Texas Renfest 2012

It all started with a corset.  And I found myself camping in 36F weather.  What happened?!?

Back in 2011 we were visiting our friends in Austin. They are huge Renfest fans and love to dress up in medieval costumes and camp to boot.  They also sew their costumes and one of our friends made this beautiful corset but it was too small for her and as it fit me she gave it to me.  Hence, the now you have to wear it and come along.  🙂  So we picked a weekend to go back down this past November.  The weekend we picked was the Highland Games weekend.  Though funnily enough we didn’t see any Highland games.  But there was a lot to see!

We drove to the outside of Houston to set up camp.  Now I’m not a camper in the best of times.  I like plumbing and comfort.  As they want us to do this again we got quite the set up!

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Air mattress, electric blanket.  Though I  have to say at 36F it was still really cold.  We figured out on the next night to put the pillows under the blanket to warm them up as it was a bit of a shock putting our heads on the cold pillows.

My favourite part of camping would be the camp fire.

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As most of you who camp know you have to be creative with cooking so we “toasted” our bagels in a skillet.  🙂

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Once we got ready it was time to head into the Renfest.  We started off the day watching people compete in the dancing contest.  It was a sight to see….as no one knew how to do the dance.  LOL  And unfortunately one guy took to heart the idea that there should be nothing under the kilt.  Wrong, wrong, wrong.

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We had fun with the food and drink.  The turkey legs were tasty but a bit much.  I gave it my best try.  My husband went another route with chicken on a stick with hot peppers.

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Our friends provided the tartans.  I was hoping to find a store that I could get my clan pins for my bag.  No such luck.  Ah well.  I’ll plan a bit better next time.  Our friend also made the flower wreath I wore for the weekend.  She has some really good sewing skills, I have to say.

The Renfest had loads of shows we could check out.  Most of them bawdy.  🙂  This guy had a fabulous whip show.  The flames were quite something.  He also did a night show that was impressive.

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We also got to listen to bagpipes.  I absolutely love bagpipes.  Just an amazing sound.  And these guys were as good on their instruments as they were bad at the Scottish accents.  🙂  So we had some incredible music.  And I’m a huge fan of drums as well so this was great.

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And here is the corset that started the whole saga.  🙂

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We really enjoyed ourselves.  It was great letting our hair down a bit and just enjoying the sights.  We would definitely do it again but here’s to warmer nights!  🙂

14 thoughts on “Texas Renfest 2012

  1. We have something similar here in MI called the Renaissance Festival. I personally have not been there but, I know a lot of people that go. I want to go for the food….lol!! Camping in 36 degrees would be hard for me too! We have a camper with a heater so I’m used to that and all my blankies!! I loved the last pic, it’s nice to put a face with the name 🙂 The corset is pretty too!

  2. Thanks V for the kudos on the corset. I’m so glad it fit you and you looked absolutely bawdy in it! 😉

    Can’t wait till the NEXT time!

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