There is a story I’ve heard telling of two very wealthy  men that had made their fortune from trading throughout the northern ports of Scotland. They were known far & wide for their fair trade on all the rivers they encountered. Traveling the Ness & Beauly, they established small villages. They even went up the Carron into Oykel & on to Cassley, where they were snowed in for the season.  That winter they decided it would be a good time to think of retirement from the business &  settle down. While partaking of the finest of mead & good whiskey at the local tavern, the bar maid overheard their conversation & quietly told the pair, “If you want to retire, you must have a shire.” From that point on they began making plans to create the village where they wanted to live. It took many months & many trips on most of the rivers throughout the Isle before they found the perfect place to build their very own village. For months the two recruited townsmen & women to be a part of their shire, built by & for the people--something to make the new Queen proud.  They established trades & hired workers so that everyone had a place to work & a home in which to live. They even built a tavern & gave it to the bar maid that had given them the idea.  They made sure every detail had been taken care of.  Then they relaxed and began to enjoy the quiet life & all the things that come with it.  For many years, life was the way they had dreamed it should be, & they lived very, very happily.

We are the descendants of these great and courageous people that decided to take a chance for a new life. We are the inhabitants of the land near the blue green water of the great northern Isle. We are the local villagers still living & working in the shire. We are farmers, peasants, wenches, & every sort of merchant you can imagine. You may also find Fairies, Elves, Leprechauns, & maybe even a Troll or two.  There’s even a legend of Nessie that lives in the Locke, a creature of  long ago. If you watch the waters you may see her, or a ripple she’ll make on the surface to bring you luck.

We’ve also become a place for Pirates that want to retire from the open sea & settle down without being harassed. We think the Queen has even taken a liking to them as well.  Stop by their encampment to get a glimpse into life with Havashire!

HAVASHIRE

Membership in our guild includes (but is not limited to) the following: Actors, actresses, & performing artists;  specific characters (real life or make believe) in the areas of peasant class, merchant class & fantasy; Jugglers; Musicians; Dancers; Poets; Volunteer & support roles: Serving/bartending, children’s area, info & ticketing, parking, etc.

What is expected from a Havashire guild member?

  • First & foremost. a positive, light-hearted attitude, both to our audience as well as to fellow guild members.
  • Attendance & participation in as many events & promotions before the Faire that your schedule will allow. Because this is a volunteer guild, it is not required, but we would like our group to provide a big presence whenever possible.
  • Dress Rehearsals. We will have two before the start of the Faire. Please be sure to attend. Depending on your role, additional practices & meet-ups may be required.
  • Appropriate costuming. This must be approved by the guild coordinator. Ideas & options will be provided if needed.  Havashire Closet is also available for costumes to loan but are very limited.


How does one join Havashire?

  • Decide if one of our roles is meant for you, or submit a creative idea for approval of the guild coordinator.
  • Attend an audition or email us to set up an interview.
  • Give us a general idea of which area you would like to work. If a character, prepare a small background story (under two minutes) of who you will be portraying. You will also be asked to sing a 16-bar song that will be provided.  Above all we are looking for individuals who want to have fun!

For more information, download the Havashire Guild Players of the LBRF Guidelines & InformationEmail us at Havashire.info@gmail.com or visit our Facebook page.  We look forward to meeting you!

Our Havashire Guild is a modest, humble group of local cast & volunteers from Lake Havasu & the surrounding areas. Each member of our guild will interact with faire goers in unique ways to make the London Bridge Renaissance Faire a truly unforgettable experience that will be cherished for years to come.

 LAKE HAVASU CITY - ARIZONA'S HOME OF THE LONDON BRIDGE!