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August 5, 1988 | MAYERENE BARKER, Times Staff Writer
Bulldozers hired by a developer who has proposed to build a housing tract on the long-time site of the Renaissance Pleasure Faire in Agoura swept through the property Thursday, demolishing about 50 structures built by the event's sponsors. The move came as a surprise to fair supporters and preservationists, who are attempting to save both the fair and the tree-shaded site west of Cornell Road from the development.
February 24, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
TEMPE, Ariz.  - Mike Trout had not wanted to discuss his potential nine-figure payday other than to call the reports of a massive contract extension "pretty funny. " What exactly did he find funny? "The numbers they throw out," Trout said Monday. "It's crazy what people are saying, and throwing out numbers like that. I'm in a spot where I wouldn't have thought I would be before my career was over. " That spot is going to come with a pretty high number, right? "No comment," Trout said with a smile.
March 28, 1994 | JEFF McDONALD
The scent of musk incense and patchouli drifted through the air as the shore along Lake Casitas was transformed over the weekend into a 16th-Century English village. Hundreds of people took advantage of light breezes and warm temperatures Sunday afternoon to attend the last day of the annual Ojai Renaissance Faire.
August 1, 2013 | By Anne Harnagel
Those who want to rub elbows with royalty -- and can't make the jaunt  across the pond -- should head this month to the kingdom of Big Bear and its Renaissance Faire. New this year is the Tea Pavilion, where visitors can enjoy a cuppa and a special treat with Queen Elizabeth I. They will learn about the Renaissance from the queen herself and her special "guests," which may include Queen Victoria and the Queen of the Gypsies. Sir John Smythe of the queen's royal court is hosting a similar gathering called the Warrior's Table, where guests can mingle with the Knights of Mayhem, pirates and more.
December 16, 1988
The Board of Supervisors delayed voting Thursday on a proposal to develop the 320-acre Agoura site of the Renaissance Pleasure Faire after opponents said the project would cause severe environmental damage to the area. The supervisors postponed a decision to Jan. 12, saying the environmental and planning issues raised by both sides in the dispute require time to be evaluated.
February 23, 1989 | TRACEY KAPLAN, Times Staff Writer
Renaissance Pleasure Faire officials must stop selling tickets or face possible prosecution for promoting the spring festival on a site not yet approved by county planners, the Ventura County district attorney's office said Wednesday. County prosecutors drafted a warning letter to fair organizers after learning that ticket brochures are advertising the fair's location as the proposed site between Moorpark and Thousand Oaks, Deputy Dist. Atty. Gregory W. Brose said.
A wooded area somewhere in Orange County could become the new home of the popular Renaissance Pleasure Faire, the springtime 16th-Century fantasy festival now in its 33rd year. * Phyllis Patterson, the fair's originator and president, said Tuesday that her lease on the current San Bernardino County site runs out next year and she is looking for a permanent home in Southern California, as well as a permanent site for the Northern California version of the event.
You can come to the Renaissance Pleasure Faire in your Day-Glo shorts, high-top Nikes, Ray-Ban Wayfarers and Dodgers cap, but it would be a little like attending a Buckingham Palace garden party in a wet suit. Sure, you can get away with it--most faire-goers come in mufti and get the full Elizabethan thee-and-thou treatment from the costumed cast.
April 25, 1987 | BOB SIPCHEN
A lot of Southern Californians embrace the Renaissance Pleasure Faire--which begins its 25th anniversary run today in Agoura Hills--as a rite of spring. They say strolling through oak glades where noblemen duel and jealous wenches roll about in the dirt yanking each others' hair infuses them with a lusty joie de vivre. Others feel as if they've immersed themselves not in the 16th-Century Elizabethan England the fair re-creates, but perhaps the Dark Ages, when the rack was still in use.
June 4, 1992 | KEN WILLIAMS, Ken Williams is a member of The Times Orange County Edition staff.
Phyllis Patterson has spent the last three decades living 500 years in the past . . . and the 60-year-old historian, entrepreneur and educator wouldn't have it any other way. Patterson is the founder of the Renaissance Pleasure Faire, the annual tribute to Elizabethan England continuing weekends through June 21 at Glen Helen Regional Park in San Bernardino County. The fair is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. A visit to the fair is truly a step back to 16th-Century England.
January 24, 2011 | By Paloma Esquivel, Los Angeles Times
Ron Patterson, who with his then-wife Phyllis founded the Renaissance Pleasure Faire in 1963, which showcased traditions of 16th century Elizabethan England, has died. He was 80. Patterson died Jan. 15 in Sausalito, Calif., where he was receiving hospice care at the home of a friend, said his son Kevin. He had been in declining health for several years. For the first festival, which was held in North Hollywood, the couple enlisted fellow improvisational actors, craftsmen and others who dressed in their best approximation of Elizabethan-era costumes and intermingled with visitors.
March 13, 2008 | Liam Gowing
Credit Johnny Depp and his pirate pals. Or thank Viggo Mortensen and the inhabitants of Middle-earth, or all those lightsaber-wielding Jedis. But the bottom line is that even after the advent of more advanced weaponry, swords are simply cool. Enter the Academy of Arms. Barely 2 months old, the nonprofit "Knightly Martial Arts" school is already offering instruction on three different forms of swordplay: English Broadsword, German Longsword and Italian Longsword. Known to historical re-enactors and Renaissance Faire performers everywhere, these are not the namby-pamby instruments used by the glove-smacking, satisfaction-demanding dandies of the 18th century.
April 14, 2005 | Victoria Looseleaf
After death and divorce, moving is considered one of life's larger hassles. For the 43rd annual Renaissance Pleasure Faire and Artisans Market, which made its home in San Bernardino's Glen Helen Park for the last 16 years, the move to its new location, Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area, was no walk in the park. "I like to say we're the largest traveling road show in the U.S.
January 8, 2005 | Hugo Martin, Times Staff Writer
Operators of the Renaissance Pleasure Faire in Devore claimed Friday that San Bernardino County officials abruptly canceled the annual festival at a county regional park, disappointing entertainers, artists and children who were looking forward to the springtime event. "This unilateral action by the county is unfair," said Pete Leavell, head of Renaissance Entertainment Corp., which operates festivals in California, New York and Wisconsin.
January 6, 2005 | From a Times Staff Writer
The Renaissance Pleasure Faire, a popular Old World festival that has drawn thousands to watch jousting knights, jesters and Shakespearean plays, will not return to a regional park in Devore this year, San Bernardino County officials said. The fair was started in 1963 in North Hollywood by a teacher who had hoped it would teach participants about life in 16th century England. It eventually moved to Agoura and then to Glen Helen Regional Park in Devore.
May 30, 2002
* Renaissance Pleasure Faire (Glen Helen Regional Park, 2555 Glen Helen Parkway, San Bernardino, [909] 880-0122). The original Renaissance Faire celebrates its 40th year with a re-creation of a 16th-century English country fair and marketplace with eight stages of continuous entertainment, food, crafts, games, more. Above: Nina Guidry with art glass. Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Through June 16. $7.50-$17.50, children younger than 5 are admitted free with paying parent.
August 7, 1998 | JOHN CANALIS
More than 100 brightly colored flags are flying citywide to herald the upcoming Renaissance Garden Grove, a city festival that begins Aug. 21. Flags are posted downtown along Euclid Street and on Harbor Boulevard and Chapman Avenue. Renaissance activities will include family- and business-oriented events, including free concerts, ribbon-cuttings and a home buyers fair. The city and the Garden Grove Community Foundation are sponsoring the festival. For more information, call (714) 741-5280.
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