Bonner Springs, Kansas
This page was originally created in order to present information and pictures of the Kansas City Renaissance Festival, which takes place each autumn in Bonner Springs.
In my opinion, Bonner Spring's primary year-round attraction is the Moon Marble Factory. Watch artisan, one-of-a-kind marbles being created. Seasonable attractions are the Agricultural Hall of Fame and Museum and the Sandstone Ampitheater, home to big name pop and country entertainment under the stars.
Bonner is close to several Kansas City, Kansas, attractions such as the Kansas Speedway and Legends shopping area.
Moon Marble Factory
"Finished Products on Display"
These are beauties, and kept in a locked display.
"Making a collector-quality marble by hand"
Bruce Breslow demonstrates his craft to a number of interested on-lookers. Many of us were older guys who remembered cut throat games of marbles in the streets and school grounds.
"A Closer Look"
This marble is about finished, as you can see. As I watched him fashion another marble a little bit later, he commented that he worked over a fire of 1200 degrees F, but could only recall setting himself on fire once.
"Learning How to Shoot Marbles"
There are millions of children growing up who have no idea how to shoot marbles! Moon Marble Factory does its share to educate the youth. Some of the dads and granddads need a little help, too.
"A Unique Design"
I found this to be an interesting speciman, and attractively displayed.
Renaissance Festival, 2003
Not all of the dancing and music is confined to the stages. This group of maidens and musicians were performing just inside the entrance.
This knight in shining armor fields a question from a curious festival visitor.
This suave gentleman kissed many a fair maiden's hand on this day.
"At the jousting field"
Sir William accepts the challenge of the evil knight Malcolm, and the joust will proceed.
"A Joust "to the Death""
Malcolm (black and purple) engages Sir William the Good (in white, of course) in a titanic battle of honor. Goodness prevails as William slays the evil Malcolm in hand to hand combat.
""Where ya' off to in such a hurry lad?""
One of the great characters of the Renaissance Festival. I believe she is portraying the wicked witch of the Sleeping Beauty tale.
Itinerant musician awaits his turn on stage at the 5:30 song fest. A large number, if not all, of the performing groups at the festival will take part.
This photo is submitted to document the wide variety of characters assembled at the Renaisaance Festival, all in the name of historical accuracy, I'm sure.
The character is Leopold, the king's florist. Several weeks after my visit, Leopold caused profound embarassment for an acquaintance, a rather conservative gentleman.