It’s Fall, a Perfect Time to Celebrate the Middle Ages!

Now is the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, which means that the temperature has dropped, so we can all go outside to enjoy the sunshine and fall colors. What better way of doing this than to celebrate times of yore? I am referring to Renaissance Festivals, commonly known as Ren Faires.

We are very fortunate in Washington DC to be near to a wonderful Ren Faire, at the Maryland Renaissance Faire that has been held in Crownsville, near Annapolis MD for the past 35 years (I think). Whenever I can, I don my 16th-century Italian costume and head out there, so that I can admire the jousting, the costumes and dream my way through an apparel store. The Maryland Ren Faire is held every Saturday and Sunday until October 23. To read more, click here.

If you are too busy at the moment, and know that you can’t make that October 23 deadline, then try the SCA or Society for Creative Anachronism. Many residents of DC don’t realize that we live in the barony of Ponte Alto, in the Kingdom of Atlantia, but if you are interested in learning more about the Middle Ages, you should contact your local chatelaine and go to a local meeting. There are archery contests, sword fights, and feasts. It is a wonderful way to spend the day (most meetings take place in local parks or fairgrounds) and a great way for the young people in your family to learn some history. Interested? Click here.

Have a wonderful and safe time this fall. It is my favorite time of year because of the many festivals that take place.

 

Image: The author dressed in her 16th-century Italian garb with an anachronistic hat to keep off the sun.

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