Travel Local: New York Renaissance Faire

image005Forsooth, m’lords and m’ladies if thou dost seekest fun times  pray listen to my honeyed tones…yea I can’t type an entire blog like that (nor would you want me to) BUT  I can tell you about the amazing time I had at the New York Renaissance Faire on Sunday.

I may have mentioned (multiple times by now) that I am a bit of a medieval/renaissance geek probabaly because of my obsession with fantasy novels, Lord of the Rings and basically any history pre 1700s. WHich is why when my (now fiance then boyfriend) took me to the Ren Faire for the first time nearly 9 years ago I thought to myself “This one’s a keeper!”

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The best part of the Renaissance Faire is that there is something for everyone. It used to be mostly an adult themed faire with a lot of suggestive jokes (and if you go looking for that kind of experience the actors will still oblige you) but they’ve done a lot in recent years to encourage and provide more family friendly exhibits and shows like the new Fairy Forest.

credit to Ed Leonard who submitted this photo to the Ren Faire Photo Contest (2013)
credit to Ed Leonard who submitted this photo to the Ren Faire Photo Contest (2013)

If you just want to walk around and take in the sights you will never be bored there are plenty of shows to see, I recommend dressing for hot weather (even if you’re in costume) because in my experience 90% of the time it’s blazing hot on the day I go. They have comedy shows, knife throwing, archery competitions, and of course the epic Joust!  So no you’ll never be bored I guarantee it!

Credit to Kathryn Bellifemme  who won living history in the Ren Faire Photo Contest in 2014!
Credit to Kathryn Bellifemme who won living history in the Ren Faire Photo Contest in 2014!

Or if you’re looking to find some finely crafted hand made items you won’t find anywhere else this is the place to come. You have potters, copper workers, master tile layers, woodworkers, incense and candle makers, perfume and scented oil stalls, home decor, prints, armor, swords, shoes, leather workers, corset makers, tailors, silversmiths, blacksmiths, and tons of other craftsman usually small business owners who are exceptionally gifted and will give you a wonderful trinket to remember your visit.

Photo Credit Unknown, but featured on Ren Faire's Press Photos
Photo Credit Unknown, but featured on Ren Faire’s Press Photos

And then there’s the food, between the mead and the enormous turkey leg I was in my heaven, but there’s a bunch of new stalls the Mediterranean food stall opened last year and has been very popular. Then there are the Dragon chips and the HUGE watermelon slices.  Foods a bit pricey and many of the stalls only take cash but they do have ATMs on the faire grounds so you’re never stuck in case you need to take some cash out!

Dragon Chips! Photo Credit:  Giacinta Pace
Dragon Chips! Photo Credit: Giacinta Pace

All in all, the faire is just FUN, it’s a easy commute for local North Jersey residents, it’s a full day filled with all kinds of things you wouldn’t normally see/do, and often you are supporting the local community and small businesses when you do go. I highly recommend it and if you go be sure to take pictures and dress up! It’s always more fun when you put on a costume and join in the spirit of the event!  They also offer costume rentals for the day if you’re not looking to buy your own costume and clothes from there.  Embrace the spirit of the Ren Faire and finish out your end of summer with one last HUZZAH before heading back to your normal routine!

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