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(Slate)   New book examines why Americans still COME to the Renaissance Faire after death of 60s counterculture that spawned it   (slate.com) divider line 139
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2013-02-02 03:31:33 PM  
Because flagon of ale and buxom wenches..
 
2013-02-02 03:39:33 PM  
because they're awesome?
 
2013-02-02 03:39:50 PM  

markie_farkie: Because flagon of ale and buxom wenches..



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2013-02-02 03:40:59 PM  

markie_farkie: Because flagon of ale and buxom wenches..


Mead.  Swords.  Horses.  Fire-twirling. Gorgeous clothing.  Meat on a stick.  Fake fighting.  In other words, fun stuff.

Now I want mead.
 
2013-02-02 03:42:47 PM  

Duck_of_Doom: markie_farkie: Because flagon of ale and buxom wenches..

Mead.  Swords.  Horses.  Fire-twirling. Gorgeous clothing.  Meat on a stick.  Fake fighting.  In other words, fun stuff.

Now I want mead.


Yup. I wonder why it takes a whole book to say "because it's fun!"
 
2013-02-02 03:46:40 PM  
Turkey legs. Although turkeys are New World birds, so they technically wouldn't have them in the actual Renaissance.
 
2013-02-02 03:46:53 PM  

Duck_of_Doom: Meat on a stick.


Now if you could somehow figure out how to get mead on a stick, you might have something!
 
2013-02-02 03:49:39 PM  

theorellior: Turkey legs. Although turkeys are New World birds, so they technically wouldn't have them in the actual Renaissance.


This!
 
2013-02-02 03:50:18 PM  

theorellior: Turkey legs. Although turkeys are New World birds, so they technically wouldn't have them in the actual Renaissance.


Because they would have probably eaten cats or something.  I think that's why they call it "creative anachronism".
 
2013-02-02 03:50:51 PM  

theorellior: Turkey legs. Although turkeys are New World birds, so they technically wouldn't have them in the actual Renaissance.


Back then it was "anything slower than you" on a stick.
 
2013-02-02 03:51:34 PM  

Summer Glau's Love Slave: theorellior: Turkey legs. Although turkeys are New World birds, so they technically wouldn't have them in the actual Renaissance.

This!


Thirded!
 
2013-02-02 03:54:01 PM  

Duck_of_Doom: markie_farkie: Because flagon of ale and buxom wenches..

Mead.  Swords.  Horses.  Fire-twirling. Gorgeous clothing.  Meat on a stick.  Fake fighting.  In other words, fun stuff.

Now I want mead.


Pretty much that. Granted I haven't been to one stateside, but the ones I went to while I was stationed in Germany were awesome. Lots of cool craftwork for sale, great food, and mead I haven't found an equal to here stateside.
 
2013-02-02 03:55:15 PM  

PanicMan: Because they would have probably eaten cats or something. I think that's why they call it "creative anachronism".


Now I want cat legs.
 
2013-02-02 03:58:56 PM  
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2013-02-02 04:01:13 PM  
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2013-02-02 04:02:28 PM  

markie_farkie: Because flagon of ale and buxom wenches..


And turkey legs! Just like they eat back before the turkey made it over to Europe. Toad-in-a-holes are also good.
 
2013-02-02 04:12:42 PM  
Ren Faires are one of the last bastions of free spirit. No one gets judged at a Ren Faire because the silliness of it all is why most people pay to go. The only other place that has that type of freedom is Comic Cons. Although the models they pay to advertise may get a little judgey of the cosplayers, but it's ok because they are nothing but eye candy with no soul anyways.
 
2013-02-02 04:13:39 PM  
I miss the Faire at Black Point Forest.

I went every year since I was a few days old.  Still have a Faire Map from 1979.
Tried a dozen other Faires and none were nearly as good.  I think the forest ended up getting chopped down and turned into a golf course, the bastards.
 
2013-02-02 04:15:05 PM  
Same reason people go to Hooters instead of TGIFridays or Chili's.  Boobs and Beer.  It's a proven formula
 
2013-02-02 04:24:58 PM  

markie_farkie: Duck_of_Doom: Meat on a stick.

Now if you could somehow figure out how to get mead on a stick, you might have something!


Marinate/baste the turkey and sausages in mead?
 
2013-02-02 04:25:20 PM  
last time I went to one the night ended with two chicks naked and making out.   I heartily approve of Ren Faires.
 
2013-02-02 04:26:46 PM  

natazha: markie_farkie: Because flagon of ale and buxom wenches..

And turkey legs! Just like they eat back before the turkey made it over to Europe. Toad-in-a-holes are also good.


And Scotch eggs and pickles. Never forget ren-faire pickles.
 
2013-02-02 04:31:43 PM  
I always enjoyed the AZ and CO Ren Faires, but the "Mutton and Mead" festival up here in New England pretty much sucked.  It was tiny, the turkey legs were bland, and there was nary a corseted wench in sight.  The more time I spend up in this area of the country, the more I am amazed that anyone actually chooses to live here.
 
2013-02-02 04:42:47 PM  

Teufelaffe: I always enjoyed the AZ and CO Ren Faires, but the "Mutton and Mead" festival up here in New England pretty much sucked.  It was tiny, the turkey legs were bland, and there was nary a corseted wench in sight.  The more time I spend up in this area of the country, the more I am amazed that anyone actually chooses to live here.


I grew up in CT, and dont recall anyone ever getting excited about a Ren Faire. Here in Tampa Bay FL the local one is a pretty big deal...at least among the crowd thats into that sort of thing.
 
2013-02-02 04:43:16 PM  
I got married at one.  Was terrific fun, and a very cheap wedding overall.  When I went to my brother in law's wedding about ten months later, people were still talking about ours.

/plus we paid for the hard cider and wine.  And lots of it.
//his was a dry reception.
 
2013-02-02 04:45:07 PM  
Stay tuned for my 5 part TV special 'Why people go to Amusement Parks', 'Why fellows like Hot Rods and Motorcycles', 'Why people go to Water Parks during Summer', 'Why good looking people get dated' and 'Why women prefer men who have big money'.
 
2013-02-02 04:45:34 PM  
No better place to see plump older women showing off boobie cleavage.
 
2013-02-02 04:49:40 PM  
People generally don't need a lot of convincing to put on a costume and drink booze. Just look at Halloween.  Or weddings.
 
2013-02-02 05:00:04 PM  

Teufelaffe: I always enjoyed the AZ and CO Ren Faires, but the "Mutton and Mead" festival up here in New England pretty much sucked.  It was tiny, the turkey legs were bland, and there was nary a corseted wench in sight.  The more time I spend up in this area of the country, the more I am amazed that anyone actually chooses to live here.


You mean the one in Apache Junction right? Despite the area being a shiathole I always loved it too. I haven't been to one elsewhere, so I have no basis for comparison.
 
2013-02-02 05:00:09 PM  
I've noticed striking similarities between some Ren Faire sites across the nation.  I wonder if some mysterious corporation owns a chain of them.
 
2013-02-02 05:04:11 PM  
What's renaissance faire? They never happen in da vincinity
 
2013-02-02 05:05:16 PM  
Came (here looking) for Havoc and Chaos, need a nap now.
 
2013-02-02 05:06:25 PM  
Unicorn City is a great little movie.
 
2013-02-02 05:06:53 PM  
(wishes there still were Renaissance Faires instead of all of the Fantasy Faires yclept Rennaisance)
 
2013-02-02 05:07:55 PM  

LewDux: What's renaissance faire? They never happen in da vincinity


They're like Fark parties, but are held outside by people who are intentionally trying to talk gibberish.
 
2013-02-02 05:09:45 PM  

Techhell: LewDux: What's renaissance faire? They never happen in da vincinity

They're like Fark parties, but are held outside by people who are intentionally trying to talk gibberish.


I couldn't get passed the horrendous pun...
 
2013-02-02 05:13:34 PM  

KhamanV: I got married at one.  Was terrific fun, and a very cheap wedding overall.  When I went to my brother in law's wedding about ten months later, people were still talking about ours.

/plus we paid for the hard cider and wine.  And lots of it.
//his was a dry reception.


see.. that right there is the problem. Something like that my brain would've treated as a traumatic event and buried it down in my subconscious, A repressed memory only to be awoken by hypnotherapist.
 
2013-02-02 05:14:40 PM  
As a 13 year veteran of working the renaissance faire, I came to give the one word answer, "boobies", but I see that has already been (cough) covered.
 
2013-02-02 05:16:32 PM  

theorellior: Turkey legs...


Dear

GAWD

THIS

There's nothing quite like chowing down on the hind appendage of large farmed fowl while dressed as an anachronistic pirate and watching grown men and women debase themselves with slapstick and mud for tips.

/Going to the one in Deerfield Beach, FL this month during Pirate Weekend.
 
2013-02-02 05:19:48 PM  

theorellior: Turkey legs. Although turkeys are New World birds, so they technically wouldn't have them in the actual Renaissance.


Turkeys were take from the new world to the old world, where they thrived.  Then they were taken back to the new world and introduced to North America.  Where those farking things are thriving.  Too damn many obnoxious wild turkeys around here ever since they killed off all the coyotes.

So basically, while they might have known about turkeys, it is unlikely they would be selling turkey legs at a country fair.
 
2013-02-02 05:21:41 PM  
Let's see if anyone here is old faire fold.

Are you hot?
Did you make that yourself?
Are you the queen?
 
2013-02-02 05:22:19 PM  

OgreMagi: Let's see if anyone here is old faire folk.

Are you hot?
Did you make that yourself?
Are you the queen?


FTFM.
 
2013-02-02 05:26:46 PM  

neuroflare: Teufelaffe: I always enjoyed the AZ and CO Ren Faires, but the "Mutton and Mead" festival up here in New England pretty much sucked.  It was tiny, the turkey legs were bland, and there was nary a corseted wench in sight.  The more time I spend up in this area of the country, the more I am amazed that anyone actually chooses to live here.

You mean the one in Apache Junction right? Despite the area being a shiathole I always loved it too. I haven't been to one elsewhere, so I have no basis for comparison.


Yep, that's the one.  Been about a half dozen times over the years, always had a good time.  I like the one in CO better, if only for the fact that it was in the middle of a forested area and the temperatures weren't in the high 80s like they usually are at the AZ one.  I have some pics from the CO one:

www.teufelaffe.com
A friend posing with some guy in an awesome Minotaur costume.

www.teufelaffe.com
A water wheel in the middle of the Faire

www.teufelaffe.com
At the jousting field

www.teufelaffe.com
Twig the Fairy
 
2013-02-02 05:26:52 PM  

OgreMagi: As a 13 year veteran of working the renaissance faire, I came to give the one word answer, "boobies", but I see that has already been (cough) covered.


Doesn't mean it can't be covered (or not) again.

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2013-02-02 05:31:54 PM  

DSF6969: OgreMagi: As a 13 year veteran of working the renaissance faire, I came to give the one word answer, "boobies", but I see that has already been (cough) covered.

Doesn't mean it can't be covered (or not) again.

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Not a single one of those women would have passed costume approval at my Faire.  Got any more?
 
2013-02-02 05:34:36 PM  
Faire, anyone...?

LINK
 
2013-02-02 05:37:15 PM  
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2013-02-02 05:39:11 PM  

OgreMagi: DSF6969: OgreMagi: As a 13 year veteran of working the renaissance faire, I came to give the one word answer, "boobies", but I see that has already been (cough) covered.

Doesn't mean it can't be covered (or not) again.

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Not a single one of those women would have passed costume approval at my Faire.  Got any more?


That's standard (ahem) fare down here in FL.
 
2013-02-02 05:49:56 PM  

penthesilea: I miss the Faire at Black Point Forest.

I went every year since I was a few days old.  Still have a Faire Map from 1979.
Tried a dozen other Faires and none were nearly as good.  I think the forest ended up getting chopped down and turned into a golf course, the bastards.


It was made into a housing development.  Then about 1 year later Radon gas was detected leaking from everywhere and it was deemed uninhabitable.  By then the Faire had moved to Gilroy/Pacheco Pass and attendance dropped by about 90%.  (Sigh)  I miss the Black Point venue as well.

//25 year attendee.
 
2013-02-02 05:50:56 PM  
I remember going the Renfaire in the Agoura Hills outside LA in 1974 before the She-Ra wannabes and potheads tainted the atmosphere. At that time they were serious about the language and recreating the era. There was an actual audition phase where you had to demonstrate historical knowledge and dialect.

When it was franchised out it got really sloppy.

One year in the '80s one year, some geeks showed up in Star Trek (original series) garb wit tori orders and phasers drawn playing an away team.

I larfed, but the faire was dead to me.

/meadow, offeth.
 
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