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Renaissance hosts inaugural festival May 2

Renaissance | Farragut will host its inaugural Renaissance Festival from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, May 2.

The free street fair will celebrate the culture, cuisine and crafts of the Renaissance period, and will feature many of the various businesses that call Renaissance | Farragut home.

“The huge success of the farmers market was a sign for all of us that the community really wants and will support local family fun events,” Knick Myers, Myers Bros. Holdings, said.

“In the case of my family, Stephanie, our daughters, and myself really enjoy getting up on Saturday mornings and going to the farmers’ market as a family. We enjoy being outside; we love fresh produce and looking at and buying the creative art.

“My family has always been about supporting the local people who support you,” he added.

The list of activities for the Renaissance | Festival includes face painting, magicians, stilt walkers and jugglers. Spider monkeys will make an appearance around 1 p.m.

“Paideia Academy will have some students doing a Latin dialogue as well as poetry recitation, Concord Christian School will be represented by one of the middle school classes, artwork from St. John Neumann’s middle school will be on display and Hardin Valley cheerleaders & football team will be here,” Darla Berdal, Myers Bros. vice president of operations, said.

“Tai Chi for Health will be doing a demonstration and we will be entertained by a classical guitarist during the lunch hour,” she added.

Renaissance business owners will add to the excitement by providing homemade arts and crafts, and even demonstrating the art of ice carving.

Seasons Café and Webster’s Deli will feature food offerings as varied as roasted turkey legs, hot dogs, sushi, Danishes and coffee, in addition to each restaurant’s normal menu fare. Seasons will be open for brunch at 9 a.m.; Webster’s is open for breakfast.

Local artists, corralled by photographer Michael Broyles, will be exhibiting their artwork and crafts. Knoxville Opera and local schools will provide singers, and guests can enjoy the second week of Dixie Lee Farmers’ Market, open from 9 a.m. to noon.

Logistically, Renaissance Festival guests should be aware of parking plans at the shopping development.

“In order to accommodate a much larger crowd we have asked the good folks at the First Farragut United Methodist Church to allow us to utilize their parking lot in the event we need it,” Myers said.

Knox County Sheriff’s Office deputies will be on hand to direct traffic and Noah Myers will run a hay trailer between FFUMC and Renaissance.

“Who doesn’t enjoy a hay ride on a beautiful Saturday in Early May?” Myers said.

The parking lot in front of Natural Alternatives Spa and Salon will be blocked off, as will the parking lot in front of Mojos Rock Shoppe for the farmers’ market, but the remainder of parking will be open. The parking lot behind Natural Alternatives will be open for spa and salon guests; this weekend is the business’s grand opening.

“We think it will work well and ask everyone to drive slow and watch out for pedestrians,” Myers said.


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