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Thursday, November 23, 2023 12:00PM
FestivalNews icon 12:00 PM - Two Renaissance festivals in Ames, Iowa? (posted by JohnPaul )
Have you heard of the St. Andrews Renaissance Faire? Neither had I, but 2023 was its THIRD year operating. It appears to be a one-day community event hosted by a church.

Here was their Facebook event page from 2023:
Monday, November 13, 2023 9:24PM
News icon 9:24 PM - (posted by JohnPaul )
If you love theming, and don't mind that theming being "haunted house," there is a new immersively themed bar in downtown Des Moines called "The Haunt". It is operated by the folks that do The Slaughterhouse haunted attraction. The decorations look like they could be straight out of a classic horror movie. It's very well done. I've got a recap of it and other information on my Doing Des Moines site:
Saturday, November 4, 2023 6:52PM
FestivalNews icon 6:52 PM - Ames Ren Faire non-update... (posted by JohnPaul )
We had planned to meet with the Ames Renaissance Faire organizers today to find out more about their upcoming August 13-14, 2023 event, but they ended up not being able to meet. Instead, we submitted a list of questions and will share the details when we have the answers. The Ames Haunted Forest folks have confirmed the weekend is scheduled for the event, so that's good (unlike an event that came through Des Moines earlier this year which was selling tickets without the venue even being rented--it happens).

Their website has some new updates, listing Opening Ceremonies at 10:30am, a Joust at noon, and a Fire Show at 1pm.

To be continued...
Tuesday, October 31, 2023 11:45AM
FestivalNews icon 11:45 AM - Ames Renaissance Faire (Iowa) set for April 2024 (posted by JohnPaul )
The Ames Renaissance Faire is coming in April 2024. Not much is known yet, but here are the social accounts:

It will be held on the grounds of the famous Ames Haunted Forest. We hope to meet with them at some point and get more details.
Monday, October 30, 2023 11:23PM
FestivalNews icon 11:23 PM - Another new Renaissance festival coming to Iowa! (posted by JohnPaul )
After two new events start up last year, a third one is planned for 2024 in the Ames/Des Moines area. I hope to meet with the organizer soon and get more details.
Sunday, April 16, 2023 6:41PM
(default) icon 6:41 PM - Photo gallery updates in progress... (posted by JohnPaul )
Although I no longer have the software needed to update any pages on this website (it's now "rented" and it quite expensive for as little as I'd use it), I can still post here, and update the photo galleries.

I spent some time renaming old photos to the newer format I use -- YYYYMMMDD_HHMMSS. In the early years of digital cameras, software did not know how to deal with the embedded date/time data in them. Any time I'd edit or rotate a photo on the computer, that data/time information was lost. I did not learn this until years later.

I am using best-guess at the dates these photos were taking, and trying to rename them correctly (minus the time, just the date). When done, I'll re-upload the entire gallery so at least the filenames will be more consistent.

I still have a number of "never posted" galleries I need to sort and upload.

Big things ahead, as always.
Thursday, February 2, 2023 4:21PM
FestivalNews icon 4:21 PM - New festival just outside of Des Moines, Iowa (posted by JohnPaul )
AND the second new Renaissance festival launches, MAY 14-15, just 58 miles outside of Des Moines. This puts them close enough to tap in to their local audience, as well as folks who have visited the many festivals Des Moines has had over the years (Iowa Ren Fest, Salisbury Faire, Des Moines Ren Faire, Sleepy Hollow Ren Faire). Please share…
Wednesday, October 26, 2022 9:57PM
News icon 9:57 PM - Joseph (Ivy Soap Works) needs our help (posted by JohnPaul )
Back in the heyday of AtTheFaire, we had some great Ren merchant friends, such as Ivy Soap Works. Joseph Skeene (who I believe we saw buy his first pay of Renaissance boots at a Renaissance festival in Iowa) is going through something that sounds dreadful, and is asking for support:

If you could drop something in his Go Fund Me, it would be greatly appreciated.
Monday, June 21, 2021 11:27PM
Photos icon 11:27 PM - Photo gallery regenerated (1997-2021) (posted by JohnPaul )
The entire AtTheFaire photo gallery has been regenerated, and a few new events added to the mix:

Much cleanup still to be done, and several events still to be added, but ... it's a start!
Friday, June 11, 2021 11:50AM
Photos icon 11:50 AM - Massive photo gallery update in progress. (posted by JohnPaul )
Most of this week has been spent getting the Iowa gallery updated, and the goal is to regenerate everything in the new format and have it available in coming weeks. My 9 year old computer and DSL connection isn’t as fast as it could be, so it takes many days of 24/7 uploading to push almost 250,000 files to my server.


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