As the rose turns
Queen Elizabeth 1 sits on the throne and rules over the kingdom of Castleton, England in the year of 1569. During the preparations of the upcoming 6 week festival , there are whispers of a Catholic uprising. As this festival is to honor the recent peace and prosperity within the lands, her majesty must absolutely keep the village thriving.
What better way to squelch the Catholic claim than to secure an alliance as well as an heir, than to marry? Her majesty decrees that she shall entertain a new suitor each weekend of the Festival and theme their visit in honor of the country they reign over. Her Majesty shall take a reprieve from matchmaking during the celtic weekend in order to establish amnesty with Queen Mary of Scots.
Thus the Themes of the 26th Annual Festival.
Fantasy - King Oberon
April 30th - May 1st
King Oberon rules over the Land of Avalon. To bridge his realm of fantasy with that of ours, he is visiting Castleton in hopes to court her Royal Majesty. We encourage everyone to join us in the whimsical celebration of Oberon's pilgrimage. Faeries and other mythical creatures may show themselves during this opening weekend of the festival.
Romance - Royal Guest King Henri of France
May 7th - 8th
The son of the Contessa De Medici, he has ties to Italy, but is so French at heart. He shall visit the festival to steal the hearts of not only her Majesty, but all of the ladies of Castleton as well. The Masque Ball will be held on Saturday Evening, but we attempt to make this entire weekend about love and kindness towards all within the land.
Castilian - King Phillip of Spain
May 14th -15th
The Spanish Armada is sailing into town and along with it means we have opened the port to all pirates! Get ready for an invasion of privateers and scallywags. We encourage all of Castleton to don their best buccaneer attire. This is also the weekend of the Pirate's Feaste. Very popular, so book your seats now! Her Majesty has agreed to host Spanish King Phillip, but with his Catholic foundation, who knows how the weekend will play out. His Majesty is quite fond of himself as well as the ladies of Castleton, so we encourage all to introduce themselves and welcome him to the festival. HUZZAH.
Imperial Weekend - Charles II of the Holy Roman Empire
May 28th - 30th
Guten Tag! We raise our steins and prepare for the arrival of his Imperial Majesty Charles II. This is the festival's three-day celebration over Memorial Day Weekend. Queen Elizabeth is delighted to secure this alliance, so we look forward to a beautiful weekend of Oktoberfest level fun. Monday is the Memorial Day Parade, an event not to be missed. In honor of those who have fallen, this is a festival staple that provides a day of reverence in honor of our soldiers, beautiful photo ops and an emotional occasion unlike any other of the festival.
The Spice Roads - King Omari
Looking for some flare in your festival weekend? This is the one for you! Her Royal Majesty shall welcome the Sultan of the Solomon Empire, King Omari to the festival grounds. He has introduced the world to the Spice Roads and opened trade between the East and West. His alliance would mean wealth, commerce and opportunities further West. In honor of his visit, we encourage breaking tradition and celebrating our closing weekend in a big way!