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Renaissance Fest creates a fun window on past

August 5, 2012
By JOHANNA BOYLE - Journal Ishpeming Bureau ( , The Mining Journal

ISHPEMING - Under the modern stone obelisks of the former Cliffs Shaft Mine, knights and ladies played out their day in Ishpeming as part of the Ishpeming Renaissance Festival and Art Faire.

"I think it's important because it teaches us about where we came from," said Liz Roberts, president of the Marquette chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism.

The festival featured vendors, costume contests, demonstrations and music, all designed to portray life as it was in medieval Europe.

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Ishpeming was invaded by all types of medieval characters, from knights to ladies, Saturday as part of the Ishpeming Renaissance Festival and Art Faire. Here, members of the local chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism demonstrate different types of armor, weapons and fighting techniques at the fest. Group members make all their weapons and armor. (Journal photo by Johanna Boyle)

With some new organizers on board this year, the festival went well.

"Things are phenomenal this year," said Jason Sadowski, one of the new festival organizers. "We're really pleased."

This year, the festival included a multi-tent display by SCA members, showing not only armored combat demonstrations, but also daily life during the years 500-1500, such as music and cooking. Members of the Midwest Amateur Renaissance Society also provided a chance for kids and adults to try out various weapons like bows and arrows.

"Anything that was done in the Middle Ages, we try to do today," Roberts said.

For the weapons and combat demonstrations, Sadowski said many of the techniques can still be used today.

"These are all real-life techniques," he said.

Particularly with new organizers this year, Sadowski said he wanted to thank the community for its support of the festival.

"It's a great experience. We love the community support," he said. "So many organizations and businesses gave. We're really happy with how it's turned out."

Johanna Boyle can be reached at 906-486-4401. Her email address is



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