2013 Bay Area Renaissance Festival

Florida folks! The Bay Area Renaissance Festival is well underway every weekend until April 7th. Going strong since 1979, this year promises to be the biggest festival yet. It is the largest costumed festival in Tampa, and it’s chock-full of fun activities for grown-ups and kids alike.

Well known for its themed weekends, this festival right on schedule to celebrate St. Patrick’s day. Come check it out this weekend while they celebrate “Shamrocks & Shenanigans!” It is the largest St. Paddy’s day party in Tampa, complete with a “Men in Kilts” contest… should be interesting to say the least… FREE beer tasting, Irish Heavy Games, and their very own Celtic Village, this weekend is a must-see!

All that in addition to the other traditional Renaissance fest accoutrements, like jousting, arts and crafts, acrobats, daily high tea with the Queen herself, and medieval market place. You could even have brunch with King Henry on Easter Sunday! The menu includes all kinds of yummy things, and mango mimosas… wink, wink. Yum.

This particular festival is special in that they have real-live mermaids! They swim around in a ginormous tank, and will even wave at you as you walk by. They might even take a picture with you, if you ask nicely.

Admission is $18.95 at the door for adults, $10.95 for kids ages 5-12. Kids under 4 years old enter free. Members of the military get free admission Friday, March 22nd. Mark your calendars! They are open from 10 am-6 pm rain or shine. Check out their website for directions.

They do have a weapon’s policy, which I read. They allow longbows, as long as they are not strung. Swords, knives, dirks and daggers are allowed, but must be completely sheathed and peace-tied. No axes or blunt weapons. Here are a few cool weapons with sheaths and some armor to complete your costume for the festival.

Masonic Short Sword

Turn some heads with this beautifully detailed sword. The handle alone is gasp-worthy. It is 20” long and the handle has a silver finish. Just, so pretty.

Leather Arm Guards

Metal armor might be too much for the Florida heat, but these leather arm guards will complete your Medieval outlaw look with ease. A black cotton shirt, a sword around your waist, or a bow strapped to your back, and you’re looking pretty good.

Blue Medieval Crusader Knight Dragon Foam Shield

This shield is light enough to get carried around all day, but detailed enough to get some attention. Perfect for the festival. Also really good for kids who want to dress up too!

A Renaissance Festival is fun whether or not you wear a costume. But getting dressed up adds to the fantasy of it all, it immerses you in the experience. Keeps the scene going, if you will. Nothing can take you out of the moment faster than looking down at your Metallica t-shirt while watching a jousting match. Enjoy the fair!

 

 

Arizona Renaissance Festival: Happening NOW!

Who doesn’t love a day spent at a Renaissance Fair? A day of fantasy and adventure, you can safely travel in time for a few hours without losing the comforts of say… indoor plumbing… You can enjoy the enchantment and beauty of the time period, watch knights jousting and sword fighting, without any chance of contracting the black plague. You can watch a blacksmith forge a dagger, don an awesome costume, all while licking an ice cream cone. It’s just the best of both worlds, isn’t it? Normally you would have to wait until mid summer to get a chance to enjoy a roasted turkey leg, but for those folks who live in and around Arizona, the time is now!

Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, The Annual Arizona Renaissance Festival is underway through March 31st! The doors open on Saturdays and Sundays, rain or shine.

This is one of the largest Renaissance festivals in the nation, and it is held in Gold Canyon, AZ. Within driving distance of Tucson, Phoenix and Scottsdale. To quote the website:

“It really is five festivals all rolled into one giant, costumed fantasy village, with thirteen stages with continuous live entertainment, an Out Door Circus, Medieval Arts and Crafts Fair, Jousting Tournaments, and a Day-Long Feast.”

The Day-Long Feast is a five course meal that comes with 1½ hours of Royal Entertainment and your very own Feast Goblet to take home. You can get all that and admission to the entire festival for only $69.95 –A little bird told me they serve chocolate crème brulee for dessert… just sayin’–

Tickets for the festival alone are $21 for adults and $11 online. Pretty reasonable considering all this huge festival has to offer. Check out their website for more information. If you’re planning to stay overnight, the website points you in the direction of affordable accommodations around town. I tell ya, I’m dying to go!

Complete your costume with these awesome medieval pieces:

Barbarian Viking Spiked Club

Menacing and real show-stopper, this piece of weaponry will complete your “intimidating medieval warrior” costume.

Dark Master Medieval Sword

Just look at this craziness! I love the red staining at the base of the blade, badass. Grab your black leather pants and a cape and you got yourself a medieval villain. Don’t forget your mask.

 

 

 

What Time Is It? Adventure Time!

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My favorite show of all time is an animated, 11 minute series called Adventure Time. It’s about two brothers, a human boy named Finn and a magic dog named Jake. Jake’s parents adopted Finn after finding him crying in the woods as a baby. Anyway, they go on adventures together. Adventures full of danger and dragons and wizards and Finn’s favorite, dungeons!

As I was watching this week’s episode, I thought to myself, “What kind of weapons would Finn and Jake use if they were in a real dungeon?” Assuming there would be dragons and monsters in it, of course. After looking through Heavenly Sword’s selection, I came up with a few items that would make Finn shout, “Mathematical!”

Classic Japanese Black Samurai Katana Three piece Sword Set and Stand

Anyone who watches the series knows that Finn and Jake are obsessed with ninja stuff. They would go banay-nays for this three piece sword set. The end cap of the scabbard is a demon with its wings spread and a flower above it. I could totally see Jake giving this to Finn for his birthday.

Fantasy Dagger Set

Is it just me, or does this dagger set look a lot like Finn’s golden sword? This would be perfect to fight off some skeleton warriors! The handle features an antique bronze and silver finish, and it comes with a black belt sheath for easy access.

Wooden Viking Shield Buckler 29″

This functional shield would be great to deflect The Ice King’s ice lightning. It’s a good size and super sturdy. It is made of hardwood with steel decorative strips and rim. Its back is covered in felt, for comfort. It also has arm straps for easy handling.

Pair of Medieval Gauntlet with Brass Accents

Finn loves finding the occasional gauntlet in a dungeon, but if he had this pair of medieval gauntlet he would never have to go without. The brass accents make them unique, and the leather lining makes them easy to wear. No problem handling your sword in these guys!

Medieval Suit Of Armor Breast Plate and Shoulders

No hero goes into battle without a little armor. This 18 gauge carbon steel breast plate also protects your back and your shoulders. It has adjustable straps, so it will fit a variety of sizes. Finn would be well protected in this powerful piece.

Scottish Dirk by Cold Steel

Every warrior needs a cool sword. Finn has many swords in his arsenal, but this Highland Short Sword is not only beautiful, but functional too! It has a 13” blade and comes fully sharpened, so it’s totally ready for battle. The attractive leather scabbard and Rosewood handle complete this gorgeous piece of equipment.

Whether saving princesses from evil kings, or making their way through a creepy labyrinth, Finn and Jake would be ready for anything with these weapons in tow. The Lich wouldn’t stand a chance! Now you can be ready too, in case you ever need to make your way out of a dungeon.

 

Robin Hood Sword

The legend of the man who stole from the rich to give to the poor meets yet another twist of the storyline in the most recent film about Robin Hood, the prince of thieves. In Ridley Scott’s bloody tale of the account of how Robin Longstride (Robin Hood as we know him) became a hero, he is not so much a nobleman like most other versions of the well-known story portray him to be and he doesn’t steal from the rich to give to the poor either.

In this story of how the hero became an outlaw, during the time of war, Robin Longstride is an archer in the army of King Richard Coeur de Lion. He is a libertarian and a rebel striving to overcome high taxes and the scheme of the government which take away liberties of his own people. After a long story and several intense battles, Robin defeats the dangerous Godfrey who hoped to open doors for the French to more easily overtake England. Robin then becomes a hero, which is an apparent threat to King John, who declares him an outlaw, thus the beginning of the legend we all know.

Unleash the freedom fighter in you and pick up a Robin Hood Sword today! You can forever hold onto the memory of Robin of Locksley in your own home or office. This is a wonderful decoration piece as the blade is engraved with images of Robin Hood, Friar Tuck, and Little John. Comes with a display plaque.

Sword Specs:

  • Blade Length: 34″
  • Handle Length: 8”
  • Overall Length: 42″
  • Stainless Steel Blade

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Cool Links:

Robin Hood the Movie – Official Site for the Movie

Robin Hood on IMDB – Check out reviews, summary, synopsis and more about the newest version of Robin Hood, released in 2010!  (Also check out other Robin Hood titles!)

Robin Hood Short Sword with Scabbard

“The Untold Story of How the Man Became A Legend”

Ripley Scott’s Robin Hood has hit theaters and this movie is seriously intense, and intensely serious. Gear up for a lesson in history with a good amount of fighting scenes because this movie has just enough arrow-piercing and sword-slaying scenes. What it doesn’t have is much mushy stuff, so if you were hoping to see a drawn-out love story between Robin Hood and Maid Marion, you will be let down. This newest version of the epic story of the legendary Robin Hood puts its main emphasis on the story behind the “Prince of Thieves.” Although it features well-known characters we all know like Will Scarlett, Alan-a-Dale and Little John, Maid Mariam, Robin of Lockley, Walter in Nottingham, and King Richard the Lionheart, the backdrop of Robin Hood’s heroic story is the main aspect of this feature.

If you are the knightly type and stealing from the rich to give to the poor is your thing, perhaps our Robin Hood Short Sword with Scabbard would suit you. This sword may be the very one that Robin of Locksley wielded himself! This sword comes in many different versions, just like the story. If you are a true Robin Hood fan (whether you liked the latest movie or not), this sword is a great pick! Comes with a matching hard case.

Sword Specs:
Overall Length:  28”
Blade Length:  20”

Cool Links:

Robin Hood the Movie – Official Site for the Movie

Robin Hood – Bold Outlaw of Barnsdale and Sherwood – A site with historical and literary information on Robin Hood and his Merry Men.

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