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ETX Renaissance Faire celebrates St. Patrick's day in old-fashioned style


It's St. Patrick's Day weekend, and one local organization is putting their special spin on things.

The Four Winds Renaissance Faire is a little piece of history in Whitehouse, and they'd like to help you celebrate one of the most famous Irish holidays in their own special way.

"St Patrick's weekend, there will be a lot of wearing of the green. We'll have 3 Irish bands, they'll be performing in different locations throughout the day. Traditional Irish music, which is pretty much renaissance music. So it will be a party," said Keith Waddoups, General Manager of Four Winds Faire.

But it's always a party at the Faire.

"Six stages of entertainment, including belly dancing, magicians, jugglers. We have a trained rat act called Cirque de Sewer. The professional show-off does contortion and magic. So for the day, you've got a lot of entertainment," said Waddoups.

Dustin Stephens started the Faire on family farmland nearly 20 years ago with one goal in mind.

"The idea was to work sort of like a nonprofit cottage industry generator basically to help people that would be disenfranchised otherwise to make a product, be able to sell it," he said.

"It's living history," said Waddoups. "There's a lot of hand demonstrations from different artisans. We have people do leather crafting, a lot of the clothes are handmade. Even the queen's gown, she has over 2,000 beads that have all been sewn on by hand."

Weekends at Four Winds Faire are always themed, but they admit St. Patrick's Day is special for them.

"Being of Irish descent, St. Patrick's is a very special time for us. And we'll have Highland Games, which are basically Scottish, but we do a little bit of a flair," Stephens said.

"Why wouldn't you want to spend your St. Patrick's Day here?" Waddoups asked. "We're probably the only place in this area that's got Irish bands and traditional Irish music. If there's any Irish inside you come along, and I know there a lot of Americans, a lot of Scot's Irish."

Four Winds Faire is open from 10 to 7 on Saturday and Sunday, but on Saturday night they're staying open later for a St. Patrick's Day meal.

For $5, you'll have a traditional plate of corned beef and cabbage and colcannon potatoes, and plenty of Irish music to dance a jig.

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