Go medieval: Janesville Renaissance Faire this weekend at Traxler Park


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

JANESVILLE—Yes, it’s tough to be “on” for eight hours straight.

No, those corsets aren’t that uncomfortable.

Yes, renaissance fair performers are aware they actually live in the 21st century.

The wenches, jesters, minstrels and maidens who come to the Janesville Renaissance Faire each year have heard every question you could possibly throw at them. But the laid-back nature of the local festival makes them comfortable enough to keep answering them.

“There are a lot of faires based on fantasy, ‘Game of Thrones’ corollaries or popular visions of fantastical realms that are sort of medieval, but aren’t really,” said Ann-Elizabeth Shapera, otherwise known as Jane the Phoole. “In Janesville, historical interpreters bring you into their world as a guest so you are really immersed in the history. It’s far less alienating, and it makes guests a part of what’s going on.
“Everyone is welcomed into the world of the show.”

This year’s 12th annual event runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday at…

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