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Much Ado About Sebastopol is run by the Sebastopol Educational Foundation and it's primary purpose is to raise much needed funds for enrichment programs at Park Side, Brook Haven and Analy High School in Sebastopol. Since our first Faire in 2010, we have raised over $125,000, benefitting all students in a variety of programs, including band/music, Spanish language instruction, drama, cheer/dance, sober graduation, educational field trips and more!

 

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As a visitor to our Faire, wander around and interact with a myriad of "villagers" from 1578, make herbal soap or try your hand at weaving while listening to a wandering minstrel...enjoy some ice cold lemonade while watching the falcons and learning about their role in Renaissance farming, sit back and take in a short Shakespeare performance while feasting on a hearty, rustic lunch.

Come celebrate the Feast of St. Michael (Michaelmas) - when rents are due, wages are paid, and the crops have been gathered and stored for the coming Winter. It's time for the people of the little town of Fenford to relax and enjoy some well-earned recreation, while giving thanks for a bountiful harvest.

Queen Elizabeth has been out hunting with her courtiers, and her Master of Horse, Robert Dudley, The Earl of Leicester has arranged a surprise for her. He intends to lead her back to his manor by way of the celebration. Here she will join the revels of her loving subjects, and be entertained in their lusty, country fashion.


Location
Ives Park is located in the heart of Sebastopol at 7400 Willow Ave, in between the fire house and the Sebastopol Center for the Arts (in the Veteran's Memorial Building).

Parking
Handicapped parking is available at the Veteran's Building next to Ives Park.

Limited VIP parking is available:
For $10 per car on a first-come, first-served basis. Go to the High Street entrance to Ives Park,near to the Veteran's Building at the Dutton Street entrance to Park Side School.

In addition, Ives Park is surrounded by many lovely streets on all sides, so plan on a stroll to the entrances.

Entrances
You can enter the Faire at our Jewell Street entrance next to the Fire Department, and the High Street entrance next to the Veteran's Building.

Weapons
The queen prefers that only her guard have weapons. We humbly request that you leave any weapons at home.



Costumes
Renaissance costumes are wonderful and can greatly enhance your faire experience, yet they are certainly not required for attendees. However, if you are interested in Renaissance costumes, here are some resources:

    •    Some Simple Costume Ideas
    •    Renaissance Costuming Standards and Historical Info
    •    How to Make a Simple Renaissance Costume

We ask one and all to dress in a manner suitable for the presence of a queen. She will be delightd to see her subjects dressed in their finest Renaissance garb, and she is also thrilled by the presence of time travellers of any era. However, she is a stickler for decorum. We, therefore, ask humbly that your ensemble be suitably demure.

Overnight Accommodations
There are two hotels in Sebastopol: Fairfield by Marriott, and the Sebastopol Inn. There are also a number of small Bed and Breakfast Inns in the Sebastopol area, as well as hotels in Rohnert Park. Another option is camping at Spring Lake in Santa Rosa, about 20 minutes away, and at the Petaluma KOA, also about 20 minutes away.
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