We regret to announce that Moon Mermaid will not be attending the 2017 Faire due to ill health. We wish her well.


Robyn of Foxley & Ollivander the Hood, also known as Robyn and The Hood, demonstrate the effectiveness & awesome power of the wooden longbow & its role in shaping history in The Longbow Show.  Audience members can look forward to archery history, demonstrations, trick shots, & participation. Patrons will have the opportunity to shoot the English longbow at the archery lane under the tutelage of Robyn and The Hood, certified instructors. 8 arrows for $5, equipment provided. Handcrafted longbows, arrows, & archery accessories are offered for sale. Be sure to also catch the Royal Open Archery Tournament, or sign up to participate!
About: Incantation Dance & Archery is a performance troupe specializing in dance & archery. Based out of the enchanted & distant kingdom of Texas, Troupe directors, Kris (Robyn) & Phil (The Hood) Johnston, are award winning archers & certified instructors. Both have been shooting since they were children.

The Loch Mead Village Guild  from Nevada will be the backdrop for our jousting arena.  With flags flapping in the breeze atop their tall white towers, you won't be able to miss 'em--and you won't want to!  Holders of the The VIP Experience Access Pass  will dine with Loch Mead members, hosts of our Warriors’ Table dinner in the Royale Tavern VIP Pavillion.  It will be a raucous meal, & one you'll want to be a part of!!

In the late 1500s, while Continental Europe was fighting wars of succession & Lowland Scotland was embroiled in religious controversies, the wild Highlanders of Scotland were refining a Classical Music on the bagpipe: The deep & hypnotic Piobaireachd, one of the oldest classical music traditions in Europe. Evan Gray has studied this music, its stories, & traditions for over 18 years. Along with marches & dance music, hear this rare music of the Gaels & learn some bagpipe lore.
About: In 1995, in the grips of temporary insanity or perhaps strong drink, Evan decided learning to play the bagpipe, & getting in touch with his Scottish heritage, was a good idea. After diligent practice & excellent instruction, he has successfully competed in Scotland & all over the Southwest US. Evan Gray is a Staff Sergeant--playing the bagpipe in the 44th Army Band, New Mexico Army National Guard since 1999.

The mission of The Greyhounds of the Royal Realm is to educate and encourage the adoption of retiring racing greyhounds.  This small group of volunteers works together to help rescue organizations find forever loving homes for greyhounds as they come off the track.  They help in any way they can to promote this wonderful breed.
About: Dave and Colleen Thatcher founded the 501(c)3 awareness group in 2013. A small group with a big heart, it also includes their children, grandchildren & friends.  They enjoy many events & the PR work they do for the good of the hounds.

Fencing master & writer, Vincentio Saviolo  travelled abroad, where he earned his reputation as a fencer. When handbooks on the subject became increasingly popular,  Saviolo wrote the original version of his Practice in Italian in 1558. William Shakespeare became familiar with Vincentio’s work & was delighted to use him as a resource to instruct his actors in the rapier & dagger fencing techniques for his plays. After the tragic death of his good friend, Saviolo came to England to help his son take over the family fencing business. It was at his & Shakespeare’s insistence that he has come to the faire to introduce his style of fencing to the English.  Look for Vincentio at the Fencing School in the village.

About:  Bill Mitchell

Moon Mermaid was born of the moon & the sea in the blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea. She LOVES playing & helping her sea turtle friends, granting full moon wishes, protecting pirate ships from rough weather, visiting children, is fascinated with sparkly things, &  loves art, music, & her magical fairy & pirate friends!
About: Moon Mermaid first surfaced in 2003 where she began visiting & performing for humans. Moon is the first swimming mermaid to perform in, and is often spotted in Arizona, (she LOVES the warm weather, & that there are so many swimming pools to visit). She frequently travels to California, Texas, Arizona, & Las Vegas in her giant seashell.

Take a ride on a Giant Rocking Horse--or two!  Vlad, the Impaler, weighs 714 pounds, measuring 7'8" to the top of his ears, which puts the tip of his hand blown glass horn over 8' from the ground.  Freya, the Nordic Goddess of Mischief, is 6'6" tall, & weighs in at 520 pounds.  You don't have to be a kid to enjoy this rocking adventure.  These beautiful beasts can handle wee & small to big & tall! According to Les, the Rocking Horse Guy, a ride on either one is guaranteed fun.  If you don't have fun, you get your money back!