This weekend my husband and I took a little road trip to Todd Mission, Texas home of the yearly Renaissance Festival.
We had a wonderful time even though the temperature hovered in the high 40s and low 50s all day and there was a little rain.
But as my husband aptly put it, it is like stepping back in time. The festival is held in a forest of tall pines and other trees in which a small village has been constructed. By small I mean pretty big since it takes a good 3 hours to walk the whole park.
The village looks like it is straight out of central casting for a medieval movie set in 1400s Europe.
There are shops and eateries throughout with wonderful names like: “The King’s Swordworks” and “MiLady’s Fashions”. There are statues of dragons and suits of armor but my favorite part are the costumes.
Not only do the people who run the fair dress in period wardrobe but most of the people coming into the park come dressed as well!
The costumes are varied and elaborate and I noticed no one being self conscious or feeling out of place. They felt free to be who their character was.
We saw Queen Elizabeth and King Henry the VIII, soldiers of the realm, Scottish royalty, and lords and ladies galore. But we also saw peasants, serving wenches, and street entertainers.
Among some of the more imaginative costumes also included Jack Sparrow, Alice in Wonderland, the Queen of Hearts, the witches from Hocus Pocus, and Robin Hood.
There were many dressed as famous couples too: Merlin and Morgan la Fey, Ursurla and King Triton, and the devil walking with Jesus.
My favorites are always the barbarians–because they look so–barbarous!
The beauty of the day is that everyone is there to enjoy the atmosphere and each other. Dressing in costumes frees people from their everyday realities and lets them escape into the fairyland world of the medieval forest in a trip back in time.
Enjoy the freedom someday and visit a Renaissance park-it is an experience no one should miss!