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We Had a Fab Time at the Maryland Renaissance Festival!

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We Had a Fab Time at the Maryland Renaissance Festival!

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This weekend was the opening weekend for the Maryland Renaissance Festival, and they had the Medieaval Baebes performing for the opening weekend, so Bobby and I headed down and had quite a good time. In addition to the Baebes, another favorite of ours--Wine and Alchemy--was there as well.

It wasn't crazily hot yesterday, but it was humid, so we were grateful that most of the fair is under the trees. Neither of us went in costume; I honestly preferred an extra half-hour reading in bed to putting on Elf ears yesterday morning. That might make me a bad nerd; so be it. It was also rather too hot; I felt bad for the women in gowns and the guys in armor.

We had lunch (falafel and stuffed jalapenos--yum!), then went to the Baebes' first set, and I was rather surprised that half the group members had changed since we last saw them two years ago! (Looking at their website, it seems some of the missing members are still part of the group but just weren't at the festival.) Some of the new members seemed very new, as the dance moves looked rough and a little hesitant, but the music was beautiful, as always. We caught the new Shakespeare's Scum Jeopardy game while waiting for Wine and Alchemy, and ended up seeing two sets for both the Baebes and W&A. In between, we popped into the shops and found a lovely birdbath for the front garden; otherwise, the Ren Fest is insanely overpriced!

It also wasn't crowded, thank goodness. The Ren Fest is honestly a big waste of money when it's crowded. First, traffic is unbearable and it takes twice as long as it should to get there. Then, you have to get to shows so early to get a seat that you can't see enough shows to justify the admission price. The site isn't that large, so it's hard to even move from place to place. And the crowd doesn't balloon with more LARPers or ladies in corsets or other nerd-types; it's the tool-quotient that rises exponentially, so you spend the day dodging strollers or Important People on cell phones, which is no fun. Furthermore, because it wasn't crowded, it didn't take us three hours to get out of the parking lot. Thankfully. In all, it was a good day.

This post was originally posted on Dreamwidth and, using my Felagundish Elf magic, crossposted to LiveJournal. You can comment here or there!

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    • Wow! That sounds like one sucky Ren Faire! Apparently, Maryland has a really good one. We also have a nice one up in Pennsylvania, so I've gotten spoiled. At both of them, once you're in, you're in. There are a couple of walk-through museums that cost like a buck to go through, and the games cost money, but all of the shows are free. Bobby and I usually go and spend the whole day seeing shows ... both festivals but especially Maryland have top-notch acts, so it's worth the price of admission to do that, imo. After a coupon, I think it cost $16 per person to get in, so we paid about $3 per show that we saw. Even the food at Maryland's is relatively inexpensive and surprisingly good.

      I count my lucky stars that we have this so close to home! :)
  • Yay! :) So, it is a season of rennaissance festivals, ha? :) Glad you had a good time, too. :)
    • Yep, 'tis the season! :) The Pennsylvania Faire runs from August through October, and the Maryland Festival during September and October.
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    • It didn't feel like two years since I'd seen them last, so to see half the group replaced was surprising! :) Although it seems that two of the three missing members are still listed as current on their website. One just had a baby, so I guess I can excuse her (even though she's my favorite of the group. ;)

      They seem to change members pretty frequently. I've seen them four times now, never with the same group members between years!
  • It sounds great! Lots of fun. I would love to attend one of these festivals sometime, just for the experience, though I am somewhat claustrophobic and cannot stand being in huge crowds. It sounds like you had a good day! :)
    • Maryland tends to get big crowds when the weather cools, in October. Pennsylvania never really gets big crowds, in part--I suspect--because the grounds are larger. Even though it's nicer to go during cool weather, the crowds have been keeping us away! Last year, it took almost three hours to get out of the parking lot one time ... yikes.

      ETA ... happy belated birthday! :) I hope it was a good one!

      Edited at 2011-09-05 10:26 pm (UTC)
      • I'll have to remember that about Pennsylvania.

        Oh, thanks! It was okay...some bittersweetness because my son Jamie moved out. :((((

        He will be attending college in downtown Toronto and it was cheaper for him to rent a nearby apartment than to make the commute every day. He is moving in with 3 other friends, so he'll save a lot!

        But already the house seems empty....
        • *hugs* I know that must have been rough! Even if you know it's inevitable, it must be difficult to adjust to the everyday differences of not having a person around that you're used to having around.
  • Sounds like a blast! Glad you had good fun.

    Sometimes it's nice to just wear mundanes-- garb can be really uncomfortable in the heat.
    • I designed my Elven gown to be suitable for hot weather ... but a full skirt is a full skirt, no matter the fabric and the construction of the top half! :D I did wear my most medievalesque mundanes. (When I first joined SCA, I didn't have garb so wore my everydays to events, and no one was ever the wiser! :D)
  • Glad you had a good time. Our Fest season is in full swing. I just got back a couple of hours ago from week #3 of our 7 week run. Our grounds are large, the stage shows are many, and even though many of us are corseted and dressed appropriately, many are also not. We always have a great time and attend each week while Fest goes on.

    - Erulisse (one L)
    • Bobby and I did the Maryland Festival every week one year. Unfortunately, it's now too far away (at least an hour's drive one-way and usually more like two if there's traffic) to do it more than once or twice. We never ran out of things to do and always had a good time. Now that the Festival is unbearably crowded later in the season, that keeps us away too, I'm sorry to say.
      • Our fest grounds are 45-50 minutes away from home, but I don't mind the drive and it's worth it to be outdoors for a day a week. Although it can get crowded, we are usually sitting at our local mead booth, so crowds are not an issue.

        - Erulisse (one L)
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