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Bratwurst, Rose

Return to Bristol!

Posted on 2009.08.31 at 00:26
Current Mood: tiredtired
Current Music: Take Me to the Mardi Gras - Paul Simon
I’m happy to report that I took in the Bristol Renaissance Faire on Saturday. I didn’t make it up there last year, but a friend who was going up there to work kindly allowed me to tag along. I spent most of my day wandering about on my own, which was perfectly fine – while there are many activities that I prefer to do in the company of friends, something like this is something I can enjoy either way.

That’s Bristol’s beloved Queen Elizabeth taking part in a formal dance.

This shop is owned and operated by our friend lifeonwry. She makes and sells a wide variety of lovely items made chiefly through the expert manipulation of polymer clays – though many of her creations could easily pass for stone, shell, or other materials.

Two performers taking a moment between shows to pose for the nice man with the camera.

This is an act I hadn’t seen before but which I enjoyed greatly. He goes by the name Doktor Kaboom. It’s basically a science/comedy act. He is shown here with his air cannon, which is demonstrated to impressive effect during the show. If you want to know what the bananas are for, you’ll have to see him for yourself – but believe me, you’ll find him a-peeling.

There’s a petting farm! This young goat just wanted to say hi.

Sarah Marie Mullen, a harpist of considerable talent.

A humble picnic table with an important message, presumably prompted by the actions of people who couldn’t figure this out for themselves.

Why yes, they DO have camel rides at the Faire!

This entertaining trio (the New Minstrel Revue) sang the very bawdiest songs I’ve heard to date at a Ren Faire.

Fair warning (or is it Faire warning?) – expect to deal with this when you attend a Ren Faire! The ones at Bristol are cleaner than most, so fear not.

This is Brownie, one of the Fantastikals. Ah, the Fantastikals – a group of fairies that may be seen here and there at the Faire. I’ve not seen their like anywhere else but Bristol. They are remarkable in their conception and execution, and they never fail to captivate. As a matter of fact, I was going to close with that photo, but I’ve just decided that I have to include one more shot of these wonderful creatures:


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charlesofcamden at 2009-08-31 20:29 (UTC) (Link)
Hmmm... She carried herself with such a regal bearing that so set her apart from the rest of the group at that moment that it seemed only logical that she was the queen. In any case, it made her a fine subject for a photograph!
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