Monday, August 31, 2009

New York Ren Faire

Here's a picture of me vamping it up a bit at the NY Renaissance Faire in Tuxedo, NY. If I look just a little rumpled, it's because this pic was taken at the end of the day and that top sash had taken several dives into the muddy ground, including one where I thought I'd lost it for good. Luckily a vendor saw it in the path and hung it on her booth, and we walked by and saw it.

My costume is pleasantly cobbled together from items that I brought from home and items that I bought while in NY. Oh yes, and I'm wearing elf ears! I wasn't going to get them, since I don't do faerie costuming as much any more, but everyone thought that I should try them on and they looked perfect on me, so my MIL gifted me with a pair. She also bought a pair for herself, to go with the horns she bought last year. She looked so cute with her elven ears! The vendor even poked a hole in them for her cartilage piercing, making them look even more natural.

Over all, the Faire was muddy but awesome. There was an incredibly light misty rain off and on throughout the day, but otherwise the weather was perfect. Neither too hot nor too cold for my costume, and the clouds kept me from adding to my collection of sunburns. I was a bit disappointed that I had to layer my white choli over my green tie-dye top, but I think it looked OK.

The nice thing was that my brother-in-law Pete and his girlfriend Lisa were able to join us for the day. We wouldn't have been able to see them otherwise, as Pete is going to school a couple of hours away from home.

We caught quite a few shows throughout the day. I was excited to see that Wolgemut was performing that weekend, as I'd heard good things about their music but hadn't yet picked up any CDs. We spent a few minutes watching an impromptu jam session with them and another musician (one of the guys from Karpathos, I think), in an attempt to earn some free beer, and then we caught their 4pm show. Unfortunately, in the middle of their second song, their bagpipers pipe broke, a victim to the humidity. It was repairable, but not immediately so, so they apologized profusely and said they'd only be able to play one more song, which didn't involve the bagpipes. Then they said that everyone should clap along or dance, and of course, I chose the latter option. I was the only one who did so, and then to my utter amazement, they waved me up onto the stage.

So, without any warming up or preparation or anything, I improv-ed a dance to the song, using only a few moves because almost everything else that I knew totally fled my mind -- ha ha. But it was awesome! Possibly the coolest thing that has happened to me so far this year. After the song, they thanked me for my dancing, and Chris and his family told me how cool they thought it was, and of course, we bought CDs to make up for only getting a few minutes of music.

I was also able to get my shimmy on with the belly dancers later, when one of them caught me bouncing my hips along to the last song and pulled me out (they'd been pulling girls in throughout the show, but I was standing in the back avoiding notice... he he). It was a lot of fun, even if we were dancing in a muddy, grassy field (they were dancing in golashes!).

Anyway, my luggage finally arrived earlier (hence my ability to pull pictures off of my camera), so I should really go do some laundry and put away all of my purchases, so I can get the suitcases out of the living room.


  1. What a fantastic day! I love your costume. It is the perfect rainbow of greens. :) I think this is my favorite post of yours ever. Thanks for writing so many details. It was really fun to read.


  2. Great picture!

  3. Great pictures and sounds like a great time:)


  4. huzzah for elven dancing! you're famous now ;]

  5. I love that costume- it's so pretty! The elf ears are a great touch, too. :)

    That is so neat that they asked you to come up on stage and dance!

  6. What a great day that must have been for you. Way to go!

  7. Glad to hear you had such a great time and that you and your luggage were so joyfully reunited.

    And thanks for bringing the rain along home with you! Either that, or I danced up a storm last night. I have the bloody blisters to prove it. ;-)

  8. You look awesome! I am so glad that you had so much fun! It's a great photo and it must be wonderful to have so much in common with your in-law!
    Cheers, Denise

  9. Karen, thank you so much! I'm glad that you enjoyed it :)

    Marilee, Chris snapped the pic. Don't you love how lush and green the plants are? A big change from the pics from our AZ Faire.

    Jolene, it was an awesome time! Makes me sad that I won't go to Faire again until February.

    Mermaiden, far from famous ;) But at least it confirmed my opinion that I will probably not get stage fright when I go pro -- my love for dancing overwhelms my natural shyness.

    Meri, I know, I couldn't believe it! I don't think that would ever happen at the AZ Faire, but the atmosphere seemed more relaxed at this Faire -- not sure if that's how they always roll, or if it's because it was a rainy day and everyone was trying to make the best of it.

    Arline, it was the best day of my vacation, and that's saying something, because they were all really good.

    Denise, I pretty much have the coolest MIL ever. She likes to go to Ren Faire. She makes us see all the SF/F movies that are in the theaters when we visit, because all of her friends prefer chick flicks. She gave me a copy of "The Stain" and is probably going to send me a copy of "Wicked", too. And of course, she raised up the wonderful man I'm married to :D

  10. SaraBeth, I think that was all your dancing, because we didn't get any rain in Tucson! Might get some tonight.

    Take care of your feet, hope the blisters are healed soon :)

  11. Great photo. Glad you decided to get the elf ears - they look awesome!! Fun time and entry. I want to see you dance!

  12. Thank you, Aquariann! Sometime I'll have to borrow my Dad and his video camera so I can share my dancing with my long-distance friends :)