Lincoln goes Shakespeare for Lincoln
All-day Renaissance Faire downtown
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"Shakespeare can be a politician's best friend. He certainly
was Abraham Lincoln's favorite author."
James Harkness and R. Gerald McMurtry, "Lincoln's Favorite Poets"
"There is abundant evidence that Lincoln sought out Shakespeare's
plays during the most trying hours of his presidency as sources of
strength and consolation."
-- Richard J.
Carwardine, "Lincoln: Profiles in Power"
[May 31, 2007]
In the spirit of our namesake president,
Abraham Lincoln, the second annual Renaissance Faire will be held in
downtown Lincoln this weekend. Wanda Lee Rohlfs, executor director
of Main Street Lincoln, announces details of the event.
Abraham Lincoln would be excited if he were present in
Lincoln on Saturday, Rohlfs said. He would not miss the Renaissance
Faire, because he would want to see our Shakespeare play, "Twelfth
Night," performed by Speaking Ring Theatre. "It would bring back
memories of when he spoke to 5,000 people on the Logan County
Courthouse lawn in October of 1858," she said.
Were he here, the play and events that are planned would provide
Mr. Lincoln with great pleasure. He would see a comedy that centers
on mistaken identity with a shipwrecked lady who believes her twin
brother to be dead and masquerades as a young page. Unfortunately, a
lady falls in love with him (her). However, the twin brother is
alive and appears on the scene. The similarity of the two leads to
wonder and awe, and to love and marriage.
The Kickapoo side of the courthouse lawn will be transformed into
a castle setting as backdrops, tents, banners and flags are moved
into place. Some seating will be available, but it would be wise to
bring your own lawn chair.
The Children's Ring will have face painting, tattoos and games
available. "Of course, court jesters will be there to entertain at a
moment's notice," Rohlfs said.
Food will be available all day long in the downtown restaurants,
and some Renaissance food will be served from sidewalk carts. Stores
will also be open for shopping. You might even see costumes of the
period on the storekeepers.
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Appropriately, the Renaissance Faire will showcase downtown Lincoln,
Abraham Lincoln's first namesake town, which was also christened by
Events will begin at 11 a.m. and continue through the day until 8
Vocal and musical performances will be featured as well as
medieval and Middle Eastern dancing. Audience participation will be
sought as a Debke line dance will be taught.
"Twelfth Night" will be presented at 2 p.m. and 6 pm.
Special recognition will be given to businesses in the downtown
area that have been here for 50 years or more. Recognition will also
be given to those who sponsor the banners that ask people to
"Explore Downtown Lincoln." Individuals and companies who are
generously sponsoring the event will be acknowledged. And, "because
we are fortune to have both our city and county government in our
downtown, recognition will also be given to public officials,"
For more information, please contact the Main Street Lincoln
office at 732-2929.
Street Lincoln news release; LDN]