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Offline CalledBirdy

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Renaissance Convention?
« on: June 09, 2018, 11:52:56 AM »
All this talk of festivals in cooler weather has me wondering: has there ever been a convention geared towards the Renfaire culture? Sure, folks attend other cons in their garb (we have Norwescon here in Seattle that was built around Fantasy & Scifi for example)... but has there ever been a con specifically for Rennies?

If there were one in the future (and this is just wishful thinking from a lady who LOVES to dream up imaginary events) would you be interested in attending? And do you think it would be a popular draw? I'm just curious and dreaming of a winter event for those of us who dislike hot weather. Haha! ;)

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Re: Renaissance Convention?
« Reply #1 on: June 09, 2018, 10:09:25 PM »
I've never heard of a rennie con before. I wish there was one cause I would have to make that pilgrimage . no teling what kind of turn out there would be. I'm surprised none of the mgmt folks that run the big renfests haven't established a con by now. I kinda laugh when I think of all the rennies descending upon a major city dressed in garb with swords and what not . Now that I would pay money to see.
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Re: Renaissance Convention?
« Reply #2 on: June 10, 2018, 07:44:46 AM »
I haven't heard of a Rennie con,  but in the past, when this forum was more active, we had a yearly RenDevous.  Faires were put up for a vote, with the most votes being the location chosen.  A different section of the country was chosen each year, and the Faires in that section would be the options.

On Friday night would be the meet and greet.  There would be a central hotel as the base, so after the meet and greet, people could hang out at the pool.  If the faire allowed it, both days there was breakfast tailgating in the parking lot before the faire opened.   I remember that Scarborough provided a huge tent in the parking lot for the breakfast and also one inside as a special meeting place.  At a certain time of day, we would all meet for a toast and fellowship.

Saturday evening, there was a big dinner at a restaurant.  Everyone came straight from faire in their garb.  We usually had a special room, and everyone mingled.  There was singing and toasts.

I've been to 5 or 6 RenDezvous, and besides being so much fun, it was a great way to meet the people you've been interacting with on the Forum.
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Re: Renaissance Convention?
« Reply #3 on: June 10, 2018, 08:24:45 AM »
For a while there was the Reenactor Fest that was a general convention for reenactors, renfair, SCA, It was outside of Chicago, so it attracted a number of people from Bristol. It was fun they had various panel discussions and presentations during the day. Saturday night there was a ball where various period dances were taught, and when they were done the DJ played the "Time Warp" and things let loose.

It switched to more of a military theme after 2, or 3 years, and I think they announced 2018 was going to be the last one http://www.reenactorfest.com/
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Re: Renaissance Convention?
« Reply #4 on: June 11, 2018, 01:23:09 AM »
The RenDezvous  seems like it would have been awesome .I wish that could start back up again . Maybe the powers that be could resurrect another meet and greet RenDezvous. let all those on the book of faces that its happening again and word would spread like wildfire. Then we would see higher numbers of people back on this forum.
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Re: Renaissance Convention?
« Reply #5 on: June 11, 2018, 07:56:05 AM »
I totally miss RenDezvous. We made a lot of lasting friends at those.  Some of us will still do some traveling to link up with others from various parts of the country.
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Re: Renaissance Convention?
« Reply #6 on: July 29, 2018, 09:01:47 AM »
I jumped back on here today as the hubs was asking if RenDezvous was still taking place - guess its not.... we too met some lasting friends (and picked up on a pretty fabulous Idle Hands CD) at them.  Shamefully other groups that followed got too big and political that we are back to just enjoying our faire going solo. 

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Re: Renaissance Convention?
« Reply #7 on: July 29, 2018, 06:23:56 PM »
Some sort of gathering during non faire season would be great. I have not logged on in a long while and like some of the comments before me was reminded of the RenDezvous from the past. It would be great meet fellow rennies again. Indoors, outdoors, no doors,  you name it !  :P
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Re: Renaissance Convention?
« Reply #8 on: July 29, 2018, 08:01:25 PM »
About the RenDezvous:

It was not an affair put on by the administrators of the Forum.  It was put on by a group of people who were willing to volunteer to set it up in their area of the country, i.e., Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Southwest, Central States, West Coast, etc.  It had to change every year to keep it fair, and your faire had to wait several years when your area came around again, because the other Faires in the same area had to have a chance to host it.

So if anybody wants to put on a RenDezvous, go ahead and do it.  It is a lot of fun, but it is work, and I think that's why it stopped, for no other reason than no one was willing to do it.  If anyone is interested, I would be happy to talk with them on how to set one up, what's expected, etc.  There are enough new members on here to hopefully have a good turnout.

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Re: Renaissance Convention?
« Reply #9 on: August 02, 2018, 12:39:20 PM »
So, is there no one out there who will take the challenge and sponsor a RenDezvous at your local faire?
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Re: Renaissance Convention?
« Reply #10 on: August 03, 2018, 10:33:55 AM »
I think the reason it stopped is that there are so few of us left here. The admins would choose from the faires that had someone willing to do the legwork, but the admins rarely appear out here anymore.  DB just up and disappeared. He hasn't logged on in over 3 years.

Groups of us will converge on a faire when we can synchronize our visit. Anyone remember Bob of the Lake? I've stayed in touch with him on and off, and we're hoping to make the NYRF sometime next month, and we're going to meet up with Bob. We've never before met face-to-face.

For anyone interested, I've already booked a hotel for Scarborough opening weekend in April 2019. RefMom3, are you up for an adventure?
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Re: Renaissance Convention?
« Reply #11 on: August 03, 2018, 03:34:58 PM »
*Need to bribe Merlin to come to TRF...* ;)
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Re: Renaissance Convention?
« Reply #12 on: August 04, 2018, 12:17:49 AM »
I concur, Merlin and bride should attend Tex renfest. Hell let Merlin bring his whole entourage and make merry with the unwashed at TRF. Many a good spells can be cast .
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Re: Renaissance Convention?
« Reply #13 on: August 05, 2018, 10:23:37 AM »
It would be unlikely that we would return to TRF, but perhaps we could converge on Sherwood. TRF is just too big for my taste. It was huge when we were there 20 years ago.

Not knocking TRF in the least. We all have specific things we look for in a faire.  TRF and the Wiz just aren't a good fit, though I have many good friends from there!
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Re: Renaissance Convention?
« Reply #14 on: August 05, 2018, 05:14:28 PM »
About the RenDezvous:

It was not an affair put on by the administrators of the Forum.  It was put on by a group of people who were willing to volunteer to set it up in their area of the country, i.e., Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Southwest, Central States, West Coast, etc.  It had to change every year to keep it fair, and your faire had to wait several years when your area came around again, because the other Faires in the same area had to have a chance to host it.

So if anybody wants to put on a RenDezvous, go ahead and do it.  It is a lot of fun, but it is work, and I think that's why it stopped, for no other reason than no one was willing to do it.  If anyone is interested, I would be happy to talk with them on how to set one up, what's expected, etc.  There are enough new members on here to hopefully have a good turnout.

When Lady Nicolette and I hosted the third Rendezvous in Tennessee, yes it was work but it was a labour of love.

Right before TN, the forum got hacked and evolved into the forum you see today. A lot of old friends didn't make it over and the tone of the forum changed.
The close knit group was gone.
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