Disappointments early in life prepare you for bigger disappointments later in life.
The trees were brimming with radiant leaves, leaves that were bursting with color as their chlorophyll abandoned them and bitterly clinging to life before finally, exhausted, they relinquished their grasp and plummeted to their mass grave that was the forest floor.
The wind began to blow that cool, howling blow that shoved glorious Summer aside to make way for cruel Autumn, the season of death.
Correction: Winter is the season of death. Autumn is just the season of dying.
Which makes it the perfect time of year for Renaissance Fairs! You see one, you’ve seen them all, but each one has its own flair. One not to be missed recreates 16th-century London, complete with plague. Hard-core Renaissance Fair-goers, affectionately dubbed “nerds”, save this stop for later in their lives, in case it may be their last – survivors wear their Elizabethan collars and oozing sores with pride.
Some fairs get a little muddled in their time periods and locales, as with the fair that was shut down soon after its debut for having Shakespearean plays performed next to American Revolutionary War re-enactments. Another had the always-present joust followed by a lions vs. Christians match in a makeshift Coliseum occupying the same arena. There never was a winner in the latter event.
Speaking of the joust – each one follows the same basic formula, so it is always interesting to see deviations. One featured a knight knocked off his noble steed who was jarred into speaking modern English and pulling a switchblade on his still-astride opponent, who deftly charged in the opposite direction with the aggressor running after him. Another match saw the “maiden”, a guest selected by one of the knights to fight for, take up the sword she snuck in and soundly defeat her knight’s opponent, who was supposed to fall anyway. She was banned for life from that company’s Fair.
As you make the circuit, do not forget to purchase your period clothing, your period weapons, and your period funnel cake. The period jewelry pieces especially are bargains at prices you will not see anywhere else.
Long live cosplay!