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Renaissance Faire Revelry

My friends and I got out of the city for the day last Sunday and frolicked around the Bristol Renaissance Faire.  We are all such wonderful djörks, we were wearing costumes and being quite silly.  We were fortunate enough to have Hamlet, Prince of Denmark join us for the day.  I brought along my crappy pocket camera but actually got some nice shots through the day.  I only did minor amounts of cropping and colour correction on these shots.  You cannot use these images for any commercial reason but may enjoy them personally, pass them along to friends, performers of the fair and other awesome, nerdy djörks.  Enjoy!

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The Green Fairy

Ren 2013 02This picture of the Green Fairy is way better, so of course there are people milling around behind her.  The light is great, too!  When I get time for another one of my 10,000 ongoing projects, I want to cut her out and Photoshop her into some kind of cool background.

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More Shakespeare recital

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Aerial Silk Fantasy performance.  This is my very favourite shot.

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Telling people there are gorgeous blondes all tied up may increase public interest in a history-based theme park.  Definitely does not happen at Civil War reenactments.

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This was just so beautiful.  I was really glad to see it in person.

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If you have watched an aerial silk performance there are the passes where the acrobat drops by rolling out and falling until a chosen stopping point.

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Jamila Lotus dance group

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Jamila Lotus dance group

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Jamila Lotus dance group

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Her Royal Majesty The Queen!

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Seriously, do other former colonies do this stuff, or is this just an insane American thing?  Do they do this in England?  Comments welcome, L☺L.

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Joust and Tournament Time!  Vocabulary is ephemeral, but smack talk is timeless.

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Ladies and wenches, word on the narrow, dusty streets is that this knight is single…

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Rings on a sword, huzzah!

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Broken lance?  Call 1-800-GET-WOOD right away!

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I’ll get you next time, Michael Cera Hair Knight!

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The Bird Man

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Adam Crack’s Fire Whip Show

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Of course it started to rain… just a little bit.  I got someone to take a photo of us.

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Then it rained a lot harder, which made Prince Hamlet feel quite gloomy.

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The rain continued and methinks the Queen may have ordered her subjects make merry or be fyred as the visitors were full of wroth and fleeing swiftly.

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Or they could have been making the best of the wet situation and they sang and sang.

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Then the skies opened up and it poured like all holy hell for at last an hour.  Sadly, for entertainers “the show must go on” but for soggy, wet artists, we GTFO.  Everyone was soaked as we would have been if we had gone underwater in a lake.  I walked through ankle deep waters with my friend to get back to a car that, worse, had the windows down because it was so hot earlier.Thus ended my Renaissance Revelry at Ye Olde Trucke Stoppe nearby, standing in the toilets, patting myself down with paper towels and stuffing one sopping wet costume into a plastic trash bag.  At least I bought two treats for myself and ate like a pony across the whole Faire, the entertainment was grand and the company divine.  Huzzah!

Categories: Fun Stuff, Photography
  1. July 23, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    im going next weekend! looks like fun! great pictures too

    • July 23, 2013 at 4:22 pm

      Definitely look at the shows on the schedule and bring a pen to circle ones you want to see. Some have more times / repeat performances and some are harder to catch. Also check the website for the out of state acts that will be in the weekend you are there.

      • July 23, 2013 at 7:00 pm

        awesome thanks for the tips! And i’ll be sure to dress up too! haha

      • July 26, 2013 at 1:56 pm

        I forgot to turn off ye olde cellular phone, but no one called me. ;D

  2. Mama
    July 25, 2013 at 8:35 am

    If you really want to experience the Faire in a whole new light, check out RenQuest. It’s an interactive theatrical experience where you get to be the hero and help save Bristol from evil

    • July 26, 2013 at 1:54 pm

      With cosplay being its own cultural thing now more mainstreamed I am sure that is a smash hit. I am out of money and people to hitch rides with… maybe next year! ☺

  3. Kimba
    July 25, 2013 at 10:00 am

    So glad you enjoyed the Faire! We all put a lot of blood, sweat & soul into what we do! As for your question, in England, they do have reenactments, usually one weekend only, at several of the castles. So not quite to the extent in which we go to. The people there I’ve spoken to tend to appreciate our celebration of the history!

    • July 26, 2013 at 1:53 pm

      I have not been there in about 10 – 12 years although long ago it used to be an ex-boyfriend dodging bonanza. L☺L. When I was a teenager, I wanted nothing more than to live there or at least go with a thousand dollars to spend. The Faire is looking great these days!

      My friend just finished two years in the Peace Corps and she just told me they do a weekend like this in the village she lived in the Ukraine!

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