A Gathering of Rogues & Ruffians
- A Renaissance Faire
October 8 & 9, 2016
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 9th Annual Gathering will be October 8 & 9, 2016. 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 $8, 12 and under $5 (children 3 & under free). And by popular demand, we know off a pass for the entire weekend, just $12 for Adults and $8 Kids for 2 days of great entertainment .  You will find performers of all kinds waiting for 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, shooting and arrow, 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!

We again will have pony rides where you are lead through the trails and you can imagine yourself as a Charming Prince, Beautiful Princess or a Brave Knight. 

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!

2016 List of Entertainers, Artisans, Merchants and Activities coming soon.

Appearing in 2015 - Free with Admission - A hat will be passed
Shakespeare on the Edge
Midwest Renaissance Actors Guild
Pizpor the Magician (links to a video)
Bounding Main
Fandazzi Fire Circus
Odorferious ThunderBottom and Loxen Bagel
Thee Bluebeard the Pirate
Mustafa Ali - Musician and story teller
Herr Karl - 15th Century German Knight, Retired
The Elizabethan Pyrates - Captain Martin FrobisherSir John HawkynsCaptain Grace O'Malley and Anne-Drew
Legion Armory- Sword and Armor making
Cutlass Cooking
To The Point
Last Hope LARP
Sisters Strange
St. Martin's Academy of Medieval Martial Arms
The Late Mountebank and The Wonder Elixir of Life Company 
Stellamani Bellydance (Saturday only)
Gryphon Poursuivant
The Wash Tub Wenches
Juggler Jacob Mills
Bellydance UW (Sunday only)
The Sassypants Sisters
Gertrude the Witch
Mary Meetagain and Country Dancers -
teaching and performing Country Dancing
Guild of St Michael - Bristol - Military encampment
Tempus Ornamentum

Activities - Extra costs may apply 
The Kids Kingdom - Medieval kid's carnival
Herr Karl, the Knight - Learn how knights dressed
Last Hope LARP - Live Action Role Playing
Legion Armory
Midwest Knife and Axe Throwers - throw some axes
Cheeky Monkey Face Painting
Laughing Dawg Studios
Shakespeare School - become a thespian in just a few minutes
Claire Buchannan, Highland Scot--Cooking Demos
Tea with the Pirates (Sat/Sun at 2pm)
Belly Dance Class for Kids (Sun at 2:30)
Primitive Soay Sheep
CountryVIEW Equastrian HOrse Back Riding
The Fairy Oracle
Helaman's Warriors

2015 Artisans Merchants Vendors

Food:  (
Calli's Pub - Hot Dogs, Soda, Pizza
Pickled Gizzard Pub - featuring New Glarus beers
Thunder Pickles - still only $1
The Trough - turkey legs, shish kabobs, cinnamon bread sticks, pickled eggs
Heavenly Smoked Roasters - pulled pork, brisket
Wonderland Sweets - cupcakes, cookies and other sweet treats
Rainbow Confections - woolen candy, caramel corn, cheese popcorn, etc, fudge, rock candy
Artisans:  (
Last Hope LARP
Versalla -Viking horns, leather wares and arts, honey, etc
Dale Bert's Beard Oils - Spa, Beauty, Personal Care
Katharsis Meadows -hand made goat milk soaps and jewelry
Black Feather Beads - Beaded Jewelery
Grey Goblin Workshop -handmade leather armor and masks
Vault Ø -handmade costumes and accessories  (
Heidi's Haus- beeswax candles, soaps
TEB Designs- chainmaille jewelry
Claire's Creative Designs- zodiac, elemental, fantasy & religious inspired jewelry
AST Masks - high-quality leather masks
Tangled Fibres - Garments made of Fibre and Fibre Art
Cheeky Monkey Face Painting
Drenched in Color - hats, steampunk dragons, pirates, jewelry, glass spiders,
Wyrd Notions & Diva Ventures -jewelry, clothing, crystals, collections & pagan-friendly items
Laughing Dawg Studio -caricatures
Sage's Aromal Therapy & Oils - "old fashion healing"
Dark River Pottery and Forge
Rogue Maille - chainmaille, clothing, sculptures, designs and dragons
Ravenworks Clothier - The Official Costumer of Shakespeare on the Edge
Dragon Lady Designs - sculptures, dragons & other fantasy creatures, dragon inspired jewelry
Pirates Witches and Faes - Metaphysical & Renaissance style gifts & wares
Yggdrasil Wanderer - divination with runes, rune necklaces, rune sets
Godden's Garb - handmade clothing for men, women, children and dolls and accessories
Professional Dreamer's Tarot Goodies - Tarots, Oracles, Many unique handcrafted items
Iron Wolf Forge - Hand Forged Iron work
Groenhoutatelier - Wood Spoons and Bowls
Iron Ranger - Arts & Weaponry
JLR Jewels - Custom Jewelery
Four Winds Clothing - Renaissance Wear for Men , Women and Children
Piranga Candles - Handmade in New Glarus
Helaman's Warriors - bogging swords and bogging fighting activity
Craftwyrkes of Greeneleaf Gifts - Ethnic and mulit-cultural jewelry and wearable art, fine artisan crafts, accessories, body care and fragrances.
Drag till Designs, LLC -tooled and dyed leather works & masks, knitted/crocheted items, dragon and fairie wands
The Fairy Oracle - oracle card readings, garden greeting cards & magic herbs

 2015 Stage Schedule
(current as of 10/01/2015) all acts and times subject to change

The Trail

9:45-11 Bounding Main
11-12 Washtub Wenches
12-1 Last Hope LARP
1-2 Midwest Renaissance Actors Guild
2-3 Shakespeare on the Edge
3-4 Gertrude the Witch
4-5 Piz Por 
9:45-11 Jacob Mills
11-12 Thee Bluebeard
12-1 Sassypants Sisters
1-2  Bardmageddon
2-3  Elizabethan Pyrates
3-4 Cutlass Cooking
4-5:15  Sisters Strange

In the streets:

Herr Karl the Knight
Merry Meetagain and Friends
Shakespeare School
Shakespeare on the Edge
Midwest Renaissance Actors Guild
Trout About
Last Hope LARP
Mustafa Ali
Gryphon Poursuivant
Washtub Wenches
Gertrude the Witch
Guild of St. Michael

Legion Armory
Tempus Ornamentum 

Kids Kingdom
Kids Quest: daily
Tea Party with Cutlass Cooking: 2pm Sat/Sun
Kids Bellydance Class: 2:30pm (SUN)

All the World's A Stage

10:30-11 Gertrude the Witch
11-11:30 To the Point
11:30-12 Thunderbottom and Bagel
12-12:30 Stellamani (SAT)/Bellydance UW (SUN)
12:30-1  Piz Por the Magician
1-1:30  Guild of St. Michael
1:30-2 Bounding Main
2-2:30  Jacob Mills
2:30-3  St. Martin's Academy of Medieval Arms
3-3:30  Stellamani (SAT)/Bellydance UW (SUN)
3:30-4  Shakespeare on the Edge
4-4:30  Fandazzi Fire Circus
4:30-5  Last Hope LARP

Last Hope LARP Combat Class:
Sat/ Sun: 11-11:30 & 3:30-4

Cooking Demos with Claire Buchannon
Sat/Sun 10:30 & 2:30

Herr Karl demos at his booth
Sat/Sun 11am & 2:30


Ye' Olde Rogues & Ruffians

11-11:30 Cutlass Cooking
11:30-12  Elizabethan Pyrates
12-12:30  Bardmageddon
12:30-1 Herr Karl 15th Century Knight
1-1:30  Gertrude the Witch
1:30-2 Sassypants Sisters
2-2:30 The Late Mountebank & the Wonder Elixir of Life Co.
2:30-3 Thunderbottom and Bagel
3-3:30 Sisters Strange  
3:30-4 To the Point
4-4:30 Bounding Main
4:30-5 Thee Bluebeard


Gypsy Crossing

11-11:30 Sisters Strange
11:30-12  Fandazzi Fire Circus
12-12:30  The Late Mountebank and the Wonder Elixir of Life Co
12:30-1 Jacob Mills
1-1:30  Cutlass Cooking
1:30-2 Thee Bluebeard
2-2:30 Piz Por the Magician
2:30-3 Last Hope LARP
3-3:30 Elizabetan Pyrates
3:30-4 Sassypants Sisters
4-4:30 GSM/St. Martin's Academy of Medieval Arms
4:30-5 Bardmageddon (Adult Show)


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.

8th Annual Gathering of Rogues & Ruffians
W 5199 County Road W
New Glarus WI
(County Road W 1 mile east of New Glarus WI)
Second Weekend of October
October 8 & 9, 2016
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
Weekend Pass $12

JOIN us in 2017, For our 10th Faire

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 2014 & 2013 and again in 2015 after less than wonderful weather in 2012. We have been overwhelmed by the support that we have received. Thank you!  We look forward to seeing you at an even better Gathering of Rogues & Ruffians in 2016.

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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