Mother Goose

Mother Goose

Yesterday we attended the opening of the 26th Annual Arizona Renaissance Festival & Artisan Marketplace. The weather was beautiful in this transformed section of desert below the Superstitions with an Apache Junction address. With thirteen stages there is changing entertainment about every half hour. Here are some of the acts that entertained us: Zilch the Toryseller – Tairy Fales on the Middleshire Stage was an amazing example of perfected spoonerisms, interchanging first letters. His rendition of “Paruzal” earned his reputation as a Loose Cannon. On Falconer’s Heath we sat on the grass partially in the shade for the Adam Crack – Fire Whip Show. This is one of the acts that we also saw during our first visit to the Arizona Renaissance Festival two years ago. Three Guys and a Bunch of Drums performed on the Mud Stage following the Wyld Man – Theatre in the Ground. Although we missed that show, one of the Wyld Men, completely covered in mud, continued to clean up the stage area after his ground breaking performance. In addition to their drums, the Three Guys wowed us with a piece for triangles and another on a giant wooden xyalphone. After a break for lunch, we listened to Cast in Bronze – The Musical Carillon located in the Palace Theatre. Some 23 bells wre played by a figure covered in black with a golden phoenix mask. On the Boat House Stage we took in the Vodca Family – Gypsy Music, Comedy & Dance! This was another act that we had seen two years ago. We were especially looking forward to their sword dance. In the Dancing Pig Pub we saw Jamila Lotus – Bellydance Carnivale accompanied by the Band of Eternal Souls. Especially impressive was the gymnastic routine using a secured ribbon. We listened to a couple of bawdy tunes by Gary Siler – Musical Mischief before making our way across the grounds to the exit. On our way out we stopped at thge Rialto Stage to take in the Clan Tynker – Family Circus. Their finale involved juggling fire with stilt walking and a unicycle. Near the Teatro de la Rose we watched the successful conclusion of a Glassblowing Demo. On the Festival’s opening day, I was impressed with the number of people in costume. We also walked through the free petting farm. The goose in the Mother Goose display kept trying to remove her blue skirt. Both the Dragon Tail Tower and a smiling tree stump separating buildings caught my attention. The Renaissance Festival continues through March 30th and is worth a visit.

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