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Promoting education and literacy for all is one of Rotary’s six Areas of Focus.

The Children's Festival

Nevada City's Pioneer Park transforms into a renaissance-style Children's Festival for 2,600 people

For one special day, Pioneer park is transformed into a magical wonderland. For Nevada City Children’s Festival, the park comes alive with banners, strolling minstrels, jugglers, magicians, face painters, trolls, fortune tellers, dragons, knights, and more – all part of a Renaissance-style craft fair for children. Tables for 20+ crafts are arranged for children to make Renaissance costumes, swords, shields, magic wands, crowns, necklaces, rings. They engage in wood block construction, soapstone carving, clay modeling and castle painting. The whimsical nature of the event and the wonderful variety of crafts entertains children ages 2 to 92. Nevada City Rotary is the organizing sponsor. For months in advance Rotarians meet several times a month to prepare the various art and crafts, make costumes, and assemble decorations. Rotarians set up and tear down the event and staff crafts tables. In 2014, nearly 2600 attended with proceeds benefiting the Park. A valued tradition since 1974!


Project location
United States
Project dates
Start: 01 August 2013
End:  18 July 2014

✓ This project is complete.
Project category
Community, New Generations, Basic education and literacy
Funding
Ticket sales
Project contacts
Robin Ritger Milam, Nevada City| (contact)
Ms. Nancy Kemp, Nevada City| (contact)
Partners
Nevada City, CA, USA (Rotary Club)
Related Links
Nevada City Childrens Festival, a Renaissance fair
 

PROJECT PHOTOS AND VIDEOS

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    The Troll is in! You cannot pass without a
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    Flame blowing dragon protects the entrance
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    Knights on horses
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    Pyrate Skool in session
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    Princess Nancy Kemp with Festival Queen and Mother Goose
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    Merlin strolling the festival
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    Painting the castle with lots of color
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    Childrens Festival
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    Choosing paint for the castle
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    Children love the fairies
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    Robin Milam and Gayle Denney hosting Renaissance rubbings
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    Gayle Denney assists creating Renaissance rubbings
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    Rotarians and friends
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    Making hand puppets
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    Knights on horses
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    Carving Soapstone
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    Creating a coat of arms
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    Sandy Stickel and PE Dave Bunje staff nature art table
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    Troll collecting for crossing the bridge!
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    Making personal crowns

IMPACT TRACKER

Total volunteer hours
40
Hours
Number of volunteers
9
People
Total cash contributions
7,800
USD
Total in-kind contributions
-
USD

Tags

ChildrenrenaissancePioneer ParkNevada City, CAFestivaltrollsdragonscrafts