Letter: Renaissance still planning to be here

To the editor:

Although the Grand Canyon Renaissance Faire has chosen to reschedule from this year to another, plans have already begun to bring the faire back to Williams and an even more ambitious plan of a more permanent, summer-long renaissance venue to northern Arizona.

We would love to make Williams the permanent home for the Grand Canyon Renaissance Experience. Our staff, volunteers and advisory board continues to meet and we now have some renderings of the kind of venue we would like to bring to Williams.

Thanks to local artist Lisa Noble and the excellent and creative work of architect John Pela and associates, we can now start to show the community what we would ultimately like to bring to Williams.

It starts with the faire, but ultimately, we would like to bring season-long entertainment to Williams including a five-acre castle and castle yard complete with a feast hall, reception hall, commercial kitchen, pub, stages, a field of honor and much more.

We have been meeting with Sean Casey of Bearizona since before they opened and have now come up with a suitable location to build this project right off Interstate 40 and the Garland Prairie Road exit.

Sean has agreed that if we can get the necessary funding he will provide the 12 acres plus shared parking for us to build an interactive renaissance park.

We have financial people coming to look at the next faire and we need Williams to embrace us, sponsor us and welcome our staff, performers and entertainers. Sponsorships are available at several levels and we always welcome actors, volunteers, musicians and vendors that will make the faire even more special.

It is an exciting time to be in Williams and with the support of our community and others, we can create another special venue to be enjoyed by both locals and visitors alike.

Please contact me at (928) 635-2394 or check out gcrenfaire.com or punch in the Grand Canyon Renaissance Experience on your computer to see more about the project and the faire. We are ready to talk to you. We definitely have big plans for Williams and we need your help to make it happen.

Mark Worden

Managing Director

Grand Canyon Renaissance Experience

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