Sunday, September 13, 2009

Maryland Renaissance Festival

The last few weeks we've been busy getting ready to go home to the Tri-Cities, visiting friends at home, and helping out with weddings. We're back in Falls Church and decided to take in a truly unique cultural adventure this weekend: Maryland Renaissance Festival. It claims to be the second largest Renaissance Festival in the country. According to their website ( Eighty-five acres of parking space handle an average of 14,700 customers daily. The English Tudor village is 25 acres of woods and field that transport patrons to an era of chivalry, bawdiness, and good fun. There are more than 130 craft shops displaying many wares handmade by the village artisans. Forty-two food outlets provide a feast of foods rarely seen at other festivals. Each season, more than half a million beverages are served at the Festival's eight soft drink stands, five beer stands, and five taverns.
We had fun wandering around the village, visiting the shops, marveling at the food (fried everything!) and admiring the costumes.
We happened to wander to the main stage at the right time for the joust. King Henry the VIII and his court were in attendance.

Wandering musicians playing instruments that we rarely hear today popped up around the grounds, played a song and then moved on.

Several of the vendors gave demonstrations, like this hand blown glass demo right at the entrance.
There were tons of games in the Renaissance theme for kids and adults. Here, the kids were shooting ping pong balls out of cannons.

The replica of the crown jewels were in this chapel. The grounds and buildings were amazing.

There were lots of clothing vendors. I like the name of this leather vendor - Holy Cow.

Acrobats had set up right as we were trying to navigate our way to the exit. The last adventure was finding the car.

1 comment:

  1. I would have loved to hear some of the old musical instruments. Glad to see you had a fun time.