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September 2007

Monday, September 17 2007

12:03 AM - 2007 season comes to an end! (posted by Webmaster)
The 2007 season of the Des Moines Renaissance Faire has concluded. Thank you to all the thousands of visitors that travelled across the state (or further) or just across town to join us in our second year in the new permanent Festival Park.

If you visited any of the seven days this year, please consider taking a moment to fill out the 2007 Feedback Form (see the bottom link in the scroll menu on the left of this page). Your comments about what you liked, what you missed, and what you'd like to see in future years will help shape the growth and direction of this event.

If you took any photos at the event that you think are really good and worth sharing, please consider sending us a copy. We're always looking for images to use on this website, or perhaps in future promotional materials.

And, lastly, if you need to get in touch with any of our merchants during off season, feel free to contact us and we'll try to get you in touch.

Friday, September 14 2007

10:13 PM - Let the fun and flirting begin! (posted by Webmaster)
This is the final weekend of the 2007 Des Moines Renaissance Faire, and we're ending the season with "Wine, Romance and Revelry!" Bring a date (or make a new friend) during a weekend that will hopefully be far romantic than the past two! The Summerset Wine Garden will be pouring glasses of their Iowa wines and mead (two types of honey based wine) as well as doing a grape stomping demonstration (fun to watch!). The Tavern Wenches of Canterbury are also rumors to be up to something.

Please come join us if you can!

Wednesday, September 12 2007

7:36 PM - More testimonials added. (posted by Webmaster)
Some more Testimonials have been added, some of which came from visitors that were also able to provide some very detailed and constructive comments on what they'd suggest the festival do for future years. A big thank you again to everyone who has taken time to send in feedback!

The festival owners are looking in to planting more trees, adding grass and many other things that have been directly brought up through visitor feedback this season. With your continued suggestions and support, the event can continue to grow and evolve! Huzzah!

7:10 PM - DMRF in DM Juice, and entertainment schedule sneak peak... (posted by Webmaster)
Pick up a copy of the current DM Juice paper and check out a few photos from last weekend. (And then see many more on the DM Juice website.)

A sneak peak (work in progress, subject to change) of this weekend's entertainment schedule has been posted to the Entertainment page.

Monday, September 10 2007

6:08 PM - Comment forms available for Weekend 2! (posted by Webmaster)
Alright, folks. It's time to have your say in the future of Festival Park and the Des Moines Renaissance Faire! Feedback forms for weekend 2 are now available for you to fill out. Thanks in advance for taking time to let us know the elements of the faire that worked for you, and what items you'd like to see added in the future!

Thanks to everyone who has submitted comments so far! The feedback this year has been outstanding (well, 99.5% of it has, at least, been outstanding; the rest gives the event organizers something to shoot for next year). Some more excerpts have been added to our Testimonials page.

Sunday, September 9 2007

9:33 PM - Weekend 2 feedback form coming soon... (posted by Webmaster)
Weekend 2 has concluded, and a feedback form will be added to the website real soon. Check back and let the owners and operators know what parts you like, and what parts you missed, so the event can continue to grow and improve.

Wednesday, September 5 2007

9:31 PM - About 50% new acts for weekend two! Schedule preview. (posted by Webmaster)
Although there may still be some last minute changes, you can take a sneak peak at this weekend's entertainment grid by clicking here.

Of note, about half of the acts presented for Weekend 2 are acts that were not here opening weekend, including the MacSwade Highland and Medieval Games demos, the exciting viking battles by Skjaldborg, the Brotherhood of Steel living history camp, Molotov the Gypsy (fire eating and more), Wrapsody Aerialist, the Pirate Comedy Show, and the return of one of the most praised musical acts from last year: 3 Pints Gone.

Put on your kilt (or viking battle armor) and come join in the fun this weekend as the Des Moines Renaissance Faire continues!

9:31 PM - Publicity page updated. DM Juice videos, and more. (posted by Webmaster)
Three videos from opening weekend of the Des Moines Renaissance Faire have been posted by the DM Juice magazine/paper. You can find links to them, and an article, on our Publicity page. Topics include the Tavern Wenches of Canterbury and the S.C.A.

6:35 AM - DMRF in the DM Juice (posted by Webmaster)
Check out this article about the Des Moines Renaissance Faire in the DM Juice. It specifically mentions the antics of the Tavern Wenches of Canterbury:

DM Juice Article

Tuesday, September 4 2007

9:17 PM - Added Testimonials page, and Memorials page. (posted by Webmaster)
Two new pages added to site.

8:53 PM - Testimonials - what are people saying about the DMRF? (posted by Webmaster)
Check out the new Testimonials page and read what folks are saying about this year's event. So far, we have comments from visitors from Iowa, Nebraska and Illinois.

Monday, September 3 2007

10:33 PM - Opening weekend photos. (posted by Webmaster)
If you attended this weekend, you may have run in to Robert Mapes and his camera, taking pics all around the festival. He has posted some of his opening weekend photos at EventPictures.com. Go to the Photo Gallery section of this site for the link. Thanks, Bob!

8:11 PM - Did you go? What did you think? Tell us! (posted by Webmaster)
Festival Park wants to know what you think! If you attended opening weekend of the Des Moines Renaissance Faire, please take a moment to fill out a short-ish survey and let us know what you liked or missed:

Click on the Feedback Form link on the left scroll and type away!

Sunday, September 2 2007

8:10 PM - First comment of the season. (posted by Webmaster)
Dances With Children
A big thank you to Grant for taking time to send in a comment about his opening day experience at the Des Moines Renaissance Faire:

"Today we attended the Faire in Des Moines for the first time and it was great fun. One of your Fairies danced with my little daughter, Brynn and she has been jabbering about it all evening. I don't know if you can get a picture to the girl, but will send one I took. She made a little girl's day."

Also thanks to "Firemoon" (our faery in red and orange) for helping make a magical moment.

Saturday, September 1 2007

11:13 PM - Day one complete! Six more to come... (posted by Webmaster)
The first day of the 2007 Des Moines Renaissance Faire has come and gone, with six more days of family fun left. The Faire continues to operate this weekend (Sunday and Memorial Day Monday), and the weather looks like it will be beautiful (unlike last year).

The two level "tree house," dedicated to the memory of our fallen friend, King Oberon (Brad Nelson), was completed and open today thanks to a hard working construction crew that worked through the night using worklights and, probably, coffee.

About half of the new merchant shops were open with the new "Secrets of Queen Victoria" renaissance lingerie shop (i.e. bloomers and other such garments) opening tomorrow.

We'll have new feedback/comment forms up and running shortly, and we'd love to hear your suggestions on what you liked during your visit. Check this site during the week for more news and details.