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Renaissance Faire

Okay – so I just got an e-mail update about the New York Renaissance Faire – asking me to buy tickets in advance for the fair in August/September 2008.  First off – I’m not flying to Disney World.  I’m not going to something that they are going to sell out of tickets for.  Why would I buy tickets for it NOW (not to mention its 30% off now, but if you go opening weekend or Labor Day weekend, its almost always 50% off).

Not only that, why do they have to be so unoriginal.  Don’t get me wrong – my wife and I, or my friend Bruce and I usually go each year and its fun, but its always the same thing.  Depending on your definition of  Renaissance, it took place between the 11th and 17th centuries in Europe.  Why then are we treated to the same characters, year after year, for as long as I’ve been going (since 2001).  Every year its some weird Robin Hood + Queen Elizabeth I story.  Forget the fact that those characters have nothing but being British in common but why does it have to be the same thing EVERY FREAKING YEAR?  Can’t they find some other characters (real or fictional) from that period?  Can’t they make up NEW stuff based on the time period?  Do they HAVE to have the same awful choreography at the “Living Chess Board” every year?

I honestly enjoy the music, acrobatics, and comedy more than the scripted events (most notably the “Curious Magic and Impossible Illusions” and “Dexter Tripp” ).  I would enjoy the scripted events much more if they weren’t virtually the same every year forever.

4 Responses to “Renaissance Faire”

  1. Bruce says:

    The two smaller Ren Faires I went to in Connecticut last summer were a refreshing change. Worth the trip in my opinion just to see different acts for once…

  2. Adrianne says:

    Not to mention… if you come to the Southern CT RenFaire, you can visit us 🙂

  3. Bruce says:

    So how was opening weekend?

  4. John Behnken says:

    Hi Paul –
    I was directed to your BLOG by Elene and Umberto (mutual friends). I’ve been fencing at Woodstock for about 10 years now.
    Anyway – I feel your pain. I used to work at the NY Renn Faire many years ago (about 18 of them) and even then they suffered from the same drab, over-done, non-historical robin hood story. Ah well… I’ve been back a few times, but I rarely have the desire. It’s usually the result of a friend being in town and wanting to go because he/she hasn’t been before.
    On the up-side – I hear the Sterling Renn Fair upstate near Oswego (not to be confused with Sterling Forest) is supposed to be amazing. I think I may finally check it out this coming summer. http://sterlingfestival.com/ I’ve heard nothing but good things about it from many a seasoned Rennaisance goer (I see alot of them as I run a Live Action RPG).

    Take care,

    John