Eventually Frank and I found the village of Somerset, England. Following an official looking person on horseback, we were shown to our parking place on a patch of dirt that looked solid enough to support the weight of a car. Then I did something I never do at a Renaissance Faire. I left my costume in the trunk of the car and attended as a simple patron! Hey, I'm not going to ruin an expensive court dress by wearing it in the rain and the west Texas red mud!
Although the crowd was thin (bad weather will
do that), the people who were there had a
We danced and sang along with the performers.
We got to meet
Her Majesty, Elizabeth Tudor,
Queen of England
(that's a portrait of Her Majesty above).
We got wet and filthy ... along with the performers.
And I only ruined an old pair of jeans!
Remember, click on the small images to see the full size picture.
doesn't come to town every day, so, despite
the rain, everyone was in a festive mood.
There weren't too many slips or slides when
everyone took to the field, er, mud pit, for
a lively set of
seemed to be quite in their element.
They were all wet.
(No! Captain, I swear I didn't mean anything by that!
I was just trying for a little humor.
Pirates, water ... you know.
Put the pistol away, please. Thank you!)
banged the staff on the stage, water would fly.
And when all 7 of these lusty men of the sea
stomped in unison, not only would the water fly
everywhere, but the entire stage would bounce!
From left to right the Corsairs are
Will Teach (gone scottish for the day),
Robert "Boats" Blackmoor,
the late James Peregrin,
Captain Alexander Morgan,
Joshua Jenkins the Shanteyman,
Captain Abelard Roach.
Don't forget to visit
The Corsairs home page.
During one of the lighter showers of the day,
The Corsairs, Queen Anne's Lace
and quite a few of the other performers braved the elements
by joining together in an impromptu sing-along.
It all started with the guys under one tent, and the
women under another, singing alternate choruses
at each other, much to the entertainment of the
A few pratfalls and mud slides later, and they were
all out in the rain, singing sea chanties.
was afraid of getting wet.
The parade of the local gentry and the
Court through the village of Somerset went as
scheduled, with an umbrella (of royal purple, of course)
being provided for Her Majesty.
I believe that is the
Lord High Sheriff of Somerset, Christopher Pike
(Jim Jarrett), escorting
Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth
There were a few places in Somerset where one
could stay relatively dry.
These two members of
found one of them.
This was one of the more centrally located
tents, and you could reach it without
trudging through standing water.
It also had a good view of the human chess board.
Yes, the chess game did go on as schedules, but
no, I don't have any pictures.
No, it's the
What happens when you mix men in kilts,
swords and mud?
I don't know, but
The Scottish Caledonian Gamers
In this particular game, the boys are
attempting to knock their swords over by
hitting it with their sporan.
Yes. Some interesting hip action here.
Speaking of interesting action, if Trotter keeps sliding in the
mud, he's going to be doing the splits!
Of course, there is the obligatory fight.
Check out the swing of those kilts!
Put a man with a good pair of legs in a kilt,
and I just can't seem to tear my eyes away.
is a choral group from
Under the direction of
Dr. Dawn Willis,
they performed a selection of Medieval and Renaissance songs.
I wonder if there are any songs about
singing in the rain?
During a lull in the rain,
Queen Anne's Lace
was able to take the stage.
The crowd was very appreciative.
Both of the singing and the fact that the rain
had let up for a short while.
And yes, there was a crowd.
More people showed up later in the day.
Some faire fans will tolerate any conditions
in order to be were the fun is!
One of the few crafters who drew a big crowd was the
The reason was quite clear ... he had a large tent
and was able to accommodate quite a few people.
And, he was always working on something.
tend to have a reputation for bawdy antics,
ale swigging, and fighting for any reason at all.
But give a pirate, particularly a handsome, singing, pirate such as
the late James Peregrin,
a fair maiden and a rose,
and his romantic side is
sure to appear.
Does this romantic swain have a girl in every port?
Only he knows!
These guys are the
Taylor County Sheriff's Posse.
They provided security for the Faire
and helped with the parking.
They had rain slickers.
They were on horseback, so they didn't
have to tromp through the mud.
Of course, I don't know what the horses
thought about it, but these guys
seemed to be having a pretty good time
in spite of the weather!
2 August 1998