Here's a little secret about me that I don't often tell people (like, ever).... I truly believe that I was born in the wrong century. I really do. It might sound a bit crazy or what not but I have always had this weird connection with the past. When I study history or read/ watch a series that is set in a time period since passed -at least a good 200 years- I'm overwhelmed with empathy and all the feels for the events and people I see. This connection is why I love visiting Europe so much. So when my husband told me about the Renaissance Faire coming to town, or at least within reasonable driving distance from our house, I was so dang excited!
Let me transport you to the year 1574 in Bristol, England, where Queen Elizabeth I is set to make here entrance in the village (pretty neat, right?). I had never been to a Renaissance Faire before but just always wanted to go. After doing some research, I knew it wasn't going to be totally historically accurate but a good time for those who like to dress up, drink beer and eat good food. I didn't really know what to expect, but after reading about the storyline, I had high expectations. Let's just say, I was satisfied and... I think I found my people. Next year, I will be dressing up lol.
The performances were pretty neat and entertaining. The jousting events were exciting... I felt like I was in a scene from A Knight's Tale. There was a man shouting insults at people and then getting tomatoes thrown at him. He had quick wit and was hilarious! The jugglers and stage performers were all spot-on and fun to watch. There were even some kids performers but my kids weren't too interested in watching.
The costumes and overall decor were really fascinating . It was obvious who the actors were because they would speak in a British accent and their clothing was accurate for the time period (1574). But I'd say one of the most interesting parts of the experience was seeing how everyone else was dressed. Some people put a lot of time and money into their costumes, while others got super creative with the fantasy aspect (HELLO fairies, dragons, and devils!). However, as a serious Game of Thrones fan, I really appreciated all the Daenerys Stormborn and Khal Drogo costumes... there were a lot of them. But for someone, such as myself, who knows a bit about the Renaissance and Europe during that time, it was really nice to be around others who enjoy the details of that time period.
The food stands seem to attract everyone. My kids were looking forward to a turkey leg, while I enjoyed some beef. There are pub crawls and teas planned throughout the day, along with snack, dessert and drink vendors. I was surprised at how large this faire is. I mean, it felt like it just kept getting larger and larger. There were many shops with some pretty unique items for sale and lots of souvenirs. I wish I'd had more time to explore the shops more in depth but the kids just weren't feeling it. And even though this faire offered rides, shows, and attractions for children of all ages, if I go back again, I don't think I'd bring them; only because I'm selfish and I want to see everything and do everything.
Overall, the faire was really fun and I'm glad we took the drive up to Wisconsin. I felt like I got transported back in time, with all the beautiful costumes and architecture. Sometimes, even as adults, it's fun to play pretend and live in a fantasy for a day. I'm not sure I'd go as all out as some of the people I saw, but I'd love to get more involved next time. I mean, this is the closest I'm ever going to get to being in another century after all.
Have you ever visited a Renaissance Faire? Are you as into history or the Renaissance as I am?? I'd love to know!!
For more info about the Faire, look here!