This past weekend we went to the Ren Fest, and I have to say that I was disappointed. In the past years, there have been many music acts. So many, we have often gone more than once so that we could see them all. Every single time we go, we make a point of seeing the Flying Fish Sailors – we adore them. Heck, I adore them so much, I use their music (with their permission, of course) as the Pointy Sticks theme. (Psst… Episode 9 is live!)
So imagine our shock this past weekend when we walked in the gate, bought our schedule, and then discovered that they were not performing! Matter of fact, many of the groups that we have enjoyed, including Wyndnwere (I know I’m not spelling that right), who I make a point of seeing every time I go and I remember first seeing back in 1992, were not there. It was sad. To be honest, it was a bit too quiet.
Normally, as you walk from shop to shop, there are groups all around playing, and it adds such a nice feel to the moment. This past weekend, it was just too quiet.
Sure, the shows are fun. But Ded Bob has been doing the same skit for the past 5 years, and it is a bit old. Same with every show I saw – the only thing that was good was the Birds of Prey show, because they rescue birds, and the Sound & Fury show that I had not seen before. (Romeo & Juliet, v. 2.0) Sure, if it is your first visit, it is still fun – don’t get me wrong. But if you have gone many times in the past 4 years, it is a huge let-down.
So, Texas Renaissance Festival organizers, if you are listening … shame on you for not inviting all of the musical acts that we have grown to love. THEY are what bring us back, year after year. We can depend on them to entertain us, to have new material from time to time, and to just bring the atmosphere up a notch. THEY are what makes the Texas Renaissance Festival what it is, and without them, it is just a big shopping mall with somewhat tired skits. Thanks for the memories, but we won’t be back this year, and I’m not really sure when or if we will return. Hopefully you will see the error of your ways and bring the music back to the faire where it belongs.
Maybe we’ll make it over to the Austin Celtic Festival instead. It is the same weekend as the Yale Street Market though, so it will be tight.
I’m going to poke you in the eye… poke you in the eye… poke you in the eye, my dear!