I was born and raised into Renaissance Faires. These events are seriously in my blood.
My parents had a game booth called Patch and Pixie Pastimes, and my first Faire was as a two month old, being pulled around in a wooden cart that my dad made by hand. Some of my fondest memories are of growing up working the booth, traveling to Faires all across California, and basically being a Faire brat through and through.
Now, I have kiddos of my own. My parents no longer work the Ren. Faire circuit and we go to Ren. Faire events as spectators. And I realized that I do not want my little girls missing out on the fun of a childhood at Faire. There is a certain element to the events that you just cannot get while being an outsider looking in, even in garb. So, after much prompting from our good friends Chris and Khristine, we asked / begged / demanded to join the House of Tudor, based in Central California.
Without getting too wordy because, 1) My husband wants the laptop back so he can play video games (NERD!) and 2) There really is too much to talk about; let me just say that we had a blast at Kearney Renaissance Faire this weekend! Everyone made us feel extremely welcome, and I feel like I have come back home, in a weird intangible sense… as though no time has passed and I never left Faire at all. And above all, I am so happy to see my children having fun, being welcomed, and having the next generation of Faire folk to play with. I seriously could not be happier.
Below are some of the photos I took at Kearney Faire in Fresno, California this weekend! If you see yourself in an image, feel free to grab a copy for your personal use! <3 <3 <3