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News Archive

July 2006

Sunday, July 30 2006

11:09 PM - Website under construction. (posted by Webmaster)
To get ready for the "public" version of this website (i.e. one focused on the event more than the project status), many changes are being made. If you encounter any problems viewing this site on your system, please let the Webmaster know (and tell him what web browser you are using, such as "Mac with Safari" or "Windows with IE 7 beta". Thanks!)

9:49 PM - Three new video journals posted (7/29/2006). (posted by Webmaster)
Three new Video Journals have been posted to (see the player on the Videos page). The first is an interview with Max Kenkel, marketing coordinator for Sleepy Hollow Sport Park. The second is one of the longest site tours yet (featuring a chat with merchant Lords of Leather). The last one is a very short look at the bridge being constructed to get visitors across the river to Festival Park.

You can view these videos from the Video page, or subscribe to them as a Podcast using iTunes or other podcasting software. Go to iTunes Music Store and search for "Des Moines Renaissance Faire" or use this feed:

1:15 AM - New photos (7/29) and updated gallery format. (posted by Webmaster)
After several requests from website visitors, we have now made a change to the photo gallery. Future postings should be in their own folder by date, making it much easier for you to find the latest photos. A test version of the gallery is being uploaded, so please let the webmaster know if there are any problems. The latest batch of photos was taken on 7/29.

Thursday, July 27 2006

9:56 PM - New lodging sponsors (and hotel discounts). (posted by Webmaster)
The Des Moines Renaissance Faire at Festival Park would like to welcome the following hotel sponsors. They are offering special rates for festival attendees and, in some cases, will be hosting some of our performers and merchants during the event:

Sleep Inn & Suites (2.0 miles from festival site)
(515) 299-9922
5850 Morningstar Ct
Pleasant Hill, IA
Notes: Offering a special $59 rate for the festival September weekends.

Motel 6 (5.3 miles from festival site)
(515) 266-5456
4940 NE 14th St
Des Moines, IA
Notes: $45.99 + $3 per additional person (4 total)

Bavarian Inn & Restaurant (5.5 miles)
(515) 265-5611
5220 NE 14th St
Des Moines, IA
Notes: $45 for 1 or 2 people.

Radisson Hotel Des Moines (7.3 miles)
(515) 285-7777 6800 Fleur Dr
Des Moines, IA
Notes: Renaissance Faire rate $94.

Wildwood Lodge (12.3 miles)
(515) 222-9876
11431 Forest Ave
Clive, IA
Notes: Renaissance Faire rate $84.

Comfort Suites at Living History Farms (12.3 miles)
(515) 276-1126
11167 Hickman Rd
Urbandale, IA
Ntoes: Renaissance Faire rate $84.

Sleep Inn (12.3 miles)
(515) 270-2424
11211 Hickman Rd
Urbandale, IA
Notes: Renaissance Faire rate $64.

Heartland Inn West (12.2 miles)
(515) 226-0414
11414 Forest Ave
Clive, IA
Notes: A reduced rate of $64.99 + tax for performers, merchants or attendees of the events.

Click on the Lodging link in the navigation menu for clickable maps for each hotel, and directions from there to the festival site.

Wednesday, July 26 2006

9:00 PM - Construction update photos (7/25) now posted. (posted by Webmaster)
A few dozen more photos taken on Tuesday have been added to the photo gallery. Several new buildings are going up, and Main Street is looking very good. Video #15 is also complete and will be uploaded soon.

Wednesday, July 19 2006

11:07 PM - New video journal and construction photos (7/18 and 7/19). (posted by Webmaster)
A new video journal, recorded on Tuesday 7/18, will soon be available. It's... a bit different than the previous ones. See if you like it. Also, photos from 7/18 (and a few from 7/19) are being added to the gallery. See some freshly primed (painted) buildings! See what it looks like from the top of the castle! See the other side of Main Street. Check them out in the Photo Gallery section.

Sunday, July 16 2006

10:08 PM - Entertainment list updated again. (posted by Webmaster)
In addition to the new photos added yesterday, the entertainment listing has been updated once again.

8:12 PM - Photos from Sunday 7/16 posted. (posted by Webmaster)
Another batch of construction photos taken today, July 16th, have been added to the Photo Gallery.

Saturday, July 15 2006

3:16 PM - Video Journal #12 has been posted. (posted by Webmaster)
Another short video has been posted, this time with both Rick Flatt and Greg Schmidt together on camera for the first time.

Friday, July 14 2006

9:51 AM - Photos from 7-11 and 7-12 added. (posted by Webmaster)
Some more site construction photos (taken on Tuesday) and a few more backstage pics taken the following day have been posted to the Photo Gallery. Main Street is shaping up nicely.

Wednesday, July 12 2006

9:41 AM - Video Journal #11 posted. (posted by Webmaster)
A new video was added to the podcast feed, and also uploaded to It is an 8 minute update with an interview with Neal Bentley of Bud's Homemade Root Beer.

Monday, July 10 2006

5:13 PM - 10 more entertainers added... (posted by Webmaster)
Check out the "Entertainment" link for 10 more entertainers added to the list today...with more to come!

Sunday, July 9 2006

11:04 PM - Construction photos updated (taken 7/8/2006). (posted by Webmaster)
Drop by the Photo Gallery for a few dozen new construction photos. Also, a new video journal (recorded 7/5/2006) has been posted to the video podcast feed, and will show up on soon.

Saturday, July 8 2006

11:51 PM - Entertainment listing updated. (posted by Webmaster)
The entertainment list has been updated. It includes about 30 of the planned acts, but does not yet fully list the wandering minstrels, street characters, and demonstration/artisan performances. More updates will follow.

Also, a full website redesign is planned for the public site. This version of the website was originally created to track the progress of building the event.

Thursday, July 6 2006

7:24 AM - Video Journal #9 posted. (posted by Webmaster)
Now available via the podcast/vidcast subscription feed, and via Video Journal #9. This episode features another quick construction update and an interview with Dale, the combat director who has been training folks on sword usage for the show. Photos should be posted later tonight.

Saturday, July 1 2006

10:22 AM - Dirty act for all three weekends! (Mud Show) (posted by Webmaster)
The Sturdy Beggars "Mud Show" - featuring the original cast members from the late 1970s Chicago theater scene - will be featured on the Castle Stage ALL THREE WEEKENDS!!!