|Amazing period musicians|
At a Renn Faire, patrons stroll through an area of merchants, performers, and actors who are all in Elizabethan or Medieval "period" clothing and who stay in period character at all times. At any moment you may have someone offer to trade his bowl for your weapon, ax throwers may exhibit their skills, you may see performers on the street, or you might have to move off of the street so that the king and his entourage can march by.
|Bonobo, Prince Charming|
How authentic this historical fiction event is varies from locale to locale. Here in St. Louis, the actors are quite authentic. The crowd manages to bring their enthusiasm to the mix with authentic garb as well. But many patrons, myself included, wear comfy shoes (she said "comfy shoes"), jean shorts, and an ice-cold water carrier. We're no fun...
My kids enjoyed getting into the spirit of the occasion with their costumes. We found an excellent black, belted, studded vest at a retro shop in the city and Bonobo wore that with pride! Some of the cast actually asked him where he found it! The Doctor wore a green skirt, a brown T and lots of cool accessories that made her look very period. For her, it was more about feeling cool than about being authentic.
|The Doctor with her BFF|
The crowd shouted "Blood, blood, blood!"
The performances were first class. From the singing, the gypsy performances, the belly dancing, and the many, many smaller venues...WHAT A DAY!
|Captain Jack Sparrow!|
And Bonobo is going again today with friends! To prepare for today, he found a photo album in the house that "looks like a magic book". So he took some paper, dipped in into steeped tea, let it dry, and made some pages for his magic book. Together we researched ancient written languages and magic symbols and wrote on the pages with these symbols. It turned out COOL. So, although, to me, it looks like my old photo album, to Bonobo, it looks like the coolest magic book ever!
|Jousting, not jesting|
And he's going back AGAIN TOMORROW with friends!
The Renn Faire...one of the summer's fun events here in St. Louis!
|Our ADORABLE friends, not merely peasants|