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I visited the NY Ren Faire yesterday. It was a different experience than the last time.

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To Faire!

Sep. 16th, 2012 07:55 pm
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I didn't know if I could make it to Faire this season. It turned out I could; I went this past Sunday.

Some observations:

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Over the past few days I've felt the steady yearn to visit the NY Ren Faire before the end of the season. This means going this weekend (Sep 15 or 16), since I'll probably be too busy the following weekend.

So why not just go?

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This morning, I dreamed that I walked in the Merchants Parade at the New York Ren Faire. In the dream, I did everything I used to do: exhorting the patrons to smile and wave, giving out huzzahs to the merchants along the way.

This is the first time I've had this dream. I didn't have it during the 14 years I actually walked in the parade, and it's been three years since I was a merchant at the Faire. I wonder why I'm having this dream now?

It was definitely a Six of Wands moment.
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Yesterday (Labor Day 2011) I visited the New York Renaissance Faire after a two-year absence.

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Letting go

Jul. 24th, 2010 03:27 pm
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I keep dreaming about setting up my booth at the Ren Faire, even though I made the decision to leave last year.

This doesn't change my life much, nor does it make me regret my decision. It's just a measure of how much the Faire gets into your blood.

The Laugh

Feb. 14th, 2010 12:27 am
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When I listed my pleasant memories from the NYRF, I mentioned something for which I'd like to tell the full story.

Let's set the Wayback Machine to 1999. I've been diagnosed with an eye problem that will require surgery. Both the problem and the surgery to correct it are rather "squishy" and I'll spare you the details. I'll also spare you the suspense, since it's not relevant to the story: the procedure was successful and my eyes are fine.

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(This post is the last of a series of ruminations on why I'm leaving the New York Ren Faire after 14 seasons.)

You've gotten this far. You've read about the problems. Let's talk about solutions.
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(This post is part of a series of ruminations on why I'm leaving the New York Ren Faire after 13 years.)

When I got a booth of my own, it marked a watershed in my experience at the Ren Faire.

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(This post is part of a series of ruminations on why I'm leaving the New York Ren Faire after 13 years.)

With the ever-increasing number of pagans at the New York Ren Faire, in five years we could do it skyclad. "Authentic medieval renaissance nudity!"

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(This post is part of a series of ruminations on why I'm leaving the New York Ren Faire after 13 years.)

It was the palm readings that lead to my gradual disenchantment with reading at the Faire.

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(This post is part of a series of ruminations on why I'm leaving the New York Ren Faire after 13 years.)

Question: What do the other readers on Mystics Way call you when you've been reading at the Ren Faire for 14 seasons?

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(This post is part of a series that goes over why, after 13 years, I'm leaving the New York Ren Faire.)

Walk through the gates of the New York Renaissance Faire. Continue straight along Spendepenny Lane. You come to the Hawker's Crossing Tavern. Bear left at the fork, and you're on Mystics Way. There you find the largest gathering of psychic readers to be found at any Ren Faire.
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(This post is part of a series that goes over why, after 13 years, I'm leaving the New York Ren Faire.)

Once upon a time (1984 or '85), a performer playing a Gypsy at the Bristol Ren Faire in Wisconsin plucked a young man out of the crowd and danced with him as part of the end-of-day celebration. It was just part of the show, and she probably thought little more about it.
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The title of this post is a lie.

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On the eaves of my booth at the New York Renaissance Faire, I had the following words painted:
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I just got finished writing an overly self-indulgent post, but that wasn't the reason I visited LiveJournal today.  My original intent was to write about giving away garb.

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As I mention in my profile, I read Tarot cards at the NY Renaissance Faire in Tuxedo, NY.  The Faire also hosts a Halloween haunted-house event at the same site, the Forest of Fear.  I read Tarot there as well.
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As I mentioned in my previous post, I visited the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire this past weekend. As promised, no 13-part saga this time.

The weather predictions were correct: it was wet and rainy both days I was there. Many acts were cancelled or reduced.  But H's shows went on.  What a trouper!

I'm normally found at the NY Ren Faire, but other folks who've visited both have told me that the PA Faire is better. Now that I've seen them both, I'm forced to agree: Even in rainy, miserable weather, the PA Faire is clearly better than the one in Tuxedo, NY.  The entertainment in PA is more professional, the shops are larger and more attractive, and though the acreage is smaller they make better use of the space.

If I can find a major fault of the PA Ren Faire, it's in the way they've treated H.  They've relegated her performance opposite some high-powered acts, in a rather obscure corner of the site, have mis-labeled her act, and don't even mention her name in the program book.  That's a fine way to treat the most talented performer there!

Parade flu

Sep. 7th, 2006 12:50 am
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If you've ever been at a Ren Faire run by REC (Renaissance Entertainment Corporation), you know that they have a merchant's parade twice a day.

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