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The Texas Renaissance Festival – an ode to the abundance of all things be they drink, turkey legs or breasts – is busy playing out its version of Merrie Olde England on the flatlands of Texas to the northwest of Houston. As usual, its lineup of characters is swelled by the bodice-gripping, loin-clothed and otherwise costume-adorned festival-goers themselves, many of whom are indistinguishable from the hired professionals.
Sunday was picture perfect weather for the 34th annual version of the Ren Fest. The weekend’s theme was Magic with elves, wizards, faeries and a very determined satyr strolling the grounds. There were the usual knightly jousts, risque theater productions and falconer shows. Shops were crowded with food, potions and very special clothing items. Where else can you go to buy chain mail shirts or corsets in all sizes and colors? Pretty much everyone was in a jovial mood helped along by the ubiquitous grog shops. There are rides to be had as well and most of the kids gravitated to those.
No one we saw appeared to be checking in on the day’s football games.
Best show we saw: “Birds of Prey” complete with hawks, vultures and an owl who’s making a comeback after a year off and was given limited stage time. You never know when one of the birds is going to take a left turn and come up with a squirrel in its mouth. And stand up at your own risk during a performance. Yes, we are a bloodthirsty lot.
Next weekend: The Renaissance people promise an All Hallows Eve “as all things creepy emerge from the mists to pay homage to our Queen on Halloween.”
Check out scenes from the Ren Fest here.
– Margaret Downing