It's frivolity and fun, with a bit of history thrown in.

Casa de Fruita Renaissance Faire


This event is also known as The Northern Faire. The location is splendid, with shady and sunny areas. The shire is basically layed out in a circuit, with a stem to the food area. There is a stage in the food court area, and no shortage of entertainment. The Queen's Court is a short stroll uphill from the entrance, and the jousting area is just beyond that.

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I did not see so many street activities at this faire than most others, but that doesn't mean that there were less of them. I wander freely at these events, with little heed to any schedule of activities. When I chance upon interesting events, I stop to enjoy them. Mostly what stopped me this time were stage performances. For that reason, and because the "street" was narrower than some faires, there may have been fewer spontaneous street activities...but I don't know for sure. Nevertheless, there were fyne folke to be found wandering about. The three men above are among the people I encountered while I walked through the shire.

Most of the photographs I made were isolated subjects rather than more general views. And so, from this faire, I have mostly pictures of dashing men and lovely ladies. The Wardrobe Awards go to the Elegant Pirate, Lady in Purple, and A Gentleman in Green. I must confess that I don't recall where I saw the man in green, but the pirate was a shopkeeper and the Lady was getting henna tattoo on her arm. Very cool.

Naturally, the Queen's Court was filled with elegantly attired upper class people. They demonstrated traditional period dance and there followed a conversation concerning the Queen's need for a permanent partner. It seemed that every candidate was ruled out because she needed each of them for other important jobs. "I need a man I don't need," she said. The drama and dialog was played out in fairly deep shade, though, with very flat light. And so, it was the siren song of the wide-angle lens and a chess game that delivered an interesting shot. The Lady sends a daring gaze across the table: it is Your Move.

There was music and dance at the food court stage during lunch. The woman on the right was dancing on that stage. In the linked image, Lively Steps, you see the ragtag band that performed well behind her. The light was hard, but she fully controls the scene while she is in that strip of direct light. The woman in the other two photos was on another stage. There were musicians and other dancers on her stage also, but what intially caught my attention was her seated poise while another dancer performed. She was very still, and somehow very graceful. I made a few photographs of her and a couple of the musicians. And then she got up to dance. Was I mesmerized by the music by then, or was she really so extraordinarily graceful as I perceived her? I made several photographs, but the light was uneven and the results didn't deliver the mood I wanted, so I altered the color balance to mimic firelight at night. She and the large parasol frame the two musician in the background. Her position describes the dance style, and she looks confidently forward with a pleasing smile. The sum of it all is an image of mystery and Joyful Grace and Poise.

Below are five portraits of others whom I met during my walk through the village. These photos show the diverse sort of characters that you will find at these events. Pleasant people, all, and they were in a mood for play and fun. So was I.

Another adventure in time came to a close at the end of the day. My thanks to all who participated - patrons, performers and shopkeepers - and to all for putting up with my lenses. Be well!

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