Much Ado 2013 raised $45,000 for Sebastopol public schools and youth groups!
Thanks to everyone who joined us to make this year's Faire a success! The weather was glorious and all seemed to truly enjoy their time in Fenford, 1578... our mythical village recreated in the heart of Sebastopol the weekend of September 14-15, 2013. Make sure to put our 2014 dates on your calendar - Saturday and Sunday, September 13-14!
The Faire 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 Schools in Sebastopol. The $45,000 raised this year will benefit all students in a variety of programs, including band/music, Spanish language instruction, drama, cheer/dance, sober graduation, educational field trips and more!
Enjoy a video clip created at Much Ado 2013 by one of our Sponsors, Bay Area Media Masters -
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.
The queen prefers that only her guard have weapons. We humbly request that you leave any weapons at home.
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:
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.
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.