My family, the EC-5 (Evil Chicken 5), traveled 110 miles to the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire this past weekend. Let me simply say, if you have not made the time to go to the PA Ren Faire then make the time and go. It is ‘Participatory Theater’ at it’s best. The entire troop delivered on the whole, “the show must go on” ethos and were true professionals in the torrential rains that poured down on the just and the unjust during our visit.
As the Mount Hope Estate & Winery’s web site (http://www.parenfaire.com/) says concerning the Ren Faire, “…A cast of hundreds of colorfully costumed characters fill the Shire with music, dancing, and more! With over 90 stage shows daily, 22 Royal Kitchens and scores of artisan merchants with handcrafted wares, the Renaissance Faire invites guests to immerse themselves in our 35-acre village and experience the fantasy!”
Wear comfortable shoes for your journey to the Shire. If it rains a poncho is not a bad accessory either. We beheld sword fights, ate Scotch eggs, shot arrows, threw axes, watched brawls at the Boarshead Inn, saw Lord Chamberlain's Men perform scenes from Henry the V as Shakespeare himself took a bow and heard shouts of “God Save the Queen!” as her majesty herself was escorted across the grounds by her entourage and armed guards. The story is episodic in nature and you have to be at a certain place at a certain time to grasp the scope of what the troop is doing. If you want to see things from soup to nuts understand that you have a full day of activity ahead of you.
It is time well spent.