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Family fun to kick off a 'knight' of art

By NATALIE MARTIN
Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber Editor
September 25, 2013 · Updated 4:57 PM
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On Saturday an empty lot across the street from the Blue Heron will transform into a Renaissance scene complete with jugglers, musicians, artisans and costumed characters. Kicking off the second day of Vashon Allied Arts’ annual art auction — the year themed “A Knight With the Arts” — the free and family-friendly Renaissance Faire will offer crafts, activities and entertainment for all ages. And organizer Nancy Sipple is praying for clear skies. “It just can’t rain,” Sipple said with a smile last week as she worked to paint a life-size knight cutout with a hole where visitors can put their own faces for photos this weekend. She and other volunteers have been working in earnest to complete elaborate decorations and period costumes for the fair, the first-ever children’s event to accompany VAA’s popular two-day auction. Sipple, the auction’s co-chair, noted that about half the funds raised at the VAA auction go to support scholarships for children, yet activities kids them have been noticeably absent from the annual festivities. “It’s time we start bringing some younger families to the Blue Heron because in a few years they will be the people supporting it,” she said. The Renaissance Faire will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m / Natalie Johnson/Staff Photo


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