Knight Shift

The best aspect of a Renaissance festival is the wonderful absence of jerks thumbing through their BlackBerrys. It’s a celebration of life unplugged — of a simpler time when men were covered in tin and women had to worry only about keeping their bosoms heaving and their hair braided. Although a lack of invasive technology might make the 16th Century appear utopian, the era was full of its own headaches: the overly friendly blacksmith, the raptor from Birds of Prey with an eye-plucking temper, the mead-fueled tussles over the last giant turkey leg. Take the good with the bad when the Florida Renaissance Festival makes its next stop at Quiet Waters Park (401 S. Powerline Road, Deerfield Beach) this Saturday through Monday. Among the 100 marauding, costumed characters, expect bizarre puppets, stilt characters, and stately, mounted royalty. There will be human-chess games and feats of strength as well as five stages showcasing Medieval entertainment. And knights will joust. The Ren-Fest will be open the next four weekends until March 13. Tickets cost $20 for adults, $7 for children aged 11 to 6. Visit
Saturdays, Sundays. Starts: Feb. 12. Continues through March 13, 2011

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