Saturday, November 13, 2004

Texas Renaissance Festival

Sheridan, Nora and I finally made it to the Texas Renaissance Festival on the final weekend. It's an annual event in October and November, set on a huge complex of shops and stages, entertaining unruly throngs and selling things you would normally find only in New Age shops. Don't blow it off as a big flea-market freak show, however. Attractions include shows of comedy, juggling and swordplay, chariot races, jousting and even a carillon. You'll hear hammered dulcimers, bagpipes and recorders blending in with the din of crowds and hawkers (hey, where's the hurdy-gurdy?) It's always fun to see the shows, hear the minstrels, eat and drink. When Sheridan goes, we always start with face-painting, eat a turkey leg, and find the kids' events.

I do have a rant, though. Most of the costumes we saw were great, but some people are unclear on the concept of a Renaissance Festival. We saw a couple of idiots dressed as Roman Centurions. "Ave, Caesar! You're about MDXCII years late, aren't you? De gustibus non est disputandem!" I blame the media for this; people learn their history from Hollywood. Xena had the Romans fighting Gengis Khan, for cryin' out loud. And what about these Imperial Stormtroopers? Halloween is so two weeks ago. "Since you're here, tell the Emperor his new movie better not suck!"


At 1:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We did get a good laugh out of the Stormtroopers though, especially when they were approached by the bagpipers playing Star Wars theme music.


At 12:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I miss this festival..I used to enjoy it. The dresses the activities, the drinks and the turkey legs..:-)


At 11:35 AM, Blogger Windjammer said...

Wonder if we'll be seeing them in the Minnesota Renaissance Festival. Hope not, Minnesotans don't take that lightly.


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