Dark Boar is a non-profit educational group. We are a collaboration of like-minded enthusiast’s from all over California who enjoy educating and entertaining on the Viking era of 8th-11th centuries. They recreate a portrait of Viking life by demonstrating a wide variety of skills, vocations, and resourcefulness through their activities. Dark Boar,s display includes various structures that provide an example of traditional A-frames and meeting halls that would have been used during the Viking time period. They provide demonstrations of combat, explanations of Viking history and geography, and examples of Viking crafts. They are an open group who enjoy engaging with the public, answering questions, and meeting with those who share their appreciation for history.
The Sjórvaldar Non-Profit Organization and its members are dedicated to preserving the History of the Viking Era, primarily the 10th century(850-950), by helping communities immerse themselves into the culture through educational presentations of everyday life, crafts and combat.
Stirling Mercenaries are a traveling Medieval guild dedicated to the demonstration of historical European combative art forms. The guild presents the life and routines found in professional mercenary companies of the middle ages
The Stirling Mercenaries are a travelling Medieval guild dedicated to the demonstration of historical European combative art forms. The guild presents the life and routines found in professional mercenary companies of the middle ages. Patrons are encouraged to come by and get a hands on experience with historical armor and weapons commonly found on the battlefield as well as enjoy viewing weapon demonstrations and combat expositions performed by trained men at arms.
Mary, Queen of Scots & Her Court
St. Andrew’s Noble Order of Royal Scots portrays the Court of Mary, Queen of Scots, as her Majesty has returned to Scotland from a childhood in France. Recently widowed, our young Majesty is ready to rule Scotland despite the misgivings of her half brother and many of the Lords of the Congregation. Her Majesty travels to the Pleasanton Scottish Highland Gathering and Games to meet clansmen, athletes, and artisans as well as Her loyal subjects.
Her Majesty invites ye one and all to meet Her nobles, highlanders, and royal guard as they wander about the shire and fill her court.(We hope to entertain ye and share some history with ye in the bargain).
~ Renaissance dances!
~ Sword Duels & Demonstrations!
~ Come Dance ‘Round the May Pole
~ Have your favorite friend or family member placed in the Pillory!
And of course
~ Come have a personal introduction and audience with Her Majesty
and receive a wee gift!
Clan Fraser is a 16th century Scottish highland traveling encampment of Lord Hugh Fraser in progress with the queen. We have period games and crafts, along with weapon and armor demonstrations.
Portcullis Players are honored to present a reenactment of the Scots-Irish in the time of the American War of Independence (1775 – 1783), focusing on the later period of the war in the Southern Theater. Covering the Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia colonies, this is the time of such battles as King’s Mountain, Blackstock’s Farm, Cowpens, and Guilford Courthouse, showcasing the contribution of Patriot, back-country militias comprised by many of Scots-Irish descent. In addition to discussions of the battles and equipment, The Portcullis Players will be demonstrating and talking about domestic activities such as fiber arts and spinning, as well as the all-important distillation of whiskey. Please join them, as well as the rein-actors of Roger’s Rangers, to learn about the time period of the American Revolution.
They are a small band of characters that entertain at events from all around the Mother Lode. We tell stories of myth and legend, make giant bubbles, and they provide a quiet place to relax.
The tradition of the Danse Macabre dates back to the Middle Ages, perhaps earlier, and many different theories exist as to what was its original purpose. It is a cross-cultural phenomenon, occurring in English, French and Spanish folklore and art, among others.
Some thought the images of skeletons dancing in the streets would intimidate Death so that no one would be taken away. Others thought it was to trick Death into thinking all the villagers in this particular area were already dead... and enjoying it! So there was nothing for the spectre of Death to do and He would fly on. Still others thought it a way to point out no matter if you are Queen or serving wench, Bishop or bastard, minstrel or milliner... eventually we all will danse the Danse Macabre.