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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 25, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Thursday, Woy 25, 1972 IFTHBOIDOr HCSAin 29 A. slice of Elizabethan England in its heyday "Merrie England" is alive and There is a hunger for the past By CHARLES OI.EY London Observer Service "Merrie England" is alive j cry part of the globe, crowded in California, a state filled with rootless immigrants from ev- and well in southern California. It has been harasses by po- lice, invaded by pot-smoking] hippies and persecuted by loc- al bigwigs waving court or- ders in its 10-year life. But this spring the Renaissance Plea- sure Faire has come home to resounding financial success. And that, in these United States, wins respect. The Faire is a startlingly au- thentic and charming re-cre- ation of a slice of Elizabethan into densely populated metro- politan areas, and this "Spring- tyme Festival to dazzle mynde and Kye" fills the gap. Only in southern California could an event like this be con- ceived, and then draw some people daily from all over the southwest. It is held in still unspoilt mountains that climb above the Pacific at Malibu, far from the madding, smog-choked crowds of Los An- geles, and the 10-lane super- highways. From a distance, cooked meats, herbs and fresh bread are carried on the breeze. Fantastically dressed mum- mers and jugglers witii painted faces meet you at the draw- bridge over the stream; min- strels with flutes and guitars sing madrigals by Orlando Gib- bons; a stream of peasants and genlry walk t ii r o u g h a meadow; young hawkers sit on bales of hay selling flowers. And when someone asks a girl what she does in real life the reply is: "My lady, this is real life." Some 200 booths and stalls, each with its own emblem on a banner (these were intended to leatherwork, spices, poman- Angeles schoolteacher a dec- dcrs, fine cloth, stained glass. icons and an interminable list and other art and -craft- type prod- val and Renaissance times in ago. Californian schools. Mrs. Phyllis Patterson ran a "We bring in lots of schools drama workshop for young peo- free to the Faire" says Mrs. pic and for one of her classes nets, most of [hem beautifully i sno ncr students built made. Fairc-gocrs are asked to c o m m c d i a dell' Arte cart, come, in costume, and hundreds slage on like those used of them do- Hollywood, after by medieval troupes. Then they all, is only a dozen miles away. c a t o d a small showcase around the cart for local crafts- SOARING SPIRIT It is all quite preposterous, of men to show their work. It was course; but the soaring spirit! such a success that Mrs. Pat- England in its heyday, and for I nestling among spreading oaks, j tell the unlettered peasant what tens of thousands of Caiifor-i you see the w a v i n g banners J ____it has become one of the i and tops of many-colored tent- big "happenings" of the year. eel pavilions; the smells of was on with "jewelrie wood-c a r v i n g and pottery. are crammed and lustres, Advantages of first-class restaurant er crews we I fed MONTREAL (CP) De- spite their somewhat deceiv- ing exteriors, freighters that tie up in Montreal harbor offer many advantages en- joyed by any first-class res- an added inter- national flavor. In a city noted for its spe- cialty cuisine, few establish- ments can offer a daily menu of the scope available to the crew of a freighter, chosen from a cornucopia of foods purchased ic the ports they visit on round-the-world routes. A sample fare can include Norwegian smoked salmon, fruit and vegetables from Las Palmas and West Africa, Ger- Charity fund's reserves low TORONTO (CP) The chair- man of Toronto's United Appeal board says the charity fund's reserves are low and contribu- tions below target. "One more year like last year and we will have no reserves said Lou Rector. He added that "1972 is absolutely crucial to us." Last year's campaign fell short of its target of he said. Reserve funds have been used to main- tain the budgets of the 78 partic- ipating health, welfare and rec- reation services. "Our reserves now are down by to only Mr. Rector said. "In addition we are receiving a lower interest rate on some of our in- vestments and many collections that should have been received have still to arrive." This year's campaign will run from Sept. 26 to Nov. 3. man cheese, freshly baked bread and rolls, Ghanian fufu with peanut mutton soup and the German erchmarren with apricot sauce. "It's very hard to lose weight on this says Karl Muller, chief officer aboard the German freighter Saarland, a vessel offering potato pancakes, dumplings, red cabbage, breads, smoked and pickled fishes and assorted European cheeses. When passengers are aboard, assorted hors d'oeuvres are added. SALMON EXPENSIVE Paradoxically, seafood can be in short supply, says Capt. Alfred Kuptz. "Smoked salmon costs nearly five times in Germany what it does he says. "The fish is purchased here, frozen, carried back to Ham- burg and may be taken through German customs as part of the person allowance." On special days at sea, Capt. Kuptz says the crew can enjoy venison. The meat is marinated for 36 hours in buttermilk and spices and larded with bacon. It's then baked with water and more spices to which is added a pan gravy of sour cream and red wine and served with potato croquettes, red cabbage, wild chanterel mushrooms, tiny tart cranber- ries and a red burgundy. Also attesting to the new gourmet world aboard freight- ers is the 51-man crew of the Sakumo Lagoon of the Ghanian-owned Black Star Line, one of the first ocean- going vessels to visit the Port of Montreal this spring. Kofi Badu, the chief stew- ard responsible for planning the menu, says basic provi- sions and Ghanian food are put aboard in Tema, the ship's home port. Fresh fruit and vegetables were purchased in Las Pal- mas. Wine and Dutch beer, a crew favorite, were added in Rotterdam. "Ghanians don't go in for luxury says Captain John Jones, downplaying the ship's vast meal selection, which offered potage Windsor, oxtail jardiniere, mutton curry, navarin of Iamb, fried herring mustard sauce and fruit flan. The galley is staffed by a chief cook with Ghanian hotel experience, assisted by a sec- ond cook responsible for bak- ing bread and a galley boy. While in port, steaming ket- tlas held pea soup and fufu, an African vegetable from the yam family, while mutton simmered on the range. Steaks sizzled on a counter- top Hibachi giving the galley an over-all appearance of a small modern restaurant kitchen. While possessing limited passenger facilities, freighters nonetheless offer good accom- modation to the fortunate few adventurous enough to travel by freighter. "The trip through the Great Lakes is a real says Edith Kroger, Montreal pas- senger agent for the German Hapag-Lloyd A. G. Line. "During the summer months the cosy single and double cabins are booked solidly." NEW BOARDS LONDON (AP) Lancing College in Sussex has spent to replace classroom blackboards with plastic "ray boards" on which teachers write with felt-tipped pens. In the next few days the "green m umb" enthusiasts will be out in force. Here's a must for Ihe beginner a revelation for the fl WSL_______ Boiler To la It I n I t Available at by ISABELLE R. YOUNG and CHARLES YOUNG 326 Pages Chock Full of Useful Information Featuring: plants to sur vive our winters dates and soil mixtures Indoors and Outdoors and Cold Frames and Landscaping Gardens and Lily Ponds Plants and Gift Plants PLUS MUCH MORE Lethbridge Herald FOR ONLY or if you wish a copy sent to you Send to cover mailing and handling. panded the enterprise the fol- lowing year. And the year after that and the year after that Today, the Faire is co-pro- of the'tiling, the beautiful set- j tcrson her husband Ron ex- i ting and eye-dazzling escapism involved; Americans have a strange nostalgia for England's Golden Age witness the way in which television and cinema are jumping on the Tudor bond- duced by a non-profit educa- wagon with plays and films I tional and cultural corporation about Elizabeth I and known as the Renaissance Cen- lueen of Scots. trc, which is dedicated to pre- The Faire is also big busi- j serving and teaching the arts ness. Some people at- of 400 years ago. It is a way of by ab- lecturing. grants to tend the southern Californian learning by osmosis event in May, and its counter- sorbing rather than part in the north each autumn. The Centre makes With admission priced at j schools producing Elizabethan the "gate" alone is around plays- It supports a Commedia And with profits on i troupe that tours parks and sales this is a million dollar- plus annual enterprise. Not bad for something that began as a notion in the mind of a Los educational institutions. It pub- lishes a magazine called The Roundabout, detailing teaching projects connected with medie- Patterson, a slender, elegant woman of vast energy. "About children a year." She is currently planning a perma- nent Renaissance Centre on a 600-acre property in Marin County north of San Francisco. It will include an Elizabethan inn, a centre where students cf the period can live for a week for body-searches even forma! approval from the cl'y ing them take off their shoes in fathers." the hunt for marijuana. j has become a nod- The Pattersons survived fu-, el Elizabethan it'i rious denunciations, court or- ders that forced them to move elsewhere a n d days when there seemed to be a police- man for every visitor to the Faire. This spring has brought more acceptance, and though the police are still there in rustic ar.rl m certs are striped, and Elizabeth" arrives once in royal procession home nloft on her throne, lo addn. fe'.v or a month or courses in the even in the cooking of the past. There will be craft shops and specialized study areas. For years. California's die- hard conservatives did every- thing they could to stop the Faire's growth. It was seen I (by people who never attended force they are usually directing together lo traffic now. oi he? a year taking! "We've come ful! cycle." soys j arts, j Ron Patterson. "It was a M r s gracious words to "Ji's a place where people ert struggle to prove that every- thing was safe, legal and edu-.......... cational. Now we've received I feeling." Patterson "IJiUln what iry tu do Is revi nur human contact and h it) as some kind of orgy. The subversive hippie young were putting on strange cos- tumes and placing flowers in their hair! They were drinking wire, smoking pot! For several seasons the Faire was harass- ed by squads of police who sur- rounded the area and checked hundreds of cars as they ar- rived, ordering the owners out 15 VITAMIN E A LIFESAVER? For twenty-five years, Dr. Evan Shute of London, Ontario, has been extolling the healing powers of iV'amin E. Ks has even a one ro far os to icy that tho-Jicnds ore dying didn it. Ii he right? 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