Renaissance Festival

I learned a valuable lesson this weekend: go to the Renaissance Festival on a cooler day. You will feel better and also save money on bottled water. (Did you know the RenFest has a monopoly on water? They do. If you’re seen with a cup of water, they can shut down whoever gave it to you. That’s not cool.)

Anyway. Jennie had gone in April, but since she’s so awesome she agreed to go again with me this past weekend, Obby in tow.


It was pirate weekend, and we were suitably pirated-out. I had an umbrella covered with skulls and crossbones, and what I thought was a piratey outfit, but in actuality I looked more like a gypsy with a kooky umbrella. Oh, well.

Jennie wore the pirate hat. She made a better pirate than I.

In true piratical fashion, she attempted to deal with some fairies.

There was an epic fan battle.

The fairies fled.

We happened upon them later.

Then there was a long walk, some frozen lemonade, a pickle, potato chips, and a nice long lie-down under a tree while hydrating, so that I didn’t pass out (it was a real threat). The tree was so pretty. I got to look at it for a while.

Pretty. Some guy asked if I was meditating, and took my photo. So weird.

After recovering from the heat a bit, we actually did stuff.

Saw the Barely Balanced folks (they are so cool).

Drank some tea at the teahouse, noodled around a bit.

Observed the pirate auction (yes, there were pirates).

Sadly, the heat kept most folks away. Normally, I don’t mind small crowds, but I could’ve done without the heat.

Before leaving, Obby indulged in some beef jerky.


Yep. Going way earlier in the year next time. It’s less fun when it’s all hot outside.

About HappyGoth

By day, I'm a graphic designer. By night, I'm a knitter. I'm doing my part to keep Hotlanta stylish. I imagine that if you don't already understand the title of the blog, you're probably confused and perhaps slightly annoyed, but never fear - I do have a reason (and it's a good one). Having gone to hear Stephanie Pearl McPhee, and then having been inspired to blog about knitting, I found myself wondering what to call the blog. I recalled a conversation I had with Mouse and the Chicken Goddess about why it is a Bad Idea to anger knitters - this conversation was following SPM, aka the Yarn Harlot telling the assembled throng about Those Who Do Not Understand Knitting and Therefore Belittle It Much to the Chagrin of Others, or TWDNUKTBMCO, which is not the acronym she used but is the one I'm using because I forgot hers - that is, we are numerous and we all have very pointy sticks, easily transforming into an angry mob. Therefore, knitters = angry mob.
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5 Responses to Renaissance Festival

  1. Sadly, we did not make it to GARF this year because the kidlet was still in normal school and trying to drive fourteen hours to get there for two days seemed…foolish. I’ve been going since I was a about my daughter’s age (she’s ten now) and I love it. There’s just something magical about it. Anyway, randomness aside, the other water tip I have for you if you are feeling as though you might pass out is to go to the first aid shed that’s nearish the jousting field. They keep cold water and the building is also air conditioned. They also keep helpful things like sunscreen if you are forgetful and leave yours at home.

    I’m actually not entirely sure where the water fountains are either…although there might be some near the potty trailers inside the festival.

    Somewhat unrelated, okay, totally random, I found your blog by accident a few months ago by stumbling across SCA things. While I’d heard of Jenny’s comic before that, I had only read a little bit. In the time between when I found your blog and now, I’ve read almost all of it and yesterday when I remembered to check the email account attached to my blog I saw the name “Happy Goth” and went…”The Happy Goth? Crazy talk!” So, I totally amused myself because I am easily amused. Some times it really is a small world. 🙂

  2. mouse says:

    OMG the faeries!! They are awesome! We didn’t get to see the faeries when we were out there a few weekends ago but we did see the “Barely Balanced” folks twice. Sadly, it was “bring your dog” weekend & my kid spent half the time terrified of the animals & the other half was spent drinking TONS of water & trying not to die in the heat. We bring water bottles & fill them at the fountains and I usually hide under one of my giant parasols so I don’t burn. Looks like you guys had a great time though!

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