Our Purpose: To renew renaissance art and culture to benefit school children and the general public through personal-experience workshops.

         Your Experience: Learn skills to perform some of the great and almost lost art and craft of the past and make something you value while learning.


Two Seasons in Two Locations PLUS Year-round in northern California and the greater LA area:

 Spring: Through Queen’s College at the Renaissance Pleasure Faire, Santa Fe Dam Park, Irwindale, CA. directions

Fall: Through Past-Times Workshops at the NorCal Renaissance Faire, Casa de Fruta (route 152), Hollister, CA. directions

Year-round: Past-Times and Queen's College brings workshops to students, organized groups, and residential and day centers


Types of personal experiences: 

  • Traditional and Home School Workshops on Fridays
  • Weekend Workshops for adults, families, and children
  • Village Volunteers doing community service (teens and adults)
  • Youth group Day-At-The Faire Performance of renaissance music  or drama and enjoy the Faire
  • Sr. & Adult In-depth Workshops: "The Renaissance of Human Creativity" Release your Itch to work with your hands in day-long workshops.
  • Corporate and Club Team-Building through Arts Workshops
  • Take a workshop at local faires (watch special events)
  • Community Contribution: We bring the old crafts to your community event


2013 Announcements

  • Masters and apprentices form Guild of St. Clare, acknowledging her significant contributions as Clare of Assisi to the craft of embroidery.
  • Guild of St. Clare takes Renaissance Institute to local faires in northern and southern Califorian. See Special Events.



  • Two St. Clare guild members appointed as school program coordinators: Dianne Longdo and Judith Hinkley. Both bring considerable personal experience with renaissance faires: one as a noted artisan-merchant steeped in the craft, the other as a re-enactor and living history teacher, and both with grounding in history of the period.
  • To facilitate travels of guild members from their home villages, the Institute is seeking a tent trailer in good condition to provide accommodations.
Contact us
Maureen Glancy, Ph.D, Director   mglancy@coastside.net   650/504-1572
Northern Programs: Judith (Mim) Hinkel freshpillow@yahoo.com
Southern Programs: Dianne Longdo dlongdo@gmail.com


 Renaissance Institute Board of Directors

  1. Cindy Ausec, Concord
  2. Mary Bryant, Alto Loma
  3. Steve Fuelleman, Long Beach
  4. Maureen Glancy, El Granada
  5. Arline Harlowe, Vallejo
  6. Judith Hinkel, Winnemucca, NV
  7. Steve Johnson, Pacifica
  8. Dianne Longdo, Sylmar
  9. Susan Wade, Aptos




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