Ricardo Martinez de España greeted visitors to the Central Coast Renaissance Festival — dressed like he came straight from the set of Game of Thrones — in the midday summer heat Saturday at Laguna Lake Park.
But he’s been through hotter — all while wearing a full suit of armor.
“We did Modesto last week, and it was 107 (degrees),” the actor said. “Others run away from the heat, but we run toward it. That’s why we lost (the Crusades)!”
Richard Martinez, the actor playing the fictional character de España, was one of hundreds of performers dressed to the hilt in medieval and renaissance-era regalia. They were in turn joined by many more visitors also adorned in period garb.
Visitors could present themselves to Queen Elizabeth I (played by actress Thena MacArthur) and her court, try their hand at archery or courtly dance, drink ale from an open-air “public house” or trade banter with assorted pirates, wenches, knights and damsels.
Musical and theatrical performances were a constant presence throughout the day, as well.
The festival continues from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, featuring the “Pirate’s Treasure Hunt” when children ages 3 to 12 are encouraged to seek to fill their “booty bag” by scouring the festival grounds.
More information, including ticket prices and show times for events, can be found at http://ccrenfaire.com/.