Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Clowns, Queens, and Swordswallowers

We saw quite a few characters on Sunday at the Sterling Renaissance Festival.  This gentleman greeted us at the entrance.


There were also plenty of skits going on their many stages.  Just trying to figure out what one wants to see can be quite a dizzying challenge with 17 venues to choose from at any given time plus the multitude of little shops to visit.  To start our day out, we chose to watch the "Queen's Duel"--she's up in the balcony watching Sir Walter Raleigh and Sir Francis Drake sparring.


Our "Good Queen Bess" in person.


And since this was the Highland Fling weekend, we were also able to see caber tossing.  Yes, these men, and a woman too, were throwing telephone poles and trying to get them to flip over.


Unfortunately his throw didn't make it.


And, of course, you can't forget the parade with the bagpipes, minstrel music, characters of all sorts, and our lovely Queen Elizabeth.


Towards the end of the day we saw this fellow swallowing swords.  Unbelievable! 


This photo captures the sword as it's half way down his throat, but it went all the way down to the hilt before he took it out. Needless to say, we got kind of creeped out by it all and could only "stomach" to watch him do this a few times before we were ready to go.

It was a spectacularly fun day and I walked more than I have in years which is a good thing.  However, I'm now having a bit of trouble walking much and when I do walk I have to resort to using my cane.  Hopefully, by resting my legs a lot in the next couple of days, I will be in decent enough shape for TBAI--it starts on Thursday.  Wish me luck!

Warmly,
Cheryl

9 comments:

  1. I love this Renaissance Festival here in NYS...missed it this year though...always a good time. Glad you were able to get out...
    I'm a tad west of Rochester...Where are you?
    patti

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  2. Goodluck Cheryl!!!
    The Festival looks like it was amazing and FUN!!
    Hugs Lindaxx

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  3. Hi Cheryl,

    What a wonderful weekend you had. Oh, I miss living in a small, rural town with all of its traditions. We are planning on moving back up north in the future - I can't wait! And we miss SNOW too.

    Rest those legs, and have a safe trip to NY. Have a wonderful show and please post all about it, with pictures. (o:

    Much success.

    Hugs

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  4. @ Patti--Oh, yes, it's a wonderful fair! We live in Syracuse so it's not too far of a drive (about an hour).

    @ Linda--Thanks so much!

    @Joyce--I'm resting and crossing my fingers! I'll take a bunch of photos at TBAI, with my new camera of course, and post them when we get back.

    Thanks to all of you!
    Warmly,
    Cheryl

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  5. That does look fun. I love anything like this and we're lucky to have real castles near by. Warwick castle is a favourite.

    Hope you are resting, take care.

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  6. Oh Cheryl I'm so jealous I've always wanted to go to one of these, I tried to find one when we was over last year but it didn't work out! Looks like you had a brill time :0)

    Good luck with TBAI, I just know your going to do great! So gutted I can't be with you.xxxx

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  7. Oh, and I'm so jealous that you have wonderful castles to tromp about in!

    I'm resting as much as possible and am really looking forward to TBAI. I'll miss seeing you Elanor!

    Warmly,
    Cheryl

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  8. Looks like such a fun day, albeit with a bit of a 'throw in all kinds of UK culture in from many periods and areas' thing going on lol

    Hope your legs recover enough for you to party hard at TBAI!

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  9. Thanks, Katy! TBAI starts tonight and my legs are still not as strong as I would like, but I'm sure I'll cope and still have a lot of fun.

    I think your definition of our renaissance festival is spot on!!

    Warmly,
    Cheryl

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