Friday, November 7, 2008

A Downtown Renaissance?

While we wait on the grand plan for a town center to unfold, how about bringing back a bit of downtown's past?

The folks at the Maryland Renaissance Festival are looking for a new home, according to this story in the Sun.

The festival began in 1977 and was held for the first eight years in Howard County near the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia. Its Crownsville site [in Anne Arundel] consists of a 25-acre replica of a 16th-century English village and includes a jousting arena featuring swordsmen on horses, mimes, jugglers and 10 stages. Food vendors and craft merchants abound. Actors dressed as ladies and lords entertain the crowds. The festival, which runs from August to October, drew 23,000 visitors a day at its peak this year..

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