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The Renaissance Faire



Hear Ye...Hear Ye!

The Renaissance Faire at the Santa Fe Dam in Irwindale has come to a close of its 2018 season. If you haven’t been recently, you’ve missed a great time for this year, but you can start planning your costumes for the 2019 Spring Season. While not mandatory, dressing in the period, with appropriate accents is part of the good time. While I was attired as a maiden (in distress), Ray took on the persona of a Knight Templar. It was so cute to hear him being thanked by passers-by for his service in the Crusades. And having you picture taken is always a treat.

The wares are not those of a typical fair, either. Antiques and potions take center stage along with old-fashioned rides and a good array of period clothing that is quite elegant.

The refreshments are also quite interesting—not the usual hamburgers and hot-dogs, but rather large turkey drumsticks, pork chops on a stick, crepes with real whipped cream and other victuals and grog of the Realm. Good eating for the Royal in your life.



Ready for the Faire

Begun in 1963 in Agoura, near Malibu to create “living history” for school children and their families, the Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire has grown into an annual interactive playground and gallery for over 200,000 participants and guests. It has given birth to an industry nationwide and this year is more fun and exciting than ever.

This Southern California Faire has traveled a bit since Agoura. The Glen Helen Pavilion provided two different settings in Devore (in San Bernardino County) where the Faire spent many years. Shortly after the turn of the Century, the Faire moved back to Los Angeles County, to its current home at the Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area, a United States Army Corps of Engineers’ Facility and a unit of County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation System in Irwindale, CA.

Charming Costumes Fanciful Dressers


The Larping Connection

Larping, a type of interactive role-playing game in which the participants portray characters through physical action, often in costume and with props, is also a feature at the faire, combining old-fashioned tradition with contemporary, role-playing excitement. This year’s faire included a pirate theme, time-travelers weekend, as well as a steam-punk costume contest.

Old-Fashioned Fun

Another part of the old-fashioned fun was the Scouts weekend, where scouts were invited to participate in a myriad of activities where they could earn badges and new patches.

Benefits

According to Psychology Today, these types of role-playing activities provide wonderful opportunities for networking, team-building, and even stress-management. Who wouldn’t enjoy letting out work-a-day frustrations by traveling to another time and place to witness medieval battles, swashbuckling adventures, or even the pleasant, dulcet tones of the music of the period? Visitors of the faire were quick to get on to social media (ironic, I know) to share their own experiences and gush, not only about the food, but family fun.

If you are looking to rent a complete, authentic costume, The Theater Company on Benson between Foothill and Baseline, Upland, is a good place to start—they have everything. Once you have gotten your feet wet, you may want to invest in your own attire—Amazon is a good place to start down that road. Sometimes, your own closet can turn up some interesting basics, as well. Be creative!! Until next year, m’Lord and m’Lady!



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