Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Texas Renaissance Festival




At the Texas Renaissance Festival, you can seemingly take a step back in time. In October and November each year, there's a small patch of land between Magnolia and Plantersville, about a 45 minute drive north of Houston, that goes back in time, and brings guests back too. There's jousting, theater experiences, sword fighting, all manner of ruffians, courtiers, lords, ladies, and perhaps some faces you might recognize.

It's been going on for more than 30 years, each weekend during those two months. In recent years, they've also opened on 1-2 weekdays during that season just for school kids. A visit there during the week for kids is really a great idea for schools and other educational groups. The crew who puts on the Renaissance Festival is very professional. They do a great job with the kids, as well as entertaining a slightly more raucous crowd on the weekends. It's a tradition for many in the area, as well as guests who travel from all over the country to participate in the grand event.

If you've never attended a festival like this, you really don't know what you're missing. It's a great opportunity to step back in time and not just witness life in another era, but to actually be a part of it.

If you'd like more info, just visit the website. You'll find a blog there for your browsing as well.


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10 comments:

Sun Singer said...

Sounds like fun. Atlanta has had these, but they've been on the south side whereas I live 50 miles north. Too far!

Those who went really liked it though.

Malcolm

hifidel said...

It is pretty far from where my family lives too, TF. We traveled yesterday about 45 miles north of Houston, even though we live south of the city. It was very fun, though, and worth the trip. (Though I don't think I'd want to do it every year.)

silken said...

fun stuff! it's great for a occasional treat/field trip. the school days really are a great idea and it is so wonderful to be immersed in the time period and learn just as much from the setting and people you meet on the street as you do from the shows.

hifidel said...

You're very right about that silken. There's as much to see and learn on the street as there is anywhere at the festival.

I loved your posts and pictures about the Renaissance Festival too!

silken said...

thanks for stopping in at my blog....
sorry for the typo above (an occasional...)

silken said...

btw, when I asked the boys about which king we saw at the ren fair, one said king lear :)

hifidel said...

Must be the eyeball jelly... that is unforgetable!

spinayarn said...

Sounds like you had a ball!

hifidel said...

We sure did, spinayarn! And you should see the really nice vehicle we rented to travel in. ;-)

lisa c said...

we were once regulars but we'll never go back to the Texas Renaissance Festival. The so-called entertainer in the tomato torment (which is supposed to be in the family friendly area) called my son (who is 13 and looks 10) the nastiest of homosexual names. Management just shrugged it off (although the carnival manager conceded that maybe they ought to somehow mark the area PG-13). My child was hurt; his friend who was called "the little boyfriend" and "f-gg-t" was hurt. it was an awful experience.