On A High Note

Tennessee Renaissance Festival is in full swing!

Castle Gwynn in the mist. / Photo courtesy of the Tennessee Renaissance Festival

Leigh Greenwood is filling in for Jessi Maness this week, for a special look at one of our finest local festivals, the Tennessee Renaissance Festival!

Castle Gwynn in the mist. / Photo courtesy of the Tennessee Renaissance Festival

Castle Gwynn in the mist. / Photo courtesy of the Tennessee Renaissance Festival

Hear ye! Hear ye! Ye Olde Renaissance Festival is Not to be Missed!

Hear ye! Hear ye! The Tennessee Renaissance Festival is in full swing! In our entertainment blog this week, we want to hearken back to a much earlier time – a time of harps and panpipes, of brocaded gowns and jousting knights, of ribald humor and castle guards. For those of you stuck in the Dark Ages, the Tennessee Renaissance Festival is quite the entertaining venue, chock full of quaint and interesting tidbits from 16th century England.

Begun as the brainchild of local portrait photographer and lover-of-all-things-medieval Mike Freeman, the Tennessee Renaissance Festival has grown through the years to become one of the best Renaissance Festivals in the country.

Robin Hood / Photo courtesy of Kelda Sturgis

Robin Hood / Photo courtesy of Kelda Sturgis

Occurring during the weekends of the month of May and through Memorial Day weekend, the festival contains a wide variety of activities, including a professional jousting competition, a number of live entertainment venues upon multiple stages, an exhibit of birds of prey, and even human-powered rides for the kiddies! You really haven’t lived if you haven’t seen the quite impressive mechanical contraptions used to power the spinning chairs and other rides. Part medieval torture devices, part da Vinci wizardry, these rides are a testament to the ingenuity of the mechanical age and the poor souls hired to “man” the devices.

The Tennessee Renaissance Festival is an excellent place to entertain the family and enjoy the beautiful Tennessee countryside. Where else can you tour a medieval castle, drink a yard of ale, and watch a human chess match? The vendor booths are an excellent place to browse for interesting and unique gifts, jewelry, and toys. Join us at the Renaissance Festival this weekend! It runs throughout Memorial Day weekend. You’re not too late! Stay tuned for more news next weekend, hot off the presses from the jousting competition. That’s all from Ye Olde Sports & Entertainment Nashville.

Locals join in the fun of costumes, like young Will Cotton pictured here, playing the role of “Wee Childe Elf.” / Photo courtesy of Leigh Greenwood

Locals join in the fun of costumes, like young Will Cotton pictured here, playing the role of “Wee Childe Elf.” / Photo courtesy of Leigh Greenwood

Watch for the remarkable jousting competition! It’s not to be missed! / Photo courtesy of the Tennessee Renaissance Festival

Watch for the remarkable jousting competition! It’s not to be missed! / Photo courtesy of the Tennessee Renaissance Festival