Monday, August 20, 2012

Bristol Renaissance Faire-Best Of The Fest 2012 #Photo Filled Recap

Our fair faire is 25 and celebrating in fine fashion!   Bristol Renaissance Faire is one of our highly anticipated, annual, family favs.   In fact, we hope to get back there yet again next weekend.   We just can't stay away!

We hit all the new shows we'd never seen before (& a few old favs--like MooNie--we couldn't stay away from while we ate our traditional mile high chocolate crepes!)   There are so many fun, frequently changing acts throughout the run of the faire, that it's always a new fest, even if you're a frequent guest!   

This time around it was a joy to catch:

Sirena (July 7 thru Aug 19 ONLY) (NEW)
Travel back to the time of mythical gods, shipwrecked lovers, and the ethereal women whom all sailors both fear and adore--the Sirens. Straight from the depths of the sea, Aglaope, Legeia, and Raidne bring you a show filled with drumming, dancing, and all-original music. Their songs will hypnotize you and their stories will touch your hearts, but hold on to your souls, or you might find you've lost them to the hands of the Sirens!

Gypsy Geoff – Fire Circus Show (July 7/8 & 14/15, Aug 18 thru Sept 3 ONLY)
A showman who is devoted to expanding upon the wonderment of children, Gypsy Geoff: Juggler,
physical comedian, and variety entertainer that is both mesmerizing and enchanting. Come witness
and be part of the master of 
mayhem and manipulation the flurry of fire that is Gypsy Geoff – Fire Circus Show!  Visit Gypsy Geoff's Website

Aerial Silk Fantasy (July 7 thru Aug 19 ONLY)
Lauryn Murray graces the floor and nimbly climbs the precarious heights of silk, appearing as though gravity were merely a suggestion, not reality.  Lauryn's beauty, grace and skill will awe the young and old alike as she floats effortlessly 30 feet above Shakespeare's Meadow near the RenQuest encampment.

Here's Sagezilla telling aerialist, Lauryn, that she'll have her job in 10 years!!   LOL.   Seriously, Sage WAS chatting her up, telling her that she takes silks, Spanish web, trapeze, lira, Chinese Pole, etc.....   all at the ripe olde age of 9.   Kid's got wings and she's ready to fly!

Tartanic (July 7/8 & 14/15 & 21/22 ONLY)
The roar of bagpipes and the thunder of the drums can only mean one thing. Tartanic returns to thrill audiences with a show that truly defines “Shock and Awe!” Taking tunes out of the session and into the sensational with their own brand of humor and theatrics. This is not just music... this is an interactive spectacle brought to you by... MEN WITHOUT PANTS! Visit Tartanic's Website

Street Painting through Chalk Art (July 7/8, 28/29, Aug 11/12, Sept 1-3)
Join Master Chalk Artist, Stacey Williams-NG, as she brings art to life with a mere pallet of pastels.

MooNie the Magnif'Cent (all season)
Enchanting audiences for over 20 years without saying so much as a word, MooNie is the undisputed master of Bristol’s Globe stage. MooNie presents a show that combines classic clowning, slack rope work and enough comedy to leave you gasping for breath. Enter the mind of MooNie. Visit MooNie's Website

.....and so much more!!

Of course, we couldn't keep our pirate maiden, Sage, from storming the castle walls and back flipping on the Bungee Catapult here.   She mastered the highest castle wall climb this year!   Ren Faire is truly a gymnast kids' mecca.

The costumed crowds are also at least half the fun.   So dress up...dress down....break out your best Renaissancie duds and join the game.    I'm always amused at the hodgepodge of traditionalists, gamers, steampunks, fantasy ware wearers, and anti-costumers all cavorting and having a jolly olde English time together.

Be sure to snag discount coupons at Walgreens before you go.   Also, check out  Bristol Ren Faire's main site right here, for advanced tickets, specials and must see events.   Then head out of town and back in time for some merry olde adventures at Bristol Renaissance Faire.    The fair runs through Labor Day Monday, then there's a special 25th anniversary bash September 14th & 15th this year.    Huzzah!!   

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