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October 08, 2014


Elaine Viets

Aw, looks like fun, Toni. Now you've made me want to go to the next Renn Faire in fairest Fort Lauderdale.

Marcia Talley

Maryland's Renaissance Faire is going on right now in Crownsville, about five miles from here on a permanent site so there's a lot of "authentic" construction. Lots of fun!

Charlaine Harris

Toni, great job in drawing all kinds of analogies. This is a good lesson not in Renaissance Faires but in blogging!

Dean (Miranda) James

The Renaissance in Italy took place during the Middle Ages, and it took a while to make it north to England, roughly the late fifteenth to early sixteenth centuries. Houston has a Renaissance festival that has been going on every fall for 40 years now. I've been a couple of times, and it was a lot fun, anachronisms aside.

Elizabeth Kerri Mahon

I worked at the Renaissance Faire in Sterling, NY where Nostradamus, Sir Walter Raleigh and Robin Hood rubbed shoulders. We didn't have Queen Elizabeth, but Queen Winifred and her two daughters, good daughter Catherine, and evil daughter Eleanor. We were told to do all this reading about the period, but of course, once the faire opened in was anachronism city.

Toni LP Kelner

Elaine, they are a lot of fun. At least, King Richard's is. We don't go every year, but have a great time every year we go.

Marcia, King Richard's is a permanent site, too. And I recently read about an old renn fair site in Virginia that's been abandoned. The trees and stuff have grown all over it, and it's kind of creepy now.

Thanks, Charlaine.

Dean is right--renn fairs are about the fun, not the history. But I think they can inspire people to read the history, or at least historical fantasy.

Elizabeth, King Richard's has had Caribbean-style pirates, Highlander fans, and dragons. Plus this year there was a guy in a great suit of armor, but with a pumpkin head mask. Sir Jack o'Lantern?

Hank Phillippi Ryan

This is SO brilliant! And incredibly wise.

I've never been to one, but I've always wondered.Next year, will you all lead a Femmes outing?

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