A Gathering of Rogues & Ruffians
- A Renaissance Faire
October 14 & 15, 2017
New Glarus, WI

2017 Artisan, Vendors and Perfomers to be announced
all acts and times subject to change

How now good people!

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

Our 10th Annual Gathering will be October 14 & 15, 2017. 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 $10 for adults, Youth 4-12 $5, children 3 & under free. (Volunteers are free, contact us!) And by popular demand, we now offer a pass for the entire weekend, just $16 for Adults and $8 Kids for 2 days of great entertainment (MUST be purchased on or before Saturday of the Faire, weekend passes CANNOT be purchased on the Sunday of the Faire).  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!

2017 List of Entertainers, Artisans, Merchants and Activities coming soon.

2016 List of Entertainers, Artisans, Merchants and Activities listed below for your reference.

Appearing in 2016 - Free with Admission - A hat will be passed
Shakespeare on the Edge
Midwest Renaissance Actors Guild
Pizpor the Magician (links to a video)
Fandazzi Fire Circus
Odorferious ThunderBottom and Loxen Bagel
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
Stellamani Bellydance (
The Wash Tub Wenches
Juggler Jacob Mills
Gertrude the Witch
Humphrey & Seria Spooner, Mary Meetagain and Country Dancers - teaching and performing Country Dancing
Guild of St Michael - Bristol - Military encampment
Kathleen Johnson - Hammered Dulcimer
Level Up!
Medieval Tourney - Fighting Knights)
Madison Shakespeare Company
Courtesan and the Cabin Boy

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
Shakespeare School - become a thespian in just a few minutes

Tea Party in the Fairy kingdoM

Iron Range Archery

Kid's Quest

Primitive Soay Sheep
Iowa Henna
The Embellished Like - Walking layrinths
Madison Area Herpetological Society
Tarot Readings by Rhonda Morningstar
Iron Range Archery
Gryphon Poursuivant - games
Tarot Readings by Gertrude the WItch
CountryVIEW Equestrian HOrse Back Riding

Helaman's Warriors

Laughing Dawg Studios - Caricatures

Claire Buchannan, Highland Scot-Cooking Demos

Build a Life Size Castle - Artist Stuart Hellwig

2016 Artisans Merchants Vendors

Food:  (
Calli's Pub - Hot Dogs, Brats, Pizza, Soda, Coffee, Chips
Pickled Gizzard Pub - featuring New Glarus beers
Thunder Pickles - still only $1
Heavenly Smoked Roasters - pulled pork, brisket, Turkey Legs
Wonderland Sweets - cupcakes, cookies and other sweet treats
Sadie's roasted Corn - Corn on the Cob, Baked Potato, Cinnamon Roasted Nuts, Nachos, & Soft Pretzels
Dragonz Lair Vittlez - Authentic Indian Tacos, Smoked Chicken Nachos, Black Beans & Rice, Rosemary Roasted potatoes, Smoking Hot Mess
Gourmet Kettle Corn
Bos Mead

Artisans:  (
Last Hope LARP
Versalla -Viking horns, leather wares and arts, honey, etc
Katharsis Meadows -hand made goat milk soaps and jewelry
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
BST Leather and Chain / AST Masks - high-quality leather masks
Tangled Fibres by Kitten Crochet - Garments made of Fibre and Fibre Art
Cheeky Monkey Face Painting
Drenched in Color - hats, steampunk dragons, pirates, jewelry, glass spiders,
Laughing Dawg Studio -caricatures
Dark River Pottery and Forge
Ravenworks Clothier - The Official Costumer of Shakespeare on the Edge
Pirates Witches and Faes - Metaphysical & Renaissance style gifts & wares
Godden's Garb - handmade clothing for men, women, children and dolls and accessories
Iron Wolf Forge - Hand Forged Iron work
Iron Ranger - Arts & Weaponry
Four Winds Clothing - Renaissance Wear for Men , Women and Children
Piranga Candles - Handmade in New Glarus
Helaman's Warriors - boffing swords and boffing fighting activity
Iowa Henna
Ogre's Den Chainmaille
Leather, Gnomes, & Gardens
Usborne Books & More
Betsy's Beadwork
Medieval Tourney
Mystic Moraine minerals
EaGenie Scots N' Knots, LLC
Daydream Dragons
Carnelian Sol designs

Please see schedules below updated 9/19/2016

The Trail

10-11 Shakespeare on the Edge
10-11:30 Washtub Wenches
11-12 Fandazzi Fire Circus
12-1 Last Hope LARP
1-2 Midwest Renaissance Actors Guild
2-3 Sisters Strange
3-4 The Courtesan and The Cabin Boy
4-5 Jacob Mills
10-11  The Courtesan and The Cabin Boy
11-12  Level Up!
12-1 Bardmageddon
1-2  Gertrude the Witch
2-3  Elizabethan Pyrates
3-4  The MacGregor's
4-5 Midwest Renaissance Actors Guild

In the streets:

Herr Karl

Humphrey & Seria Spooner
Legion Armory
Shakespeare on the Edge
Kathleen Johnson
The Courtesan & The Cabin Boy
Dora Violet
Washtub Wenches
Kathleen Johnson
Merry Meetagain and Friends-Country Dancing
Shakespeare School
Trout About
Gryphon Poursuivant
Mustafa Ali
Guild of St. Michael
Gertrude the Witch
Last Hope LARP
Iron Wolf Forge

Midwest Renaissance Actors  Guild

All the World's A Stage

10:30-11  The Elizabethan Pyrates
11-11:30 Odorferious Thunderbottom & Loxen Bagel (SAT)/Fandazzi (SUN)
11:30-12 Madison Shakespeare Company (SAT)/Thunderbottom & Bagel (SUN)
12-12:30 St. Martin's Academy of Medieval Martial Arms
12:30-1  Fandazzi Fire Circus
1-1:30  Cutlass Cooking
1:30-2  Fandazzi Fire Circus
2-2:30 Madison Shakespeare Company (SAT)/The Courtesan and The Cabin Boy (SUN)
2:30-3  Last Hope LARP
3-3:30  Odorferious Thunderbottom & Loxen Bagel
3:30-4  Legion Armory
4-4:30  Level Up!
4:30-5  To the Point

Kids Kingdom 12pm -4pm
Kids Quest: daily
Tea Party with the Fairies--Fairy Kingdom  2pm
Learn the art of fairies--2:30pm

Kid Bellydance Class: 2:30 (SUN)


Ye' Olde Rogues & Ruffians

11-11:30 Bardmageddon
11:30-12  Gertrude the Witch
12-12:30  Stellamani (SAT)/Bellydance UW (SUN)
12:30-1 Jaccb Mills
1-1:30  Herr Karl, 15th Century German Knight, Retired
1:30-2 Merry Meetagain and Friends
2-2:30 To the Point
2:30-3 Pizpor
3-3:30 Stellamani (SAT)/Bellydance UW (SUN)
3:30-4 Sisters Strange
4-4:30 Guild of St. Michael
4:30-5 Merry Meetagain and Friends

Booth Shows and Demos SAT/SUN:

Herr Karl 15h Century Knight, Retired 11am/3:30pm
Knight Parade: 
SAT ONLY 4:05pm

Last Hope LARP  Combat Class:

Cooking with Claire Buchannon
(MRAG booth)
"Iron & Fire"  11:30am
"Care & Feeding of Cast
Iron Cookware"  4pm

Medieval Tourney
(Medieval Tourney booth)


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.

A Gathering of Rogues & Ruffians
W 5199 County Road W
New Glarus WI
(County Road W 1 mile east of New Glarus WI)
Second Full Weekend of October
October 14 & 15, 2017
Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sunday 10am - 5pm
Rain or shine!
(Sorry we close for mudslides or otherwise treacherous weather)
Admission $10
Children 4 - 12 $5
Children 3 and under free
Weekend Pass $16

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  less than wonderful weather in 2012. But since then we have had wonderful weather  and 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 2017.

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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