As a traveling renaissance faire artist i feel blessed to be part of an amazing community that pours their love and energy into what they do. The amount of work that goes into setting up one of these shows is immeasurable! We travel like modern gypsies from all over the country and put together an entire 8 week festival in just a few short weeks. Doing this once a year would be a feat enough for most people but we "rennies" do this over and over all year round. We build real shops with store fronts and studios and spend thousands of dollars and excessive amounts of hours just to close it up after 8 short weekends to move to the next show.
During the week our faire site is filled with the bustle of people making and practicing their art. On the weekends the patrons flood in to watch in amazement as jugglers, sword swallowers, jousters, musicians, comedians, acrobats, animal tamers, dancers, and more perform! Artists, like myself, set up our wares in our quaint shops and adorn our historical costumes to pedal our wares to folks who can't wait to see what is new each weekend! .
This photo reminds me of all the love, dedication, and hard work we put into each one of our festivals! I snapped it this morning while my son Ocean and I were taking a Earth Day walk around the festival grounds waiting for the cannon, signaling the faire is open, to go off. My friend and fellow potter, Steven, has spent over 30 years keeping the bank of this creek from falling in which would destroy his shop up top. Each year he adds more pylons and railroad beams to keep the creek intact. This can be described as most things out here, a labor of love! No sane person would do all that we do if they didn't love the life! .
I feel blessed everyday I get to live and travel with some of the most amazing, talented, and courageous people ever! If you get a chance to go to a renaissance festival, stop and look around at what isn't obvious at first. Look at the love that goes into making things look as they do and appreciate the lifetime of dedication the entertainers and artisans exhibit. The sights, sounds and feeling you get when you are here is overwhelmingly magical if you listen. 💕💕💕