|Nate & Aimee with friends in '05.|
This weekend I finally got to go! I enjoyed going to the local Tampa Bay Area Renaissance Faire with Rachel in costume for the first time in years and had more fun than I've had in years as well!
|Aimee: Bay Area Ren. Faire: 2011|
Yesterday, Rachel and I returned to the Renaissance Faire, in style. I had created my own garb to wear (see photo left) out of material and nine hours of sewing, and a little bit of love. I really had fun making it. I figured my costume might be a bit Medieval for the faire, but nobody bothered me about it! Rachel pulled out some of her favorite piratical accessories (it was a Buccaneer-themed pirate weekend) and off we went!
Photo: Sarah Chambers Garcia
|Aims & Rachel, Bay Area Ren Faire '11|
What I loved most about the Faire, were the happy people, in their element all around us. It was fine to wear normal street clothes (although you were far more likely to be picked to go up on stage if you did) or to wear homemade costumes, or truly authentic or replica costumes. There were pirates, and wenches, and Lords and Ladies, and Orcs (although we didn't see any yesterday) and black knights, fairies, elves, zombies (although we didn't see any of those either-but they were on the FB page), gypsies, musicians, human fountains and statues, kids, adults and elderly alike. There was a man, who looked even more like Captain Jack Sparrow than the latest Johnny Depp promos from On Stranger Tides, who was nice enough to say hello and greet us, mainly because Rachel and I couldn't stop staring at both him and a beautiful lady wearing a black leather and metal cut out bustier/corset, but it was more fun to watch them interact than to see any of the lead actors and actresses I've seen this month (and it's been a lot: check out my April film review) interact with each other. Everyone just looked like they were having so much fun! From watching the local tourists in street clothes be uncomfortable, to seeing the pros interact, it was a blast to me a part of, and I can't wait to go back!
It's not too late to go! The Faire runs through next weekend, culminating in the "Huzzah to the King" weekend (April 16th & 17th) and the Afterhours Ball (April 16th). (I'm working on Tom for the Afterhours Masquerade Ball already.)
For more pictures check out the Bay Area Renaissance Faire on Facebook.