by Dan and Catherine Le Blanc
Time: 2:00 pm
Location: North tent
Meet the two founders of Ferdinand's award-winning Rosenvolk German Medieval Festival—named the best new Renaissance Faire in the United States in 2015 by Renaissance Magazine Podcast Awards and a regional "Travel Treasure" in the AAA Midwest Traveler magazine. Catherine and Daniel Le Blanc will give an enthusiastic update of what to expect at the second annual Rosenvolk Festival, set for the weekend of October 14-16 in 18th Street Park. The event last year attracted 5,000 people. "The Festival is designed to bring medieval Germany to life in a fun way for all ages," states Catherine. "The event will educate, entertain, and advance Germany's cultural history." Demonstrations and re-enactors from around the United States and beyond will highlight the weekend, and characters in medieval attire will include musicians, storytellers, puppeteers, blacksmiths, full-contact jousters, and period artisans selling their wares. Craft beer, mead, and delicious food will also be available, and Saturday night will end with a masquerade ball! A family and earth-friendly event and the first-of-its-kind in the region, the Rosenvolk Medieval Festival is a not-for-profit organization.
Catherine and Dan's goal is to find a permanent home for the Rosenvolk Festival and other events in the beautiful Ferdinand area. Their vision includes building a replica, multi-use, medieval-style German village with a castle and cathedral to complement the area's historic architecture and German heritage and to build upon the region's growing tourism market. Visit their website or Facebook for more info and updates.
The couple met in Canada in 2000 at the Ontario Renaissance Festival in the village of Trillingham. Following their Renaissance-themed wedding in 2002, they complemented their dedication to art and history by starting a leather mask-making business called DeMasque Productions, Ltd., which has sold masks throughout the United States. In New Orleans, they sell their masks at a store called "Maskerade" on St. Ann Street in the French Quarter. They also secured a contract with all nine Texas-based Medieval Times dinner tournament castles and locations in North America. Other contracts for their leather items include the Texas Renaissance Faire and vendors who attend Comic-Cons, Anime, and sci-fi conventions. Internationally, they have provided masks for black tie events, the Chinese Consulate in Toronto, and the Canadian Consulate in Geneva. In 2009 they moved their business into the US and made southern Indiana their home.