Renaissance Faires

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    Mar 24, 2010 8:15 PM GMT
    Ren-faires are the greatest thing I've ever seen. I went to my frist one last year, and sadly my jaw was broken and wired shut so I didn't get to eat any delicious meats on sticks.... however, I'm now hooked on going - especially since I've always wanted to be a pirate and now I can! Kind of.

    Anyway, I'm just wondering if anybody else is a huge nerd like me and likes going to the ren-faires, and how you dress? As for me, I will be wearing the following....

    This hat:
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    This Jerkin: (haha... jerkin)
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    These pants:
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    I still need a sword, but then I'm set!
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    Mar 24, 2010 9:46 PM GMT
    I've always been that nerd thats kind of in denial of just how incredibly nerdy I actually am.

    I had always wanted to go to a renaissance fair but didn't want to go by myself, and finally my Ex, and god does that sound weird to type, went last summer here in michigan.

    I was a bit dissapointed honestly, because I'm such a nerd that I was hoping for the actors to commit to their characters and time period.

    Instead people were making jokes about youtube and cellphones and there were people who said "like" a lot and didn't speak in any sort of old english.

    The turkey legs were awesome though.

    I found the majority of the came from those people who dressed up. They commited more to the event and made it fun and interesting.

    Of course there are also themes. Perhaps I should've gone on a different day?

  • DrewT

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    Mar 24, 2010 10:03 PM GMT
    I've been before, many-a-times, as a kid. So I never had any money to dress up. If you buy a pass to one, and go a lot, you'll see many of the same people go, and they are all very into their character and time period. It's all fun! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Mar 24, 2010 10:07 PM GMT
    Halfstep saidI've always been that nerd thats kind of in denial of just how incredibly nerdy I actually am.

    I had always wanted to go to a renaissance fair but didn't want to go by myself, and finally my Ex, and god does that sound weird to type, went last summer here in michigan.

    I was a bit dissapointed honestly, because I'm such a nerd that I was hoping for the actors to commit to their characters and time period.

    Instead people were making jokes about youtube and cellphones and there were people who said "like" a lot and didn't speak in any sort of old english.

    The turkey legs were awesome though.

    I found the majority of the came from those people who dressed up. They commited more to the event and made it fun and interesting.

    Of course there are also themes. Perhaps I should've gone on a different day?



    You must've gone to a bad one... the one I went to EVERYONE is very into character, and actually sometimes harrass people who aren't dressed up/in character. It was honestly like I stepped into World of Warcraft, but better! There were people dressed as everything, pirates, barbarians, knights, goblins, elves, everything. Amazing.
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    Mar 24, 2010 10:20 PM GMT
    Yeah, they are fun. From Wisconsin you could go to Minneapolis (actually Shakopee, just west of Mpls) at a permanent site they have there over many acres. Friends of mine were involved in it, singing in Elizabethan choirs in period costume (Elizabeth I herself making an appearance), getting drunk on mead, munching huge turkey legs like Henry VIII, dressing up yourself if you want, having entirely too much silly fun.

    http://www.renaissancefest.com/MRF/
  • omatix

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    Mar 25, 2010 12:57 AM GMT
    I honestly don't get it (maybe I have a stunted imagination), but I can second that the Ren faire outside of Minneapolis is pretty popular in the fall. So if you're into that, you should check it out.

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    Mar 25, 2010 1:00 AM GMT
    Omatix saidI honestly don't get it (maybe I have a stunted imagination), but I can second that the Ren faire outside of Minneapolis is pretty popular in the fall. So if you're into that, you should check it out.



    Well if your life dream is to become a real pirate, like mine is, you would understand... since that's probably the closest I'll get to it, unless I move to Somalia.
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    Mar 25, 2010 1:05 AM GMT
    Go as this...

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    Mar 25, 2010 1:07 AM GMT
    Holy fucking shit. Awesome. That even looks oddly like the renaissance faire grounds near me... If I see that awesome man-horse I will flip the fuck out. icon_lol.gificon_lol.gif

    Edit: Hahaha look at the little girl on the right of the picture just staring at him. That will be me. Except more piratey.
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    Mar 25, 2010 1:10 AM GMT
    The one I went to had a museum on medieval torture devices. My father was a little concerned at how awesome I thought it was
  • BlackBeltGuy

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    Mar 25, 2010 1:17 AM GMT
    O.M.G
    the drunken madness I have had on mead.

    and the scotched eggs... THEY ARE AWESOME!
    I'M usually a jester because i can just stand there and do backhandsprings and backtucks and tumble passes.
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    Mar 25, 2010 1:45 AM GMT
    We have a Ren Fair up in Moscow. But, there's only a few that dress up. It's still fun because everyone just goes as they are. There's no fee to get in, the vendors are fun, and it's just a really relaxing time.
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    Mar 25, 2010 2:39 AM GMT


    US Directory

    http://www.renfaire.com/Sites/index.html

    The one near me is very close....about a 10 minute drive, if that.... is coming up April/May: Renaissance Pleasure Faire:

    http://www.renfaire.com/Sites/site_format.cgi?db_id=55

    I have not been in a couple of years. The neighborhood that I live in has regular community events and we have had our own Renaissance Faire as well.

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    Mar 25, 2010 2:45 AM GMT
    Have you ever been to Medievil Times?

    http://www.medievaltimes.com/findcastles.php
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    Mar 25, 2010 2:46 AM GMT
    Renaissance faires are the shit. I go every year. and every year i buy one more thing to add to my costume for the NEXT year icon_biggrin.gif
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    Mar 25, 2010 2:48 AM GMT
    Rujock saidHave you ever been to Medievil Times?

    http://www.medievaltimes.com/findcastles.php


    Hm... the one in Schaumburg is pretty close to me. I may have to go.
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    Mar 25, 2010 3:04 AM GMT
    There used to be a great one here in Miami held annually at Vizcaya Museum which is an appropriate venue as it's a rather accurate recreation of a Renaissance villa in the Veneto with an expansive formal garden in which most of the festivities transpired. The usual draws included pageants, booths with artisans, jesters, princes, and even an improvised stage on which a local Shakespearean acting troupe would perform plays by the bard himself. The food and music was also great. I think there is still another incarnation of the same fair at a more modern fair ground today. I doubt it's as good as this one was in years past in such a special setting. If the Renaissance really interests you, you might want to visit Vizcaya if you're ever here. www.vizcayamuseum.org

    I also think you are no nerd. You're just more interesting than the average Joe discussing the "same ole same ole".
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    Mar 25, 2010 3:06 AM GMT
    TheIStrat saidGo as this...

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    I'm pretty sure I've actually been to this faire... the buildings are identical. This one in particular is actually pretty awesome. The actors are pretty legit and had me laughin the whole time i was there.
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    Mar 25, 2010 10:17 AM GMT
    JoeB1986 saidAs for me, I will be wearing the following....

    This hat:
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    This Jerkin: (haha... jerkin)
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    These pants:
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    I still need a sword, but then I'm set!

    Ok, first I need to say this. Your outfit so far is totally leather BDSM fetish meets D&D fetish.

    Having said that:

    I support Ren Faires as an idea, I just can't go to them. While I realize they aren't going for historical accuracy, having a degree in Medieval History, simply looking at some things makes me twitch. Damn you, college, for ruining the once good time of Ren Faires!

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    Mar 25, 2010 10:20 AM GMT
    I love leather. I especially love the thought of pirates in leather icon_twisted.gif
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    Mar 25, 2010 10:24 AM GMT
    reppaT saidI love leather. I especially love the thought of pirates in leather icon_twisted.gif


    i knew this dude was a dirty leather bitch all along icon_twisted.gif
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    Mar 25, 2010 10:27 AM GMT
    Michigan has a great one for 6 - 7 weekends in the fall. Michigan Renaissance Festival, in Holly. Huge with a dozens of free shows including jousting. Friends and I have been going for over 20 years. They even have a chocolate weekend!

    The centaur above is awesome. Needs to hit the abs though. icon_eek.gif

    A great escape from reality. lol
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    Mar 25, 2010 10:50 AM GMT
    Chocolate, men in leather, meat on sticks? I'm so there
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    Mar 25, 2010 11:06 AM GMT
    Bigsmiles saidChocolate, men in leather, meat on sticks? I'm so there


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    Mar 25, 2010 12:24 PM GMT
    HotToddy said...I support Ren Faires as an idea, I just can't go to them. While I realize they aren't going for historical accuracy, having a degree in Medieval History, simply looking at some things makes me twitch. Damn you, college, for ruining the once good time of Ren Faires!

    I feel exactly the same way, but I try to overlook the inaccuracies and anachronisms. One common error is to have costumes, customs and music that are really Medieval, not Renaissance. Or the popular pirate theme is really late 1600s - early 1700s. And many costumes are cobbled together amateur attempts, mixing 10 different periods.

    Still, even King Henry VIII participated in jousts in the early 1500s, clearly during the Renaissance, in full armor as commonly portrayed at many Ren Faires. And the one in Shakopee/Minneapolis has some very accurate Elizabethan costumes for several of its choral & entertainment groups, who sing the correct period songs.