I'm Laura. I am female, 31, a gamer, a bookworm, a knitter, a spinner, a tatter, pierced, tattooed, musical, vehemently geeky and occasionally ineptly artistic.


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Sterling RenFaire 2007 recap

Posted at 16 Jul 2007 10:56:16 AM

This weekend was dedicated to the Sterling Renaissance Faire. I slept a little, spent a lot, and have some great pictures and memories to show for it.

I headed out the door on what was still technically Saturday morning, armed with a brand-new GPS, directions to vkrafft's and an overnight bag. Got to Vic's house without a problem (which is more a tribute to her directions than my navigational skill, I assure you), threw my stuff in her car and we were off to pick up another friend. After a brief stop at her aunt's for cookies and gardening, the three of us hopped back in the car and were on our way to Rochester.

Met up with willworker, chowed down on some Indian food at a pretty decent restaurant, and hung out the rest of the night playing Wii. It's the oddest feeling, being around girls who are just as geeky as I am! Very laid-back, very cool, thoroughly enjoyable. I got to play with willworker's adorable baby corn snake, too, who has a medical-y name that I can't pronounce and who therefore got called mostly "Snake". I really want one now.. >_> We slept, really we did, and getting up on Sunday at 8am somehow didn't feel like a problem. The fact that his VCR - the only thing within no-contacts visible range of me - seemed to report the time as closer to 9:30 may have helped!

Due to some miracle of getting out of the house and hardly any traffic, and we got to the faire at 10am, just as it was opening. wore a very nifty chainmail shirt and coif, and Adri was in full getup. I was silly and left my ren faire garb at home, so and I were comfy in floofy skirts and tank tops :D This actually came in handy... the man in the leather shop needed hardly to open his mouth to talk us into trading our normal tank tops for gorgeous leather bodices that lace up the front and back. I'm such a sucker for the feeling of being laced into something! Mine's a dark emerald green, hers is black, and pictures will be forthcoming :)

All told I made out with a couple of chainmail chokers, one plain, one dressy; a beautiful pentagram pendant; a henna tattoo which I adore and will probably have re-done in a couple weeks when it starts to fade; 4 sets of hair sticks and my vest. Luckily the hand-blown glass place only had one of the green cracked glass tankard that I was coveting, or I probably would have made away with two of those as well! So much fun. So bad for my bank account. Totally worth it.

We saw both jousts, some musical and comedic acts, sat far enough back for the mud show that our clothes were safe, and indulged in much faire food. No turkey leg, but oh those salt potatoes...! (Oh, that Santraginean seawater, it says. Oh, those Santraginean fish!) The weather was perfect, with no sign of the threatened thundershowers. No humidity to speak of, warm in the sun, and cool in the shade -- a bonus for those of us encased in metal. I'm only slightly sunburned, which is the way things really should be: if you don't come back from a day spent completely outside with burned shoulders at the very least, you're doing it wrong.

We took off right before the final pubsing, trying to escape before most of the maddening hordes. Plus, by that point it was 7pm, and the siren's call of work the next morning was getting harder to deny.

It was a fabulous day, and a great weekend with some new friends. Must repeat next year!

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