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Renaissance and Pirate Festival July 18-19
Friday, November 12, 2010

The Witch of Pittenweem has been weaving her spells at Medieval and Renaissance Festivals at castles, markets and courts of Europe for over 20 years.

A strange and fantastic happenstance has transported her across the raging seas into a bewildering potpourri of strange looking shelters, lacking courtyards paved with cobblestones.

One day she found herself weaving her spells with mystical tunes, attempting to encircle the past into the present. As she sat in the shade on a fallen tree, bemusing the grove around her with gentle balladic stories, many villagers passed by or stopped to wile away the time in relaxation and repose.

A gentleman beseeched her to travel to the Renaissance and Pirate Festival in beautiful Pagosa Springson July 18 from 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. and July 19 from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the athletic field across from Town Park in downtown Pagosa Springs.

The Witch of Pittenweem usually travels with Klaudius von Schattens, a monk upon whom she (the Witch) has cast a spell to cart around her numerous instruments, stools and other accoutrements. He also accompanies her occasionally with lute-guitar, drum or wooden spoons. In addition, the Witch’s former apprentice, Elfrieda von Schattens, adds her sylvan voice, flute and drumming whenever she fancies.

In addition to seeing the mystical Witch of Pittenweem there will be camel rides, live chess, fencing demonstration, an artisan fair that includes clothing, shields, leather crafts, masks, jewelry, and much more. There will be performances with many talented individuals taking you back in time. Fresh cask beer provided by Pagosa Brewing Co. will be served in our taven as well as delicious food such as funnelcake, turkey legs, beef stew breadbowls, pita pockets, gyros, and other period fare!

Tickets can be purchased at the Chamber from June 29 to July 17. The cost for a two-day adult pass is $8 and a two-day child ticket (ages 6 to 17) is $5. One-day adult is $5 and one-day child is $3. Children are ages 6-17.

For more information, contact Autumn at the Chamber at 264-2360. You can visit for more information about the Renaissance and Pirate Festival and a full schedule of performances.