There truly is no where like the Ren Faire! The Shire of Mount Hope is a place where visitors and actors on site alike have the opportunity every weekend August through October to live, dress and act like 16th-century villagers!
This is the most accepting, diverse, beautifully nerdy place I’ve found. Whether you love history (like me) or great food (like me) or you like anime, Satanic/Pagan/Wiccan paraphernalia (like me) or you like fantasy or sci fi (like me,) steampunk, Doctor Who or Star Wars (like me) there is something there for you! Or you can just love all of it, and you fit in just as well (like me.)
There are shows — everything from bagpipe bands to Scottish rogues picking up women in the audience, from Who Line Is it Anyway LIVE on stage to Shakespearean plays, or a Capella singing groups (men, women and combined) to historical demonstrations of hurdy gurdies and Celtic instruments to mud fights. There’s food — authentic British and European cuisine; my favorite is the pickle on a stick.
And there are the people.
Each and every performer is just beautiful, let me tell you. I worshipped them as a kid and now that I’m older I just melt in their presence. Of course, they’re not famous, and they probably have boring day jobs like the rest of the world. But for those 10 hours each day, every weekend, three months a year… they’re the luckiest people in the world.
It’s the best feeling in the world to be a part of what they are, to be at the Ren Faire.
This place is truly magical; I feel it from the turnpike as I drive there Saturday morning in my tight corset and the jangling pots and pans on my belt. And everyone there feels it too. The stress and worry of life is gone for a few hours within the gates of the Shire of Mount Hope, and that’s the beauty of what it means to each and every patron.
For those in the area, I HIGHLY recommend a visit! Do any of you have Renaissance Festivals/Faires or even concerts around you? Share in the comments below!