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Offline FaireGirl69

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Cape May Renaissance Festival, Cape May, NJ
« on: August 26, 2010, 02:45:15 PM »
http://www.accesstoart.org/cape-may-renaissance-festival.html

Join us for the
Cape May Renaissance Festival
October 2nd and 3rd, 2010

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days at Willow Creek Farm & Vineyard, 168 Stevens Street, West Cape May, NJ
- Dolores in PA

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Re: Cape May Renaissance Festival, Cape May, NJ
« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2010, 01:01:41 AM »
Did anyone go to this? ???

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Re: Cape May Renaissance Festival, Cape May, NJ
« Reply #2 on: October 10, 2010, 07:44:33 AM »
I preface my comments with the comment that my expectations for a first time weekend Renfaire (indeed, any one or two weekend established Faire) are far different than those I have for a full seasoned Renaissance Faire. A new Faire will be rough around the edges. Allowance is made for starting with an empty site versus an established infrastructure. Are the creators of the Faire versed in the Renfaire culture or community folk looking to produce an event? It makes a difference. I think the judgement to be made is what have they accomplished, not what I think they should have accomplished.

I attended the Cape May Renaissance Festival on Saturday October 2nd and came in garb as a playtron, bringing my Renaissance Bubble Machine. For a first time event it came off quite well. Starting with an empty field next to rows of grape arbors, a whole tent city was laid out for the village. The main stage and eating area had large tents to shield the crowd from the sun. For entertainment there were a number of groups and individual artists who sang and played period instruments as well as courtly dancers. And not to forget, the requisite juggler/magician who did shows and wandered the grounds. Finally, there was a re-enactors soldier group who periodically fired their matchlocks and cannons throughout the day. The food vendors were placed along the side of the field, close for access but not too close to intrude (since these were commercial vendors operating out of trucks and trailers). Clothing, jewelry, and various other vendors were spread throughout the village. The French Bakery was an attraction all on its own. While there were a few porta-privies, there was also a large trailer off to the side that had flush toilets.
 
I think the hard work that was done for the event was obvious in the preparation of the site. There is more to be done, however, to get the visitors into a Renaissance frame of mind. Queens's Court was scheduled for 1:30 PM which seemed to be a bit late. Perhaps also a little more interaction in the lanes could be had. More period vendors would add to the ambiance. But these are only observations of a seasoned faire goer. The visitors to the Shire were entertained, educated, and well fed. I applaud the efforts of all involved with a well deserved HUZZAH!
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Re: Cape May Renaissance Festival, Cape May, NJ
« Reply #3 on: November 11, 2010, 07:37:36 PM »
Thanks Bubblewright! :D

 

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