This is only one of the shops at Scarborough village and unfortunately I don't remember the name of it. We purchased a lovely metal dragonfly for the patio ($12.00), but they also had quite a few colorful butterflies and metal sculptures for the yard.
There were over 100 artisans/shops listed in the program guide.
We did not eat a meal here, but we did buy some fried ice cream that was absolutely creamy, melt-in-your-mouth wonderful (picture 2)! Once they removed the frozen coconut covered ice cream from the fryer, it was drizzled in chocolate and topped with whipped cream and a cherry ($2.50). YUM!
At least 30 and probably more vendors were providing food or snacks at the faire.
**Just as a caution, when I began adding my pictures to these pages I noticed that the same man who was tending the elephants was the same man who sold us pretzels at the jousting games a short while later. Hmmm.....hope he washed his hands!
Renaissance Faire was not all costumes, comedy acts or musical performances. It also had rides, amusements and attractions for the family.
The Dungeon of Yorkshire Tower is a recreation of a medieval castle which is the scene of a trial, torture, punishment and execution. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for children. A note in our program guide suggests parents use discretion before buying a ticket for a young child.
A new attraction is the Mythical Monster Museum, which features vampires, trolls, mermaids and all types of monsters alive or dead. Admission is $3.00.
We did not visit either of these attractions, so I can't vouch for the entertainment value of them.
There are three distinct areas which comprise the village of Scarborough--Holly Field, Crown Meadow and Pecan Grove. The latter is where the jousting event and Highland games took place.
I can't remember the names of these specific games, but in the first picture a large tree trunk was tossed to see how straight it fell and the second picture shows a heavy metal ball on a chain, which was thrown to see how far it could be flung.
The characters on the field joked with the spectactors and had a grand time competing with each other.
Wherever one went at the faire, colorful characters were encountered! Twig the fairy graciously posed for a photo, afterwhich she playfully pulled a pan-flute from her bag, giving a lyrical toot and off she went.
(picture 2) The King's Guard was on hand to protect King Henry
(pictures 3 & 4) Children of all ages participated in the fantasy
(picture 5) Belly dancers swirling to exotic music performed sensuous dances at scheduled times
The Renaissance Faire has been held for 27 years. The event motto is: Step Back in Time--For the Time of Your Life.
A first class presentation was given by Last Chance Forever Birds of Prey Conservancy. A man portraying The Royal Falconer gave a very interesting talk on raptors.
He brought forward a vulture, hawk, falcon, great-horned owl and an eagle--all whom had been previously injured and can't be released into their natural habitat (picture 2).
His passion for the wild birds drew enthusiasm from the spectators and contributions were collected after the show. A small kiosk type shop sold t-shirts highlighting the conservancy and other souvenirs from which the proceeds are used to continue the work.
After entering the faire, we came upon a Court Dance in progress. Proper Lords and Ladies danced in tune to the Renaissance style music. Welcome to Scarborough!
Their costumes certainly looked authentic! I tried to picture myself putting a toe onto the dance floor while wearing flounces and pearls....this atmosphere didn't just happen, it was expertly created.
This performing company has character and improvisational acting instructors, departments on history customs and manners, company music directors, theater directors and event directors.
Three miles outside of Waxahachie each Spring, the Renaissance Faire appears. The event is part spectacle and part fantasy whose theme varies and runs from early April to late May.
This year in the village of Scarborough it is 1533 and King Henry VIII and his sweet wife, Anne Boelyn have arrived along with their court. Their entourage stretched on and on, including mere peons to the high and mighty. A Grande Parade led them in and around the grounds:
(picture 2) The King's Knights on Horseback
(picture 3) A Fine Lady Riding in a Cart
(picture 4) A Lord and Ladies of Court
(picture 5) A Ragpicker
Gates open at 10 am, closing at 7pm. Opening ceremonies begin at 9:45 am, concluding ceremonies at 6:45 pm. Admission is $19.99 for adults; $6.50 for children age 5-12. Season passes: adults $60-$80; children 5-12 $15.00.
It's not that uncommon to find pony rides at festivals. It did have that, but there were also animal rides here that were quite different.
At Renaissance Faire you could opt to ride an elephant, a zorse/hebra (picture 2) or a camel (picture 3). We also saw a llama saddled up and ready to go. Remember, this is a place of fantasy!
Other rides that might interest the little ones are: Ship Swings, Dragon Swing, Pirate Ship Swing (picture 4), Adventure Climbing Tower, Barrel Ride, King-of-the-Log (knock the man off), Pony Carousello or Quintain (a jousting ride) and Pirate's Catapault (picture 5).
We've seen the Rogues before--at The Dickens Festival in Galveston at Christmas time. In fact, we bought one of their CD's because we had enjoyed their music so much. What a surprise to see them entertaining at the Renaissance Faire!
Their music was lively with plenty of soulful bagpiping and drumming. They had been invited to perform at a Renaissance wedding here, also.
There were other very talented acts scheduled as part of the entertainment at the faire. Click onto my additional pics to see a couple more.
(picture 2) Foot Stompin' Irish songs at the pub
(picure 3) A lovely harpist striking her notes at the faire
As we walked along the dirt streets, we heard the distinctive sound of bells in the distance. We followed the music excitedly because my husband and I both enjoy bell concerts.
A mysterious figure cloaked in black with an odd-looking mask, was coaxing beautiful notes from a large rack of bells on the Carillon stage. (He was sort of creepy, but his music was beautiful!)
Many people had come by to hear the performance. It was billed as 'the world's only traveling carillon--the original Renaissance heavy metal'. Cute play on words.
The concert ended all too soon because those present seemed to be enthralled with what they were hearing. There is something moving about the pure tinkling of bells--we just love it!
Whether it was watching an exotic sword dance performed by undulating belly dancers, a hilarious comedic act featuring two Nuns, an amusing father/son knifethrowing act or a child-pleasing turtle race there was a full-scale roster of activities at the faire.
A $2.00 program listed all of the daily events which were on-going, in addition to showing where they were located. We found this very helpful and worth the small price.
Just a small selection of acts/activities are pictured here:
(picture 2) Hey, Nunnie,Nunnie
(picture 3) The Sword Throwers!
(picture 4) The Somewhat Amazing Turtle Race
In honor of King Henry's visit, a royal joust was performed (picture 3). Characters portraying Prince William of Britain and Prince Michael from beyond the kingdom, joined in a fete of pagentry to prove who was the bravest between them.
The joust received approval from the crowd as excitement built from the time the two competitors and their seconds approached the field and the royal event began.
After a couple of passes, both lances had been knocked from the hands of the competitors and they finished the event in arm to arm combat. The character of Prince Michael was taken off the field on a stretcher and Prince William was victorious (picture 2). It was an exciting display!
Corsicana is located in Navarro County just southeast of Waxahachie (about 30 miles). The city's richness began from an innocent drilling for water which resulted in oil being found although at the time, the elders weren't happy - they needed water! There are lots of lovely antique stores in Corsicana as well as the famous Collins Street Bakery. There are also some lovely historic homes there as well as the county courthouse which is worth a look.
Ennis is about 10 mins northeast of Waxahachie. There is a lot of Czech culture in Ennis. The Railroad and Cultural Heritage Museum - houses memorabilia from the days when Ennis was the hub for Houston and Texas Central Railroad. Items include a 1897 edition of the Book of Rules for train operators, photos of trains that stopped in the town and miniature replicas of the train station in its early days. Ennis is also the Bluebonnet Capital of Texas.
Ovilla is a close knit community neighbouring Waxahachie. It is the oldest town in the county. It began in 1844 as an armed settlement when Texas was still a Republic. As settlers arrived in the area, the town grew. A log cabin initially served as both church and schoolhouse. The area remained unnamed until 1857 when it was then named for the wife of the Reverend, D. G. Molloy. By the 1900's there was a post office, bank, cotton gin, pharmacy and blacksmith shop but in 1918 and 1926 fires destroyed most of the downtown buildings, and this devastation along with the fact Ovilla was bypassed by railroads and major highways, led to a decline in growth. Ovilla is said to be 'a place of fertile land, towering trees, and rolling terrain.'