Oh yes, I said it..."Huzzah!"...a cry not often heard in modern times, except for when my family and I join in the festivities at the annual Maryland Renaissance Festival. For those of you who don't know what it is, I will do my best to explain. It is a Festival that runs from the end of August to the end of October, when folks gather together to turn a wooded area of Annapolis into something out of a Shakespearean play. Here people get dressed in their best Renaissance attire (everyone has an outfit like that in their closet right?), walk around "Revel Grove" to visit the numerous shops displaying crafts by both local and national artists, eat all sorts of delicious goodies, play games, and even get a massage by "Her Majesty's Healers". You can also have your fortune told, your hands immortalized in the form of a plaster statuette, and have your hair braided (yes, guys too). There are shows galore, most of them of a humorous nature. Musical acts delight adults and children alike with everything from Celtic Acts to German Medieval Minstrels. One of our favorite acts is Wolgemut (pronounced vol-guh-moot), a truly awesome musical minstrel troupe that plays medieval German wind instruments and drums. It's the Festival's version of a rock concert...so awesome! Plus, there's a jousting arena, where men dress up in their armor, mount their noble steeds, and...yes, you guessed it, joust. The three of us (me, Jer, and Fred) decided to go during Pirate weekend...oh yea, did I mention they have "theme" weekends? There's Irish Weekend, Pirate Weekend, Shakespeare weekend, and more. Pirate weekend is our favorite, since my guys love to dress up like pirates. I, on the other hand, dress it up in a traditional Renaissance outfit. We have a blast every time we go, and the weekend we went was not different. So if any of you live in or close to Maryland, you should try to make it to this wonderful festival. Here are some pics I took, I hope you enjoy them.
Ok, now for some trivia. Remember, NO CHEATING! That means no looking it up. And I'll know if you did, so don't do it! (Ok, I won't know, but play along, it's fun!):
What is Maryland's official State Sport?