Bucket List item #2998 – New York Renaissance Fair
Tuxedo, New York
What can I say? I love a good renaissance fair. I’m a firm believer that you can’t truly have a bad day at the ren fair. I mean, bad things can happen there just like anywhere else in the world, but you’re surrounded by so much good and joy that if you just breathe it in you’ll find happiness.
I have a nasty habit of comparing renaissance festivals to the one in Larkspur, Colorado, which I worked at growing up and spent most of my life visiting every summer. Others can’t compare, but I think that’s more a result of happy memories than there being any real differences. I’ll tell you one thing I KNOW is better about the New York renaissance fair in Tuxedo: the time of year. Their festival starts later in the year, so you’re not forced to brave the festival in blazing hot temperatures. Not to mention it happens in a little forest. I bet it’s beautiful right about now as the leaves are turning. It’s like a real-life Sherwood Forest. It’s seriously perfect for Robin Hood and his merry men. I’m now wondering why I didn’t choose to go later in the season to get some fall colors. Maybe I’ll go again!
Anyway, the ren fair has all the great things you expect like lots of good food (including some exemplary donuts, which were a welcome addition for Dave), amazing vendors and loads of entertainment. One of the touches I really loved that I’d never seen before was the entertainers dancing in a ribbon circle. You always see that shit in movies, but never in real life, and it’s legit as magical as you might expect. I also loved the little lake (which we took a tandem boat ride on) and the general feeling of being so far away from civilization, even though you’re not. Again, the forest just gave this fair a different vibe, like it was more serene. It definitely felt calm and I’ll say the entertainers were more kid friendly than I’m used to.
Guys, it was great! There’s just no such thing as a bad renaissance festival, although I would love to have some more fairs to compare. I think I might add a few more to ye olde bucket list!
Comment below and tell me where your favorite renaissance festival is in the world!
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