10th – 2014

The 10th Annual Renaissance Festival Awards of 2014

Special thanks to the following sponsors:

Renaissance Magazine

Marc Gunn’s Celtic Invasion

Ren Fest Minions

Renaissance Festivals –

Best Renaissance Festival

1) Bristol Renaissance Festival

2) Pennsylvania Renaissance Festival

3) Minnesota Renaissance Festival

Best New Renaissance Festival (3 years or younger)

1) Nottingham Renaissance Festival

2) BlackRock Medieval Festival

3) Oregon Renaissance Festival of Hillsboro

New Music – Best New CD Released in 2014

1) Bail Money by the Bilge Pumps

2) Pieces of Eight/Treasures of Old by the Musical Blades

3) Pirates Evermore, The Jolly Rogers

New Music – Best New Musical Show of 2014 (group or solo, on stage or in the street)

1) The McGuire Brothers

2) Joyful Noyse

3) Chaste Treasure

Stage Shows – Best Musical Group

1) Tartanic

2) Righteous Blackguards

3) Sirena

Best Non-Musical Group

1) Barely Balanced

2) The Tortuga Twins

3) Duo of Woo

Best Music Solo Show

1) Cast in Bronze

2) Dr. Rev. Mr. Cheeks Miller

3) Alexander James Adams

Best Non-Musical Solo Show

1) Moonie the Magnificent

2) Zilch the Torysteller

3) Adam Crack: Fire Whip

Best Comedy Musical Show (comedy performance, group or solo)

1) Righteous Blackguards

2) Musical Blades

3) Hey Nunny Nunny

Best Non-Musical Comedy Show (non-musical, comedy performance, group or solo)

1) Moonie the Magnificent

2) Stickbow Archery Shooting Show

3) Don Juan and Miguel

Street Performances – Best Solo Street Performance

(one person, musical or non-musical, on the streets and primarily NOT on stage)

1) Gabriel the Plague Doctor

2) Twig the Fairy

3) Angus the Scott

Best Group Street Performance (musical or non-musical, on the streets and primarily NOT on stage)

1) Bristol Buskin Frolic

2) Fantastikals

3) Beefcake and Olive

Specialty Shows – Best Bawdy Show

(primarily Adult-Oriented, musical or non-musical, on stage or in the street)

1) Iris and Rose, Wild and Thorny

2) The Tortuga Twins

3) Duo of Woo

Best Stage Combat Group (on stage or in the street)

1) Dirk and Guido: The Swordsmen

2) By the Sword – Bristol Renaissance Faire

3) Red Griffin Productions Living Chess

Best Jousting Troupe

1) Noble Cause Productions

2) The Jousters!

3) Heroic Knights of Old

Best Dance Troupe

(on stage or in the street)

1) Bristol Buskin Frolic

2) Masala Gypsy Dancers

3) Vodca Family

Best Children’s Show

(musical or non-musical, on stage or in the street, group or solo)

1) Fool Hearty

2) Cutlass Cooking

3) Gypsy Geoff – Fire Circus Show

Best Historical Show

(most informational or period accurate, musical or non-musical, on stage or in the street, group or solo)

1) Stickbow Archery Shooting Show

2) Bristol’s Royal Falconer

3) St. Andrew’s Noble Order of Royal Scots

Miscellaneous – Best Shop Vendor

1) Mockingbird Studio

2) Pendragon Costumes

3) Moresca Clothing & Costume

Best Faire Photography

1) Michael Ulrich Photography

2) Deborah Grosmark Photography

3) Joe Foley Photography

Best Faire Web Community

1) PaRenFaire.net

2) Bristol Renaissance Faire

3) RenaissanceFestival.com Forums

Best Food

1) Turkey Leg

2) Scottish Eggs

3) Steak on a Stick

Best Drink

1) Mead

2) Sassafrass

3) Beer

 

Here are the Hall of fame winners

Phyllis Patterson

Phyllis Patterson  (1/25/1932 – 5/18/2014)

The grande dame of faires in the US, Phyllis Patterson founded the original Renaissance Pleasure Faire & May Market on May 11th, 1963. That event, while not the first event ever of its kind, was the first to have a lasting impact and was the birthplace of the modern renaissance faire as we know it in the US today. Phyllis and her husband went on to found the Great Dicken’s Christmas Faire in 1970. Her creations not only established faires as a viable commercial and fundraising entity, but as a community endeavor that can bring people together.

In the half century that has followed, the community that Phyllis created has grown and bloomed into a family of performers seen around the world and has revitalized vaudeville-style performance for generations of new audiences. That first show has spawned an entire industry of faires and festivals across 46 states and many hundreds of shows (more than fifty different venues in California alone).

 

Beloved as the one who started it all, Phyllis’s passing in 2014 brought an end to an era and was felt nationwide through the community. We offer this simple tribute, her induction into the Hall of Fame, as a past due recognition of the woman, without whom, there would be no Hall of Fame. For Phyllis.

 

Richard Weber

Richard Weber

As an entertainer, writer, director, costumer, actor-combatant, monarch, merchant, and member of management, Richard Weber is truly a “Renaissance Man of the Renaissance Faire”. Richard began his faire career as a combatant with an acclaimed stage combat company. In 1978, The Ring of Steel participated at the new King Richard’s Faire in Kenosha, WI, and the company was contracted officially in 1979. Richard went on to play the Lord High Sheriff for the next four years.

 

A founding member of King Richard’s Faire in Carver, MA, Mr. Weber has appeared there every year since its inception and is currently the faire’s costumer and keeper of oral history. In 1996, Richard began at the Virginia Renaissance Faire, opening his hat shop, Masquerade. Masquerade still lives on at the Bristol Renaissance Faire. In 2010, he himself played the role of King Richard at the Chippewa Valley Renaissance Faire (alongside 2007 Hall of Fame honoree Lolly Foy). As a member of the Bobby Rodriguez entertainment staff for over fifteen years, Richard has played a role in shaping shows in: Deerfield Beach, FL; Live Oak, FL; Miami, FL; and the Virginia Keys at Key Biscayne, FL.

 

Perhaps best remembered for his long-running (1982-present) character Lord Percival DeGage, Richard is known across the faire circuit as a man of integrity. He is beloved by casts far and wide and devotes himself entirely to the faire circuit and its community.

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