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Renaissance Faire Invites Home Brewers to Compete


June 5, 2019

On June 7-8, Montana Actors’ Theatre (MAT) will be hosting a Renaissance-themed “faire,” Spring into the Past. The faire, a history-inspired festival of food, drink and entertainment, will be held at the MSU-Northern campus behind Pershing Hall where an “amphitheater” will be fashioned for the event. To add to what event organizers are describing as a “generally fun time for the entire family,” they invite all home brewers to enter their Home Brew Contest for a chance to win prizes and to be crowned Brewing Nobility.

A Festival preview will occur on Friday, June 7 at 5:00 p.m. with some vendors, but the main event will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday. Vendors will offer food, beer, wine, and mead. Additional entertainment will include historical crafts and trades, face painting, tarot readings, various games, arts, contests, and traditional craft demonstrations, as well as a performance of Cyrano de Bergerac.

Admission to the entire event is free and open to the public. The show and the festival are being sponsored by local sponsors and show producer, the Atchison Family.

One of the highlights of the festival will be the Home Brew Contest. Any individuals who brew their own beer are invited to enter the contest to see how their talent stacks up against that of other home brewers. Entering the contest requires registration, an entry fee, and three unlabeled bottles of beer—which must be delivered to the festival on June 8 between 2:00-5:00 p.m. Interested home brewers can find entry forms and additional details on the MAT website. Each type of beer will require a separate entry form and fee. After sending in the registration form and paying the fee, brewers will receive an email with instructions and labels for their entries.

In addition, at 7:00 p.m. on both nights, MAT will present Cyrano de Bergerac. This classic, tragic story features the soulful poet/philosopher and expert duelist Cyrano who loves the fair Roxanne but is ashamed to woo her because of his huge nose. Instead, he writes love letters for slow-witted, but handsome Christian in order to win her hand for him. She falls deeply in love with the author, unaware that the notes are written by her friend Cyrano. Directed by Grant Olson, Cyrano de Bergerac is a swashbuckling comedy of love, swordplay and poetry. Starring Jay Pyette as Cyrano, Casey Pratt as Le Bret, Tylyn Turner as Roxanne, and introducing Stephen Real as Christian, this tale promises to be a crowd-pleaser.

Anyone interested in being a food or craft vendor or wishing to demonstrate a traditional craft is encouraged to contact Morgaine at 406-879-9425. No fees will be assessed for these vending opportunities.


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