My lords and my ladies, the Renn Faire season is upon us. If you live in a warm climate, you might have access to a Renaissance Faire year-round, but usually, summer is the time for putting on medieval and Renaissance fashion, heading down to the seasonal Renn Faire and spending the day pretending you’ve stepped into the past; even if you have to hop into your modern day “motorized chariot” to get there. If you love the Renaissance like no other period in history, here’s how to prep for the best season of the year.
Even the most ardent of Renn Faire devotees is unlikely to ride a horse to the Faire. Make parking your car more fun and festive — and show off your love for medieval and Renaissance things year-round — with car stickers to suit the season, such as:
Having distinctive stickers on your car windows will make it much easier to spot your car in a crowded Faire parking lot, too.
You can’t go more than a few feet in a Renn Faire without hearing “Huzzah!” Faire workers are required to speak with a Renaissance dialect, but you can make the experience more fun by participating, too. Practice your best British accent and toss in a few new words to your vocabulary, such as:
A totally optional but fun way to get into the mood is to spend one free day at home without modern conveniences. Let friends and family know what you’re doing and turn off phones, computers and TVs. Wear your costumes and read by candlelight, play instruments and cook over a fire outdoors.
A single Renn Faire inspires hundreds of thousands of devotees — as many as 300,000 per year at one Minnesota area Renn Faire, for example — to step into the past each year. Prepare for the Renn Faire season by putting a little Renaissance into your modern day life.
Image by Jeff Kubina from Flickr’s Creative Commons