We Had a Fab Time at the Maryland Renaissance Festival!
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.
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