Prepare for a trip into the past that will last for the next couple of weekends. Returning to Warsaw Park (119 Pulaski Highway in Ansonia, Connecticut) and running Saturday and Sunday through July 6th, is the Midsummer Fantasy Renaissance Faire. The Faire is open, rain or shine on the weekends from June 21 to July 6. The hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. each day plus a nighttime show on Saturdays until 9 p.m. Interested patrons are invited to come on out and explore an interactive fantasy world set in a time long ago where elves, fairies, orcs, goblins, animal-kin, dwarves, and magic are real.
Throughout the day and into the night, patrons will see comedy, action, games, stage shows, music, magic, live combat, and experience delicious food, unique vendors, as well as thrilling storylines as the many Renaissance performers act out various scenarios for the delight of patrons. For those who may not know, or have ever experienced a Renaissance festival, The Midsummer Fantasy Renaissance Faire is a world of history and imagination with an interactive village full of music, magic and fun for all ages. Patrons to the event are encouraged (though not required) to dress up in fantasy garb in order to enhance their own immersion in the storyline. (Patrons bringing their own weapons will be required to “Peace Wrap” their weapons prior to entering the Faire.) Then, once appropriately garbed, they can then spend the day watching live shows, fierce combat, thrilling storylines, and wander through over 50 booths of handcrafted and unique artisans and delicious food. This is fun for the entire family.
Warsaw Park offers plenty of free parking. Once you step through the gate after paying, patrons are transformed into a different time era. Everyone working the faire is adorned in costumes of old England, as well as affecting the accent and phraseology of the times. There are plenty of different shows throughout the day with different scenes that fall into one another that take place throughout the fair grounds. You will find sword men, jugglers, magicians, elves, ferries having a tea party, trolls as well as a lady dancing with fire. In addition there is plenty of shopping along the way, of all different things, such as jewelry, spices, leather goods, and even various types of time-appropriate weapons just to name a few. There are different types of foods from which to choose (table & chairs are provided to sit and eat) as well as different types of beverages (try the mead).
Come on out and spend the day. There are two main shows and at the end of the day, there is a family event; children are most welcome. There are bathrooms on site that are kept clean as there is an attendant on duty and there is a baby changing station available if needed. Tickets are $16 for adults (ages 15+); $11 young adults (ages 10-14); $6 children (ages 5-9); and Free for children 5 and under. There are also discounts available for veterans, seniors, Peace Corps and disabled. Group discounts available. The Faire is happening at Warsaw Park (119 Pulaski Highway in Ansonia, Connecticut) and runs Saturday and Sunday through July 6th.
Robert J. Sodaro has been reviewing comicbooks for some 30 years. During that time, his reviews and articles have appeared in numerous print publications, as well as on the web. Subscribe to receive regular comicbook articles and reviews.