Saturday, May 1, 2010

Renaissance Faire

Happy May Day!

Our family visited the first annual Renaissance Faire put on by the Karl Maeser charter school at a city park just down the street from our house. It's been a drizzly, cold day, but the Faire was still well-attended.

We got to watch some "Renaissance" Celtic dance-troupes, buy "Renaissance" pizza and scones, enter a "Renaissance" raffle, purchase some very cute "Renaissance" hairclips for Bridgette, and view a lot of fun booths with the title "Ye Olde (Insert Genre Here) Shoppe."

There were quite a few people in costume. We saw some true-to-the-time-period Renaissance dresses as well as Medieval dresses and some princess and fairy costumes. One guy was walking around in full-plated armor with a chain-mail headpiece. We watched him joust, and it became evident how heavy the stuff must have weighed. There were some monks, cool hats with feathers, one viking, and a whole lot of swords: rapiers, short swords, halberds, long swords, and daggers.

They had music and monologues, ribbons blowing, balloons taunting, flags posted and someone running around making tons of bubbles. It was quite festive for a first effort. I assume it will be even bigger next year.

Bridgette liked it. She got a free balloon from a nice girl whose green balloon was taunting Bridgette to tears. Bri clapped and bounced along to the dancers. She crawled around on the grass getting far too close to the brawlers with staffs. Every time she hit a patch of shadowed, wet, cold grass she sat and cried.

But eventually the day took its toll. At the park are several long twisty slides, and maybe Bridgette's balance wasn't quite up to the challenge. She flipped over face first on one of the twists and busted her lip and nose. It may take a day or two for the swelling to go down.

But we came home, ate lunch, napped, and woke up happy. So now we're off to The Dragon's Keep for free comic book day! Just so happens that Bridgette's physical therapist owns the shop. Or should I say, the shoppe.


JulieAnn said...

My favorite sight at the last Renn fair we attended was the group of Star Trek officers walking around! Such a great idea. :)

JulieAnn said...

ps- that comment was from rob, but I was logged in.

Heidi said...

Sounds like it was a week for swollen lips. Two of Ellie's top teeth went through her bottom lip on Wednesday. :( It finally started looking normal yesterday.

It looks like Bridgette's healed quickly, I didn't notice it today. :)

Lore said...

Ow!! That looks painful!

Love you.

Chelsea said...

One of my favorite parenting quotes is "if your kid doesn't have at least one set of stitches by age 7 you're spending too much time hovering." Way to be a good mom! Plus, if it makes you feel better, Max got his first black eye at 5 days old. Try explaining that one at a well-baby visit.