There's no time portal, temporal disturbance or other such anomaly north of Carlsville (that we know of) but the next couple of weekends folks will still be able to take a trip to the past as the Door County Renaissance Fantasy Faire transforms a piece of Northern Door into a slice of 16th Century Europe.
Music, demonstrations, dancing and magic will be part of the third annual event -- visitors may even spot a stray unicorn or a fairy.
Organizer Sandy Stetler says the highlight for many is the full-armor combat jousts -- three per day. She says the jousts are historically accurate -- but also dramatic.
Stetler says a new addition this year is the costume contest. The Royal Court will determine who has the best costume and that person will receive a free admission.
The event runs the next two Saturdays and Sundays -- June 30 & July 1 and July 7 & 8 -- at 5226 Monument Point Road, about a mile north of Carlsville and a half-mile east of Hwy 42. Event times are 10-6 on Saturdays and 10-4 on Sundays.
Stetler says the mission of the Door County Renaissance Faire --a non-profit organization -- is to reach out to families and disadvantaged or at-risk youths with the goal of inspiring, educating and enriching their lives and appreciation for music, art, history, literacy and life during the era known as the Renaissance.
"We're currently doing some volunteer programs -- reading programs and that type of thing," says Stetler. "But we do plan to expand on our teaching of history in an educational and fun way into the school systems and into the libraries and any other areas that we find may be beneficial to young people."
More information about the Renaissance Faire -- including info on tickets, performances and vendors -- can be found at http://www.doorcowirenaissance.com/.