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Earliest Memories of The Realm
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This is where you can share your first or earliest remembrance of a Festival or Faire....

Like me for example:

I remember I was about 6 or 7 and I went to the Maryland Renaissance Festival with my grandma and this was where I fell in love with all things Ren related!
01-19-2011 12:52 AM
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RE: Earliest Memories of The Realm
It is good to have that memory with your Grandma... Very good. You will always treasure that.


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RE: Earliest Memories of The Realm
My boyfriend (now husband) brought me to faire for the first time 14yrs ago. It was an amazing experience! Even though my pale skin was a target for MANY insults. Happy

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RE: Earliest Memories of The Realm
(01-19-2011 09:26 AM)Lady Inga Greeves Wrote:  My boyfriend (now husband) brought me to faire for the first time 14yrs ago. It was an amazing experience! Even though my pale skin was a target for MANY insults. Happy

What's wrong with pale skin? Huh

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RE: Earliest Memories of The Realm
Hmm.. that's what I was wondering. I am as white as you can get! LOL!!


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RE: Earliest Memories of The Realm
(01-19-2011 05:05 AM)Lady DArbanville Wrote:  It is good to have that memory with your Grandma... Very good. You will always treasure that.
I do truly treasure those memories..thank you :)
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RE: Earliest Memories of The Realm
I remember my first faire, it was BARF when it was over in Largo. Um.. lets see.. around 1997 I do believe. My friend told me we HAD TO GO IN GARB!
So we made us something to wear, went, and had so much fun! I have been back every year. We went one time without garb because it had been raining so much,
wasn't expecting too many people there. Boy, was that a mistake!! My friend grew up down the street from faire, in Largo. She has been going since she was 2 !


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(01-19-2011 09:51 AM)Shadow Wraith Wrote:  
(01-19-2011 09:26 AM)Lady Inga Greeves Wrote:  My boyfriend (now husband) brought me to faire for the first time 14yrs ago. It was an amazing experience! Even though my pale skin was a target for MANY insults. Happy

What's wrong with pale skin? Huh

Not sure -but wherever I went a comment was made about how I resembled a Ghost or I was "white hot" - it seems even by MN standards I am extremely pale (My skin glows in black lighting HA)

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(01-19-2011 03:17 PM)Lady Inga Greeves Wrote:  
(01-19-2011 09:51 AM)Shadow Wraith Wrote:  
(01-19-2011 09:26 AM)Lady Inga Greeves Wrote:  My boyfriend (now husband) brought me to faire for the first time 14yrs ago. It was an amazing experience! Even though my pale skin was a target for MANY insults. Happy

What's wrong with pale skin? Huh

Not sure -but wherever I went a comment was made about how I resembled a Ghost or I was "white hot" - it seems even by MN standards I am extremely pale (My skin glows in black lighting HA)

Aw! I had that problem with a group of friends...we were sitting around in the back yard (covered and shaded with mature oak trees) and we all realized that I literally was glowing in the dark...at least, my legs were and was the only one that could be seen...

Anyway, my first trip to the ren faire was with a couple best friends. They took me for fun because I had been having a rough two years what with my parents divorce and my moving out and moving in with a crazy wack-o...Anyway, that was my first trip to BARF, and that was how I began my love of the garbing! Got my cloak...

My most memorable moment at faire was when I got my first bodice. It was my first date with Davens and I ended up being fitted for a bodice while he sat there watching and holding a bag with my brassier...I think it's one of his most memorable faires from the first few faires we attended...XDHA

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RE: Earliest Memories of The Realm
(01-19-2011 03:17 PM)Lady Inga Greeves Wrote:  
(01-19-2011 09:51 AM)Shadow Wraith Wrote:  
(01-19-2011 09:26 AM)Lady Inga Greeves Wrote:  My boyfriend (now husband) brought me to faire for the first time 14yrs ago. It was an amazing experience! Even though my pale skin was a target for MANY insults. Happy

What's wrong with pale skin? Huh

Not sure -but wherever I went a comment was made about how I resembled a Ghost or I was "white hot" - it seems even by MN standards I am extremely pale (My skin glows in black lighting HA)

You're a scorpion!!! duderun

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Oh lordy, my first visit to Fest I was 22? 23? It was discustingly hot and the MN State Fair must have been going on at the same time because it wasn't vey busy at Fest that day. I was wearing a red, cropped tube top and a khaki miniskirt with canvas shoes. Oh for the comments made to me THAT day! Although, the best one was when a girl came running out of the sheep pen yelling, "It's Nicole Kidman! Oh my god, you look like Nicole Kidman!" My friend and I got a kick out of that.
That year was the last year of the Fairy Court and Bad Manor still didn't have glass in the windows. My friend was friends with some of the gypsy musicians so we THOUGHT that we could sit in during Feast of Fantasy but we were expelled because we weren't in garb. That's when I figured out that most of the garbed people at Fest were PAYtrons!!!! I was so excited and I vowed that the next time I went it would be in garb. I fell in love with Fest that day. =D

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(01-19-2011 05:03 PM)Lady Oleana Wrote:  Oh lordy, my first visit to Fest I was 22? 23? It was disgustingly hot and the MN State Fair must have been going on at the same time because it wasn't vey busy at Fest that day. I was wearing a red, cropped tube top and a khaki miniskirt with canvas shoes.

You know, I KNOW I came here to post something... but somehow... I find myself at a loss to remember what...
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OK, back from mental image-land...
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The first Faire I attended was King Richard's Faire in Carver, MA. I was about twenty-something so it was <ERROR: SYSTEM UNABLE TO DISPLAY NUMBER IN THAT RANGE> years ago. After dismounting my Triceratops (kidding... sorta... not really... yes I am... no... really... just joking...) in the parking lot, I made my way through the gates. I think I was wearing the same outfit as Lady Oleana at her first Faire...
(sorry... had to make sure you're all still awake... hope you weren't drinking at the time) and, well...

I was hooked.
I bought my hat that day. My son still wears that hat to this day. Cost me $100, even back then...
I walked around and just found myself looking at garb and accessories and a persona was already being born.
I had garb and swords and a swagger and an accent by the following season (it was late in the season when I went the first time) and I've never looked back.


well, I'm looking back right now...
but before now... no... never looked back
probably because no one should picture me in a red cropped tube top and a miniskirt
but also because my Faire 'career' has really seemed like two separate experiences...
before the move to Florida
and after

and what a wild ride it's been
can't wait to see what still lies ahead

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That has to be the most entertainingly great thing I have read all day. :)
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What My coffee took a path not meant to be traveled

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(01-20-2011 08:30 AM)PinnMcrack Wrote:  What My coffee took a path not meant to be traveled

HA
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I KNEW that Count Adolfo and I had a few things in common. =D

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Oh my, Count! I think everyone now has a few images in their head that they're not entirely sure they will ever get out....HAUndecided

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I really can't remember my first time. I want to say it was with my fiancee (now ex-wife) back in 97? 98? We went to a faire in Florida (Ft. Lauderdale?) while I was visiting her. I can't ever remember going to tone before that.
I went to Kentucky off and on up until the divorce. Skipped some years, went back last year and got sucked into the faire vortex.

Sadly although my ex understands I'm mental and like to play dress up, my sons think I'm a total pillock. Schei├če, now I need a beer. :(
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I didn't start attending faire until shortly after I got divorced. I was 25 and needed to find something for me after spending the previous 6 years doing everything HE wanted to do. My first day led me to the Pyrate's Pub at BARF and it has been my stomping ground ever since. I've met some amazing people there and consider my first visit the start of MY new life. Heart


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I actually have several memories that led up to getting bitten by the faire bug.

The first Renaissance festival I attended was a small little thing in the woods by the river on the western slope of Colorado. My dad was part of a siging group in the city and their group was asked to perform madrigals at the ren fest. As I was into D&D at the time I thought it would be cool to go. It was definitely a small budget dream festival. It since has grown to be pretty big by that part of the states standards. I had a good time, but it didn't really catch me.

7 years later I'm in college. Between my freshman and sophomore years I was working back home making some money. My girl friend at the time asked if I want to go to the Colorado Renaissance Festival. Of course I did. I drove back to the eastern slope and went to that faire. Now this was totally different beast. This was the first time I saw playtrons. Of course I didn't realize that until years later when I became one. This was a huge festival with awesome music and hilarious acts. I kept thinking that I could definitely get into this.

Unfortunately, things didn't work out with that girl and I didn't go back to that faire until right after graduating from college. This girl I was flirting with a lot asked me if I wanted to go with her to the ren faire. Of course I did. That's when it happened. I walked into New Pterodactyl Leather and saw it. This awesome leather doublet that just called me name. I had to have this thing not really thinking about when I'd wear it. That's when I got bit. I bought it and as luck would have it, the Colorado weather showed up. Yep, it went from sunny to rain in a matter of minutes. I was standing under a tree trying to keep my new doublet dry snuggled up next to a beautiful woman. I spent the rest of the summer finding a way to go back to the faire at least one day a week.

Marie and I ended up being an item and both got jobs on the east coast and moved to Maryland where I really got into this thing we call home. It's been over ten years since I was bitten by the faire bug. Marie and I got married 7 years ago. We did not get married at a faire site, but we did have a ren wedding.

The best thing about this is every year I have new memories.

Here's to many more.
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I know there are more first faire memories out there...Keep em coming!

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