Geeking out at the Renaissance Pleasure Faire

By Ashley Bennett

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Posted May 22, 2012 in Arts & Culture
Sunday marked the last day of SoCal’s famous Renaissance-themed faire celebrating spring in its 50th year. Like nerds gravitating to Comic-Con, fans of medieval garb, fighting and ways of life take a month to attend the faire with like-minded individuals. Between April 7 and May 20 events like the recreation of medieval bird showing sport (including the cutest little owl), Queen’s processional and or a jousting competition created an immersive and fun atmosphere at the faire. Various vendors were selling everything from amazingly detailed masquerade masks to hand crafted jewelry and more themed clothing than you can imagine (they even offered rented outfits so you can join in on the fun). Not to mention the hilariously constant thoughts of sexual innuendos (a tip jar asking for “just the tip”) or arguably phallic symbols like a decorated Maypole. The Santa Fe Dam is hot and dirty but hey—that adds to the realism!


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