A merry olde tyme

Dust off your feathered cap, and don some tights. It’s that time of year when Camp Richardson Resort in South Lake Tahoe transforms itself into an Elizabethan-era English country fair. The Valhalla Renaissance Faire returns for another season of living history demonstrations, period music, one-act plays and sports like archery, fencing and jousting tournaments. Audience members can rub shoulders with village folk, traveling merchants and mercenaries from foreign lands and lords and ladies dressed in their best finery. Queen Elizabeth I and her entourage may even make an appearance during the event. In between the sword fights, country dancing and magic shows, visitors can quench their thirst with a pint of ale, tame their hunger with a meat pie or peruse the wares of vendors offering leather goods, weapons and armory, jewelry, clothing and miscellany. The Black Irish Band (pictured) will play during the two-weekend event. The Sonora, Calif., group performs music ranging from western ballads to traditional songs of Scotland, Ireland and Italy. The Valhalla Renaissance Festival is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 3, 10 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 4, 11. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for seniors, military personnel and teens ages 13-17. Kids ages 6-12 get in for $5. Camp Richardson Resort is located at 1900 Jameson Beach Road, off Highway 89, in South Lake Tahoe. Call (530) 541-4975 or visit www.valhallafaire.com.