Monday, August 2, 2010
Walking through the shops and entertainment at the Colorado Renaissance Festival was like a time-line gone bizarre. Of course the majority of people were dressed for the hot weather, shorts and tee shirts, and then there were those that chose to dress for the fair in period pieces. At the entrance you could rent a costume for the day. Watching the mingling crowd was fun to observe and to photograph.
There were the nobility and royalty represented by the Elizabethan era. Mixed in with this were a lot of pirates. I had a vibrant conversation with one about how far they would come to bury their treasure. I saw Robin Hood a good distance away, (too far to get a good picture) what era was that? If I’m not mistaken between 1,100 and 1,200 A.D, he wasn’t wearing tights. There were faeries, no they weren’t the common everyday type, these faeries had wings and no, they weren’t flying silly, they were people dressed up like the magical creatures. The only picture I got of them didn’t turn out very well.
There were people from Scotland and Ireland, dressed in kilts. The bagpipe show was fabulous with the accompaniment of drums. A must see. They played traditional music with a good mix of contemporary songs. At one point they started with ‘The House of the Rising Sun,’ and blended in ‘Amazing Grace’ to finish. I found that a little strange, but enjoyable. There were other shows, one with washing wenches, another with German stand-up comics speaking perfectly good American English.
One thing I was curious about were the number of people sporting one or more fox tails. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get a good picture of this. I finally asked someone what this represented. He told me that during the Renaissance times, because people didn’t bathe regularly, they cut off the tails of animals they hunted and wore them so the fleas would go into the tail and not on them. Now that just made me itch!
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