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Offline argyl

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proud or embarrassed to be a rennie
« on: May 22, 2018, 02:50:10 AM »
I've been wondering if any rennies have had an opportunity of being proud or maybe embarrassed to be labled a rennie. I was trying to remember the word used for "non" rennies but can't recall the word, anyhow we all have probably experienced the non rennie encounter through friends or workplace. I know from my experience that the outside world non rennies don't quite get our love for all things renfest and the passion,romance and chivalry we have for all things renaissance or medieval. I personally try and show them how much they are missing and encourage them to just give it a try and see. Anyhow just my ramblings.
 
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Re: proud or embarrassed to be a rennie
« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2018, 05:31:09 AM »
Might the word you are searching for be "mundanes?" My Bride likes to call them "muggles."

I'm never embarrassed about being a Rennie. If they don't like it, they can bloody well bugger off.
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Re: proud or embarrassed to be a rennie
« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2018, 08:13:58 AM »
Most of our friends are rennies.  For those who are not, they know how much we enjoy faire and never comment negatively about it.

When we are with strangers or just meeting people (like if we are in garb and have to run into Walmart to pick something up on our way to or from the faire), if people ask why we are dressed up, I say we are historical reenactors from the Renaissance time period.  Usually, when they hear that, they are impressed!

Ou picture in our church directory is of us in noble garb, so no, we're not embarrassed.
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Re: proud or embarrassed to be a rennie
« Reply #3 on: May 22, 2018, 08:49:23 AM »
After my first season as a regular playtron I was referred to as a Rennie by a peer in the community and I took that as my Right of Passage.
Since then (13+Years) I always have something in my day to day life that reminds me of festival.

Now, I have one of my coworkers hooked, and he is now visiting our festival weekly. The addiction is strong in this one.

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Re: proud or embarrassed to be a rennie
« Reply #4 on: May 22, 2018, 09:18:20 AM »
Although it is not one of the first things that I talk about when meeting new people or coworkers, it is a huge part of my and hubby's life.  It's how we met (on this site) and came to be together.  When you visit our home, yes you can tell that faire and celtic influences our life.

When I have been in stores in garb, I often overhear "are they Amish?" or "I bet their in a play".  And hubby gets all sorts of comments on his kilt and badger head sporran.

But it takes other rennies to really "get it" and understand the magic and fun that goes along with getting into garb and walking through those gates into another world.  I am very happy to be referred to as a rennie or playtron.

And hey everyone....pop into chat sometimes....it's really lonely there and I'm often the only one lurking.

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Re: proud or embarrassed to be a rennie
« Reply #5 on: May 22, 2018, 05:56:43 PM »
I'm not embarrassed to tell co-workers about Renfaires at all.  I send out a list of upcoming faires to a couple dozen of them twice a year.  On jean day, I wear a faire t-shirt once in a while to strike up conversations.  I also try to recruit newbies to this wonderful world all the time.  It's fun to hear that some of them have been to faires before so I can compare notes.

I enjoy telling my volleyball friends and relatives about faires as well.  They go once in a while.

At Halloween, I set my pop-up tent on the driveway and decorate it differently every year.  Three years ago, we went with a Renaissance theme and I handed out flyers telling where to find faires, like I do at smaller faires in and around Oklahoma.
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Re: proud or embarrassed to be a rennie
« Reply #6 on: May 23, 2018, 02:06:27 AM »
I agree with y'all completely. And yes mundane was the word I was looking for. It surprises me this day and age that there are many people totally clueless about ren faires .

I too go to chat but nobody around. The hours I keep , most folks are sleeping I guess but I'm always open to chat and meet new people, esp. rennies , medieval minded or just down right celtic or a Scot... doesn't matter.
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Re: proud or embarrassed to be a rennie
« Reply #7 on: May 23, 2018, 09:54:45 PM »
It seems to be a regional term. I often consider a Rennie just a participant but a friend was kinda surprised when I call myself a Rennie as a booth owner. So for some it has a pejorative context.

But I have a friend from California who said in their terms were that " Rennies" are participants who are interested in the history, whereas "Festies" are those who are just out to party, imbibe recreational substances, and get laid.

language/slang is fascinating.

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Re: proud or embarrassed to be a rennie
« Reply #8 on: May 23, 2018, 11:39:37 PM »
groomporter very well stated. Festies is a new one to me but very accurate indeed.
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are---
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.

 

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