Beefcake & Olive
When Beefcake and Olive got married, they vowed to always be honest with each other. Sometimes, they are very honest with each other at the top of their lungs. They love to banter, barter, bicker, bother, and boast. They offer relationship advice, argument settling, and the game Bigger Better!
Dustine McClean and Gwendex Goodenough have a mission to clean up the shire one person at a time — dusting, shining, cleaning, laughter, kilts, mustaches, and a little bit of silliness!
Wine-maker, merry-maker and all-around drink enthusiast, Charles Sutter leads the Mead Tasting, and can be found on the streets celebrating his favorite hobby!
The Concierge is quite familiar with what our festival has to offer and will gladly help you. He spends his mornings at his stand inside the front gate recommending shows to those who visit the village and especially likes to point out entertainment for children or discuss the newest things to do and see. He also has a brief “Welcome to the Village” song which he will (sigh) “gladly” sing for you. All you have to do is ask! (It’s rumored he can sing it in several languages!) Later in the day, he enjoys saying farewell at the gate as visitors take their leave. The Concierge will always wish you a splendid day and hopes you come back to visit again soon.
Not for the mild-mannered, faint of heart, or otherwise civil, Fitz the Toad, prisoner of the realm, is here because he has to be. And he will complain, loudly and offensively.
Klaus der Bäcker
Our German Baker has traveled from the Renaissance city-state of Nuremburg in 1517 to be with us at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival. Klaus der Bäcker has heard of the famous Alice the Cook and has come to learn from her. Often you can see him at the Front Gate trying not to dirty patrons with his abundance of flour or participating in Vilification Tennis at the Bear Stage. Check out Klaus on his Facebook page!
Lily and Willy the Pirate King and Queen
Lily and Willy the Pirate King and Queen are the Official hosts of the Festival’s Pub Crawls, along with being the official openers of the Queen’s Gate Entrance to the Festival and of course the “unofficial” guardians of his majesty’s borders. Traveling the seas and land as King and Queen of the Pirates requires cunning, intelligence and of course looking good! Lily and Willy proudly greet and start each day off right as patrons enter the realm from the back gates. Whether hosting a Pub Crawl, inside the gates, greeting people as they enter, or wishing Patrons a very fond farewell, the Pirate King and Queen work hard to make each day memorable. Making a memory for all patrons is the greatest gift of all!
Photo Credit: Carr Hagerman
Sir Tedward & Wort
A horseless knight who is both brave and silent, Sir Tedward is aided by a mostly adequate squire, Wort. The duo is at your service, no quest is too small for their ability (but it may be too large). Children of the realm may challenge Sir Tedward to an honorable duel and receive the best high fives in the kingdom.
An eccentric street performer claiming to be the half–wi.. Oops – half brother of Nostradamus, Nostrathomas is a strolling magician capable of amusing and confusing all he comes in contact with. He’s impossible to miss as, in addition to his obviously unique appearance, he also seems to have acquired several dozen bells. He disputes the myth that this is to warn the unwary of his approach.
This family friendly character enjoys entertaining all groups large and small and children of all ages. He brings with him a mix of comedy and magic sure to please your inner child. While he has no ‘home’ on the festival grounds he can sometimes be found playing with one of his snakes at Como Cottage or at the Bawdy Beer Show [where he is NOT family friendly].
Albion the Unicorn
Our beloved MRF mascot, Albion, is always up to play. Catch him exploring site, entertaining, dancing, prancing, hugging, and generally charming the crowd!
Paxton Thordyke, III – “Peddler”
Paxton (if that is his real name. We are not quite sure.) hails from somewhere in the North of England, though he won’t tell us exactly where. He travels the countryside selling his wares, pawnbroking, and money laundering. He is a collector of odd and unusual items, such as (his present favorite) a ‘Pocket Stonehenge”. Find him at the festival for all your financial needs. If the Sheriff is nearby, look for him elsewhere. Paxton is easy to remember. Just recall the phrase: “Paxton packs a ton.”
Eric Clark has been a street performer at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival since 1996. He began as one half of the street duo “Wilsome and the Captain” with Dan Hasselius. In 2004 he became “Lord Panzi”, a man afraid of everything. In 2012 Eric switched once again, taking on the persona of Paxton. This is his favorite character so far, as it provides for a wealth (no pun intended) of opportunities for interaction with guests. Eric says that festival changed his life (for the better), and has no plans to leave anytime soon.
Pluto was a feral child who wandered into town and no one bothered to kick him out. Why? He may be the sweetest thing you’ve ever seen… or he could be dangerous –no one really knows. As a hobby and a habit, Pluto is constantly digging in the trash looking for food and treasures. If he gets a box, though, beware! Give him space (and some money) and watch him perform an act that sets a new standard for stupidity.
Rosie Krantz & Guildenstern: Hangin’ with the Bard
Think you don’t know much about Shakespeare? Rosie Krantz and Guildenstern just may surprise you on how much you really know about the Bard Of Avon. Using the game of hangman we all played as children, Rosie and Guil reveal common phrases that we still use today that originated within the lines of some of Shakespeare’s greatest plays. Are you saying, “Out of the question. I’d look like a laughing stock. It’s all Greek to me!”? If you are, then you are speaking Shakespeare! So come one come all to this free, family game and discover how much Shakespeare you already knew. Hangin’ With The Bard is located next to the King’s Arbor just across the road from the Bakery Stage. Come and hang with us at The Gallows!
Debbie Robie and Jim Stone have been Street Entertainers at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival for over twenty years. Although they have performed at other festivals and theaters and in many different guises, MRF is where they call home and Rosie and Guil their favorite characters because it allows them to share their passion for Shakespeare with others. When not performing, Debbie is a teacher with a Master’s degree in English, while Jim is still mastering English in degrees.
This is Roma. Roma has a cup. Roma’s cup is bigger than yours but she won’t hold that against you, she’s too busy holding it on her head. Don’t fret; it’s been empty for quite some time. It seems there was a…um…mishap several years ago which caused King Henry to decree that the fill line be moved to the bottom. Roma can be found in the Feast Hall zilling with the magnificent gypsies of Cigany and throughout the lanes making general merriment. Remember, Mirth is King! (And…well…so is Henry).
Photography by Ryan Haro
Lord High Sheriff – More Information Coming Soon!
Lady Sienna Autumn Rivvers
As a representative of The Village, Lady Sienna spends her time roaming the crowd, ever circling the outskirts of the Village. You will find her playing with stroller groups, chatting with the ladies, helping those who are hopelessly lost stay hopelessly lost, and driving away the boredom of the abandoned husbands, boyfriends and SO’s standing outside of the shops.
You will spot the Lady for the first time at the Front Gate before the Opening Cannon, mixing and mingling with the crowd on the green sward between the King’s Gate and the Ticket booth.
Karl von Heidelberg
One of our more eccentric and flashy foreigners, Karl von Heidelberg, is a visitor to our realm from his home in Germany. Karl, a Landsknecht mercenary, seeks brave fighters and new clients, often putting on ostentatious displays of sportsmanship. If it weren’t for his Hound coat of arms or his “Grosse Messer”, he can be easily identified by his borderline Foppish sense of fashion. He also enjoys the company of dogs more than is perhaps appropriate.
Photo Credit: Patty Schmitt
Dr. Thora Pandora
Dr. Thora Pandora is our resident renaissance scientist. She specializes in smokey bubbles, foam eruptions, and blowing up watermelons.
Cooking Demo Area by Como Cottage – 12:00pm & 2:00pm
Cabinet of Curiosities
Come see our resident Renaissance Naturalist and her Cabinet of Curiosities at the Old Oak Science Sandbox next to Como Cottage. Learn about our natural world, and touch and see bones, fur, feathers, insects, fossils, nests, and any other specimens she’s found to share with you.
Photo Credit: Cliff Iverson
Lord Gregory and Lady “Cinnamon” Spicer: The Baron and Baroness of Worcester
Lord Gregory and Lady “Cinnamon” attend the village festival each year in the entourage of the King and Queen’s progress. Although of a lesser noble lineage, they add sparkle and presence to the court – and are there to greet all visitors with friendly smiles and bighearted hugs. Lord Spicer is related to the King (fifty something or other in line to the throne) and a definite “baron” of the spice trade. Lady Spicer intelligently manages their fortune while enjoying the freedom the wealth provides for her favorite pastime… shopping!
Greg and Kim Grandprey have been a part of Minnesota’s Royal court for over 10 years, spice merchants for a few more years, and patrons for many, many years before that. The festival is in their blood!