The day of the Renaissance faire was one of the hottest of the summer. I was planning on wearing a heavy overskirt to match the corset, but with a weather forecast of 91* with high humidity, I decided to leave my ambitions of being a courtly lady behind me and become a sophisticated lady pirate instead. As I couldn't find a suitable blouse, I borrowed one from my mom (who told me I was not allowed to sweat in it!). I froze two water bottles in the freezer to carry around and keep cool while walking (I had given up on being completely period accurate as I tend to melt in anything over 80*). My little sister snuck in a spray bottle so we could mist ourselves, which was a life saver! I think the day's high was a whopping 96*...what saved me was probably my excitement--we saw jousts and pirate battles, petted camels, wandered booths filled with various oddities, and tapped our toes to a highland band (I do love the bagpipes!). I spent most of my time searching for a parasol. I had declared the night before that the first thing I wanted to do when I got there was to purchase a parasol, but I couldn't find any! In the end, I happened on a small stall with a handful of colorful parasols. I quickly selected a pretty blue one, to match my skirt. Unfortunately...we left soon after, so I hardly had any time to enjoy it at the fair! As you can see, though--I had plenty of fun with it at home!
The faire was good fun...I went with my aunt (our driver!), my youngest sister, and two friends--a gypsy and a fellow pirate (she looked much more bloodthirsty than I did!). I think we manage to have a good time despite the heat!
Have any of you ever been to a Ren faire? Did you dress up?