Avast! Pirates, Gypsies, fairies, aristocrats and groundlings descend upon MVCC’s Utica Campus this Saturday and Sunday from 11a.m. – 6 p.m. daily. The events kick off Saturday with the infamous and eye-catching Adamo Ignus fire performing group, known for fire-breathing while on broken glass, beds of nails, with even more secret surprises in store for their performance.
The celebrated Bard of Avon, William Shakespeare himself, will present his view of the world in a rousing performance that leaves no member of the audience safe from his personal attention. Enjoy Ophelia’s Looking Glass, 2 talented and aesthetically over-achieving sisters with a flair for Gothic-inspired music.
Eyes-of-Isis a belly dance troupe, who is also band, will be gracing the stage and strolling all weekend. The entire cast of the Merely Players of Upstate New York will be both the aristocrats of this fair as well as the rabblement who get their revenge with class warfare of the fun kind all weekend.
Sunday enjoy a group of Morris Dancers - a medieval (perhaps even older) dance form from the British Isles, and watch Bells and Motley cycle through a fascinating array of authentic period instruments. Strolling throughout will puppeteer Alice C.W. Dennis, and her (huge) pet dragon Arf, as well as an outrageous Punch and Judy Act!
Father-and-son group Arethusa will be on hand with their edgy World music and renaissance-inspired improvisational music. Medieval battle group Lostwithiel Dagorhir will be on hand doing what they do best, and the Society of Creative Anachronism’s Shire of Coppertree will be stationed there to demonstrate a number of Medieval Crafts.
The event is free and open to the public.
Supported in part by Hotel Utica