For our second venture to the Texas RenFest we chose the Pirate Weekend and what fun it was! And in picking an earlier weekend we had our fingers crossed it wouldn’t be as cold as the first time we went. We still had the set up with the tent, air mattress and electric blanket. I’m a high end camper. Then we lucked out the second night as friends who joined us then had a heater safe for tents. Score!
I had fun picking out my costumes. How often do you have the chance to be a saucy pirate? Without getting strange looks? This was my costume on the first day.
It is so fun wandering round people watching. For the most part the costumes are great. Though this year it seemed that Games of Thrones was popular. Unfortunately some thought dressing like the unsullied was a good idea. Just the leather loin clothe and face mask. Um, no. Not a good idea! Saturday was the best for costumes. For some reason, a lot of people who went on Sunday were in modern clothes. No fun!
Aside from food served on sticks and decent beer we go for the shows. Tartanic is a great one of bagpipes and drums. I dare you to sit still through that show. Fabulous music.
We see Iris and Rose twice when we go to RenFest. First their regular bawdy show then we go to the last on on Sunday as it is interactive with people contributing jokes, limericks, and the sort. Here is the thing, I am always amazed at how many people bring their kids to the RenFest. They do have things for kids but most adults are there to let their hair down which means some costumes are holy moly, and many of the shows are adult themed. This doesn’t stop some parents though. All the shows that are not kid friendly will remind the audience of this. They say this is not for kids. I have lost count of how many parents just sit there. And you’ll see some kids just squirm. I believe that kids need sex education but this is not the way to go about doing it! But Iris and Rose, if you are old enough, is a must see. They make your sides hurt. :)
The second day of pirating was a bit warmer so that was the corset day! Our friends were concerned with my Casper the Ghost skin so I got sprayed with very cold sunscreen. But it did the trick.
Adam Crack is another fun show. They added some things to the show so it’s not all whip cracking but still fun. I would not want to be the assistant because she would hold things in her mouth that he would split with the whip. No thank you!
Fireworks are always a big draw. The first night we sat in the cold to watch them. The second night we sat by our campfire and looked on from a distant with all our layers on. The days were warm but once that sun went down, brrr.
One show I didn’t get a picture of was Arsene Dupin. He is a silent juggler, comedian, and magician from Paris. He’s genius and always makes us laugh when we go see him. He doesn’t speak until the end when he introduces himself. Just an amazing talent.
We’ll be going in a few years again, it’s always a blast. And I’ll admit, I love dressing up!