A Gathering of Rogues & Ruffians
- A Renaissance Faire
October 11 & 12, 2014
New Glarus, WI
How now good people!

We invite you to join us for our BEST YET annual Gathering of Rogues & Ruffians - Renaissance Faire, held the 2nd weekend of October. 

Our 7th Annual Gathering will be October 12 & 13, 2013. That is 2 days of great fun & carousing!  Our Faire is located somewhere  on County Road W just east of scenic New Glarus in South West Wisconsin.  Just a short 30 minutes south of Madison.

We are a small faire, perfect for a day trip, and you can't beat the
price of $7, 12 and under $5 (children 3 & under free).  You will find performers of all kinds waiting to entertain you.  Singers, musicians, jugglers, thespians and others that defy description.  Military and other reenactors will show off their great weaponry and the joys of living during the enlightened Renaissance times.  There is so much to do, no one will leave disappointed.

Young Lords and Ladies can enjoy the Kids Kingdom where they can try to siege the castle or attack a ship with a Catapult.

The whole family can try their hand at throwing Knives & Axes or take in a game of Spanish Towers.

The more aged in the group can enjoy a beer at our Beer Garden while taking in one of our many great Entertainers or Artisans from around the region. Our Beer Garden will include a large variety of beers, featuring some our local New Glarus brews!

Highland Community College returns again for pony rides lead through the trails. 

Entertainers, crafters, artisans, food merchants, and other purveyors of baubles and trinkets are happily willing to trade with you; their wares for your gold.
We have in attendance some of the best artisans in the region.

Food includes Calli's Pub, and of course BEER!

Where else can you have this much fun at this small of a price. Join us for a glorious weekend! Fun for everyone!


**2013 Stage Schedule

Come back for 2014 listing of performers and artisans.

Appearing at the 2013 Faire were
Grey Aengus and his Hurdy Gurdy perfoming Celtic Music
Violinist Chelsea Spangler
Singer Lady Margrett Norwoode
Singers Quattuor Cantores (Saturday only)


Bellydancing UW (Saturday only)
Madison Fire Tribe (Saturday only)
Rakhshanda Tribal Belly Dance (Sunday only)
Humphrey and Seria Spooner teaching and performing Country Dancing
Miss Breezi of Gnar Hoops

The Pyrates: Captain Martin Frobisher, Sir John Hawkyns, Captain Grace O'Malley and her daughter
The Cabin Boys - Fire Comedy - So You Don't Have To!
Odorferious ThunderBottom - words cannot explain, but be sure to get a pickle!
The Late Mountebank and the Wonder Elixir of Life Company - The Wonder Elixir of Life show is a classic, Renaissance-era 'medicine show' in the style of the Mountebanks of the Tudor Era and beyond.
Wonder Puppets - puppets, puppets, puppets!
Juggler Jacob Mills
Midwest Renaissance Actors Guild
St. Martin's Academy of Medieval Arms
Brotherhood of Steel presents Herr Karl, retired 15th Century German Knight
Guild of St. Michael, official military of the Bristol Renaissance Faire
To The Point - Fight Group

Activities (extra cost)
Midwest Knife and Axe Throwers
Tarot Readings by Rhonda Morningstar
Iowa Henna By Divya - Henna just isn't for the body or weddings. we do a lot of henna inspired art. We also do freehand glitter tattoos.
Horse/Pony rides by Countryview Equestrian, ponies small enough for kids and horses big enough for kids at heart. (Rides will end at 5pm each day)
See the Soay Sheep on Sunday

Artisans & Merchants
Tangled Fibres/Redcap Leather- art, crochet capes, shawls, fingerless gloves, hats, leather pouches, skirt hikes
Hook & Jill-Author Andrea Jones will sign and sell her novels of Neverland for 'grown-ups', with related merchandise.
Iron Wolf Forge-blacksmith arts and live demonstrations
TEB Designs-chainmaille jewelries and accessories
Black Horse Blades-swords, leather wares, accessories
The Crafty Hatter-hand-crafted original hats and accessories
World of Faeries-Faeire Glen collectable faeries and dragons, pewter, silver, and crystal pendants,
 and original fairyscapes, miniature forest scenes with fairies, and hand hammered metal jewelry for fall.
Ravenworks-Beautiful Renaissance clothing and accessories for all ages
Tyme Travel Photography-Dress in costume and have a costume photo taken with a costume background
Crooked Creek Studios-Glass torch work glass beads, fobs jewelry, copper-work jewelry, birdfeeders of stemware and copper
Ladies in Scarlet-Custom portraits/caricatures, pirate and nautical collectables, art, kids and toys games, variety of jewelry accessories. 
Heidi's Haus-hand made soaps and hand-dipped candles
JKS Artistry from a Gypsy Wagon-Steampunk jewelry, hand weaved baskets, original art work, leather work, fantasy horns, and faerie wings.
Fox Hollow Renaissance-fine hand-made Renaissance clothing for all ages
Hissing Serpent Trading Company -large variety of Renaissance-themed toys, trinkets, gifts and accessories
Ogre's Den-chainmaille, jewelry, and accessories
Dark River Pottery and Forge-hand-made, glazed pottery--useful and decorative wares
Professional Dreamer Studios-original art, jewelry, puppets, masks, and other creative wonders
Black Feather Beads-beaded jewelry
Drenched in Color - Steampunk hats, leather masks, beaded spiders, polymer clay horns, and photographs.
Mystic Hollow Shoppe - We have many things to share with you, from local grown herbs, crafts, candles, handmade soaps, divination tools, tarot cards, books, incense galore, jewelry, art and many other magical items!
EaGenie's Scots N Knots -specializing in historical costumes and movie costume recreations
Bubbles, Baubles and Such - Gifts for yourself, or someone you love. Beauty products (lotions, soaps, lip balms, perfumes and more), jewelry, fiber arts, flower garlands, children's toys
Masked Fairy - Enter into a world of enchantment and fantasy to find freshly plucked fairy wings. You'll find anything from adult fairy costumes to sprite clothes.

Food and Drink:
Calli's Pub - Soft Drinks, Coffee, Tea, Water, Coco, Hot Dogs, Brats, Pizza, Cut Apples with Caramel or Peanut Butter, Carrots with Ranch Dressing ( all proceeds benefit Shakespeare on the Edge)
Thunder Pickles - Pickles in a Privy
The Pickled Gizzard - New Glarus Brewing Co. Beer Garden
Santa Fe Trailer - specializing in flavors of New Mexico.  All food is prepared by hand and prepared daily.
Schultz's Sugar River Kettle Corn - kettle corn made fresh on site.
HMI Southern Catering-Southern Fried Catfish, Shrimp Baskets, Chicken Baskets, Cajun Red Bean with Rice, Hush Puppies, Seafood Gumbo, Pulled Pork


Kids Kingdom for Kids of all ages:
Renaissance carnival games & face painting

To Sum it Up

Acts and vendors are subject to change.

Would you like to be a part of the Faire?   Follow the links above to learn how you too can be part of the frolic we call A Gathering of Rogues & Ruffians.

7th Annual Gathering of Rogues & Ruffians
W 5199 County Road W
New Glarus WI
(County Road W 1 mile east of New Glarus WI)
Oct 11 & 12
Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sunday 10am - 5pm
Rain or shine!
(Sorry we close for mudslides or otherwise treacherous weather)
Admission $7
Children 12 and under $5
Children 3 and under free

Thank You
Thank you to everyone who has attended and supported us through the years - patrons, vendors, sponsors, entertainers and of course our volunteers. WE could not continue this without you. We had an amazing weekend in 2013 after less than wonderful weather in 2012. We have been overwhelmed by the support that we have recieved. Thank you!  We look forward to seeing you at an even better Gathering of Rogues & Ruffians in 2014.

Who are we and why do we do this?
I would like to say because we were bored and like a good party. Well we do like a good party, but none of us are bored.  In truth we are Shakespeare on the Edge Inc a 501(c)3 non-profit, we got tired of selling candy bars to raise funds, so we started A Gathering of Rogues & Ruffians. All proceeds from A Gathering of Rogues & Ruffians benefit Shakespeare on the Edge Inc so we can continue to offer our programming to our community.  Go to Shakespeare on the Edge Inc. to learn more.  

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This is a map to W5199 County Road W in New Glarus WI. Once you get to New Glarus look for signs and flags to lead you to the gathering.

New Glarus is located in the rolling hills of Green County in south central Wisconsin, 25 miles south of Madison and 17 miles north of Monroe, on state highway 69.

Driving time to New Glarus from Chicago, IL is about 3 hours; from Milwaukee, WI about 2 hours; from Dubuque, IA about 1 3/4 hours; from the Twin Cities 4 1/2 hours, and from Madison, WI about 30 minutes.

Driving directions from Madison to New Glarus:

  • Go south on highway 151
  • Highway 151 goes right through Madison as Washington Avenue, Park Street, and what is known as the Beltline
  • Exit highway 151 to highway 69
  • Go south on highway 69 until you reach New Glarus
  • This route leads through Belleville where you need to turn right at the stop sign

Driving directions from Downtown New Glarus to the Tell Grounds:

  • At the (only) stop light go north 2 blocks on highway 69
  • Turn east (right) on highway W
  • The Tell Grounds are located 1 mile east of New Glarus on highway W
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