You've got weekend days till Oct. 20 to go back to 16th Century England in Maryland. The 37th annual Maryland Renaissance Festival continues Saturdays and Sundays for three more weeks, where 27 acres off Crownsville Road in Crownsville, Md. becomes the Village of Revel Grove in Oxfordshire, England in the days of King Henry VIII. You might even get a chance to see the king and his queen, Katherine of Aragon at their royal court.
Seriously, the place is comical and as always full of musical and magical entertainment at its 10 stages – plus the roving entertainers – music, juggling and poetry everywhere --from 10 am to 7 pm plus plenty of vendors selling all sorts of out-of-style clothes, jewelery and food. Tickets cost $22 per day, with discounts for groups, seniors and children. You can also ride an elephant or a camel, and if you're small enough, a pony.
Time travel isn't done in an instant: the place is only reachable by car and it can take a slow ride as traffic can back up on the ride back hundreds of years till you get there. And remember where you park on the lawn-parking lot as there are no signs to remind you where you left the vehicle.
Some of the entertainment may not be fit for children. At the Gatehouse Stage, we caught the O'Danny Duo, who describe themselves as “two very nice girls who sing very naughty songs.” They are very funny.
Be sure to get to the Globe Theater to see Shakespeare's Scum turn the bard's plays into woe, destruction, ruin, and decay with the troupe's hilarious truncated versions of tragedies and histories. This year they put on “Richard III: Just Misunderstood” and “Tag-Team Romeo & Juliet.” The theater can get crowded, so get there a few minutes before the scheduled start time.
And yes you can buy imitation weapons of the era or kitchen utensils. At Badger Blades “fyne edged weaponry” booth when we stopped by, they were smashing 21st Century baseballs from the field next door with the swords. 16th Century tools can still splinter modern athletic equipment. Ever wonder what's inside a baseball? It varies, from cork to rubber to yarn.
One 21st Century phenomenon the place lacks, though, is recycling. We found no separate bins for the bottles and paper used despite the fact that everyone there eats fast food.