Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The Faire is a MAGICAL Place!!

The Scarborough Renaissance Festival is like stepping back in time!! Louis Dean and I drove to Waxahachie last Saturday morning....a short drive from the DFW do just exactly THAT. Step back in England 1533 to be precise!

My beautiful niece, Leah, is one of the staff. She was watching for our arrival at High Tower Square.
Leah is an instructor on History, Customs, and Manners
as well as portraying Lady Ann Bourchier, Baroness Bouchier.
The costumes are beautiful and everyone is in character.
By everyone......I really mean the staff and performers.....
HOWEVER some of the Faire goers go all out in costumes too!
 Members of the Performing Company wear a special medallion
so one can distinguish the performers from the visitors!

I had the thrill of meeting the Queen! Although we have been Facebook friends and I have admired her from afar I actually MET her in person! What a fascinating lady!

Being Queen is hard work. The gowns are quite heavy and there are many duties for the Queen of Scarborough Faire!

There is the Court Dance and then the Parade to name just two.

This is the History Lesson and Leah is third from the left on the stage.

The Queen and King

Leah.....we loved watching her!

Faire goers or performers? Hard to tell!

The Yorkshire Tower and Dungeon is behind me.

Quite the outfit!

Clever Couple!

So many interesting sights to see!

Doesn't THIS look inviting??

So MANY things to see and do!!

A musician performing some incredible music using wine glasses!
The CD's were available...The Glass Harmonica.
Louis Dean just about melted when he played Shogun's Farewell.

Louis Dean was mesmerized by the Belly Dancers! AMAZING!

There was SO much more to the Faire than we could take in on one Saturday!
The Faire is 35 acres of unbelievable food, festivities, shopping and entertainment not to mention a few pubs to go with it! The three areas are called Pecan Grove, Crown Meadow and Holly Field.
I have to admit Louis Dean and I pretty much roamed around in circles in Pecan Grove. We could not seem to find our way out! When LD grew so tired he was beginning to stumble we decided it was time to head home. SO much MORE to see! We will definitely come back next year as wiser visitors!
We will eat breakfast before coming.
Arrive early so we can park close to the gates.
PACE ourselves.

I must say as the day wore on the visitors began to look tired and hot. NOT so for the performers!
As we were dragging ourselves through Pecan Grove heading for the gate I could not help but notice every single performer looked and acted just as fresh and happy as they did when we arrived that morning! They all carry these tankards filled with ice so they stay hydrated. However, some of these costumes are quite weighty and I am sure it is not easy to walk around in them all day! And yet they all acted so relaxed and each and every one smiled and greeted guests as though they themselves had just arrived.
It boggles my mind how the performers work all week at their 'real' jobs and then spend all weekend at the Faire. That has GOT to be hard work and yet they make it seem so easy!

If YOU live anywhere near the DFW area and have not been to .....

I suggest you visit them and step back in time!

Saturdays, Sundays and Memorial Day Monday, April 9 - May 30, 2011 
10:00AM - 7:00PM


Luann said...

Sounds like an awesome time. Hope I get to go sometime

Deb said...

I have always wanted to go....many years ago one of our neighbors was a performer there...looks like a fun day...

NightlySun said...

Absolutely fantastic!
Thanks for sharing, I enjoyed the visit. :)

Blondie's Journal said...

The faire looks like it was loads of fun! So glad you and LD had a great time!


Robin@DecoratingTennisGirl said...

What a neat festival! How far is this from you, Linda?

Carla said...

Fun! I went to our festival in Plantersville for the first time this year. I could have just sat and watch all the people. And some were very interesting. And I loved all the costumes.

Auntie sezzzzzz... said...

Oh yes, these must be GREAT fun!!! I'm sure you had a wonderful time. Especially knowing someone connected with it.


Linda said...

I can't imagine how the performers manage to stay so fresh. Sounds like a fairy-tale day out.