It’s fall and time for the annual ritual of a visit to the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire in Lancaster County. Yes – having just been to Lancaster country in September, we were delighted to take another scenic trip westward just 2.5 hours from our front door. This time – we were not alone. We went with a group of our daughter’s friends – a bunch of twenty-somethings. Preparations were made earlier in the week as to costuming. My Pageant Wagon Productions Costume Shop in the basement was rifled through and all were successfully garbed:
We arrived in time for lunch after an uneventful drive and were happy that the blustery winds predicted did not materialize. Instead, it was a lovely partly sunny day – breezes blowing with just the smallest nip of autumn to make for that crisp seasonal feel.
Once inside the Faire – there was something to see for everyone! We all went our separate ways to points of personal interest. I like the hat and costume shops – Ed likes the shows. Plenty of them to see, too! From clever clowns and Blockhead (that was the name of this performing border collie) . . .
To lovely Celtic strains plucked on an Irish harp by a young lass, singing haunting ancient tunes of her green homeland.
Ed caught a couple of the comedy shows while I spent some quality time in the millinery shops. A new hatter’s work really caught my eye – what fabulous designs from the artists at Red Wyvern Studio!
Loved this mini cocktail hat size topper with a paper rose!
Almost walked home with it – but – alas! I opted for one of her full size hats, instead. But, I needed a proper muffin hat to wear beneath it – so – off to see my favorite seamstress at the faire – Tina of As You Like It Clothiers.
Of course, she had just the thing for me! Now that I’m all suited up with what the fashionable Elizabethan lady might wear on her head, all I need is a new gown. And, I know just the one in Museum Replicas – a catalog of great authentic medieval wear. Looks like I’ll be saving my pennies for a new chemise and gown! Meantime, my new hat will do nicely for some of my upcoming pilgrim stories with a simpler look in bodice and skirting.
Daughter Bethany and friend, Melody pose outside one of the weapon shops . . .
While Ed looks over a replica sword used in the time of Robin Hood.
We planned to rendezvous at 3:00pm for the big concert of the day – Albannach was playing at the Globe Theatre!
We’ve heard this group before – and they are phenomenal!
True Scots, in tartan kilts, playing the most heart thumping instrumentals paying homage to their heritage and homeland in the Highlands. A very stirring concert of pipes and drums – ancient sounds – mesmerizing!
Hunger brought us to a little lane with some eateries where I had a lovely pear, walnut, and feta salad – then spent some time browsing in the Scriptorium – the bookstore at the faire. Could have gone home with this incomplete 1909 set of Shakespeare’s works – but wasn’t keen on their condition.
However, I did bring home a little Shakespeare. Fancy meeting him at the Fleur-de-Lis Tea Shoppe!
Along with plenty of vintage teapots and cups for sale . . .
And, some newer, seasonal selections . . .
And, this stunner of an elegant teacup . . .
There be tea – Shakespeare’s own! Boxed and imported from England, of course!
And, not just this one with Shakespeare’s visage – but, another brand charming tea connoisseurs with his mark – and another familiar author – my dearest Jane!
Of course, you know I took them both home! Stay tuned for a Jane Austen tea post in the near future!
As evening fell, the famous joust was about to take place – hundreds of visitors made their way to the field. My telephoto lens is nothing to write home about, but captured some of the action well enough.
And, yes, that’s our good Queen Bess!
The re-enactors are trained actors who perform throughout the day, interacting with people, but following a scripted storyline. You can follow the story all day and watch it come to its climax at the joust. The fighting and weaponry is well choreographed. Quite exciting.
By the time the show is over, darkness has fallen on the faire. We stroll back to the main gate and make ready our return trip – but not before I have to grab one more shot of some delightful marionettes! Next time I shall have to visit the puppet shop earlier in the day . . .
So, fare-thee-well Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire! A great time was had by all – and we’ll be back again!