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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.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
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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.
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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.
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May 10, 1990 | CHARLES PERRY
In the beginning, the Renaissance Pleasure Faire was a money-raising event for a radio station, and the Renaissance motif was just for fun. Authentic recreation of the past was only one part of the idea. Maybe not even the most important part. For a lot of faire-goers, the thrill seemed to be dressing up in costume and behaving as rowdy, bawdy, haughty "lordes and ladyes."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 30, 1991 | SAM ENRIQUEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
History records that in their first encounter, the Renaissance triumphed over medieval times. Now, a rematch. Agoura's Paramount Ranch, once the scene of countless Western movie gunfights, is now the scene of a dust-up pitting the Renaissance against the medieval era, and maybe a few stray cavemen.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 19, 1991 | MYRON LEVIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two years after an unsuccessful attempt to buy Paramount Ranch in Agoura, former home of the Renaissance Pleasure Faire, state park officials may wrest the scenic tract from developers through an unusual deal approved Monday night by the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy. Under the tentative agreement with Union Federal Savings Bank, the conservancy will buy delinquent loans on the 320-acre tract, and then foreclose on a development firm that is millions of dollars in arrears.
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November 1, 1991 | SUE REILLY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES; Reilly writes regularly for The Times
Never mind trying to explain a time warp to Junior. Put him in chains, park him in the family car and drive him 800 years into the past, as re-created in Agoura this weekend and next. Paramount Ranch, which for 25 years (until 1988) was annually turned into 16th-Century England for the Renaissance Pleasure Faire, will become 12th-Century Great Britain when the Dragonwood Faire opens its gates there Saturday.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 2, 1985
Is that really Boy George in the Renaissance Pleasure Faire advertisement (Page 69)? STEPHEN RYAN Fullerton Nope.
NEWS
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
NEWS
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.
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August 22, 1999 | LAURIE K. SCHENDEN
NATIONAL CITY--About 20 restaurants will participate in the Taste of National City on Wednesday at the historic Heritage Square section of town. 9th and A streets. 5-8 p.m. $10 (includes tastes). (619) 477-9339. HAYFORK--This former logging town hosts the Trinity County Fair, next Friday through Sunday, Aug. 27-29. South Highway 3. 8 a.m.-midnight each day. $5; seniors $4; $3 ages 6-12. (530) 628-5223. COTATI--Ongoing music will keep toes tapping at the Accordion Festival next weekend, Aug.
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June 3, 1999
* Raging Waters--The Wedge, which opened last weekend, is the newest of the 25 water-themed rides, slides and attractions at the park in San Dimas. * Paddle Sports Expo '99--Guests will be invited to maneuver more than 150 kayaks and canoes Saturday at the show sponsored by the Southwind Kayak Center at Newport Dunes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 9, 1998 | STEVE CARNEY
From sword fights to eating grub with their hands, about 500 seventh-graders at Ensign Intermediate School lived it up Friday at their annual Renaissance Fair. The fair had two aims: to reinforce what the students learn about the era in their world history class, and "as a reward for the kids for working extremely hard," said parent volunteer Holly Anderson.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 24, 1995 | LEN HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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February 24, 2005 | From a Times staff writer
After 16 years at Glen Helen Park in San Bernardino County, the Renaissance Pleasure Faire is moving. The re-creation of an Elizabethan English country fair will be staged this year at the Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area in Irwindale, on weekends from April 16 to May 22. The new location is "closer to where much of our audience is based," said Pete Leavell, chief executive of Renaissance Entertainment, which owns and operates the event.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 12, 1987 | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
The nonprofit organizer of the Renaissance Pleasure Faire filed for reorganization this week under Chapter 11 of the federal Bankruptcy Code, but a spokesman said the Living History Centre in Novato, Calif., will have no problems paying creditors. The Renaissance Pleasure Faires are held in Novato, about 30 miles north of San Francisco, and in Agoura, near Los Angeles, each year.
NEWS
May 2, 1995 | TOM GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Phyllis Patterson may operate the most unusual educational field-trip business in Southern California. Her thousands of participants--including tire store manager Ken Hibbard, Hollywood screen actor Bill Campbell and free-lance writer Athene Mihalakis--travel back 400 years each weekend at a regional park here on the outskirts of San Bernardino. Hibbard transforms himself into the village woodcarver and Campbell becomes a dashing vagabond beneath his ostrich feather-festooned hat.
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