Entertainment of the Shire

The Joust
Our Jousts recreate the thrill of a true historic tournament. Witness knights in shining armor wielding weapons of war atop mighty warhorses for thine entertainment! Cheer for thy champion amid the pomp and pageantry of a martial competition that has fired imaginations for more than five hundred years!  

Presented by: The Jousters (All Season)
The Jousters have an entertainingly fresh take on a very old sport. These knights are excited to bring their fully-armored, hard-hitting, and wholly unique style of jousting to the Faire. Combined with bold attitudes and fierce competition, this is a true sport. Every lance break and shield shatter achieved is done in an authentic quest for victory! 

Put yourself in the middle of the action with VIP Seating at the Roselawn Tournament Joust Field! Enjoy the Royal Treatment with covered seating, a bottle of water and an exclusive souvenir. Tickets are $5 per person/per Joust! Seating is limited to 300 people per joust and may be purchased at the Information Booth in the Village Green. VIP seating opens 30 minutes before each show.

Aaron Bonk
Aaron Bonk is a unique entertainer with a twisted sense of humor who risks his life to make you laugh. His refreshingly original Fire Whip Sword Show is a seriously ridiculous blend of amazing artistry, extraordinary skill and crazy personality. Machetes, whips, axes and fire–the hottest show in all the ‘Shire!
All season.

Acrobatrix is a two person comedy circus spectacular! Bending, flipping and flying through the air — the show is action packed from start to finish. Stahr is a quirky contortionist and Thunder is a witty acrobat. They are the perfect couple, but there are only two things that can ruin this relationship: he’s one and she’s the other.
See more at www.facebook.com/acrobatrix 

Arsene Dupin
Internationally –Renowned Artiste of Mime, Magic, Comedy & Juggling, Arsene Dupin has delighted audiences world-wide with his Amazing Illusions and Ingenious Comedy! Recognized As One of the Greatest Performers in the World! Winning the Hearts and Inspiring the Laughter of the Audience within Moments.

Hey Nunnie Nunnie!
A comic nun duo with hilarious antics and silly songs of inspiration designed to make you laugh so loud you’ll think you’ve died and gone to heaven! 

Ded Bob!
(Rated PG-13)
“Dedly” Humor! Bob and his faithful dummy Sluj use unsuspecting audience members to assist in Mischievous & Outrageous Comedy! The hardest working cadaver in show business is back with all matters bawdy and profane. Corpse comedy and audience interaction at their finest! 

Combat Chess
The greatest combatants in Sterling Shire cross blades, trade blows and strain sinew, all for Her Majesty’s entertainment, and thine, in these rollicking contests of strategy and skill! Presented by the NYRF Fight Guild. Twice daily.

Crimson Pirates
Queen Elizabeth knows that she can depend upon her pirate friends to lift her spirits with rousing renditions of salty sea tunes. August 5 & 6, 12 & 13.

The Fairies are back in Sterlingshire! These gentle spirits of nature bestow fairy blessings upon all.
Discover the Faire Fairy Folk around the village or discover them in the Enchanted Forest on Forest Walk.

Shakespeare Approves!
Join Shakespeare, the Bard of Avon, as he takes you on adventures full of merriment, sword fights, mistaken identities, star-cross’d lovers, romance, shipwrecks, musical numbers, and … being pursued by a bear! The Shakespearean adventures are a family-friendly, madcap, zany time where everyone gets involved, whether you want to jump onstage as a performer or sit back in the audience & enjoy the fun! Where there’s a Will, there’s a Play! 

Gypsy Geoff
A showman who is devoted to expanding upon the wonderment of children, Geoff Marsh: juggler, physical comedian, international champion street performer and variety entertainer is both mesmerizing and enchanting. Come witness and be part of the master of mayhem and manipulation. The flurry of fire that is Geoff Marsh Fire Circus Show! Visit Geoff’s Website www.GypsyGeoff.com

Sky Kings Falconry
Sky Kings Falconry presents an amazing free flying falconry and birds of prey demonstration. This awe inspiring show takes place ABOVE the audience featuring hawks, owls, falcons, and vultures! Feel the gust of wind rustle your hair while you experience flight, from stage to perch, in this 5000 year old “Sport of Kings”. Take part and witness the beauty of each bird, discover their history and special skills. You will learn about these majestic raptors up close in an exciting and family friendly presentation. Sky Kings is brought to you by Wildlife Revealed, a 501-c3 non-profit organization dedicated to the education and preservation of our planet’s wildlife. All Season.

Washing Well Wenches
The Washing Well Wenches take up residence in the Shire of Sterling to earn a living by cleaning laundry… or by marrying a wealthy man. This naughty and tempestuous twoseome will win your hearts with a rollicking, laugh-filled, one of a kind show! All Season.

Stewart & Arnold Knife Throwing
Blades and jokes fly as this father & son duo risk their lives for your amusement! Celebrating more than 30 years performing together! All Season.

Vixens En Garde
Three smokin’ hot swordswomen swashbuckle their way through Shakespeare using daring swordplay, witty repartee, and a naughty sense of humor—all in an interactive fast- paced show that will keep you on the edge of your seat! September 23 – October 1.

The Royal Pipers
This group, composed of the popular pipers Larry Cole, Christa Patton, and Peter Walker, perform pavannes and other precious pieces for your particular pleasure! All Season.

Photo by Willy Thompson

The Legend of Robin Hood
Heroes, like swords, are forged in fire. The villainous Sheriff of Nottingham and his thuggish Guards rule the highways and byways of Sterling Shire with an iron fist. Are you prepared to help Robin Hood, his beloved Maid Marian and the Merry Band of heroic Outlaws put an end to the Sheriff’s tyranny once and for all? Follow the ALL-NEW swashbuckling adventures of Robin Hood throughout the Faire day, especially at our Combat Chess Matches and the Final Showdown prior to the Royal joust.

The Court of Queen Elizabeth
Our beloved Sovereign, Elizabeth, hath arrived in Sterling Shire seeking romance, music and adventure! Feast and frolic with Her entourage. Delight in theater, song and banter as only the most refined minds in England can set forth.

Blackenshear the Curious!
Comedy and amazing magic are what you can expect at a Blackenshear show delivered in his dry laid back style. Entertaining and engaging for audiences of all ages, this seasoned performer and consummate entertainer will win you over with his award winning comedy act!

Jamila Lotus Dance Carnivale
The Jamila Lotus Bellydance Carnivale performs fast-paced original choreography, traditional Middle Eastern bellydance, and feats of balance and daring, featuring a dynamic live band! All Season.

NEW Duende
Duende is a high-energy dance band that marries melodies from the Balkan Regions with Latin flavors & American vivacity. This accordion-heavy band led by Amanda Kitchens will take you on a journey of passion through the music of other cultures. Whether you are looking to free-style or dance a traditional lesnoto, Duende is the band for you!

NEW Cirque de Sewer

The world’s only acrobat, rat, and confused cat show! Welcome Cirque du Sewer for the most unique comedy acrobatics that must be seen to be believed! Watch her video: http://www.cirquedusewershow.com/video/

The Tortuga Twins
The internationally renowned Tortuga Twins (all three of them) bring their outrageous style of comedy to the New York Renaissance Faire. Beware! They have been called “Asthma-attack-inducingly funny.”

Gi Shiata (Deception Theater)
Sleight of hand artist Bret Blackshear creates interactive mysteries with cards, rings, coins, thimbles, and rope. Watch him and you will say simply “wow”. Performing throughout the village. All Season

Jeremiah Wiggins
Jeremiah Wiggins close up magician, storyteller, and human ambassador to the faerie realm. While Jeremiah seems to be a human fantasy jukebox his true agenda is educating folk in the needs of the little people and getting himself elected again. He is recognizable by his very large mushroom, the soapbox upon which he stands. If you don’t believe in faeries before you have met Wiggins you most likely will after. This multidimensional traveller has been performing at Renaissance and faerie festivals for over twenty years. 

The Raven
The Raven is a black feathered bird man that flies on top of a ball using Kung Fu fans for wings. He swoops down and invites his audience into his world of “eggstroardinary” magic. Joshua Safford has been playing the Raven at Renaissance festivals for almost two decades mesmerizing folk with an unusual blend of close up magic, clowning, and circus skills. 

Maypole/Peasant Dance
Come be a part of the magic as shire residents (and a few from the Greenwood!) dance the Maypole! Fun for adults and children. All Season.

Eddie Jeff Cahill

Eddie Jeff brings dignity and pride to the ancient craft of the traveling singer-poet-storyteller. Aug 6 – Sept 25.

The Freestylers of Piping

Bagpipes are so much more than amazing grace! Feast your ears on the creative improvisations that flow through the familiar tunes of The Freestylers of Piping and you’ll never think of pipes the same way again. 


Kathleen Finnegan
Kathleen brings music of the past alive with the magic of the Irish harp. In ancient tradition music had the power to bring joy, sorrow, and peace, all of which Kathleen delights to share. Experience beloved music of the Celtic, ancient, and classical traditions, some familiar and some that is new again. 

Lady Prudence, Court Composer
With Songs for All Occasions, Lady Prudence will sing a song to suit any mood, be it love, loss, food, drink, monsters, or a dance tune, with the help of harp, whistle, and shaker! Find her by the Kissing Bridge and you may earn her favour, or even join the band! 

Fiddler’s Tales
This solo artist with international flair serenades with Scottish, Irish, English and Russian folk songs. She infuses vivacity and sheer joy in her love of music.

Vince Conaway, Dulcimer
Hammered Dulcimer Player: Performing original, traditional, and historical music on hammered dulcimer, coupling the passion of Celtic music with the stateliness of ancient forms. All Season.

Some of the characters you shall meet on the streets of Sterling Shire! 

Elizabeth I

Queen Elizabeth is our wise, beautiful, and strong young monarch who has received royal proposals from around the world. Which will she choose? While all are kept guessing she continues to play the marriage game and keeps all of her partners dancing to her tune.


Lord Robert Dudley

The dashing Lord Robert Dudley is the Queen’s Master of the Horse, but is he also master of her heart? Only he, the Queen, and his wife know for sure.

Photo by William Strutin
Photo by Willy Thompson

Robin Hood

From his secret encampment in the Greenwood, this bold outlaw leads a ragtag band of outcasts dedicated to protecting the peasants of Sterling Shire from the vile Sheriff of Nottingham.


Lady Marian Fitzwalter of Castle Dunmow

While Maid Marian has given her heart — and her strong sword arm! — to Robin Hood you may often find her dancing feet and golden voice at the Maypole!

The Merry Outlaw Band

Join the legendary Outlaw Band — Little John, Friar Tuck, Will Scarlet, Jenny Wren, Alan-A-Dale, Fanny Little, David of Doncaster and Tom Sparrow — on their rollicking adventures in the Greenwood!

The Guards of Sterling Shire

No purse is safe from these tax-happy brutes! Find them training with sword, knife, axe and whip at the Sheriff’s encampment.

Philip De Marque, the Sheriff of Nottingham

He IS the law.  Along with his villainous sister Valentina and hired sword Guy de Gisbourne, Philip de Marque makes his fortune off the taxes of the cities of Sterling Shire!

Mayor Bartholomew Bombadil 

With the support of his brilliant wife, Lady Montgomery, Blanche Dorothea-Rose Bombadil, Mayor Bombadil keeps the ale flowing, the marketplace humming and limericks rhyming!

Alalia LaReign Dublanche — The Queen of the Fae

Sovereign of the Seelie Court, the White Queen has gifted Sterling Shire with all of the magic, wonder and beauty of the Faerie Lands. Those with eyes to see may often find her holding court in the Enchanted Forest.


A Faerie King steps out of the forest and through the veil in search of his Faerie Queen. He brings with him the promise of a bountiful Autumn and a merry harvest celebration. 

Rancid Harry, King of the Lepers

Never has a man with so many woes inspired so much cheer! Join Rancid Harry on the Pub Crawl, now touring our outstanding pubs thrice daily!

Temperance Belowe, Puritan

The good Lord hath a plan for each of us, and dear Temperance is always ready to tell us how we are mucking it up.

The Buccaneers of Pirate’s Cove

Brought together in an uneasy truce, the greatest pirates of the era — Jack Rackham, Grace O’Malley and Mary Killigrew — seek the treasure of Captain Achilles Lancelot Spectre, The Iron Ghostbut only if they can escape the wrath of Her Majesty’s Royal Navy!

The Royal Navy

These brave nautical heroes are almost as quick with a saber as they are with a sea shanty. Can Admiral Charles Howard bring the Buccaneers of Pirate’s Cove to justice?

Made for Kids!

Kidsquest The Interactive Adventure!

We invite brave and imaginative children to embark on an interactive, multicultural fantasy adventure! Help the Faerie Folk to save their enchanted home! Solve puzzles, sing songs and dance with the Faerie Court! 30-minute Quests start at 11:30 am, 1:00 pm, 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm Where: The Enchanted Forest Cost: $5 per quest/per child


Photo by Amy Carman

Raising a young hero? Bring them to Boffer Wars!


Learn sword combat from the greatest fighters in the realm and test your skills against our trained mercenaries!
Boffer Wars occurs throughout the day.
Where: The Warrior Encampment located on Forest Walk
Cost: $5 per training session/per child

Photo by Danielle Cylich
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