This was our second visit to the MD RenFest, and my third overall visit to a Ren Faire (I went to the NY Renaissance Faire one summer when I was in college). I really like these kinds of events -- people in costume, a variety of performers, music, food, and lovely crafts. It's tame compared to the World Science Fiction Convention. Just like at WorldCon, there are plenty of people wearing costumes that they just shouldn't. Let's just say that there was one woman in a corset that elicited a comment from TPT ("Mommy, why are that lady's boobies coming out of her dress?"). I had a bit of a cat-fest about that costume with another woman. Eeeeuw, it was truly appalling.
We went to the MD Renaissance Festival last summer with friends. It was 15 degrees cooler, 4 kids less, and about 3x more crowded than last year. It was less hectic (nobody got lost, ran off, or got left behind) but TPT had to wait about 25 minutes for a 5 second ride down the big slide. Though I missed my friends, we did meet up with a coworker. I noticed that her Facebook post said she was on her way to the RenFest, so I called her to see if we could meet up. We did, and she was even in costume (much to TPT's enjoyment). It was extra fun wandering the "streets" of Revel Grove with a wench.
- ate turkey legs (yum!)
- watched Irish and Scottish dancing (complete with bagpipes)
- caught bubbles (you can't imagine how disgusting TPT was after this...)
- went down a big slide (which TPT said was "a little scary")
- practiced juggling
- ate chocolate-covered cheesecake on a stick
- saw a jousting match (couldn't understand a thing the MC said, but apparently our team won)
- got our (well, TPT's) hair braided
- went through a maze
- bought a birthday present (some lovely glass work for ME!)
- got a magic wand
- and took lots of pictures