Weekend Plans Post: The Renaissance Festival

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  1. Avatar Burt Likko
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    Plenty of study, but I do have tickets to the Portland Timbers on Saturday!Report

  2. Avatar InMD
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    I believe that no one in history has ever brought enough cash to the Ren Fest. Everytime I go it’s a wash out so we leave earlier than planned and I owe someone 20 bucks.

    I’ll be assembling my new grill and installing a light fixture at my in laws this weekend. Maybe I’ll get the family out for dinner or something after.Report

  3. fillyjonk fillyjonk
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    Ren Faires are often roundly mocked by the sort of people who fancy themselves cooler, but I look at them and think of how they look like good fun. (Never have been to one: there’s not one near me, and also, as an extreme introvert, stuff like that I need someone to go with me – usually any situation with crowds I need at least one person I know to serve as a buffer for me)

    No plans for this weekend. It’s death-hot here. (We had a month of floods and cooler temperatures; now we are paying for it as all that water gets sucked back up into the atmosphere. We’ve had dewpoints in the mid-70s). I have piano lesson this afternoon and tomorrow….I don’t know. I plan on not leaving the house except maybe for an early grocery run. It’s too unpleasant outside.

    I have some fieldwork I want to do but I have to wait for the big lake to recede in order to start it. I did go out yesterday and scope out the location and plant some surveyor’s flags.Report

  4. Avatar Pinky
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    Concert series at my local college. I know I mention this every year, but it was a conversation on this site that prompted me to check my local college for events, and I’ve been attending this particular concert series for years now.Report

  5. Avatar jason
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    You probably saw my sister at the gate; she’s a teacher, but does the faire every summer. I haven’t been in a while; the food drinks are good, as are Puke and Snot if they’re still around.
    Our local game store snagged a Hyperspace tournament for Xwing, so that will be my Saturday and Sunday. I’ve actually practiced a bit, so I won’t embarrass myself. But I’m not flying a meta list, so I don’t expect to place high. Playing is fun, but it’s going to be an exhausting couple of days.Report

  6. Avatar Fish
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    Friends of ours are taking us out to dinner tonight as a “thank you” for K’s instrumental help in landing their daughter a paid Summer internship at K’s company. They’re taking us to a place which requires more than jeans which is quite a thing for Colorado. They’re delightful people so I’m looking forward to it. Weather permitting, I may be getting the chainsaw out for another round of much-overdue cleanup on the back side of the property (that’s what SHE said) tomorrow, and gaming tomorrow night (Zombiecide!). I also got it into my head that I should read Brian Lumley’s “Necroscope” series so I started the first book last week. It’s…awful. I mean, really bad. But I’m stuck in this loop where I’m so close to the end I can’t really stop reading now and maybe it’ll get better so I shouldn’t stop reading now and…I’m looking forward to finishing it so I can move on to something–anything–else.Report

  7. Avatar Damon
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    Top 3 things about the Faire:
    1) Real Jousting
    2) Shakespeare Skum (Think Macbeth in 30 mins and funny)
    3) The cute girls dressed up as pixies and tavern wenches.Report

    • fillyjonk fillyjonk in reply to Damon
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      This is another thing: I don’t have the body for your typical cosplay, but based on the various Ren Faire costumes I’ve seen, I could either rock “Tavern Wench” or something like a craftswoman/herbalist. (That second would be more in line with my personality; I’m not sure I can be outre enough to play a wench)Report

  8. Avatar Kazzy
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    No human chess?Report

    • Avatar Jaybird in reply to Kazzy
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      They do that in Sterling (that’s the highlight of the day, iirc).

      Here, the big thing is the All Day Jousting Tournament.

      Three shows:
      Show the first: The king and queen and their entourage come out. The four guys on horseback come out. They do some light lance tricks. Like, the squires hold large rings and the horsemen put their lances through the rings and make a contest of it. (We don’t need Freud for that, do we?)
      Rated: PG (for some crude humor and double entendres)

      Show the second: The king and queen and their entourage come out. The four guys on horseback come out. They have a jousting tournament that ends in a staredown.
      Rated: PG (for fantasy violence)

      Show the third: The king and queen and their entourage come out. The four guys on horseback come out. They get off the horses and have a swordfight. The bad guys die and spit beet juice as high into the air as they possibly can and pop various hidden bladders on their bodies covering themselves in even more beet juice.
      Rated: PG-13 (for fantasy graphic violence)Report

      • Avatar Kazzy in reply to Jaybird
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        I went to the Tuxedo (NY) one growing up. Had a whole Robin Hood theme. That aas in the early 90s I think… maybe Prince of Thieves time?

        Then I moved 10 mins from it and rued RenFair season.

        As a kid, I got lost, wandered behind the scenes, and saw Little John whack himself with his staff and then drop it while trying to twirl.

        “Wait a second… I’m not sure that’s the REAL Little John!”

        And a toy peddler threatened to throw my dad in the stocks for child abuse when he wouldn’t buy me something.

        It was all very confusing.Report

        • Avatar Jaybird in reply to Kazzy
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          And a toy peddler threatened to throw my dad in the stocks for child abuse when he wouldn’t buy me something.

          That’s some quality Carnie-level stuff.

          I don’t know the percentage of Ren Faire workers that are carnies and that are regular joes who see Ren Faire season as a break from the regular 9-5. Hey! We’ve got Jason right up there, I’ll ask him.Report

  9. Avatar Aaron David
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    Date night, so we are trying the new Vietnamese place that the wife has been looking forward to. Tomorrow is the Small Engine Society show and swap, so I will be there, though it is only a teaser for the main event next month, the Steam Up!Report

  10. Avatar CJColucci
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    Two Ren Faire-related memories:

    1. A Ren Faire character cheerily addressed a female patron as “wench.” The wench became irate and started yelling: “Wench! F**k you, asshole!”

    2. My wife, her sister, my wife’s girlfriend, and I were in a hotel bar not far from the local Ren Faire. A small group of Ren Faire staff in costume invited us to come up to their hotel room and party. My sister-in-law and I were game. My wife and her girlfriend put the kibosh on it. Sister-in-law and I still give them grief about it.Report

  11. Avatar Michael Cain
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    Anyone heading up to Larkspur this weekend had better dress warm — forecast highs for Saturday and Sunday are 56 and 57 °F. Current temperature at my house is 58, headed for 47 overnight. What season is this again?

    Tomorrow’s high at my house is supposed to be 59. I will probably stay inside. Thursday’s high is supposed to be 91.Report

  12. Avatar LeeEsq
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    I’m going axe throwing Saturday. After today, I need it. Donald Trump is going to kill me with his deportation machine making me build entire cases in a very shot amount of time. That many of my clients mistake the word lawyer for magician doesn’t help. “Save me, save my this, save my that” but nobody is there to save me. It’s do more work and grind me down into the ground.Report

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