Behind the Burlap Podcast

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We Have A Place For You – 2014 Participant Registration

July 14, 2014

The Northern California Renaissance Faire will be overjoyed to welcome you on any day of its five weekend run, but maybe that’s not enough for you. Every year the talented and dedicated performers, volunteers, and vendors spend hundreds of hours preparing this magical event and you can be one of us. Our participant registration day is Saturday, August 23rd, 2014 at 9:00am at the faire site. For more information tune into our podcast or visit Come join the fun!
Music: “Minstrel’s Guild” Kevin MacLeod (


The Magic is Brewing

August 27, 2014

Power tools are helping with the construction of our village, but there is also an army of sewing machines at work getting the 16th century English costumes prepared for opening day. The commander of that army is Kris Jachens, the Northern California Renaissance Faire’s Costume Director. Go behind the burlap as she discusses the costume requirements for the faire’s actors to achieve a unified and cohesive theatrical look.
Music: “Minstrel’s Guild” Kevin MacLeod (


The Magic Has Started

September 10, 2014

We begin our 11th season of the Northern California Renaissance Faire on Saturday, September 13th and continue weekends through October 12th at Casa de Fruta in Hollister, California. Saturday nights feature our Celtic Rock Concert Series. Following the faire’s closing at 6:00, you can wrap up your day of revels with a concert FREE for our regular ticket audience.


From Half-Wit to Complete Fool

September 24, 2014

The annual Northern California Renaissance Faire is adventure, romance and a home for daring do, history and fantasy. But did you know it’s also a place where one can learn a useful trade? Our Lord Mayor, Ezekiel Willing, chats with Tom from Tom Foolery’s School of Juggling about learning the art of juggling.



2013 Northern California Renaissance Faire Participant Invitation

July 17, 2013

Hey Faire fans, have you ever considered volunteering or working at the faire? Have you always wanted a chance to perform? The faire recruits and auditions new volunteers and performers every year. Our vendors are always looking for extra help as well. If you would like more information, tune into our Podcast or visitour participation section to find out how. Our Registration Day is August 24th at 9:00am at the faire site. Huzzah!


Building a Village

August 27, 2013

The Northern Podcast keeps you current with the construction of the Village of Willingtown for the Spectacular 10th Anniversary of the Northern California Renaissance Faire! Go behind the burlap as we build the festival Recognized as one of the 10 Best Renaissance Faires by the Travel Channel. Huzzah!


10th Magical Year

September 10, 2013

Go behind the burlap again to find out what is in store for you this year in the village of Willingtown at the Northern California Renaissance Faire. When we open our gates on September 14, 2013, we will begin our glorious 10th anniversary celebration. Here’s to another 10 years!


We Are Our Own Good Old Days

September 17, 2013

The 10th Annual Northern California Renaissance Faire is UNDERWAY! Maurene Drew, Entertainment Director for the faire, tells us what it was like 10 years ago when Playfaire Productions, the first and only participant-owned Renaissance production company in the world, was formed to keep this faire alive.


Don’t Miss A Minute

October 4, 2013

As we enter into a golden October, Behind the Burlap has interviews this go around with the Northern California Renaissance Faire’s little known protectors and the person who may be the best actor in Willingtown.



Participate at the 2012 Northern California Renaissance Faire

July 17, 2012

It is almost time for the village of Willingtown to come to life. The Northern California Renaissance Faire will be opened Weekends, September 15 – October 14, 2012. Now is your chance to become more than a visitor to the village of Willingtown. It takes hundreds of actors and vendors to put together our little village.
Registration and Workshops begin Saturday, August 25, 2012 visit for more information.


Building the Village of Willingtown

August 28, 2012

Discover what’s instore for you at the Northern California Renaissance Faire this year. Find out about the two new theatrical areas, The Dockside Alley and The Enchanted Garden, from Entertainment Director, Maurene Drew.


Share the Adventure

September 18, 2012

The 2012 Season of the Northern California Renaissance Faire is underway. In every corner of Willingtown from the Fairie filled Enchanted Garden to the great Joust Field from the Coughing Sheep Tavern to the scandalous Dockside Alley a thousand adventures are underway everywhere you turn. Which one will you choose? Which one will you find? Which one will find you?


Behind the Burlap! Backstage at the Northern California Renaissance Faire

October 2, 2012

The season is on and seasoned performers sometimes have to roll with the tide! Will Wood’s Understudy FINALLY gets a chance to play Sir Francis Drake, Broon finds the scenery a little different on the Trader’s Market Stage, and shoppers with sharp ears should listen to some of the new and remarkable artists and artisans bringing their individual works to our unique marketplace, with our marketplace director, Michelle Amsbury. There’s always a torrent of Gossip in the Village of Willingtown when the Queen is in town at Faire Time!


Echoes of Merriment, an Audio Souvenir of the 2012 Northern California Renaissance Faire Season

October 9, 2012

Our Season of Frolic goes out in a blaze of glory with Fantasy Weekend and The Celtic Concert Series finale Saturday Night October 13 with a concert performance by Needfire, all included in the price of Faire Admission. With the short and magical season of revelry drawing to a close, we leave you, for this year, with echoes of the sound of Merriment from our 2012 season of the Northern California Renaissance Faire.



Find Your Fantasy at the Northern California Renaissance Faire

September 13, 2011

Join Willingtown’s own Lord Mayor, Ezekiel Willing, as he speaks with the Northern California Renaissance Faire’s Entertainment Director, Maurene Drew, and discusses with Roxanne Dungeraux, the director of Commedia Volante, her up coming book on the 50th Anniversary of the Renaissance Faire.


Northern California Renaissance Faire Rocks

September 27, 2011

Mayor Ezekiel Willing, portrayed by Dennis Michael, speaks with Deirdre Sargent, who plays Queen Elizabeth I at the Northern California Renaissance Faire, about this year’s Queen’s Royal Reception show. Then Dennis speaks with David Brewer of Molly’s Revenge about the Faire’s Celtic Rock Concert Series held every Saturday night after the Faire closes.


MooNiE the Magnif’Cent returns to the Northern California Renaissance Faire

October 4, 2011

Mayor Ezekiel Willing discusses MooNiE the Magnif’Cent’s absence with BrooN. The Lord Mayor speaks with Janine Louise Maurice, apprentice designer at Tickle Thy Fantasy, one of the Faire’s best loved merchants.


Last Chance to Visit Willingtown during the 2011 Season

October 11, 2011

Join the Lord Mayor of Willingtown for the final faire podcast of the 2011 season as he speaks with Maurene Drew, Director of Entertainment at the Northern California Renaissance Faire, about the last weekend of the faire. Then the Lord Mayor discusses with Gerald Zepeda, Mad Jack from Mad Jack and Kate, and Steve Morales, Director of the Sea Dogs, about the different types of acting and music that can be found at the faire.