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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Almost time....

.......for my annual, backyard RenFaire! (Huzzah!) Regulars here know this is a huge event for me. There are usually over 40 guests, most in costume, enjoying period music while eating and drinking their fill.....all as the 'games' of the day play out. 

"Titty, titty, in my hand, who's the fairest in the land?"

Our RenFaire does not get this wild, but it is an opportunity for adults to loosen up and be a bit naughty and bawdy!

Each year I try to add some new 'stuff'.....while keeping the best of the old. This year we will be trying "power cards". These are just like the cards any player of a game gets that give them a unique ability they can cash in for one cool thing......or gives them some little privilege that lasts all day.

Another new attraction will be a life-size "Medieval Trump" that visitors can do battle with. An operator behind a wooden backdrop will even move his arms so people can take short cell-phone videos of their duel.

Another new "Photo op" will be a set-up of a throne and backdrop, so that guests can pose as kings and queens . 

And from last year, "Lady Marta" will be reprising her role as Royal Disciplinarian.....energetically applying a nice leather slapper to the behinds of any guest who gets sent to our functional stocks! ( She and I are determined to find ways for her to get me good this year since I escaped her last time. ) "Lady Ana" will be doing her face-painting. And Osito will be serenading the assemblage with live, period-appropriate music.

Various types of duels will be fought throughout the day and even calm, seated guests can amuse themselves with an elaborate castle block table large enough for people to construct competing structures next to each other as they drink and converse. 

There is a "Quest for the Holy Grail" which tests seekers with challenges for both the mind and body. 
"...and that, my liege, is how we know the Earth to be banana-shaped." 
King Arthur: "This new learning amazes me, Sir Bedevere. Explain again how sheep's bladders may be employed to prevent earthquakes"

And you can even decorate a traditional "Maypole", fire a working catapult that launches tennis balls, or pull a sword from a stone!

I really need to post some good pictures this year. Last year I got so busy that I never got the chance to take any except on the day itself....and I am reluctant to post shots showing the faces of my guests here. So if I seem a little distracted in the weeks ahead....I am preparing the shire!


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    1. You know these Royal couriers, always stopping off at every alehouse before delivering their messages. A wonder they ever make it to their destination.

    2. Lady Marta needs to give them a good strapping! Sounds like a fun day for all.

    3. Thanks, Glen! And no, it doesn't suck. LOL I promise to do pictures this year!

    4. Wow! How cool. We used to love doing stuff like that. In San Francisco we used to go to Sea of Dreams and the Folsom Street Fair.

    5. Tomy, I have always wanted to do the Folsom Street fair. Maybe someday?

  2. Folsom Street Fair was INSANE when we went about 10 years ago. Completely bonkers. We have pictures - somewhere.

    There was a raised platform with an oversized "throne/chair" for public spankings.