Hear ye, hear ye!

Medieval mischief and magic at the Fitzwilliam Fantasy Faire

  • Eve Pierce of Peterborough is one of many local entertainers performing at the Fitzwilliam Fantasy Faire Saturday. Courtesy Photo—

Wednesday, October 03, 2018 2:44PM

On Saturday, Oct. 6, Fitzwilliam plans to host the first-ever Fitzwilliam Fantasy Faire on the village’s historic town green.

This day of medieval mischief and magic will celebrate community with live music and performances, tasty food and drink, and an array of talented local vendors.

Just back from their trip to England, the wonderful youth players of Jaffrey-based Project Shakespeare will be wandering about the common, breaking into spontaneous conversation and even a sword fight or two!

On the main stage, get an exclusive look at scenes from their repertoire. Matt Harris and friends will keep things lively with a set of traditional Irish jigs and reels. Look for other performances throughout the day, including music and entertainment by Eve Pierce on the ukulele, folk tunes from Linda Markey (aka The Dirge Queen), and stiltwalking and storytelling from The Longshanks!

Enjoy delicious delights from a range of culinary wizards, including rustic, French pastries from Fire Dog Breads, seasonal sandwiches by Chef Allan, award-winning Nisu bread from Finnish Mama, and sweet treats of all sorts for faire goers. Be sure to stop by the Fitzwilliam Inn for a tasting of fine meads offered by Centeur Imports.

Explore the medieval marketplace, showcasing the impressive work of around 30 local artisans, craftsmen, farmers, and wellness professionals. Experience the power of Reiki, shop all-natural candles and body products, browse fine jewelry, and pick out a stunning piece of stained glass. Several vendors will also be offering demonstrations, including loom work with Handweaving by Nancy, leather cutting and tooling with Moose Run Leather, and blacksmithing with Smith River Smithy.

For all you animal lovers out there, Magzalea Farm & Sanctuary and Stonewall Fields Alpaca Farm will be bringing along some four-legged friends.

“We are so looking forward to this great event right here in Fitzwilliam! We love sharing our alpaca and the many gifts of their ‘harvest’ with everyone!” said Stonewall Fields owner Brenda Berg.

In addition, the faire will offer lots of activities for the whole family, such as dragon-decorating and juggling at the library, castle-building on the lawn, tarot readings, face-painting, mini-trebuchet building, and labyrinth walks on the church lawn.

To commemorate this exciting day, have your picture taken at the autumn-themed “photo-booth” by Melissa Kulisanski of Lissybelle Photography. All images will be posted on the event Facebook page so you can view, share, and order professional prints if desired. Get a FREE ticket for the photo booth by bringing a non-perishable food donation for The Fitzwilliam District Nursing Association to support their holiday season food drive. Your contribution will make a meaningful difference for hungry families in the area.

So come one, come all, from the Monadnock region and beyond! We can’t wait to welcome you on this truly special day, which is being supported by the Fitzwilliam Economic Committee.

For more details, follow along at facebook.com/FitzFaire or contact FitzFaire@gmail.com. See you at the faire! (Costumes encouraged but not required.)