Temperatures have finally dropped in Austin and here at the Blanton our thoughts have turned to revelry as we prepare for our next B scene art party. Black Forest Faire, taking place Friday, November 1 from 6 -10PM, will celebrate our new exhibition, Imperial Augsburg: Renaissance Prints and Drawings, 1475–1540, in a big way!
The Baron and Baroness
Knowing that many of our regular B scene attendees appreciate an excuse to dress up, we encourage you to dust off your Renaissance garb for this special occasion. We are fortunate to partner with The Barony of Bryn Gwlad, a group that specializes in recreating the fascinating history of medieval Europe. Dressed in authentic period garb, Baron and Baroness Master Phelim Gervase, Mistress Myfanwy ferch Eifion, and other members will share their extensive knowledge of the period. Guilds will be on hand to showcase fighting demonstrations, European Dance, Clothiers, Fiber Arts, Leather Workers, Brewers & Vintners and more.
We are also extremely excited to welcome Brave Combo to B scene. This ensemble has been described as “America’s Premier Dance Band” and has been honored with two Grammy Awards. In addition to being featured in numerous films and providing the score for the PBS animated series “As the Wrench Turns,” Brave Combo has the unique distinction of being featured in the Springfield Oktoberfest episode of “The Simpsons.”
Special guests One Ounce Opera
will join the fun as well. As roving minstrels from faraway lands, members of OOO will charm and delight as they share songs of love and…well…other such worldly pleasures. Intimate, impromptu vignettes by these musical gypsies will mysteriously unfold around you. Take a break from dancing to visit the Black Forest Faire Marketplace, featuring unique Austin vendors for your shopping pleasure, including: Beauty in the Clay
, Global Crafting LLC
, Studio Gregoire
, and the Twin Creek Studio
Snack on a distinctly Bavarian menu from the Blanton Café throughout the evening, featuring grilled bratwurst, sauerkraut, jumbo pretzels, potato pancakes with apple sauce, kugelhopf (German bundt cake), and more. But what medieval party would be complete without beer? To evoke the festivities of Oktoberfest, we will be featuring Paulaner Beers
Master brewers in Munich have been crafting Paulaner beers in Bavaria since 1634 and we will proudly be serving a choice selection, brewed in strict accordance with the Bavarian Purtity Law of 1516 (Reinheitsgebot) with for your enjoyment. Available throughout the evening will be Octoberfest Wiesen Bier, a golden colored strong lager, Octoberfest-Marzen, a deep amber, and Hefe-Weizen, a natural wheat beer with a delicate yeast flavor.
Tickets are available online
or at the door. $5 members, $12 non-members, and $4 parking is available for B scene guests. Document the night by using the hashtag #ImperialATX, and you might just show up on the Blanton’s twitter feed! To find out more information about B scene, click here
.- Stacey Hoyt, Manager of Special Events
Support for Brave Combo’s performance is made possible in part by a grant from Texas Commission on the Arts