Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Adventures in the Renaissance

I didn't tell you yet about our adventures on Sunday. The weather was absolutely beautiful (sunny and 73 degrees) so we went to the Sterling Renaissance Festival. It's situated in a lovely grove of trees where artisans sell their wares (hmmm, could Renaissance teddy bears be in the future?) and actors dressed in period costume wander the lanes interacting with all. Many guests also dress in "period" costume or rent costumes at the festival--all seem to enjoy the raucous atmosphere.

Here's a gentleman actor in the middle of a scene. I didn't notice it before, but the bird mask reminds me of the masks the renaissance doctors used to wear to ward off the plague when treating patients. My youngest daughter just told me that the doctors used to pack the metal beak with strong smelling and sweet herbs to protect themselves. I didn't know that! Cool! Whatever works!
And of course, one can't forget one's remembrances and snacks. Vendors roamed the streets selling sourdough pretzels, candied nuts, pickles, and bananas and beef jerky. The girls particularly enjoyed watching the latter vendor because she wore a bunch of bananas on her head! Of course, there was also a flower girl.
Here's one of my favorites! A caterpillar! He's such a riot.
Oh, and look, Matt got this great shot at the jousting tournament. The girls know it's all staged, but enjoy it nonetheless. Although they did mention that they liked watching the caber toss last year as it was a real competition--that's when hefty men dressed in kilts toss telephone poles.
And, lastly, as a real treat, it's always a privledge to meet Good Queen Bess!
Enjoy your day!


  1. Looks like a fun day all round Cheryl. BTW, I finally got round to adding you to my reading list...bit like your dream. I thought I had, and I hadn't, so I did. LOL!

  2. Ahhh. Don't worry, Sandi. I also thought I had added you to my "favorite blogs" list because I knew I was following yours. But, alas, I hadn't, so now I have!


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