Posts Tagged ‘scarborough renaissance festival’

25
Mar

Bluebonnets and Ladybugs

   Posted by: MB    in Daily

Little Field of Bluebonnets
24 March 2012

 

Trailer Day! Yep, this was our day to haul the trailer to Scarborough Renaissance Festival, finish the cleaning and make-ready, and do the big unloading.  It’s always a day of hard work made easier by wonderful good friends.  Without that sort of help, I am sure Kyle and I would have retired from doing faire long, long ago.  Today, we were joined by so many and they worked so hard that I feel compelled to say thank you to them all again, here.

 

~Stephanie: I cannot even begin to tell you how much I miss you on a regular basis, and how glad I was to get to spend the day with you. You were a powerhouse of energy, worked with us ’til the very end of day and were such a huge help!
~Maggie: Welcome to the family, girl! I am delighted you will be working with us at Pendragon Costumes this season, and I promise that most work days will not be so grueling!
~Marcus: Once again, East Wind Games heads into another season with you as our manager and we are thrilled about it. You and Jordan both worked hard today to help us get ready and we are so grateful.
~Kat and Jeffrey: Kat …Ten years! We’ve been doing this together for ten years! Can you even believe it? Thank you so much for being who you are and for being such a crucial part of my team. And, Jeffrey … thanks for your patience and for your help in speeding through unpacking those tubbies!
~Beth and Dan: Beth, your comfort and stamina in the heat was admirable … that yoga proficiency came in handy, today! Thanks so much for all your hard work … and Dan … holy cow! I’d have to admit I thought Beth was bragging and a bit biased when she told me you were the most handy guy on the planet … but, I am now a believer!
~Angelica and Scott: You guys rocked! You worked so hard and stayed to the bitter end. Words of thanks are not enough!
~Emily: When you walked into my life wanting a special Elizabethan Wedding dress, I had no idea that years later, I’d have such a great friend! Thanks for understanding and participating in the non-glamourous part of what we do as well as looking so amazing in the outfit I made you!
~Ron: We somehow went a whole season without you last year … so glad we’re not doing that again! Your help was invaluable and your “go with the flow” spirit, an inspiration.
~Chuck: Your smile! I love your smile … and you worked hard, and so did young Brandon. Thank you guys for your help and your happiness! It helped propel the day.
~Curtis and beautiful daughter Rebecca: Not only did you come give us the lion’s share of your day, but you brought Rex and David with you … two additional, muscular teenagers with good manners, great spirits, and massive amounts of energy! Rebecca, we love having you around, and if you want to come to faire when Dad isn’t, you let us know … we’ll help! Curtis, after all these years, I think you finally believe … “I like you!” 😉

 

My goodness! I hope I haven’t left anyone off the list, but the point of all this is we have amazingly awesome friends who came out to the faire site, knowing full well that they were in for a day of dirty, sweaty, hard work. They did whatever we asked them to do, never once complaining or avoiding. They endured allergies, layers of dust, too many stairs, and even vehicle towing! They waited patiently when vehicle towing meant lunch was delayed. And, they all said goodbye with a hug, somehow loving us even after all the work. I am humbled and feel so blessed.

 

Kyle and I pulled away from faire before sundown … another surprise bonus to the day. As we made the little switch from I-35 to Hwy. 287, I asked Kyle to pull over and let me get a couple of shots of the lovely Texas Bluebonnets on the hillside. It took me a while, because the lighting was best when my little field was in shadow … the shadow only happening when an 18-wheeled rig drove by! The photo above is the result of my waiting and getting the timing down right.

 

It wasn’t until I thought I was done, that I looked down and saw this:

 

Bluebonnets with a Bonus:  A Ladybug!

 

Those who know me well, will know why I smiled.

 

Hi Steve.

~MB

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13
Mar

Barrels of Fun

   Posted by: MB    in Daily

Barrels

12 March 2011

We spent the day at the Scarborough Renaissance Festival site, cleaning, maintenancing and readying our booths for the upcoming faire season. Remember that March snowball rolling downhill? If we don’t do this now, it’ll be April before we know it, and faire is upon us. So, off to faire we went this morning, only to drag our butts home ten hours later—dirty, sore, and exhausted.

We owe a huge debt of gratitude to those who came out and helped us today—friends and chosen family—generous, talented, wonderful people who helped us clean and move furniture and a million other things. Curtis and daughter Rebecca, and later the rest of the family as well! Whatever would we do without them?  Kat and Jeff, who worked hard for me on the Pendragon Costumes side of the lane.   Marcus, our manager, and Jordan, his son—an awesome father and son team.   Mike and Frank who not only cleaned and schlepped and hauled, but who replaced my broken back door. Rod, whom I adore and I think would do just about anything we asked. Steve, who did such a beautiful job on the garden-building! (We sent him and Curtis to Home Depot and they procured everything we needed to have a successful work day. And with my birthday Home Depot money I got “rocks” and they look awesome! LOL) Dwayne, whose decorating touch makes the East Wind Games booth a real thing of beauty. And, Laura, who was perfect in her efforts to make our living space habitable after ten months of un-use.

The end result of the day, is two clean booths, ready for product set-up, a new door, a new garden, a new floor plan at East Wind Games, a bunch of sore muscles and two much-emptier beer coolers! 😉  Okay, not all fun, perhaps, but satisfying.

As we drove off site, this collection of trash cans awaiting the day the site crew will deliver them to their work zones, caught my eye. I kind of like the repetitious patterns and shapes.

28 Days ’til opening!

~MB

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9
Mar

‘Twas the Night Before …

   Posted by: MB    in Daily

4 March 2011

Another busy day that resulted in no camera use.  I worked the day in my workshop, the evening tasting at the Rahr, and was on my way to Fair Park for a manager’s meeting at the North Texas Irish Festival, when Kara lovingly called and said not to worry about the meeting after all.  Apparently they think I can learn all I need to learn in the few minutes before we open in the morning.  Heh.  I hope they’re right!

Actually, I’m really grateful for the night off.  We have said for years, that our “festival season” really begins with the Irish Festival in Dallas, even though we don’t work it.  We’ve always attended it, at least one day, and the snowball rolling downhill starts there!  The month of March is one of meetings and fittings and eighteen to twenty-hour days in my workshop.  It’s a month when I get little sleep and and make lots of pretty stuff. It’s my own version of March Madness!   And, by the time Scarborough Renaissance Festival opens on the second weekend in April, I will look back and barely remember most of March.  I should probably wish a Happy Birthday to all my loved ones who celebrate in March—including Stephen, John … even my mama … because it wouldn’t be the first time if I forgot some of them on the “day of.”

So, early to bed, then … yeah … sort of … it’s gonna be a long Saturday!  Irish Festival, here we come!

~MB

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8
Jun

On Birthdays and Faire … and Introspection

   Posted by: MB    in Daily

Red Anne Boleyn at Pendragon

18 April 2010

I turned 48 today. That is, I turned 48 on April 18th …

I’m not sure what it says about my aging process that I am actually posting this entry to The Daily KRuMB almost two months late. Why did my birthday seem to somehow trigger laziness, forgetfulness, or simply a change in my priorities?

In my defense, I have been busy, fulfilling orders, doing much-overdue projects in the house, and basically … having a life. But, The Daily KRuMB is a hugely important part of my life, and it deserves better of me than this.

I hope that this delinquent phase I’m caught in right now, won’t last, and won’t ever rear its ugly head again. I am disappointed in myself in ways few people could ever understand or fully appreciate. Over the next two weeks, our dear readers will see me get caught up and begin my summer adventures with a clean slate and the promise to post daily. In the mean time, there will be short posts, and missing photos … there will be days when I can’t remember why I took a certain photo, or why I didn’t! But, bear with me … please?

So, way back on April 18th, I had a wonderful birthday at Scarborough Renaissance Festival! I started the day with one too many bloody marys, and there are a couple of very funny anecdotes about the day that should best be told in person! The one and only photo I managed to take all day is this one of a mannequin at the Pendragon Costumes shoppe—a customer ordered this exact outfit in a different size, and I needed the photo reference for Nicole to be able to fulfill the order. It was a fairly busy day at faire … beautiful weather (for those of us who like rain)  and happy people. Celebrating a birthday on a faire day is a fabulous thing!

~MB

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4
Jun

Cards Shoppe

   Posted by: crazyBobcat    in Daily

29 May 2010
The final weekend of the 30th annual Scarborough Renaissance Festival is upon us. And with it comes brand new signs for East Wind Games. Hooray! Thanks to the talent and persistence of two very dear friends, we can now proudly display what our shoppe is all about. Thank you, gentlemen!
New Signs
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 4 June 2010)

Listening to:
We Are All on Drugs by Weezer
from Make Believe

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
Exposure: 0.01 sec (1/100)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5.8 mm
ISO Speed: 80
Exposure Bias: 0 EV
Flash: Off, Did not fire

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20
May

Thumper

   Posted by: crazyBobcat    in Daily

15 May 2010
I have a sneaking suspicion I know why Thumper is smiling – you just can’t see her in this photo. :-)
Thumper
Thumper takes a brief respite leaving against the Blazing Sun Plank 2.0 just outside East Wind Games at the Scarborough Renaissance Festival on the the 5th weekend of faire.
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 20 May 2010)

Listening to:
I Can’t Say Goodbye by Fireflies featuring Ritchie Adams
from I Can’t Say Goodbye

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
Exposure: 0.025 sec (1/40)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5.8 mm
ISO Speed: 80
Exposure Bias: 0 EV
Flash: Off, Did not fire

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10
May

Sloan Wolf

   Posted by: crazyBobcat    in Daily

24 April 2010
Scottish Weekend is always a fun one at Scarborough Faire. This year, it was made even better by the arrival of the newly-formed bagpipe band, Sloan Wolf. They played on a specially constructed stage next to the list and were a true crowd pleaser. It’s my great honor to call these gentlemen, friends.
Sloan Wolf
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 10 May 2010)

Listening to:
Same Old Lang Syne by Dan Fogelberg
from Billboard Top 100 – 1981

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
Exposure: 0.003 sec (1/400)
Aperture: f/3.2
Focal Length: 7.5 mm
ISO Speed: 80
Exposure Bias: 0 EV
Flash: Off, Did not fire

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22
Apr

Dining Room Still-Life

   Posted by: MB    in Daily

Dining Room Still Life

15 April 2010

As I made final preparations on the house today, in anticipation of Larry and Denise’s arrival, I moved this lovely vase of flowers and was struck once again, with both their meaning to me and their beauty. So, even though I used the rose as my photo for yesterday, I got the camera and tried to photograph the entire vase full of blooms. Unfortunately, the bouquet is just the right size and shape that I could not for the life of me make it look good in my photo without losing part of it of the edges of my frame. And, while sometimes that works, I didn’t like it today. So, I backed off, instead, and realized that maybe I could capture part of the surroundings and make it interesting. What I have is interesting to me, if not to others—a microcosm of our lives represented in stuff .  I’ve done this before with other places in our home, but it’s been a while, so … here goes …

The flowers of course, tell the story that I shared yesterday, of me being honoured by my friend, and our queen at Scarborough Renaissance Festival, Shannon.  I lovingly placed those flowers in a hand-blown art glass vase, made by my dear friend Shannon Jane Morgan of Girl Glass—the gaffer I enthusiastically apprentice with every summer at Bristol.    It sits on a coaster that’s part of a set of coasters Kyle’s parents brought us from Europe.    And that sits on my antique golden oak, draw-leaf table—the first “new (to me)” antique that I bought after moving in with Kyle.  Behind that, hanging on the wall, is a lovely oak shelf and the beautiful glass yard that hangs from it.  We picked that up at the Colorado Renaissance Faire just days before we were married.    The hanging shelf visible on the left came from the Arizona Renaissance Festival—the first faire Kyle and I worked together on the road.  It holds a couple of bottles of bubbly, gifted to us at our last Hogmanay party, and the tasting glasses we brought home from our first trip to the Messina Hof Winery.   I can see parts of two other beloved antique pieces: on the left, a fabulous little cabinet that houses an antique treadle sewing machine—a gift from George one Dickens weekend from long ago; and a small English sideboard that I picked up for a song a few years ago and which now houses our collection of  liqueurs.  On top of that piece is a wine rack, and heaven knows we love our wine.  That makes me think of our friend Jene, the winemaker at Fredericksburg Winery, who has gifted us with so many of those bottles in that rack.   On top of the sewing machine cabinet, and on the hanging shelf, are many of my houseplants, simple pothos ivy mostly, that I manage to keep alive, and that even Kyle has gotten pretty good at remembering to water while I’m away in the summer.   And, back over on the sideboard you can plainly see the commemorative glass from the Rahr Brewery created just for their award-winning brew we love so much called Iron Thistle.  You can even see, just the corner of a photo frame that holds some favourite photos of mine … a group shot of many of our dearest friends at Dickens, a beautiful shot of my little brother and his daughter (my niece) McKenna, and the one you can actually see of my mama and my grandmother on her 94th birthday.

Such wonderful memories … such rich experiences … such love of friends and family … all represented in one rather average photograph.  It’s just a dining room still-life to most.  But, to me, it’s a tiny glimpse of who I am.

~MB

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22
Apr

Pink is the Rose

   Posted by: MB    in Daily

Pink is the Rose

14 April 2010

This is a week of catch-up work in my workshop and housework every other waking moment. We are eagerly anticipating the visit of our dear friends Larry and Denise from Milwaukee, and today I tackled the cleaning of my guest bath. I won the battle, and The Privy of Dragons is once again safe and sparkling clean.

My photo today is representative of one of the highlights for me of our opening weekend at Scarborough Renaissance Festival. I was fully staffed enough, to be able to step to the front of the shoppe for the parade. I took up my usual spot—standing on my bench under the tree—and had the camera ready. I had outfitted three performing company members in entirely new ensembles, and I wanted pictures!

As it turned out, neither Dan nor Glenda walked in the parade that day, but undaunted, I was prepared to snap photos of the queen. I knew she couldn’t avoid the parade. Then, as she got close, and I readied the camera, she stopped walking. “Perfect,” I thought as I framed the perfect photo. But, then, she came toward me. And she was calling for me. At first I thought there must be some problem with her gown … then, I realized she was holding a lovely bouquet of flowers and urging me to hurry down from the bench and take them from her! I did so, of course, bowing appropriately as she handed me the flowers and a parchment note, folded and sealed with wax and a purple ribbon. She hugged me, and went on down the lane to catch up with her King.

I stood by the side of the road, flowers and note in hand, smiling after her. Crazy, wonderful girl. The note, which brought tears to my eyes, is probably the most beautiful thank you note I have ever received. I shared it with many folks, starting with Kyle, and then placed it in the showcase in the shoppe, right next to a photo of the queen in her last new dress. That’s when I realized the photo I had set out to take had never actually happened. I had to laugh … I didn’t get any of the three photos I needed! Hopefully somebody else out there … Frank or Clay or Kim or Dana or Paul or Lys or somebody … will take those three photos for me!

In the meantime, I have a beautiful bouquet of little pink flowers and this one glorious pink rose on my dining room table—a gift from the queen.

~MB

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19
Apr

Hazzard at the Faire

   Posted by: crazyBobcat    in Daily

10 April 2010
Here we see three excellent friends playing dice around the brand new Hazzard table at East Wind Games at Scarborough Renaissance Festival. The table was built by the brilliant man at the foot of the table and has proven to be quite the hit.
Hazzard at the Faire
Thank you, Jorge!

Cheers.
~KR (Written on 19 April 2010)

Listening to:
Summer Cold by Kid Dakota
from So Pretty

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
Exposure: 0.017 sec (1/60)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5.8 mm
ISO Speed: 100
Exposure Bias: +1/3 EV
Flash: Off, Did not fire

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