Kearney Renaissance Faire with the House of Tudor

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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

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Gingi Freeman

Gingi is a photographer, cosplayer, amateur chef, crazy cat lady, anime otaku, bookworm, generic geek, world traveler, conservative Christian, homeschooler, devoted military wife and stay at home new mother of two little girls. Gingi blogs about anything and everything that is relevant to being a supermom, stay at home wife, homeschooler and geek girl! You can contact her at gingifreeman@gmail.com or via the contact form on her website at www.domesticgeekgirl.com

52 thoughts on “Kearney Renaissance Faire with the House of Tudor

  • 15 November, 2016 at 8:32 am
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    Amazing photos! I’ve never been to a renaissance faire :O

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    • 15 November, 2016 at 5:06 pm
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      You should check to see what Faires are in your area (if you havent already!)

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  • 15 November, 2016 at 10:07 am
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    Oh my heart! This makes me so nostalgic for Faire! I’m so glad your girls are getting to have this childhood experience. I still have the little noble dress you wore when you went to your first Faire, we should make a rag doll for the girls & dress it up! Seeing the noble dresses makes me want to make one…if could even remember how. Where/when is the next Faire?

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    • 15 November, 2016 at 5:08 pm
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      Not till Visalia, I think! I am planning on making the whole family noble garb, although I dont know the likelihood that it will happen before the next faire.. we are STILL slowly cranking out Inuyasha costumes!!!

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  • 15 November, 2016 at 6:35 pm
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    Wonderful event πŸ™‚ I wish to wear that kind of costume, such fun πŸ™‚

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    • 16 November, 2016 at 5:07 am
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      Yeah, there is so much wonder and joy and imagination in a childhood at Faire!!

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  • 15 November, 2016 at 11:34 pm
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    This was really cute to read! I’ve never been to a faire before, but would love to go. I am glad you were able to pass the experience down to your child. XO, Ellese

    Rock.Paper.Glam.

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    • 16 November, 2016 at 5:07 am
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      Omg, you need to go to one Ellese!!! Seriously! It needs to be on your bucket list like.. NOW!

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  • 16 November, 2016 at 6:27 am
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    So many beautiful photos …thx for sharing! xx

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  • 16 November, 2016 at 12:46 pm
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    Ha! I’ve even been to a Renaissance fair although I confess I’ve never dressed up. Don’t have anything to wear! But overall, it’s the food that gets me! I tend to eat my way through it. But I think your CA fair’s are a bit cooler than are NY ones for sure =

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    • 16 November, 2016 at 4:26 pm
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      Yeah, we are SUPER spoiled in California in regards to faires.. I remember the first couple times I visited Ren. Faires out of state I was so underwhelmed! Didnt realize how lucky I have been!

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  • 16 November, 2016 at 9:21 pm
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    Amazing photos. I’ve never worked a Renaissance Faire or even dressed up to attend, but I do enjoy going to them. There’s so much fun going on everywhere you look.

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  • 16 November, 2016 at 9:49 pm
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    I’ve only been to one Renaissance faire and it was so much fun, my husband enjoyed it as well! You and your family look so cute in your costumes, I’m sure they had a wonderful time. This is such a great, fun, and educational tradition to pass down to your little ones! Thanks so much for sharing, beauty, and I hope you’re having a great week so far!

    XO,

    Jalisa
    http://www.thestylecontour.com

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    • 17 November, 2016 at 4:13 pm
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      I just cant get over seeing my little ones in their costumes… SO PRECIOUS!!!

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  • 17 November, 2016 at 2:44 am
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    Wonderful photos! I’m glad that you were able to really experience the faire again, and share that with your kids! That’s so cool you grew up within the faire.

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  • 17 November, 2016 at 6:54 am
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    I love love love the photos! I’ve always wanted to go to a ren faire, but never got around to it. They have one ever year about an hour away so it wouldn’t be too much trouble. It seems like it would be a lot of fun. Or at least make for a nice photo opportunity. πŸ™‚

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    • 17 November, 2016 at 4:15 pm
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      Yeah, this one is about an hour drive from my home… worth the drive for sure!!

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  • 17 November, 2016 at 7:44 pm
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    I’ve always wanted to go to one of these fairs! It looks like a lot of fun and I love how so many people dress up (and you know they spent a lot of time on their costumes!). Beautiful photos!!

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

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    • 18 November, 2016 at 3:52 pm
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      Yeah, the hubby and I are thinking about working on nobles for the whole family, and just the thought makes my head kind of explode a little bit, lol! <3

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    • 18 November, 2016 at 3:52 pm
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      RIGHT?!! I always feel like such a creeper staring at all the lovely outfits, lol…

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  • 18 November, 2016 at 3:27 pm
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    Fantastic photos! I can feel the frivolity and hear the folk music and taste the mead just looking at them! I didn’t attend my first RenFest until college, but I’ve tried to make an annual event of it ever since. It’s such a fun way to spend a Saturday. There’s so much to do and shop for and taste in such a small space. And it’s cool to see all these people coming together to escape into their imaginations a bit. How neat that your parents had a game booth. What fun memories and traditions to pass onto your own kids!

    <3 Liz
    http://www.withwonderandwhimsy.com

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    • 18 November, 2016 at 3:54 pm
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      Yeah, that was a big part of my childhood, being able to so easily escape into my imagination and live in a fantasy world for the weekend.. I would insist on staying in costume all weekend, even overnight, using furs and cloaks to keep warm instead of getting into a regular jacket.. haha! It was so much fun!

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  • 22 November, 2016 at 11:07 am
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    I’ve never been to one but they look like lots of fun! Great pics Gingi! I think there is one on in Sydney too πŸ™‚

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  • 23 November, 2016 at 6:33 pm
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    I can’t beat a good faire. I created the Texarkana Renaissance Faire five years ago but I had to retire at the ripe old age of 30 just last year. It’s tough work – especially with two babies! Now I’m just an adviser and cast and I play Daniella Noir the Gypsy Queen. I much prefer performing than directing! Maybe I’ll see you some day πŸ™‚
    Thanks for stopping by my blog http://moderncolorsblog.blogspot.com/

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