NHRF 2014 Recap & Survey

After an amazing two weekends of faire, the New Hampshire Renaissance Faire 2014 is sadly over. The crowds have left, the tents taken down, and the grounds are (mostly) back to normal. But some wonderful memories were made this year, and we wanted to take a moment to look back on this year’s faire with you all through the eyes of some of our awesome photographers.

But first! We need your feedback! Every year we work to improve the faire, and to do that we need your help. Please take a few minutes to fill out our survey and let us know what NHRF 2014 was like for your this year.
Click here to take the Patrons Survey

For all our wonderful staff, don’t think we’ve forgotten you! We have surveys for you as well. Without you this faire wouldn’t exist, so let us know what you think!
Volunteers Survey
Merchants Survey
Performers & Plot Survey

Thank you to all the photographers who came and shared their photos with us. Photos below by:
– James Pates
Jennifer Marie Photography
Kevin Hayes
– Marc Mitchell
The Masquerade
Naomi Walters
Steven Kosherman

Free eBook from Resa Nelson!

On the dates of the faire (May 10th, 11th, 17th & 18th) Resa will be offering one of her eBooks as a free download on Amazon.com! Click here to get the book! This offer is ONLY good on the days of the faire. You can also see Resa Nelson at the faire and check out her books in person.

Astrid, The Dragonslayer’s Blacksmith: a mini novel

Astrid constantly worries about her place in the village of Guell. She loves being the apprentice of Guell’s blacksmith, Temple. But Temple bought her from a childseller many years ago, which means Astrid has no blood kin in Guell. If anything should happen to Temple she’s likely to lose her home, her work, and her sweetheart, DiStephan, the dragonslayer’s son.

One day Astrid’s worst fear comes true when Temple and DiStephan fail to return from a short journey to a nearby village. A teenage boy named Finehurst arrives in Guell, claiming to be Temple’s nephew and rightful heir – and insisting that he saw Temple and DiStephan killed by a dragon. The villagers are divided in their opinion of Finehurst, but Astrid is soon thrown out of her own home, desperate to find a way to regain it. Before the dragonslayer goes in search of his missing son DiStephan and Astrid’s mentor Temple, he sets forth a challenge for Finehurst and Astrid to prove their blacksmithing skills by forging a dagger. Normally, Astrid would be confident, but the village’s iron supplies are so low that she doesn’t know how she can possibly make a dagger that can prove her worth.

Astrid, The Dragonslayer’s Blacksmith is an all new mini novel that takes place in Resa Nelson’s Dragonslayer world (the 4-book series includes The Dragonslayer’s Sword, The Iron Maiden, The Stone of Darkness, and The Dragon’s Egg). Appropriate for adults and teens, ages 14 and up.

Visit Resa Nelson’s website at www.resanelson.com. Follow her on Twitter @ResaNelson.

NHRF Tickets When you Subscribe…

Thanks to our friends at The Telegraph you can get 4 tickets to the faire with a subscription. Read this for more info. Hurry, supplies are limited and time is running out!

Also, please be advised that this year the Wench & Lad Auction times will be flexible. On Saturday the 10th the auction will be at 3:00PM at the Jousting Field. This time may change on Sunday the 11th, so check at the ticket booth or ask a Security personnel. Come and bid on an assortment of items from our vendors (and a few other charitable souls) from homemade bath goods and jewelry to books and weapons. Every penny will go to Rockingham Meals on Wheels!

We hope to see you at the faire!

NH Ren Faire 2014 – Our Tenth Year!

2014 marks a mile stone for the New Hampshire Renaissance Faire as our tenth year! Celebrate with us May 10th ,11th, 17th, and 18th from 10:00AM to 5:00PM and see why so many people call NHRF their “home faire”!

NHRF is a Non-profit which donates proceeds to various charities each year. For 2014 our charities are the New Hampshire Food Bank and Rockingham Meals on Wheels.

ENTERTAINMENT
Musicians, dancers, live steel combat, storytellers and more await you! With over 15 different entertainment groups we’ve got singing pirates, dueling knights, dancing gypsies, mischievous thieves and much more. Six different stages and arenas will have shows throughout the day, plus our wandering entertainers will be roaming the faire. Or visit our encampments (including our new Gypsy camp) and peak into the camp life of our knights, pirates and gypsies. Last year was our first year with jousting, and we’re very happy to say that it was such a success it will be here again this year!
To see a full listing of our acts visit the Entertainment page and the Schedule page on our website.

SHOPPING
An abundance of goods will be available this year, thanks to over 55 different merchants joining us! We’ve increased the amount of food vendors carrying a wide variety of meals from the classic turkey leg and hamburgers and hot dogs to falafel and baklava. We even have a handful of vegetarian and vegan offerings available this year. For non-edible goods there is something for everyone. Browse a variety of handmade jewelry, bath goods such as soaps and scrubs, leather creations, herbal concoctions, period and fantasy clothing, home goods such as statues and pottery, weapons and armor, and more. We’ve chosen our merchants with an emphasis on local and hand made, so purchases support artists in the New England community. There are also a variety of services available such as henna and fortune telling.
Be sure to visit the Shopping page to see our full list of merchants.

ACTIVITIES
In addition to entertainers and merchants, we have a variety of activities happening throughout the faire. Visit the Children’s Glen for fun games for all ages, or try your hand at our archery range. Take part in the traditional Maypole, watch a live crafting demonstration, take a bellydance lesson, or see weapons and armor up close at the encampments. Bid on goods donated from our vendors (and a few other gracious souls!) and modeled by our strapping lads and lovely wenches at our charity Wench and Lad Auction. Or join us after gate’s close on May 10th for a Beltane celebration to welcome summer.
For more information visit our Activities page and the Schedule page.

TICKETS
$12.00 for adults
$8.00 for kids
$2.00 off for active military or veterans with IDs
Children 4 and under are free!

We hope to see you at the faire!

PRESS & MEDIA
As seen in:
In New Hampshire Magazine May 2014 issue (pdf link here)
– WMUR has a great video of our 2013 faire. You can see it here
– Check out last year’s promotional video with a brief chat about the faire and showing some set up, followed by a video showing various sights throughout the day.

A special thank you to Candid Candy Photography for our lovely photos!

Next Volunteer Meeting for NHRF 2014

Have you enjoyed the faire and always wanted to get involved, but maybe didn’t know how? Are you looking for a way to help your local community and have some fun? Look no further! We are currently seeking volunteers for the 2014 season. Come to the meeting to learn what you can do to help make NHRF 2014 the best year ever!

When: Feb 16th, 2014
Where: 23 Simons Lane, Durham, NH
Who: Anyone who wants to help!
What: HEAR YE! HEAR YE! We will be having our first committee/volunteer meeting on Sunday Feb 16th. We are looking for great people to help make our faire the best it has ever been for our 10th anniversary. Please consider volunteering to help out our charities with a donation of a little time. Please share this with your friends so we can make this the best NHRF yet!
How: Visit the Facebook Event Page or contact Marc