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Chivalry is Alive and Well at Mount Hope




August 18 & 19, 2012


WHO:          The Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, celebrating the 32nd  annual Season!

WHAT:        Love is in the air all around the Shire during this weekend dedicated to those who share a love to last through the            ages.

WHEN:        Saturday and Sunday, August 18 & 19, 11 A.M. to 8 P.M.

WHERE:      The Royal Grounds of Mount Hope Estate and Winery, Lancaster County, Rt. 72, ½ mile south of the PA Turnpike Exit         266

WHY:           Let the wooing begin, as the love bug has been biting around the Fairegrounds.  

The Faire continues to celebrate its 32nd Season with a 13-weekend run complete with 90 stage shows, scores of artisans, 24 Royal Kitchens, award-winning wines sampled daily, widely acclaimed ales and lagers brewed in-house and the following additional entertainments!


              Renewal of Love Ceremony - Reaffirm your love and commitment to that special someone.  The Men in Tights Competition - Gentlemen will prove they can don tights just as well as, or better than, the maidens in this hilarious competition where the best pair of calves in all the Shire will be rewarded with a prize and adoring eyes - Wooing Contest: Win great prizes by challenging yourself to feats of woo against the Shire’s most famous lovers. 

This Weekend’s Entertainment

This weekend’s special guest entertainment includes Lady OpheliaThe Rogues and Rising Regina.  Watch Lady Ophelia dance, frolic, and ‘flirt the old fashioned way’ as she entertains you with the traditions of her dance.  Crowds will be rocking out to The Rogues, a CeltRock Folk classical group who combines the musical styles of the 78th Fraser Pipe Band, the Waterboys, the Chieftans, the Rolling Stones, the Dave Matthews Band, and symphonic orchestra sounds.  Rising Regina will have feet moving to the best of American roots music including rock, folk and bluegrass with their upbeat tempo, tight harmonies and percussive, roots rock sound.        

9th Annual American Red Cross Blood Drive

All visitors to the Shire on August 18 and 19 have the opportunity to spread the love by donating blood to the American Red Cross.  By Her Majesty’s decree, any patron who contributes will gain free admission to the Faire!  Walk-in’s are welcome but everyone is encouraged to schedule an appointment on the American Red Cross website at, or sign up on our website at  Please take part in helping The American Red Cross and The Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire reach our goal of collecting 450 pints of blood!      

Community Outreach Weekend 

Beneficiaries of non-profit organizations benefit from FREE admission to the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire. 


Delightful melodies will fill the Shire with musical performances by Neidfyre – a solo artist who serenades audiences with Scottish, Irish, English and Russian folksongs, Barby Holder – a performer of traditional and original songs, as well as instrumental music, and Harper Lee – her Majesty’s Harper, who can be found throughout the Shire playing Celtic, Traditional, and original music for passers-by.

Prepare to be astounded by performances by Noble Cause Productions – a production company specializing in jousting, stage combat instruction, fight choreography, and horse stunts, and Paolo Garbanzo – the first American to become an Official Jester of an English castle who stuns audiences with death-defying feats of fire-juggling.  Audiences will be astonished by the acrobatic abilities of The Circus Vagabonds – a modern circus troupe performing such feats as trapeze stunts, fire eating and partner balancing, just to name a few.  You can catch all these performances plus many more this weekend on the Royal Grounds of the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire!


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