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By Laura Vozzella, The Baltimore Sun | August 26, 2010
The Maryland Renaissance Festival opens Saturday to the delight of bikers and crafters, Ph.D.s and preschoolers, bachelorette partiers and IT geeks, period-music scholars and mead guzzlers. If it seems hard to figure why a pretend 16th-century English village draws such a diverse crowd, try separating the professional pretenders from the amateurs. Even the people who put on the annual event in Crownsville have trouble with that one since so many patrons come in costume or rent Renaissance get-ups at the fair.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | August 22, 2014
As the Maryland Renaissance Festival prepares to open for its 2014 season on Saturday in Crownsville, hearings are looming on the festival's proposal for a future move to Lothian. The festival is seeking zoning approval to move to a farm in Lothian. Anne Arundel County's administrative hearing officer denied the festival the zoning approvals it needed. The festival appealed to the county's Board of Appeals, which has scheduled six nights of hearings for the case. The first hearing will be held from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. on Sept.
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August 19, 2014
James Gummer is no ordinary drummer. Not only does he perform in an all- percussion show called the Drum Runners, he also will be playing for the jousts and the chess game at this year's Maryland Renaissance Festival, opening Saturday and running through Oct. 19 in Crownsville. "I like working for the Renaissance Festival because there are so many great performers there," said Gummer, 41. "And I feel like I've grown a lot from being around them. " Gummer, a resident of Perry Hall, has been participating in the festival for 17 years and has no intention of stopping any time soon.
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August 19, 2014
James Gummer is no ordinary drummer. Not only does he perform in an all- percussion show called the Drum Runners, he also will be playing for the jousts and the chess game at this year's Maryland Renaissance Festival, opening Saturday and running through Oct. 19 in Crownsville. "I like working for the Renaissance Festival because there are so many great performers there," said Gummer, 41. "And I feel like I've grown a lot from being around them. " Gummer, a resident of Perry Hall, has been participating in the festival for 17 years and has no intention of stopping any time soon.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | February 14, 2014
Organizers of the Maryland Renaissance Festival have said for years they might eventually move from the event's current home in Crownsville, but that possibility has grown since the festival's president said this month he has another property under consideration. Jules Smith, president of the company that runs the popular festival, wouldn't share details but has said the site is on a major highway with more fields and woods than the current location. Smith said he's been considering a move for at least seven years, dating to when his lease on the current site was close to expiring.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | August 22, 2014
As the Maryland Renaissance Festival prepares to open for its 2014 season on Saturday in Crownsville, hearings are looming on the festival's proposal for a future move to Lothian. The festival is seeking zoning approval to move to a farm in Lothian. Anne Arundel County's administrative hearing officer denied the festival the zoning approvals it needed. The festival appealed to the county's Board of Appeals, which has scheduled six nights of hearings for the case. The first hearing will be held from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. on Sept.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | June 12, 2014
One by one, they came to the microphone and made their case: The Maryland Renaissance Festival is fun, but it doesn't belong in a rural community. The festival annually attracts to Crownsville about 300,000 visitors who gobble smoked turkey legs, guzzle mead and are enchanted by jousters, musicians and artisans in a replica of an English village under the reign of King Henry VIII. Organizers say the festival has become a victim of its own success and needs more room to accommodate traffic, revelers and vendors than the 130-acre site can provide.
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August 26, 2005
Excalibur' on stage The Ballet Theatre of Maryland will present Excalibur tomorrow and Sunday at the Maryland Renaissance Festival, 1821 Crownsville Road. Performances will be held at 4:30 p.m. at the Globe Theatre on the fairgrounds. Excerpts from Excalibur, the tale of King Arthur's famed sword and the era of the Knights of the Round Table, will be performed. 410-263-8289.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | June 27, 2014
The Maryland Renaissance Festival organizers have appealed a zoning decision that prevents the festival from moving to a new site in southern Anne Arundel County. Earlier this month, the county's administrative hearing officer denied requests from the festival for a special exception and variances to allow the festival to operate on a Lothian farm that lacks required "major road" access. The case now moves to the county's seven-member Board of Appeals. A hearing has not yet been scheduled.
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June 10, 2014
The Maryland Renaissance Festival is seeking a zoning approval to move to a new property in southern Anne Arundel County. The festival and property owner Michael Booth will appear before a county hearing officer on Thursday to make the case for a variance to allow the festival to be located on Upper Pindell Road in Lothian, which is designated as a scenic and historic road and lacks required direct main road access. They also are seeking a special zoning exception, which is required for renaissance festivals, and are also seeking . They also want approval to run the festival for 23 days each fall, up from the current 19 days.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | June 27, 2014
The Maryland Renaissance Festival organizers have appealed a zoning decision that prevents the festival from moving to a new site in southern Anne Arundel County. Earlier this month, the county's administrative hearing officer denied requests from the festival for a special exception and variances to allow the festival to operate on a Lothian farm that lacks required "major road" access. The case now moves to the county's seven-member Board of Appeals. A hearing has not yet been scheduled.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | June 12, 2014
One by one, they came to the microphone and made their case: The Maryland Renaissance Festival is fun, but it doesn't belong in a rural community. The festival annually attracts to Crownsville about 300,000 visitors who gobble smoked turkey legs, guzzle mead and are enchanted by jousters, musicians and artisans in a replica of an English village under the reign of King Henry VIII. Organizers say the festival has become a victim of its own success and needs more room to accommodate traffic, revelers and vendors than the 130-acre site can provide.
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June 10, 2014
The Maryland Renaissance Festival is seeking a zoning approval to move to a new property in southern Anne Arundel County. The festival and property owner Michael Booth will appear before a county hearing officer on Thursday to make the case for a variance to allow the festival to be located on Upper Pindell Road in Lothian, which is designated as a scenic and historic road and lacks required direct main road access. They also are seeking a special zoning exception, which is required for renaissance festivals, and are also seeking . They also want approval to run the festival for 23 days each fall, up from the current 19 days.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | February 14, 2014
Organizers of the Maryland Renaissance Festival have said for years they might eventually move from the event's current home in Crownsville, but that possibility has grown since the festival's president said this month he has another property under consideration. Jules Smith, president of the company that runs the popular festival, wouldn't share details but has said the site is on a major highway with more fields and woods than the current location. Smith said he's been considering a move for at least seven years, dating to when his lease on the current site was close to expiring.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | November 26, 2013
The Westfield Annapolis mall hosts its annual "Chanukah Wonderland" on Wednesday night. At 5 p.m., a giant menorah will be lit at the mall by H&M near the Green Garage. Participants can help build a giant Lego menorah, decorate Hanukkah keepsakes, take pictures with Judah the Maccabee, eat hot latkes and doughnuts and enjoy entertainment from Michael Rosman, known as the "Squire of the Wire" at the Maryland Renaissance Festival. The event is free and open to the public. Those who RSVP will receive a prize.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | October 4, 2013
Anne Arundel County Police are warning drivers to expect heavy traffic on Saturday, especially in Annapolis and Crownsville. A number of events are expected to draw thousands to the area on Saturday, including the U.S. Powerboat Show in Annapolis, the Navy-Air Force football game in Annapolis, the Maryland Renaissance Festival in Crownsville and motorcycle rides for Toys for Tots and for the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend. Police expect traffic congestion to peak between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday.
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August 23, 1991
Why see the movie "Robin Hood" when you can experience the Middle Ages for yourself?Child Search and the Maryland Renaissance Festival present knighting ceremonies and other adventures in safety and environmental awareness for children during the first weekend of the annual event.Join Sir Edward, the official Blue Knight of Maryland, during Children's Weekend, tomorrow and Sunday in Crownsville, as he relates fairy tales with safety messages.Children will be taught the tricks that strangers may use to harm them.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | October 4, 2013
Anne Arundel County Police are warning drivers to expect heavy traffic on Saturday, especially in Annapolis and Crownsville. A number of events are expected to draw thousands to the area on Saturday, including the U.S. Powerboat Show in Annapolis, the Navy-Air Force football game in Annapolis, the Maryland Renaissance Festival in Crownsville and motorcycle rides for Toys for Tots and for the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend. Police expect traffic congestion to peak between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday.
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By Julie Baughman, The Baltimore Sun | October 23, 2011
On any given day at the Maryland Renaissance Festival, there is a seemingly endless combination of actors and performers dressed in period clothing, demonstrating period activities. And from stage combat to leather working, from longbow building to a flea circus, one actor does it all. James Frank, who at the festival goes by the name of "Nymblewyke" (pronounced "Nimble Wick"), is rounding out his 26th year at the Crownsville celebration, which closes for the season on Sunday. His repertoire has grown along with the festival.
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