For a Little Something Different Try the Colonial Faire at Riley’s Farm in Oak Glen
If the kids are uttering, “I’m bored,” complaining about the heat or are whining that they’re tired of the same old summer activities, the Colonial Faire at Riley’s Farm in Oak Glen may provide you and your kids with a nearby respite. This year marks the 4th annual Colonial Faire whereby attendees can participate in a family-friendly interactive cultural event aimed at entertaining and educating the public about life in the American colonies in the late 18th century!
You can choose to join the King’s Fourth Own of Foot as part of the ranks as a British Regular or fight for freedom alongside the Northumberland County Riflemen. The freedom fighters are people from all walks of life – trappers, riflemen, townsfolk, craftsmen – who are called to Muster Day as there is word on the road that several robbers, also known as ‘Highwaymen’, have been sacking farms and travelers along the road from Medford. But the arrival of the King’s Fourth Own of Foot changes everything on Muster Day!
Interactive dramatic presentations, swordplay demonstrations and duels of honor, music and theatre, old-fashioned games, hands-on activities and classic sports like tomahawk throwing and archery (for ages 8-plus), colonial crafts like candle dipping and weaving, and unique shopping with local artisans and colonial sutlers (aka — merchants who traveled with the army.)
But even more fun awaits — in addition to craft and food displays, visitors will hear Patrick Henry’s “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” oration and watch reenactments of the Boston Massacre. The Hawk’s Head Tavern will be introducing a new menu and the tavern will be serving hard ciders, wine, and ale. The farm’s famous on-site bakery will also be crafting plenty of five-pound apple pies and seasonal pastries.
Although Colonial Faire hosted its first day of merriment on July 4, three additional days will round out this year’s Colonial Faire. On the Saturdays in July (July 7, 14, 21 and 28) Colonial Faire will be staged from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Prices are as follows:
- Gate Admission – Adults $15, Children $12 (age 3-12)
- Colonial Faire Season Pass – Full access to all remaining Faire days – Adults $25, Children $20
- Children age 2 and younger receive complimentary admission to the Faire
On two nights of the Colonial Faire celebration, July 14 and 21, the evening’s festivities will include a “Summer Masquerade” where guests can don the attire of the period and enjoy a sumptuous 18th century feast. Additionally, specialized group rates are available for groups of 30-plus people. To arrange your group’s personalized day at the Faire call 909-790-8463. Also, glamorous camping (glamping) at Riley’s Farm is available for those looking for a nearby destination experience; call the number above to make reservations.
For tickets to this unique event, go to: https://store.rileysfarm.com/product-category/events/colonial-faire/. For additional information and the full schedule of Colonial Faire events, go to: http://rileysfarm.com/index.php/colonial-faire/#.