By Laura Cella and Meghan Walter
Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Head to historic Fort Mifflin this weekend to join the lords, ladies, pirates and Vikings (yes, Vikings) at this year’s Philadelphia Renaissance Faire. Upon entering, the “townsfolk,” dressed in period garb, will greet you with a caution to “Watch out for the dragons!” flying overhead. They’re referring to the planes taking off intermittently from nearby Philadelphia International Airport. Though loud, they will not eat you.
There’s no lack of entertainment here, with two stages offering a wide variety of shows including magic, comedy, music and belly dancing. Not to be missed: “Shakespeare Approves!” This one-man-show incorporates multiple audience members to perform fun versions of Shakespearean classics – all while keeping the audience roaring with laughter.
There’s action off the stage too. We witnessed an impromptu sword fight and participated in whip-cracking lessons from the Whipsy Rover. Note: cracking a bull-whip is a lot harder than it looks!
The friendly folks from the Colony Meadery were eager to talk about their delicious mead and hand out samples to encourage us to buy a bottle (we each bought two). As we sipped on our mead we wandered the merchant stalls, browsing jewelry, weaponry, leather goods, clothing and other unique items before stopping to watch a live glass blowing demonstration.
It was a fun afternoon full of laughs and entertainment. The backdrop of the historic fort added great ambience to the faire and is worth a visit on its own. The faire will operate this weekend, May 12th and 13th, from 11am-7pm. To purchase tickets or for more information, click here. Fort Mifflin is located at 6400 Hog Island Road.
Bonus tip: at the time of this posting, you can find a Groupon deal on tickets!