -  but cant seem to find a website for them. So not sure if they'll be back or not. Hopeful.......

Still wanting to find out what expanded festival grounds means.
Title: Re: 2012 countdown
Post by: Alaric on July 30, 2012, 09:18:06 AM

Still wanting to find out what expanded festival grounds means.

Me too!
Title: Re: 2012 countdown
Post by: kcdcchef on July 30, 2012, 09:08:25 PM

Still wanting to find out what expanded festival grounds means.

Me too!

for all the bashing PGH Renfest takes on this site, the present ownership I mean - like them or not they've done a ton with the grounds there.
Title: Re: 2012 countdown
Post by: arbcoind on July 31, 2012, 06:39:36 AM
^^I agree^^

Gina
Title: Re: 2012 countdown
Post by: Alaric on August 01, 2012, 08:06:39 PM
I'm glad somebody bought the fair and it didn't close
Title: Re: 2012 countdown
Post by: arbcoind on August 03, 2012, 11:09:12 AM
With 3 weeks to go I've begun the joyous task of garb plotting.  Also purchased advance tickets for each weekend and lined up transportation. 
Gina
Title: Re: 2012 countdown
Post by: Alaric on August 04, 2012, 10:55:37 AM
I am nowhere near that organized  ;)

I'm not sure how many weekends I will get to attend. I hope it cools down. Its been so hot this summer I know I am going to be sweating a ton before I even make it through the gate.  I suppose if it is too hot I will be parked at the inn a good deal.
Title: Re: 2012 countdown
Post by: loxley on August 08, 2012, 10:01:14 AM
Is it just me or does it seem that there are significantly less acts being advertised than in past years?  The web page is only displaying 9 acts.  That seems much smaller than in past years.  I am somewhat apprehensive.  
Title: Re: 2012 countdown
Post by: arbcoind on August 08, 2012, 11:22:45 AM
The web page doesn't show much at all.  But I'm not worried.

So now to decide...which theme weekend to steampunk? 

Gina
Title: Re: 2012 countdown
Post by: MasterMike on August 13, 2012, 05:49:18 PM
Was just up there this past weekend getting my booth ready.  They've expanded a bit behind the pirates pub, theres now a maze and a small stand in front of it.  Didn't explore but it looked like the grounds crew was still working.
Title: Re: 2012 countdown
Post by: Alaric on August 13, 2012, 06:03:25 PM
Oh cool the kids love mazes it should end up being popular.

Which shop is yours Mike?
 :P
Edit I see which one nevermind
Title: Re: 2012 countdown
Post by: arbcoind on August 14, 2012, 12:45:35 PM
A maze beyond the pub....don't let me do it.   

Our weather has cooled considerably.  Upper 70s instead of 90s.  I certainly hope it stays this way. 

Gina
Title: Re: 2012 countdown
Post by: Alaric on August 15, 2012, 11:58:01 AM
A maze beyond the pub....don't let me do it.   

Our weather has cooled considerably.  Upper 70s instead of 90s.  I certainly hope it stays this way. 

Gina


What no tipsy maze crawling? :P 
You and me both.  upper 90's plus high humidity is not very much fun.   Forecast is calling for rain and mid 70's but it will probably change by then.
Title: Re: 2012 countdown
Post by: arbcoind on August 15, 2012, 12:05:54 PM
Mmmmmm, mud!  I don't care if it rains, just so it's not HOT!  My beer gets warm too fast.

With 10 days to go, garb plotting for 6 Saturdays is complete.  I have some hat feather issues, but I'll work on those this weekend. 

Did everyone get their coupons from Wendy's?

Gina
Title: Re: 2012 countdown
Post by: Alaric on August 15, 2012, 09:30:37 PM
I didn't get them yet. Last year they had a big pile of them out front so I wasn't overly worried about getting any.
Title: Re: 2012 countdown
Post by: kcdcchef on August 19, 2012, 08:03:06 PM
I've seen the tickets on sale at Walgreens and such, will be getting me some!!
Title: Re: 2012 countdown
Post by: arbcoind on August 24, 2012, 07:43:59 AM
See ya bright and early tomorrow!  The weather is to be a beautiful, sunny, low humidity 85 degrees.  Don't forget sunscreen! 

Gina
Title: Re: 2012 countdown
Post by: Alaric on August 24, 2012, 08:58:14 PM
I never burn but the Mrs will need the sunscreen.  I'm going to try and make it to cannon for once   

Oh on the fair website the finally fixed the brochure download. Looks like there are about 20 new vendors!