Arts & Entertainment

Group Planning Renaissance Festival This Summer


BAYONNE, NJ – Like at an annual celebration in upstate New York, Bayonne may see its share of jesters and wenches this summer if a city group’s plans for the Bayonne Renaissance Festival become a reality.

The Bayonne Theater Company hopes to attract thousands to DiDomenico/16th Street Park on Saturday, July 30, from 1 to 7 p.m. for the festivities.

The Renaissance Festival is expected to include a professional Shakespeare production, roving minstrels, themed rides and games for children, period foods, a petting zoo, and artisan vendors such as spindle-wheel weavers, glass blowers, leather works creators.

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The festival may remind attendees of the larger New York Renaissance Faire held each summer in Tuxedo Park, N.Y. In fact, two of the performers in Bayonne will be the Crimson Pirates and Daniel Greenwolf the Magician, both from the N.Y. fair. The Crimson Pirates include a performer from Bayonne in their troupe.

“The Bayonne Renaissance Festival came from our idea for a Shakespeare in the Park event,” said festival spokesman Adam Semanchick. “We began coming up with facets that would complement this performance, and before we knew it, we were talking about a full-blown Renaissance experience.”

The Bayonne Theater Company has sponsored several movie nights at the Bayonne Community Museum. Last year it ran a “Bayonne’s Got Talent” night at the Mason hall on Avenue C.

“Our committee is quite ambitious and has been growing with every event we have done,” Semanchick said.

Possibly the best thing about the Bayonne Renaissance Festival is that there will be no admission fee.

Festival committee members are meeting with Bayonne public safety officials next week to plan logistics, according to Semanchick.

Between 5,000 and 9,000 people are expected to attend the festival. Semanchick is hoping that will include many families.

“This event is all about the stage, culture and community,” he said. “This is one of those events that the children of Bayonne will remember for a lifetime.”

The festival is seeking additional talent and vendors. For more information, visit Interested parties can also call Semanchick at (201) 780-8378.

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