Renaissance Faire Fun!

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!

 

Comments

  1. How fun! I used to go to Ren faires when in high school & college but haven’t lived near one since. They were so much fun! You must have had a marvelous time! Thanks for sharing the fun!
    Ruth

  2. I felt like I was actually there with you all, Loved it, thank you for sharing that wonderful day. Will look forward to the next. xx

  3. I have never been to one of these, and I’m positive that I would love it. Unfortunately, as fun as my family is I don’t think they would dress up so well as yours.

    My mom would do it in a heartbeat, though.

  4. Anonymous says:

    We love the PA Renaissance Faire! We did not get there this year! Wonderful pictures!
    Michele
    http://koreamom.blogspot.com

  5. How fun! I would like the shops! We’ve never been….

    Deanna

  6. Oh we have one here and we try to go every few years..we always enjoy it. I think yours is a little bigger than ours. It just takes you back.
    Oh love the hats…we don’t have that here.

    Looks like you had a blast….but why should I doubt that…you seems to just know how to love life…what an awesome gift.

  7. Yes great description…now I feel like I have been there. Can you believe I’ve been in PA for umpteen years and have not tried it yet? Someday!

  8. Oh, I love Renaissance Faires! I went to the one in California a few times. Have never been to one in Ohio, but I know they have one. The hat looks lovely! What fun…and, oh…the tea cups!!
    Thanks for stopping by – Buster says he hopes it warms up a little and he can watch birds – like your cats! : )
    Cindy

  9. What a fabulous time you must of had!! The Renaissance Fair looks wonderfully fun… and that tea cup is stunning. I was at the Shakespeare and Company book shop in Paris last week .. and though I was their when the Mr. and I visited Paris last year, it always wonderful to be surrounded by books written long before our time. Can’t wait for your JA post… Happy Tuesday, xo HHL

  10. This looks like so much fun. I attended a smaller version in Jacksonville, FL and thoroughly enjoyed it. We attend Civil War re-enactments and the music and fashions are my favorite parts. I love your new hat.

  11. Look how much fun you had! I’ve been telling Ted for years we’ve got to get there, but life always gets in the way (so does money!!) I went there twice in my 20s and it was lots of fun.

    Thanks for stopping by and checking out my Nativity. No, no art school. My Grandfather was an artist and I like to think some of his talent was handed down to me. All in all though, I believe any gifts I have are from God and I consider it an honor and a privilege that He uses me in this way. : )

  12. Hi Miss Kathy,
    What a fabulous time you share of the fair. I love all these amazing costumes and the hats, wow I can’t pick a favorite. You look divine in yours.
    You take awesome pics and the cup is stunning.
    Looks like a fun time enjoyed by your great group.

    Have a wonderful day,
    Blessings, Celestina Marie

  13. Wonderful! What a cool place. A fall day at the Ren Faire is tradition; glad you enjoyed keeping it up.

    p.s. I like that men’s Victorian Hat with the holly.

  14. I have never seen a fair like this one-I love all the elaborate costumes!
    It looks like a great place to spend the day.

    Thank you for your kind words on my blog today-artist shows sound interesting as well but I have never gone to one.Yes, the frosted roses pics are mine as well-glad you liked them.

    Take care,
    Carolyn

  15. Kathy,
    Loved all your pictures of the faire. I have always wanted to go but never got the chance. I had no idea of the many and various shops inside the faire itself. I did know about the reenactmets that take place all day long, though. So much fun and you all looked wonderful. Loved the hats!

    ~Jean
    P.S. Yes, it was Kate Greenaway!

  16. Wow, very neat, a trip through time. I love it. I’ve never been to anything like that before. The pictures are awesome and made me feel as if I had been there.
    Thank you for your kind words you shared with me on my blog. It brought tears to my eyes as I always feel as if I’m alone in the things I am walking through and facing in life and how they make me feel. Thank you for sharing. Have a great day.

  17. Looks like such fun! I’ve always wanted to go – someday:)

    Thanks so much for all of your support lately it means a lot!

    Leann

  18. What a great time! Isn’t it fun to dress up? As you know, my husband and I go to “Old West” events, and we love authentic *period wear*. I love the new hat – it looks just perfect on you.

    I would have loved to hear the Scottish group. Both of my grandmothers were born in Scotland, so my blood bleeds a little *plaid* – yes, color me tartan.

    Did you add to your teacup collection at all? :)

    xo

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