This week I am going to cover two topics; one is the Saratoga Springs International Film Festival, the other, a medieval fair at the Windfall Dutch Barn.
The Saratoga Springs International Film Festival will be held on September 17; this is the first year of this festival, and we are working hard to ensure its success.
Come visit Saratoga Springs, NY in September and make it one of the best film festivals in the country.
This past weekend I went to the 8th annual Medieval Faire Renaissance Fair at the Windfall Dutch Barn in Cherry Valley, in the hamlet of Salt Springville N.Y.
The Windmill Dutch Barn is a pre-revolutionary restored structure. This barn was used as a resting stop for General Clinton during the war. The barn is managed by a board of volunteering trustees who are responsible for the welfare of this historical site. It is manned by a staff of volunteers who maintain it. The barn is recognized by the National Register and the State Historic Register as a historic site.
Windfall Dutch Barn
Internal beams and timbers of the barn
When I inform people that I live in New York, they assume I am speaking about New York City. Many people do not realize how rural New York State is. The scenic trip to this medieval faire was spectacular, and I would encourage anyone to visit this area just for the view.
The scenic view around the barn.
The cost of admission was $5 which is low, even for a small local medieval fair such as this.
Many of the vendors, artists and attractions at the fair.
As with many of these fairs, there were vendors, artists and entertainers. The following is a partial list of those I saw.
Alice and her Puppet Friends
Alice and her Puppet Friends – I have seen her at the New York Capitol Region Renaissance Festival and the Mayfaire on the Green. She is a wonderful puppeteer who will entertain the entire family.
Mermaid Nixie in her pool
Mermaid Nixie – A performance artist, who, as her name describes, entertains everyone by being a mermaid. She engages the crowds in mermaid speak, which sounds very similar to dolphin. For a donation to the “Hungry Mermaid” fund, she will give you a sea shell.
Iona Troupe – Is a group representing an Irish Dance School. The girls were very talented and professional. I must say, you have not experienced Irish dance, until you hear their shoes inside a small barn. I would check out their website to see when they are going to appear next.
As for other medieval/renaissance fairs I have attended, this is a smaller one. I think there is potential for this fair to increase in size and popularity each year. If I could give the promoters of this event any advice it would be to include some form of combat group (every medieval fair should have a couple knights fighting), such as the Society for Creative Anachronisms or the Brotherhood of the Arrow and Sword, or any similar group. Another recommendation would be to dedicate a webpage to this event alone. This website should include links to the performers and vendors that attend the faire. I had some difficulty finding information about them. Both of these suggestions would increase attendance and raise awareness of this medieval faire.
When you are in the area, make sure you discover the Windfall Dutch Barn and its surrounding region, and next year visit this medieval faire.
Next week: More info about the Saratoga Springs International Film Festival, and possibly two fairs.