Organizers of the second-annual Undersized Renaissance Faire say they are working overtime to create an authentic environment that resembles the Middle Ages.
Attendees are invited to make merry from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. on Aug. 17, and from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Aug. 18 in the village of "Elkshire Glen," also known as the Milwaukie-Portland Elks Lodge, 13121 S.E. McLoughlin Blvd., Oak Grove.
The faire idea originated last year with Abbey Nims, the daughter of lodge member Becky Nims, who is the chairperson of the Backpack Buddies program at Riverside Elementary School.
"Abbey believed the faire would be a fun way to help raise funds for the program," said lodge member Laura Kozell-Salber, one of the faire organizers.
This year the group decided to raise money for both Backpack Buddies and Care & Share, another Elks charity.
Admission to the faire is free, but organizers are asking for donations of nonperishable food and new toys to support the two charities.
"We think the faire is a unique and fun way to raise funds for charity. We're also excited about showcasing the Milwaukie-Portland Elks Lodge, especially our picnic area and grounds, to individuals and families in the community who may not be aware of the many resources and features of our lodge," Kozell-Salber said.
Undersized Renaissance Faire
The faire will feature costumed vendors selling their wares in the town square, including swords, jewelry, herbs and costumes. Live music and demonstrations of crafts common during the Middle Ages will be performed each day.
Maidens, swaggering men and mystical creatures will populate the village and attendees are also encouraged to wear costumes appropriate for the time period.
Kozell-Salber said she is looking forward to seeing all of the merchant stores and all of the arts and crafts that will be for sale.
"I am excited to see Wild Rose Garland perform. They are a women's traditional English dance team that will perform at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday with a live music group," she said.
In addition, harpist Tracey Rose Brown, Celtic and fantasy singer Riona and other singers will perform during the event.
Casey Leger, who is also helping organize the faire, will have a booth at the event.
"It is called Ars Magica Herbals, and I play the part of the herbalist or village witch. I will sell teas, tinctures, home remedies and powdered incense," she said.
She is most looking forward to the "washerwomen," who will portray village women doing their laundry in the middle of the village square.
"They will gossip, cause trouble and chat; they make everything so vibrant," Leger said.
The faire is "a wonderful way for families to spend the day," she said, noting that she loves being a part of the event.
Leger encourages attendees to make an attempt at a costume because it is fun to "be somebody else for a while."
Kozell-Salber noted that there is an area set up especially for children, which includes a three-legged race, burlap sack races, rune painting and a treasure hunt; an archery range and a joust area, provided by Party Works, will require a small donation.
Some of the Renaissance-era demonstrations will be family friendly Kozell-Salber said, including soap and candle making and Sunshine Awakenings will provide art supplies for anyone.
"We hope that the community will want to attend to help support our charities, Backpack Buddies at Riverside Elementary School and Care & Share. Both of these programs are volunteer-run and donation based," Kozell-Salber said.
Backpack Buddies provides nutritious weekend food packages for children in need during the school year. Care & Share is an organization that helps provide non-perishable food, turkeys and new toys for families in Clackamas County.
"Care & Share worked with the Lions, North Clackamas School District and Compassion in Action in Clackamas County to provide holiday baskets to over 400 families and toys to more than 700 children last year," Kozell-Salber said.
"We would very much like the community to attend, learn something about the Renaissance period, find some treasures and have fun," she said.
Kozell-Salber added, "We want to have enough momentum from this event that it can become a big annual event that brings the community together to have a good time and raise some funds for some very necessary charities. We aspire to be a community event and fundraiser like 'The Haunt,' the Milwaukie-Portland Elks Lodge haunted house."
Visit the faire!
What: Second-annual Undersized Renaissance Faire
When: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 18
Where: Portland-Milwaukie Elks Lodge, 13121 S.E. McLoughlin Blvd., Oak Grove
Details: The event is free, but organizers are asking for a donation of nonperishable food and new toys to support Backpack Buddies and Care & Share. The faire will feature vendors, craft demonstrations, music, performers and children's activities. Costumes are encouraged.
Contact: Visit facebook.com/undersizedrenfaire, instagram.com/undersizedrenfaire or undersizedrenfaire.squarespace.com for more information.
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