Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Living the Legend

This past weekend I lived the legend.

The legend of King Henry and his royal court, that is. King Henry featured his 16thCentury European village at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival, which has been going on every weekend since mid-August and wraps up this coming weekend.

The Renaissance is an interactive outdoor event, which focuses on recreating the look and feel of a fictional 16thCentury “England-like” fantasy kingdom. 

One of my favorite activities is interacting with hundreds of memorable characters roaming the village streets as well as viewing live armored jousting throughout the day. The authentic village is filled with costumed characters such as peasants, nobles and royal courtiers. 

I have gone to the Renaissance for many years. The event is actually in its 47thseason. There have been some great memories created at the festivals over the years. 

Watching people get tomatoes smashed into their faces. Flame throwing jugglers. The petting zoo featuring exotic animals for kids. And, perhaps my favorite, Puke and Snot. They’re just a few of the great acts to take in while roaming the Renaissance. 

Puke n’ Snot, who play two old men in tights, have been entertaining Renaissance goers since 1975. They put their own “trademark brand of mock-Shakespearean vaudeville too audiences composed mostly of morbidly obese, turkey-drumstick devouring, semi-conscious yahoos.” They continue to provide many hilarious and memorable moments.

And, of course, there is great food to enjoy along with all the entertainment. I love the bread bowls with wild rice soup. There are also the homemade cream puffs stuffed with cream and chocolate drizzled over the top. Just don’t make the mistake of getting the “pop-over” cream puffs like my daughter steered me into last weekend. They were too hard and crunchy. We didn’t even finish them before setting out to find the “real” cream puffs. There is nothing like having some cream smeared all over your face.

The Renaissance, which is located outside of Shakopee, is the country’s largest Renaissance Festival. It is a rousing event that delightfully engages and entertains folks of all ages. 

My daughter tried something new this year. She applied Henna art to her arm. Henna is temporary body art resulting from the staining of the skin from the dyes. 

Fall is a wonderful time of the year to take in a vast number of outdoor activities before the snow flies. Ouch, hate using that four-letter word already. Let’s hope we have lots of beautiful fall weather ahead of us yet. 

Apple picking is next up on my fall list to do. I can’t wait to get some mouth-watering apples to munch on at the orchard. 

I hope you enjoy going in hot pursuit of many fall activities for the entire family.

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