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hai
03-22-2012, 02:47 PM
Because i was to one a long time ago,and i liked stuff like the jousting,the music and such. Even though i'm quite aware that i would probably been a peasant instead of a noble during the middle ages.

Articulate_Ape
03-22-2012, 02:49 PM
Since I have a life, no.

CactusCarlos
03-22-2012, 02:55 PM
Because i was to one a long time ago,and i liked stuff like the jousting,the music and such. Even though i'm quite aware that i would probably been a peasant instead of a noble during the middle ages.

Went to this one several years ago: http://www.srfestival.com/

Not exactly my thing, but it was okay.

linda22003
03-22-2012, 03:00 PM
There are a lot of things I enjoy doing. Drinking mead out of a leather mug isn't one of them.

Rockntractor
03-22-2012, 03:05 PM
Since I have a life, no.

http://i686.photobucket.com/albums/vv230/upyourstruly/7850241264649022.jpg

SarasotaRepub
03-22-2012, 03:07 PM
They have/had one here in Sarasota, never went to it...

Rockntractor
03-22-2012, 03:10 PM
Even though i'm quite aware that i would probably been a peasant instead of a noble during the middle ages.

You might have gotten a really cool job like guarding the queens chambers, of course there are a couple of small things you would have had to give up.

Articulate_Ape
03-22-2012, 03:11 PM
There are a lot of things I enjoy doing. Drinking mead out of a leather mug isn't one of them.

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! :biggrin-new:

namvet
03-22-2012, 06:06 PM
they have one here every year. but I haven't been in years.

http://www.kansastravel.org/07renaissancefestival1.JPG

topped off with a joust http://www.kansastravel.org/renaissancefestival.htm

Arroyo_Doble
03-22-2012, 06:08 PM
You can cruise females there .... oh, right. Nevermind.

namvet
03-22-2012, 06:16 PM
You can cruise females there .... oh, right. Nevermind.

sure there's always a lotta damsel's in distress

namvet
03-22-2012, 06:17 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5CodUWP2vE

Madisonian
03-22-2012, 06:37 PM
You can cruise females there .... oh, right. Nevermind.

Now that was just cold. True and I like it, but still cold.:cool:

JB
03-22-2012, 07:01 PM
Because i was to one a long time ago,and i liked stuff like the jousting,the music and such. Even though i'm quite aware that i would probably been a peasant instead of a noble during the middle ages.We used to have a guy on here that was really into them. Haven't seen him in a while. Joust probably got him.

The bosoms are a heaping though. But someone already digged you for that so I'll let it go.

Never been, so sorry, no advice.

hai
03-22-2012, 07:09 PM
I also have some swords as well,but most of the swords i have have rust on them.

Kay
03-22-2012, 10:37 PM
I went to the one in Waxahachie TX one year when I was in college.
We had a blast, much beer drinking went on as I recall.

Also a fun place to go for something different is a Medieval Times dinner.
Here's a link for locations: http://www.medievaltimes.com/

Adam Wood
03-22-2012, 10:54 PM
We have an annual one here (http://www.tnrenfest.com/). I've been several times. While I've never been a "participant" (in the sense of dressing up and such), I've enjoyed the show often. If you're into really unique stuff (arts, crafts, etc.), they can be a real treasure-trove, but bring your wallet, because at least around here, they are artisans and they charge accordingly. Fair warning that it's pretty much the same thing every year, but it is a fun carnival atmosphere each year. I've always enjoyed things like the falconry (which just fascinates me) and there is a kettle corn vendor here each year that has absolutely out-of-this-world kettle corn, like none I've ever had anywhere else. The entertainment is good for some laughs, and let's face it: you just don't typically run into a bagpiper in most places in this country. On the whole, not a bad day out, if you plan on spending money like you would at a circus or carnival, because at the end of the day, that's what it is, just with a medieval theme.

Retread
03-22-2012, 11:25 PM
We used to go to this one (http://www.texrenfest.com/) every year. Throughly enjoyed it but got put off after they split the blanket with Real Musgrave (http://astralcastle.com/pd.htm) and my favorite character "Ogre" fell off a mountain in Colo.

Novaheart
03-23-2012, 12:18 AM
My nephew is a blacksmith and goldsmith at various festivals in addition to jousting. We have lots of full time ren faire people around here, some of whom make real money.

Hawkgirl
03-23-2012, 12:55 AM
We have an annual fair in Broward county, south of me...I never had the desire to attend.

Bailey
03-23-2012, 06:12 AM
I am not gay or a nerd so alas I dont go to them.

linda22003
03-23-2012, 09:00 AM
It's not a Ren Faire, exactly, but every August in Visby, on the island of Gotland (Sweden), they have a "Medieval Week" to which people flock. Our Baltic cruise in '06 landed on Gotland during this festival, and we spent the day looking around in the midst of people from another time. Since Visby was a major port during the days of the Hanseatic League, the setting was actually appropriate and the costumed people did not look out of place at all - we, the modern visitors, did.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YTHQVKBCWIM&feature=related

Novaheart
03-23-2012, 10:29 AM
I am not gay or a nerd so alas I dont go to them.

They have a ren faire for you- it's called Nordic Fest. http://ladylibertyslamp.files.wordpress.com/2010/05/no-dick-fest1.jpg?w=500&h=611

hai
03-23-2012, 03:41 PM
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7113/6863061026_4fdd2563e4_c.jpg

this though has to be the most historically inaccurate renfaire i ever heard of. Modern music at a renfaire, Really?

Bailey
03-23-2012, 03:46 PM
They have a ren faire for you- it's called Nordic Fest. http://ladylibertyslamp.files.wordpress.com/2010/05/no-dick-fest1.jpg?w=500&h=611

I dont do the group thing Ms prissy pants. Unless a couple of redheaded women are involved but I digress

ralph wiggum
03-23-2012, 04:29 PM
We used to have a guy on here that was really into them. Haven't seen him in a while. Joust probably got him.

The bosoms are a heaping though. But someone already digged you for that so I'll let it go.

Never been, so sorry, no advice.

I believe you're referring to TxLib or something like that. Don't recall seeing that clown around for a very long time.

Arroyo_Doble
03-23-2012, 04:41 PM
I believe you're referring to TxLib or something like that. Don't recall seeing that clown around for a very long time.

He is a Facebook guy, now.

Madisonian
03-23-2012, 07:51 PM
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7113/6863061026_4fdd2563e4_c.jpg

this though has to be the most historically inaccurate renfaire i ever heard of. Modern music at a renfaire, Really?

And in Hawaii, no less, home of the medieval Renaissance period.

I guess if you want historical accuracy, they should be burning witches at the stake, recreating the Spanish Inquisition complete with drawing, quartering and disembowelment. And I expect that while there, you will refer to yourself as a sodomite instead of gay, as that was the term in fashion at the time.

JB
03-23-2012, 08:26 PM
I believe you're referring to XXXXX or something like that. Don't recall seeing that clown around for a very long time.I didn't want to run the risk of saying his name three times. :smile-new:

Articulate_Ape
03-23-2012, 09:29 PM
And in Hawaii, no less, home of the medieval Renaissance period.

Why not? Hawaii seems to be really good at fabricating history these days.

Odysseus
03-23-2012, 10:29 PM
I also have some swords as well,but most of the swords i have have rust on them.

Do you really want to open this up to sword polishing jokes?

DumbAss Tanker
03-23-2012, 11:11 PM
We do Ren Faires as vendors, selling my metalwork (I design, cast, and finish the pieces) as well as miscellaneous other items, sometimes we run a kids' game as well. We also do the Medieval re-enactor events, which is entirely different since they are not public 'for-profit' events.

Chuck58
03-23-2012, 11:35 PM
Never been to a renaissance fair and never took part in one or wanted to.

I did do this for many years.

http://i213.photobucket.com/albums/cc115/dginzu/IMG_2750.jpg

Whoa....quite a bit bigger than I planned, and don't know how to fix it.

hai
03-25-2012, 01:59 AM
we do ren faires as vendors, selling my metalwork (i design, cast, and finish the pieces) as well as miscellaneous other items, sometimes we run a kids' game as well. we also do the medieval re-enactor events, which is entirely different since they are not public 'for-profit' events.

sca?

ralph wiggum
03-25-2012, 03:44 AM
I didn't want to run the risk of saying his name three times. :smile-new:

Yeah, good point.

NJCardFan
03-25-2012, 04:14 AM
We do Ren Faires as vendors, selling my metalwork (I design, cast, and finish the pieces) as well as miscellaneous other items, sometimes we run a kids' game as well. We also do the Medieval re-enactor events, which is entirely different since they are not public 'for-profit' events.

Question: Why are there Medieval events at a Renaissance Fair? Wasn't the point of the Renaissance was a rebirth, if you will, of civilization getting away from the barbarism of the Middle Ages?

BadCat
03-26-2012, 09:47 AM
Well...Steven L. Dawes...Socialist candidate for City Council, Bellvue Nebraska, Ward 1, has been to one...where he bought some dragons to keep away "evil Republican".

It says so at www.electstevedawes.com

Bailey
03-26-2012, 10:06 AM
Well...Steven L. Dawes...Socialist candidate for City Council, Bellvue Nebraska, Ward 1, has been to one...where he bought some dragons to keep away "evil Republican".

It says so at www.electstevedawes.com

Did I hear you right? You said you can read about what he bought at a Renaissance faire at www.electstevedawes.com ?

Articulate_Ape
03-26-2012, 11:39 AM
Never been to a renaissance fair and never took part in one or wanted to.

I did do this for many years.

http://i213.photobucket.com/albums/cc115/dginzu/IMG_2750.jpg



You fought in the Civil War? Wow, you're old.

hai
03-26-2012, 09:37 PM
I've been to these ones.

http://www.parenfaire.com/

http://www.rennfest.com/

Chuck58
03-26-2012, 11:17 PM
You fought in the Civil War? Wow, you're old.

Old is a relative term. Compared to most here, yeah, I'm an antique.

Robert E Lee was a great man and a good friend. Let's leave it at that.

MountainMan
03-26-2012, 11:37 PM
Yeah, good point.

TxLib
TxLib......



TxLib.


There, I said it and see, nothing happened..........:scared:

I think he was also really into predator plants if I remember correctly.

hai
03-27-2012, 02:38 PM
Question: Why are there Medieval events at a Renaissance Fair? Wasn't the point of the Renaissance was a rebirth, if you will, of civilization getting away from the barbarism of the Middle Ages?

Well isn't the motto of the Society of Creative Anachroism? "Middle ages as they should have been"

BTW,here is a video of a renaissance faire song.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qsf-C1NS8SU&context=C467562cADvjVQa1PpcFOBhlCYFrAtrpK2Bsp8v7Zc D77MloMLjKA=

hai
03-29-2012, 06:17 PM
You fought in the Civil War? Wow, you're old.

Renfaire i get,but Civil War reenactment i don't get at all.

DumbAss Tanker
03-30-2012, 12:09 PM
sca?

Yes, for many years.

DumbAss Tanker
03-30-2012, 12:19 PM
Question: Why are there Medieval events at a Renaissance Fair? Wasn't the point of the Renaissance was a rebirth, if you will, of civilization getting away from the barbarism of the Middle Ages?

The re-enactor time frame for SCA runs from 600-1600, basically from shortly after the final end of the Western Roman Empire to a few years before the first authenticated true flintlock, so it encompasses the whole 'Middle Ages' from the Dark Ages through the High Middle Ages and into the first half or so of the Renaissance. There are other, smaller reenactor groups with more specific times and cultures such as Viking Age Norse groups. The reenactor events are run for the reenactors, and aren't the same thing as Ren Faires, which are essentially commercial attractions. Of course, the reenactors ALSO play at Ren Faires, either as groups in the interests of recruiting (or just fulfilling the educational part of their tax-exempt charter, in the case of SCA), or for a consideration such as payment from the Faire promoter to the group or even just free/reduced admission.

noonwitch
03-30-2012, 03:41 PM
There's a huge, month-long Renaissance Fair in Holly, MI, which is between Pontiac and Flint. It's every August. I've never been to it.

It seems like a place to go to if you want to make fun of hippies. I can do that in Ann Arbor.