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Food and Drinks at Michigan Renaissance Faire

I had my first taste of turkey leg at Michigan Renaissance Faire. They said that you have never really been at the Renaissance Faire if you have not had this. Whoever said that is right and truly knows how perfect this turkey leg is. The festive smokey scent seems to follow us the entire day. Hubby laughed at how small my face looked next to the meat which I agree.

Turkey leg at Michigan Renaissance Faire.

Turkey leg at Michigan Renaissance Faire.

 

In every corner at the faire, someone is shouting “pickles”. I was not a fan of pickles until this day that the faire made me.

Pickles at Michigan Renaissance Faire.

Pickles at Michigan Renaissance Faire.

 

There are no rules really, but the proper drinking etiquette at the faire is the use of horns as your drinking glasses. That is why you see nearly everyone tagging a horn with them, though they make a good aesthetic use, they are tagged for a reason.

Using horns as glasses at Michigan Renaissance Faire.

Using horns as glasses at Michigan Renaissance Faire.

 

There are hundreds and hundres of food varities at the faire to choose from at a fairly good rate. But dining at the Blackstone Castle Cafe is a real royal treat. The food is great and the ambiance is classic. If you cannot appreciate the castle’s beauty with a harp playing while you dine, then my friend, there is something wrong with you :)

Food and drink shops at Michigan Renaissance Faire.

Food and drink shops at Michigan Renaissance Faire.

Blackstone Castle Cafe at Michigan Renaissance Faire.

Blackstone Castle Cafe at Michigan Renaissance Faire.

Menu at Blackstone Castle Cafe at Michigan Renaissance Faire.

Menu at Blackstone Castle Cafe at Michigan Renaissance Faire.

 

 

 

 

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Posted by on October 3, 2012 in MichiganRenFair

 

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Lovers and Weddings at Michigan Renaissance Faire

Forget Romeo and Juliet. While they make a beautiful yet tragic romance, they have well been abused and overused in history. Think of ordinary souls making the best at Michigan Renaissance Faire. Of couples holding hands as they walk past shops and stages. Of lovers sharing the same interest and passion for renaissance, growing old but always young at heart. Think of couples who are different in so many ways, yet complement a thousand more. They are no Romeo and Juliet, just ordinary souls who live ordinary lives. But today, they make the faire their lovers’ lane, the love birds who wear the same colorful feathers. And for one couple, the Michigan Renaissance Faire is the best place to wear their wedding gown and kilt and exchange their marriage “I do’s”.

A couple dressed in purple garb at Michigan Renaissance Faire.

A couple dressed in purple garb at Michigan Renaissance Faire.

A couple enjoying the Michigan Renaissance Faire.

A couple enjoying the Michigan Renaissance Faire.

Hubby and I enjoying Michigan Renaissance Faire.

Hubby and I enjoying Michigan Renaissance Faire.

A couple enjoying Michigan Renaissance Faire.

A couple enjoying Michigan Renaissance Faire.

With a couple enjoying Michigan Renaissance Faire.

With a couple enjoying Michigan Renaissance Faire.

A couple enjoying Michigan Renaissance Faire.

A couple enjoying Michigan Renaissance Faire.

A couple enjoying Michigan Renaissance Faire.

A couple enjoying Michigan Renaissance Faire.

A couple exchanging marriage vows at Michigan Renaissance Faire.

A couple exchanging marriage vows at Michigan Renaissance Faire.

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on September 28, 2012 in MichiganRenFair

 

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Games at Michigan Renaissance Faire

The Michigan Renaissance Faire is a huge playground. The faire is an amusement itself but it offers a variety of activities for entertainment. They are not your typical fun of roller coasters, but games only seen at faires like this. My favorite is the game of prison where you are asked to be arrested together with the others at the festival. The prison bars are real and they issue a parchment of a warrant of arrest. The only allowed bail is either you sing or you dance and you get your freedom. It can get really hilarious especially when you are asked to make faces and funny animal sounds.

The game of maze at Michigan Renaissance Faire.

The game of maze at Michigan Renaissance Faire.

King's Joust for kids at Michigan Renaissance Faire.

King’s Joust for kids at Michigan Renaissance Faire.

Storytelling and puppet show at Michigan Renaissance Faire.

Storytelling and puppet show at Michigan Renaissance Faire.

Sack fight at Michigan Renaissance Faire.

Sack fight at Michigan Renaissance Faire.

Role playing at Michigan Renaissance Faire.

Role playing at Michigan Renaissance Faire.

Stationary bungee jump at Michigan Renaissance Faire.

Stationary bungee jump at Michigan Renaissance Faire.

Archery at Michigan Renaissance Faire.

Archery at Michigan Renaissance Faire.

The prison at Michigan Renaissance Faire where the only allowed bail is to sing or dance.

The prison at Michigan Renaissance Faire where the only allowed bail is to sing or dance.

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on September 28, 2012 in MichiganRenFair

 

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Music and Entertainment at Michigan Renaissance Faire

It was a Highland Fling weekend when we attended the Michigan Renaissance Faire. It was of course to my hubby’s delight. If you are a fan of kilts and Scottish bagpipes and drums, this post is for you!

We were welcomed by the Flint Scottish Pipe Band upon arrival. Established in 1916, they are the oldest pipe band in Michigan and one of the oldest in the United States. In most of their stage performances, hubby and I were there among the crowd, cheering and humming. It was a challenge to fight the urge to drum as well. The band is genuinely friendly, they even let me handle one of their bagpipes for a try. We were also very honored to have a little chitchat with Don Bussell, the Ceremonial Drum Major before the start of one of their shows. Don Bussell has been the Drum Major for the Flint Scottish Pipe Band for more than 30 years. They take the lead at the festival’s Royal Parade.

With the band major, Don Bussell, of Flint Scottish Pipe Band at Michigan Renaissance Faire.

With the band major, Don Bussell, of Flint Scottish Pipe Band at Michigan Renaissance Faire.

Ladies dancing to the music of Flint Scottish Pipe Band at Michigan Renaissance Faire.

Ladies dancing to the music of Flint Scottish Pipe Band at Michigan Renaissance Faire.

 

Another band loved by many is the Stone Clovers. It is an Irish Folk Rock Group that performs an array of traditional and contemporary Irish and original music. Stone Clovers was created in 2008 and has played in 4 seasons of the Michigan Renaissance Festival.

Stone Clover band at Michigan Renaissance Faire.

Stone Clover band at Michigan Renaissance Faire.

 

Another hubby’s favorite is the band Tartanic. It is either the pipes or the pretty belly dancers that interest him :) We were however truly stunned at how neatly they performed the Amazing Grace in pipes and drums. Manolete in his Pyro Show was also very entertaining. It takes a ton of wit and humor to pull off that show on stage and he did it naturally.

The Tartanic Band in their beautiful rendition of Amazing Grace in pipes and drums at Michigan Renaissance Faire.

The Tartanic Band in their beautiful rendition of Amazing Grace in pipes and drums at Michigan Renaissance Faire.

Manolete in his Pyro Show at Michigan Renaissance Faire.

Manolete in his Pyro Show at Michigan Renaissance Faire.

 

My favorite performance is of the Bawdy Boys. That moment at the bar sitting and just enjoying their music is something I definitely want to do every renaissance faires. Hats off boys!

The Bawdy Boys at Michigan Renaissance Faire.

The Bawdy Boys at Michigan Renaissance Faire.

 

And in case you are wondering if it is all loud music at the faire, here is one musician finding solitude at the gazebo. He looks very content.

I ought to mention that once in a while I can still hear bagpipes and drums until today in my dreams since the faire in Michigan. Long live bagpipes and drums!

A musician at the gazebo in Michigan Renaissance Faire.

A musician at the gazebo in Michigan Renaissance Faire.

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on September 26, 2012 in MichiganRenFair

 

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Kids and Pets at Michigan Renaissance Faire

Kids and pets are also stars at Michigan Renaissance Faire. Boys came as knights in chainmail armor or pirates with an eye patch and elaborate hats. Girls were dressed in elegant princess dress and silky gowns. Some were also dressed as fairies with intricate pair of wings. Why not? Afterall, we had the craziest and wildest dreams and fantasies when we were kids. For the young and young at heart, welcome to Renaissance Faire. This is your dreamland.

My nephew Josiah Sellers in a chainmail armor at Michigan Renaissance Faire.

My nephew Josiah Sellers in a chainmail armor at Michigan Renaissance Faire.

Kids dressed as royalties at Michigan Renaissance Faire.

Kids dressed as royalties at Michigan Renaissance Faire.

A kid dressed as a royalty at Michigan Renaissance Faire.

A kid dressed as a royalty at Michigan Renaissance Faire.

A girl dressed beautifully as a fairy at Michigan Renaissance Faire.

A girl dressed beautifully as a fairy at Michigan Renaissance Faire.

Kids dressed as fairies at Michigan Renaissance Faire.

Kids dressed as fairies at Michigan Renaissance Faire.

Girls in kilts dancing to the music of Scottish bagpipes and drums at Michigan Renaissance Faire.

Girls in kilts dancing to the music of Scottish bagpipes and drums at Michigan Renaissance Faire.

 

Of course, cute furry babies also take their spotlight at the faire!  The Michigan Renaissance Faire is truly big enough for us all.

A cute puppy in tutu at Michigan Renaissance Faire.

A cute puppy in tutu at Michigan Renaissance Faire.

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on September 25, 2012 in MichiganRenFair

 

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Fairies and Fairy Houses at Michigan Renaissance Faire 2012

I wanted to be a fairy or a mermaid when I was a kid. I was told that wishing on a falling star before they fade will make your dreams come true. So most nights, when I attend dance rehearsals for Sinulog, I would look up to the sky and scan the horizon for any glow. After years and years of chasing stars, I still haven’t grown a pair of wings nor a floppy long tail. It is a beautiful childhood fantasy long forgotten in the chaotic midst of corporate race and survival. But when I saw the fairies and fairy houses at Michigan Renaissance Faire, I smiled thinking of how silly yet wonderful that dream was. There were over 150 submitted entries for the Fairy House contest at the faire, only three were proclaimed winners via votes. Each fairy house however is a masterpiece, each reminded me of the time when fairies or magic dust is all that matters. It is a beautiful warm feeling of home, of friendship and of childhood.

Nope, I still don’t have my wings nor my tail I have been wishing as a kid but I sure grew a heart over the years. And that should count.

First prize winner of Fairy House contest at Michigan Renaissance Faire, Fairy House #2 created by Sarah Montgomery.

First prize winner of Fairy House contest at Michigan Renaissance Faire, Fairy House #2 created by Sarah Montgomery.

A purple fairy house at Michigan Renaissance Faire 2012.

A purple fairy house at Michigan Renaissance Faire 2012.

A fairy house made of twigs at MIchigan Renaissance Faire 2012.

A fairy house made of twigs at MIchigan Renaissance Faire 2012.

A fairy house made of colored sticks and recycled plastic straws and water bottle at Michigan Renaissance Faire 2012.

A fairy house made of colored sticks and recycled plastic straws and water bottle at Michigan Renaissance Faire 2012.

A fairy house with pine cones at Michigan Renaissance Faire 2012.

A fairy house with pine cones at Michigan Renaissance Faire 2012.

Another fairy house made of twigs at Michigan Renaissance Faire 2012.

Another fairy house made of twigs at Michigan Renaissance Faire 2012.

A fairy house at Michigan Renaissance Faire 2012.

A fairy house at Michigan Renaissance Faire 2012.

A fairy house with floor marbles at Michigan Renaissance Faire 2012.

A fairy house with floor marbles at Michigan Renaissance Faire 2012.

A rose pink fairy house at Michigan Renaissance Faire 2012.

A rose pink fairy house at Michigan Renaissance Faire 2012.

One of the fairy houses at Michigan Renaissance Faire 2012.

One of the fairy houses at Michigan Renaissance Faire 2012.

A reminder to be quiet because the fairies are sleeping at Michigan Renaissance Faire 2012.

A reminder to be quiet because the fairies are sleeping at Michigan Renaissance Faire 2012.

Fairies working in one of their quarters at Michigan Renaissance Faire 2012.

Fairies working in one of their quarters at Michigan Renaissance Faire 2012.

A fairy talking to a hunter at Michigan Renaissance Faire 2012.

A fairy talking to a hunter at Michigan Renaissance Faire 2012.

Some fairies and members of the Royal Court having fun at Michigan Renaisance Faire 2012.

Some fairies and members of the Royal Court having fun at Michigan Renaisance Faire 2012.

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on September 24, 2012 in MichiganRenFair

 

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The Royalties and Who-Are-You’s at Michigan Renaissance Faire

We all have fantasies, kept within the deepest desires of our heart. Luckily, there is Renaissance Faire where you can be who you dream to be – a Queen, Princess, King, Prince, Knight, a fairy, a hero.

Today, I am the Lady of the Chess and hubby is a Saxon. Don’t get me wrong. I love myself and I embrace whole of me. I am flawed but proud of my being. However, the Michigan Renaissance Faire is best attended and enjoyed when you show up in full costume. Afterall, we are in the old english village. As they say, when in the old english village, do what the English do.

Some showed up in costumes not appropriate for Renaissance period, including me. It is but fair to say that this is my first Renaissance Faire and I should be forgiven.Who cares anyway, everyone was there for fun! But hubby noticed I could not take my eyes off the corsets so he bought me one. It is a beautiful classic black Victorian corset, handmade with German steels (yes, steels!), satin line, and a wonderful selection of brocades, satin and even leather. It costed us a whooping $300 just for the corset! My entire outfit – the dress, vest, corset, headlace – costs a total estimation of $600 but it all paid off. I wore it with so much pride.

Hubby deserves the best recognition for showing up as a Saxon in the appropriate attire. He put up a lot of effort to get his costumes right. It took him months and months of research and emails and phone calls to suppliers. He wore an embroidered linen Saxon tunic, linen pants, wininglas wrapped around his legs, leather turn tan shoes and accessorized himself with a burgundy woolen cap, a leather pouch and a drinking horn (always ready for ale and beer!) What is the ultimate measure of how prepared hubby is? He got himself a Saxon name! AETHELSTAN.

Hubby properly dressed as Saxon Aethelstan at Michigan Renaissance Faire 2012 in Holly, Michigan.

Hubby properly dressed as Saxon Aethelstan at Michigan Renaissance Faire 2012 in Holly, Michigan.

Group of friends enjoying Michigan Renaissance Faire 2012 in Holly, Michigan.

Group of friends enjoying Michigan Renaissance Faire 2012 in Holly, Michigan.

Gandalf at Michigan Renaissance Faire 2012 in Holly, Michigan.

Gandalf at Michigan Renaissance Faire 2012 in Holly, Michigan.

A barbarian at Michigan Renaissance Faire in Holly, Michigan.

A barbarian at Michigan Renaissance Faire in Holly, Michigan.

Jack Sparrow at Michigan Renaissance Faire 2012 in Holly, Michigan.

Jack Sparrow at Michigan Renaissance Faire 2012 in Holly, Michigan.

A barbarian at Michigan Renaissance Faire in Holly, Michigan.

A barbarian at Michigan Renaissance Faire in Holly, Michigan.

Some fancy garb at Michigan Renaissance Faire in Holly, Michigan.

Some fancy garb at Michigan Renaissance Faire in Holly, Michigan.

Ladies in corsets and hats at Michigan Renaissance Faire in Holly, Michigan.

Ladies in corsets and hats at Michigan Renaissance Faire in Holly, Michigan.

A troll at Michigan Renaissance Faire in Holly, Michigan.

A troll at Michigan Renaissance Faire in Holly, Michigan.

Some fancy garb at Michigan Renaissance Faire in Holly, Michigan.

Some fancy garb at Michigan Renaissance Faire in Holly, Michigan.

Ssome guys at Michigan Renaissance Faire in Holly, Michigan.

Ssome guys at Michigan Renaissance Faire in Holly, Michigan.

A monk at Michigan Renaissance Faire in Holly, Michigan.

A monk at Michigan Renaissance Faire in Holly, Michigan.

A lady giving coins to an ent at Michigan Renaissance Faire in Holly, Michigan.

A lady giving coins to an ent at Michigan Renaissance Faire in Holly, Michigan.

The Royal Court at Michigan Renaissance Faire in Holly, Michigan.

The Royal Court at Michigan Renaissance Faire in Holly, Michigan.

Robinhood at Michigan Renaissance Faire in Holly, Michigan.

Robinhood at Michigan Renaissance Faire in Holly, Michigan.

Some participants at Michigan Renaissance Faire in Holly, Michigan.

Some participants at Michigan Renaissance Faire in Holly, Michigan.

With Sir Shrek at Michigan Renaissance Faire in Holly, Michigan.

With Sir Shrek at Michigan Renaissance Faire in Holly, Michigan.

Gypsies at Michigan Renaissance Faire in Holly, Michigan.

Gypsies at Michigan Renaissance Faire in Holly, Michigan.

Lady of the Chess and Saxon Aethelstan at Michigan Renaissance Faire in Holly, Michigan.

Lady of the Chess and Saxon Aethelstan at Michigan Renaissance Faire in Holly, Michigan.

 

I am the Lady of the Chess and I am married to Saxon Aethelstan

So, who are you?

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on September 21, 2012 in MichiganRenFair

 

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Medieval Structures at Michigan Renaissance Faire 2012

During the 7-week long Michigan Renaissance Faire, the property at Dixie Highway, Holly was filled with houses, shops and structures that were created to emulate an old English village. Upon arrival, the world changes from 21st century to being medieval in a snap. Even visitors came dressed in costumes taking pride in every details of what they wear. The smell of smoked turkey leg filled the air. Jugglers, dancers, singers, actors and actresses perform on stages and spaces which have become a home for them for years. But what is strikingly obvious is the effort everyone has put into making this old English village remarkably surreal.

Welcome to Michigan Renaissance Festival 2012.

Welcome to Michigan Renaissance Festival 2012.

Welcoming visitors to Michigan Renaissance Faire 2012 in Holly, Michigan.

Welcoming visitors to Michigan Renaissance Faire 2012 in Holly, Michigan.

Michigan Renaissance Faire 2o12 in Holly, Michigan.

Michigan Renaissance Faire 2o12 in Holly, Michigan.

One of the structures which functions as a shop at Michigan Renaissance Faire 2012 in Holly, Michigan.

one of the structures which functions as a shop at Michigan Renaissance Faire

Michigan Renaissance Faire 2012 in Holly, Michigan.

Michigan Renaissance Faire 2012 in Holly, Michigan.

Water mill at Michigan Renaissance Faire 2012 in Holly, Michigan.

Water mill at Michigan Renaissance Faire 2012 in Holly, Michigan.

One of the structures which functions as a shop at Michigan Renaissance Faire 2012 in Holly, Michigan.

One of the structures which functions as a shop at Michigan Renaissance Faire 2012 in Holly, Michigan.

One of the structures which functions as a shop at Michigan Renaissance Faire 2012 in Holly, Michigan.

One of the structures which functions as a shop at Michigan Renaissance Faire 2012 in Holly, Michigan.

One of the structures which functions as a shop at Michigan Renaissance Faire 2012 in Holly, Michigan.

One of the structures which functions as a shop at Michigan Renaissance Faire 2012 in Holly, Michigan.

One of the structures which functions as a shop at Michigan Renaissance Faire 2012 in Holly, Michigan.

One of the structures which functions as a shop at Michigan Renaissance Faire 2012 in Holly, Michigan.

One of the structures which functions as a shop at Michigan Renaissance Faire in Holly, Michigan.

One of the structures which functions as a shop at Michigan Renaissance Faire in Holly, Michigan.

One of the structures which functions as a shop at Michigan Renaissance Faire in Holly, Michigan.

One of the structures which functions as a shop at Michigan Renaissance Faire in Holly, Michigan.

One of the structures which functions as a shop at Michigan Renaissance Faire in Holly, Michigan.

One of the structures which functions as a shop at Michigan Renaissance Faire in Holly, Michigan.

One of the structures which functions as a shop at Michigan Renaissance Faire in Holly, Michigan.

One of the structures which functions as a shop at Michigan Renaissance Faire in Holly, Michigan.

Gazebo at Michigan Renaissance Faire 2012 in Holly, Michigan.

Gazebo at Michigan Renaissance Faire 2012 in Holly, Michigan.

Shops at Michigan Renaissance Faire in Holly, Michigan.

Shops at Michigan Renaissance Faire in Holly, Michigan.

Some tents at Michigan Renaissance Faire 2012 in Holly, Michigan.

Some tents at Michigan Renaissance Faire 2012 in Holly, Michigan.

One of the structures which functions as a shop at Michigan Renaissance Faire in Holly, Michigan.

One of the structures which functions as a shop at Michigan Renaissance Faire in Holly, Michigan.

One of the structures at Michigan Renaissance Faire in Holly, Michigan.

One of the structures at Michigan Renaissance Faire in Holly, Michigan.

One of the structures which functions as a shop at Michigan Renaissance Faire in Holly, Michigan.

One of the structures which functions as a shop at Michigan Renaissance Faire in Holly, Michigan.

One of the structures at Michigan Renaissance Faire in Holly, Michigan.

One of the structures at Michigan Renaissance Faire in Holly, Michigan.

One of the structures at Michigan Renaissance Faire in Holly, Michigan.

One of the structures at Michigan Renaissance Faire in Holly, Michigan.

One of the structures which functions as a shop at Michigan Renaissance Faire in Holly, Michigan.

One of the structures which functions as a shop at Michigan Renaissance Faire in Holly, Michigan.

Lovely garden and gazebo at Michigan Renaissance Faire in Holly, Michigan.

Lovely garden and gazebo at Michigan Renaissance Faire in Holly, Michigan.

 
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Posted by on September 20, 2012 in MichiganRenFair

 

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Michigan Renaissance Faire 2012

Renaissance Faires are outdoor activities normally held on weekends where entertainers, actors and actresses dress, talk, dance and sing to emulate a certain period of time. Most Renaissance faires emulate the era of Queen Elizabeth I of England’s reign but faires can do any period that pleases them ranging from pirates to vikings even including fairies and mermaids. Some Renaissance faires are hosted at playgrounds, or permanent theme parks or private spaces. Some are held for a day, some days, weeks, even months. To spice up the activity for those held months long, themes are followed every weekends. Visitors are most encouraged to come in costumes.

Medieval Saxon and his Lady of the Chess at Michigan Renaissance Faire 2012 in Holly, Michigan.

Medieval Saxon and his Lady of the Chess at Michigan Renaissance Faire 2012 in Holly, Michigan.

 

The Michigan Renaissance Faire 2012 ran for 7 weekends commencing on the 3rd weekend of August and culminating on the last weekend of September. It was held in Dixie Highway, Holly where permanent structures and stages were built to make it look and feel like a  fictional English village. Listed below are the themes for each weekends. Hubby and I decided to attend the second weekend for the Highland Fling because he is a huge fan of bag pipes and kilts.  Hubby’s father side can also trace their roots to Scotland so that weekend felt like honoring his family’s heritage. Hubby was dressed up as a Medieval Saxon while I was dressed as the Lady of the Chess. We were joined by hubby’s brother David and his wife Lynne on the first day, Saturday, and on Sunday, hubby and I attended the faire by ourselves (but we were sadly not in costumes)

Royal Pet and Ale Festival – August 18th and 19th
Highland Fling! – August 25th and 26th
High Seas Adventure! – September 1st, 2nd and 3rd
Wonders of the World! – September 8th and 9th
Festival Friday! – September 14th , Shamrocks and Shenanigans! – September 15th and 16th
Harvest Huzzah! – September 22nd and 23rd
Sweet Endings! – September 29th and 30th

And because there is so much to share about Michigan Renaissance Faire, I have decided to divide my blog entries into different themes as well. This post serves as an introduction to the Renaissance Faire especially for those of you who have not encountered nor heard this yet. And to give justice to this introduction, it is but appropriate and an honor to present to you Her Majesty, Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth I of England.

Long Live the Queen!

Her Majesty, Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth I of England on her parade at Michigan Renaissance Faire 2012 in Holly, Michigan.

Her Majesty, Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth I of England on her parade at Michigan Renaissance Faire 2012 in Holly, Michigan.

The Queen's Parade at Michigan Renaissance Faire 2012 in Holly, Michigan.

The Queen’s Parade at Michigan Renaissance Faire 2012 in Holly, Michigan.

Scottish bag pipes and drums and fairies accompany Her Royal Highness during the Queen's Parade at Michigan Renaissance Faire 2012 in Holly, Michigan.

Scottish bag pipes and drums and fairies accompany Her Royal Highness during the Queen’s Parade at Michigan Renaissance Faire 2012 in Holly, Michigan.

The Royal Guards and Royal Court during the Queens Parade at Michigan Renaissance Faire 2012 in Holly, Michigan.

The Royal Guards and Royal Court during the Queens Parade at Michigan Renaissance Faire 2012 in Holly, Michigan.

The Court at Michigan Renaissance Faire 2012 in Holly, Michigan.

The Court at Michigan Renaissance Faire 2012 in Holly, Michigan.

 

The highlight of the accession tilts of Queen Elizabeth I was jousting. It was originally a military tactic used during the High Medieval Ages but later evolved as a sport in the 15th century. The Renaissance Faire gives you a glimpse of this medieval joust as a tournament. Knights in shining armor are not just literature fictions and fantasies at the faire because inside the walls of this 17 acre grounds, your knight in his shining armor up on his horse attacking his opponent in high speed comes to life.

Knight in shining armor during a joust at Michigan Renaissace Faire 2012 in Holly, Michigan.

Knight in shining armor during a joust at Michigan Renaissace Faire 2012 in Holly, Michigan.

Knight in shining armor during a joust at Michigan Renaissance Faire 2012 in Holly, Michigan.

Knight in shining armor during a joust at Michigan Renaissance Faire 2012 in Holly, Michigan.

And if you are curious why I chose to be a Lady of Chess, remember that in the game of chess, the Queen protects the King. Enjoy the Renaissance!

 
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Posted by on September 20, 2012 in Michigan, MichiganRenFair

 

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