Come Ye to the Faire
In celebration of the 425 birthday of Virginia Dare, the first English child born in the new world, The Lost Colony will host its annual Virginia Dare Faire on Saturday, August 18th from 10:00 in the morning till 1:00 in the afternoon on the grounds outside The Lost Colony Building. The Faire is Free of charge and open to children of all ages. There will be something for everyone in this festive collection of games, demonstrations, arts and crafts activities and a special presentation of Balloonacy, the children’s show produced by The Lost Colony.
The entire Lost Colony family is involved in this community event. There will be costumed characters from the show who will move throughout the activities and even be a part of special Indian Dance demonstrations in which children are invited to participate. The Fight Captain from the show will demonstrate some of the fights that are used in the outdoor drama. Headdresses will be made and war paint will be applied prior to joining the dance circle.
Face painting, balloon animals and Lost Colony coloring books will entertain Faire goers as well as a bounce house, a dunk tank and a balloon blast. Snow cones will help to add to the summer Faire atmosphere. Following the activities on the Faire Grounds the visitors will move over to the gates of the Elizabethan Gardens for birthday cake and ice cream provided by The Elizabethan Gardens and The Lost Colony. Members of the choir will be on hand to sing “Happy Birthday.” Eleanor Dare and Ananias Dare will be there to cut the cake. Queen Elizabeth will be escorted to the proceedings by soldiers of her guard. The Gardens will be open to the public at a reduced birthday rate of $4.25 in honor of the 425 birthday of Virginia Dare.
Season sponsors of The Lost Colony will be on hand to greet Faire goers and participate in the celebration. In case of rain some of the events will be moved into the rain shelters of the Waterside Theatre.
About The Lost Colony
First staged in 1937, The Lost Colony is the nation’s premier and longest-running outdoor symphonic drama. Written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paul Green, The Lost Colony’s 75th anniversary season plays June 01 through August 23, 2012 at Manteo’s Waterside Theatre, on North Carolina’s Outer Banks. For tickets and information, go to www.thelostcolony.org or call (252) 473-2127.