The previous post, in blue above, contains the first part of our visit to the Sterling Renaissance Festival. This post will make more sense if you have read the first one especially if you like to see rides that use no machine power, a magic bridge with wishing benches, Queen Elizabeth of England and a pair of walking bananas.
Back to the 40th Annual Sterling Renaissance Festival where we are here having a wonderful time in the village of Warwichshire in 1585.
There are many artisans plying their trades here. We watch this potter and the glass blower but my very favorite is the book binder.
It really is amazing to watch her make those vases in front from start to finish. She is quite an artist. She uses hammers, files and all sorts of tools to deal with that hot molten glass. Luckily it is a beautiful day so the heat of the day doesn’t add to what must be a very hot job.
The book binder is making blank books with leather covers by hand using 16th century equipment. If I had anything worthy of such a gorgeous book I would love to have one. One sign on the wall over the finished book displays says
These books be clean…
Art Thy Hands?
I wonder if these are the studios of craftsmen too. We’d need to be in Wonderland to go through these doors but they sure are cute. Fairy houses no doubt or Alice’s rabbit hole or Mole’s place or……any other ideas?
There is a huge variety of foods that come to you or you go to them. Pretzels anyone?
Or apple dumplings with ice cream?
The biggest line seems to be for the “stuffed spuds”. Coincidentally it is the least expensive option as well and possibly one of the only things not fried though you can load it up with the fat toppings of your choice depending on your status.
Were Fryed Cheese Curds a Renaissance specialty? This horned woman steps up to get hers. Fryed Cheese Curds, really??? This isn’t even Wisconsin but it is up up state New York.
Last post showed the non-motorized swings but there are other rides as well. An apt name – Giant Slide.
A dragon boat
And the Crow’s Nest, a variation on the swings from last post. This one also has two men winding it up the pole and then one of them hops aboard and does acrobatics while it flies through the air. All of these are pretty clever man powered rides. I have never seen them before.
It starts out like this. The gate is open, the stairs are out, you climb in.
They close the gate, move the stairs and push it around to get it all wound up.
When the operators let go and get out of the way, one of them hops aboard.
I guess he was a gymnast in a former life.
We watch comedy acts, drama and music. This group is called Wolgemut billed as “ancient bagpipes and bombastic drums”. They perform on period instruments and in what I guess are German Renaissance costumes. The trombone looking thing is a sackbut.
It’s definitely high energy music.
The piper is great.
Cantiga, on the other hand, are a trio of harp, viola da gamba and flute playing Renaissance and Medieval melodies. Much more soothing and lovely.
The instruments are lovely and the player’s not bad either.
Almost as interesting as the music are the folks we see in the audience with us. The music may be putting them all into a trance.
The group, Jim Hancock & Friends, starts their musicians out amazingly young!
We’re winding up our afternoon as we walk by the Village Laundry. Looks like everyone uses the community water.
She doesn’t look like her mind is on her laundry.
Just across from the wash area is the jousting arena. Right now it is offering horse back rides on the big horses.
The mother of this little girl says that riding this horse is all she’s wanted to do all afternoon. She wasn’t the last bit afraid even the very first time. She walked right up to this huge animal and was lifted onto its back. Guess we know what she’s going to ask Santa for Christmas.
On our way we see a falconer or she a falconess? I”m sure they do shows but we’re just passing by and I’m not comfortable with captive raptors. I want to see them sailing free not flying back to your arm.
We’re in the Upper Shire near the town fountain when I decide to sit a spell and just watch the people. There are many things to do and see and try and eat but the best of all is just the people watching.
You reallly just never know what you’ll see. I mean bananas? Really? Who are the guys on the left? They must be some particular charcters Pretty sure I know who the gal on the right is although her shoes don’t fit. Clearly, none of these is medieval garb. I haven’t been to a Ren Faire that’s as much of a “costume party” as this one.
I looks like Merlin is going to get his picture taken by creating a flourish.
He definitely looks the part.
I was watching this “maiden” thinking “boy that’s some outfit” when I noticed who she was watching.
The details on all these costumes are really amazing.
There are all kinds of couples.
I’m now wondering if these are fairies or butterflies I’ve been seeing everywhere all day.
Robin Hood and Little John?
I’d like to take in the last show here at thir new theater but it’s really time for us to go.
I don’t want to be here until the “last call” since gettin out of the parking lot will be a real treat.
This is how I feel after a great day. I’m not sure this a real Scotsman. Look what he’s wearing under his kilt.
One last look back at the fun everyone is having.
It’s the 40th Year for the Sterling Renaissance Festival.
They have definitely learned how to put on a good party where they welcome all comers.
I’ll be keeping my eye out for other Renaissance Faires as we head on down the road.