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Sunday, April 11, 2010
You may want to acknowledge all those people in your life that are multi-taskers – your mom or wife, assistant, accountant or lawyer.
Or you might want to find a reason to put on your best juggler costume or jester outfit. We suspect the best place would be the Renaissance Pleasure Faire in Irwindale, California, which runs April 10th - May 23rd. Theirs is the is purportedly the first, original modern Renaissance Fair; it opened in 1963 and has run yearly since that time. Of course you can search this list for the faire closest to you. You don’t have to dress as a court jester, you can choose any Renaissance costume.
Faires are about 10 times more fun when you're in costume and in character. (Yes I've done it ... if you work here, it's sort of a requirement).
Wikipedia explains that actors who are employed by the RPFC wear the dress found in the Elizabethan Era, or more precisely during the life of Elizabeth I, 1558-1603. RPFC takes this seriously, and their site is a great research resource. All actors' costumes go through a rigorous approval process ensuring authenticity. Generally there are four types: Peasant Class, Middle Class, Nobility, and Military. There are also other cultures represented such as the Scots, Italians, Germans, Spaniards and various Arab cultures, as well as various other performance groups such as mongers, Puritans, adventurers and inventors. These are organized into guilds. Visitors, commonly known as patrons, are encouraged to dress up as well, but Elizabethan "garb" is optional.
Look at RPFC’s notes on their Facebook page to see a listing of all the guilds, shows and other activities. They include pirates, gypsies, equestrians, belly dancers and bawdy performances and revelry for adults. For kids, Merlin’s magic, fairy tales, pied pipers and the building of wee houses for fairies.
Check it out if you can, or look for a Faire in your area.