Pre-Raphaelite Artists’ Picnic Dance
PEERS is hosting a free picnic at Lincoln Park in Alameda, Calif., on August 3 from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. According to the event’s web site, the picnic “is a thank you to all of our devoted fans, and we will not be charging a fee for admission.” For those who have never gone to a PEERS event, this is also the perfect opportunity to do so at no cost.
It will be a lovely afternoon of art, music and dance inspired by the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, a group of romantic and imaginative English painters, poets and critics that was founded in 1848. Thus, costuming for the event can be Victorian summer afternoon attire (1850-1900) or Aesthetic Dress influenced by Pre-Raphaelite paintings. Costumes are admired but not required. If you intend on dancing, make sure to wear sturdy shoes.
For the day’s schedule and more information on bringing your own period-style picnic, go to: http://peersdance.org/picnic.html.
San Jose Renaissance Faire
On August 3 and 4, Renaissance Productions will transport attendees to the time of Queen Elizabeth I for a full-scale, interactive experience at Guadalupe River Green in San Jose, Calif., from 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. on Saturday and 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on Sunday.
According to the event’s web site, “800 costumed performers will bring Shakespeare’s England to life with parades, pageants and fun townsfolke, offering continuous entertainment of spectacular variety spread throughout the village.” The faire “will feature three stages of continuous entertainment, action packed shows, music, dancing, jesters, Shakespearean vignettes, expertly staged battles, storytelling for children and adults, archery and much more.”
Patrons are encouraged to come in renaissance costumes. There will also be merchants selling jewelry, clothing, historical weapons and leather goods for those who want to add to their costumes or start one.
For ticket information and a complete schedule, go to: http://www.sanjosefaire.com/.
Copyright 2013, Jean Martin.
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