8.28.2012

AND THEN SOMETIMES YOU GOTTA GO TO THE RENAISSANCE FAIRE


the holbrooks LOVE a good fair. county fair, state fair, hemp fair, don't matter. we love them all, the cheesier the better. 

our little town in idaho held a renaissance fair every year that we attended rain or shine. (and it was always raining. we called it the rain fair, you know, cause we're funny.) moscow was a perfect storm of shakespeare and nerdiness, so the ren fair was especially good. there was a thriving community of duelers in town who'd show up to east city part twice a week in a truck rigged out to look like a castle--complete with drawbridge!--which would then unload a large group of chain mail warriors and busty fairy wenches onto the lawn for giant battles. wooden swords covered in foam, iambic pentameter, potions and spells, the whole nutter thing. it was sort of the best thing in my life. 

so when brandon suggested we drive into the country to attend the new york renaissance faire this weekend, i was like . . .  but no, we don't dress up. we are only there to appreciate the culture.

honestly, i am not joking. there is no more delightful group of people than the ren faire people. we just love them. from the depths of our very souls.



















p.s. huck feels this way about car rides.


48 comments :

  1. oh good lord, this is fantastic.

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  2. I LOVE stuff like this.I'm off to google my nearest Renaissance Fair...my little boy is called Arthur, I need a photo of him lifting the sword!

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  3. i need to get me some of those crushed velvet leggings. they're appropriate for every occasion!
    -ale

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  4. Now I want a flower and ribbon crown, just to wear around the house. :)

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  5. beautiful photos girl! You've got talent.

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  6. Time out... you grew up in Moscow? I had a couple of roommates from there and my brother married a girl from that town.

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  7. Haha I LOVE it! Now I really want to go...

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  8. How TALL does your baby boy look in that photo of the two of you strolling along?! Crazy!

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  9. Now this is a good post. I love this kind of crap. I need that sign on my door at home. The look on Huck's face on your hubby's shoulders is classic. He's all like "WTF???" Totally appropriate for a toddler experiencing his first Ren Faire.

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  10. Ohhhh I remember the Ren faire in Moscow. It was cool. Although I have to say, I was never fortunate enough to witness the drawbridge castle-mobile and now feel strangely cheated. I miss that place.

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  11. How fun! Darling photos!

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  12. this is just amazing.

    www.modernsuburbanites.blogspot.com

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  13. We just really need to be friends already! Fairs are my favorite I love a huge festivity especially when there are turkey legs involved.

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  14. Ohhh my goooosh I love Ren Fests!!!! I haven't been to one in years but they are the best nerdy adventures ever. Looks like your little man had a ton of fun too. :) Glad y'all enjoyed it!

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  15. LOL this cracks me up. We used to go to it in Texas almost every year we were there. It was down in Waco. That knife throwing guy was there every year in the same outfit! Sexy pants I tell ya. Same show every year too...lol

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  16. love - very exotic america, we have definitely been on the lookout for "fairs" of all sorts since coming back to the US!

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  17. Ooooh jealous! I wish we had these in Australia. These photos are hysterical- I love me an enthusiast. And it would be an understatement to say that this faire was full of them.

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  18. haha crushes on guys with crushed velvet leggings. but seriously, how comfy do those guys look?

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  19. That first picture is amazing!

    I have a degree in medieval studies and when I was working on it people would say things like 'You must really love Renaissance Faires!' and I have never been to one so I would always feel quietly resentful of Renaissance Faires. I really should just go to one already!

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    1. ohhh you NEED to go. you'd love. dress up for bonus fun points. one of these days i'll get up the courage and go as a busty pirate wench or something (pirates... new subculture of the ren faires, totally NOT authentic ;).

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  20. i got the best face painting of my life at a renaissance faire (which took place at a park called Alabama Shakespeare Festival. perfect, no?). the face paint covered one entire side of my face and was a glittery, turquoise fairy wing. sigh...i would go back for one of those right now.

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  21. i have always wanted to go to a ren fair. it is my dream. one day i will do this. also, oh my goodness huck looks so tall in that picture walking next to you!

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  22. Fairs are some of the best things. Small county fairs out here in Nebraska are absolutely adorable. Also, I feel so very American whenever we go to one. Ha!

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  23. i need to know about more things like this!! FYI... you should check out the mad hatter party. talk about awesome costumes/people watching! but, who are we kidding, everyday is a good people-watching day in NYC!

    cheers :)

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  24. How i wish i had this type of fairs in my country... Looks interesting & fun!

    Ur son really looks like his dad :)

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  25. Ah! that is awesome! I live in upstate NY and heard about it- now I wish I went!

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  26. What fun!!! I love all things fair. You captured it beautifully.

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  27. The dude in the second shot with the purple tights and tights buns is the best. My eyes lingered there for way too long. Ha! Gross gross gross.

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  28. That guy with the sign--oh mercy. Love it.

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  29. Btw tt last photo of Ur son is too cute! He has that "whatever" look. Haha

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  30. Looks horrible! But then again, I am so not a fair-of-any-sort person. ;) xo

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  31. Love the "Caution Reality Ahead" sign - I think my dad would have liked that for my room when I was a teenager!

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  32. Oh I'm crushing hard on the purple tights mostly from the rear-- ya know? =)

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  33. My sister and I are total anglophiles and every year we used to talk about going to King Richard's Faire. One year we fianlly went with our hubbies and it was the weirdest (but most awesome) day ever. Love the pics of your little Huck, so sweet.

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  34. Hahaha, this is amazing. We, too, have a fair tradition. Now that I think about it, we somehow didn't get to one this summer. Gotta try and remedy that!

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  35. Huck in that jester hat KILLS ME.

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  36. renaissance fairs+kids=super fun!
    kids just love the costumes, face painting, the food and more!

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  37. Goodness! You shot a photo of two of my best friends, the girl wearing the green dress and her boyfriend with the camera. How very strange :)

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  38. i need to expereince a renaissance faire at some point in my life--that atm photo made me laugh so much.

    and huck's face when he is on his dad's shoulders--priceless!

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  39. Sound fun! I just knew about the fair and was thinking on going and in october my son turns 3 and the theme of the party would be knights, so this could be just great to have him enter in character! You just give me the final push I needed to go!

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  40. such great pictures!! :) the last one is... ahhh so precious!

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  41. Oh my gosh, the picture of Huck in the stocks is priceless!!!

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  42. this place is magical!!!! loving all of these photographs!
    xo TJ

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  43. Ha, I just read a nerdy YA book that was a freebie on kindle while I was on vacation, The Tree Shepherd's Daughter. It's set at a Ren Faire and these pictures look like illustrations for the book! It wasn't a work of art but you might get a kick out of it.

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  44. So awesome. I love the Exit sign.

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  45. huck loved it. guaranteed!

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  46. HA HA HA HA HA! SO AWESOME! I have a cousin who lives and breathes ren faire culture all year long. She sews costumes and plans feasts. And still, I have yet to attend one of these soirees. After seeing your pix, I feel like I gotta go!!

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  47. I love fairs! I am beyond excited about the upcoming state fair. oh the food, the glorious food.

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