Treasure Box Wednesday: Pittsburgh Renaissance Faire Fun

This Treasure Box Wednesday-- as based on an action-packed weekend, where houseguests took center stage instead of Ye Olde Thrifting-- I thought I'd share with you a few pics of the Greater Pittsburgh Renaissance Faire.

Here we have the pre-joust parade...
...Gosh, I knew kings tended to have swelled heads, but this is ridiculous!

The theme this year took a distinctly Tudor track, and so you see the procession of courtly ladies in 15th/16th century gowns...

And this was our fine leader for the first joust... It appears she's been hitting the mead a bit early...Of course, you can hardly blame her. With just five whole peasants to help her cheer on Sir Ian, she didn't have a whole lot to work with.

Here we see the King's court in Ye Royale Pavillion looking merry in pre-joust anticipation...


And here we have our knights for this day: Sir William, Sir Ian and Sir Roderick...

I found myself surprisingly close to where Sir Roderick was hanging out in the arena, and he kindly posed for a few, um, paintings via Mine Canon Powershot...

Thank ye, good sir....


This is Sir Ian. He was supposed to be my region's knight for the day, but he went evil into the second joust and so I ficklely switched my allegiances...
Sorry, dude.

Here we see him in an action shot, tilting...

After the festivities, who wouldn't enjoy some fish, chips and a pint o' mead? (Or, well, Guinness in a plastic cup...)And after a bit of Royal foolishness...

We went on our way.


Fare thee well, good people!

10 comments:

~ RM said...

Oh, it's looks like so much fun! We have a smaller version of "Midevil Times" in nearby Chicago, but I wish we had something BIGGER! Thanks for sharing!

Jenn Thorson said...

RM- Yup, it is a little like the Medieval Times I went to in New Jersey, but here there's also a crafts marketplace, musical acts and ye olde-timey rides and games. It's apparently not as a big of a festival as some, but it's still quite fun.

Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

How much fun! I've always wanted to go to one.

Jenn Thorson said...

Sandy- I hope you get a chance sometime, just to test it out! :)

JD at I Do Things said...

Hmmm. Is it just me, or is Sir Roderick kind of hot? I mean, kind of manly and well-turned-out.

Jenn Thorson said...

JD-- Yes, he's pretty dishy. This was not a hardship for me. Thus, I share him with you all. :)

Lois said...

Hey Jenn.
Weird.....I was just thinking that maybe this weekend I should go to the Medieval Fair they are having in our town this Saturday. It's their 20 year anniversary and I am ashamed to say I have not gone yet.
Now, having read your blog, I really think I need to go.
Thanks for sharing!
Have a great weekend.
Lois

Jenn Thorson said...

Lois- Oh, hey, I hope you do. See whether you like it or not. The jousting, while staged and anachronistic is entertaining. And at the very least, there are usually some excellent jewelry makers to peruse.

Melanie said...

Yum! Thanks for sharing Sir Roderick with us. :) I'd love to see real live jousting. cool!

Jenn Thorson said...

Melanie- My pleasure! :) How often does a girl get to oogle handsome knights these days?