Monday, October 04, 2010

Resistance Is Feudal

Greetings! Feels like it's been a while since I blogged! We had a fun trip to Riverssance this past Saturday. It's a Renaissance Faire in Sioux City which has been going for a few years now. What a great time! (I had forgotten how much FUN Renaissance reenactors are! If I ever decide to get into reenacting, it will definitely be Renaissance period stuff.)

Lords and ladies, knights, falconers, artists, elves and faeries, pirates, belly dancers, peasants, musicians, craftsfolk and tradesfolk...I love the atmosphere!

(Plus, who doesn't love a good shout of "Huzzah!" every now and then, right?!)

Here's the photo recap!

This last photo requires a bit of explanation. It is a 4 ton carillon, the only instrument of its kind in existence. It dates back to when the cathedrals had carillons in their bell towers. The musician would be hidden away and noone ever knew who played the melodies that tolled from the towers. This is Cast In Bronze and he tours with the instrument. It is AMAZING!! What a site to see and a musical experience not to be missed. My niece kept asking me to take her back over to see and listen to the bells. I will be putting a few of his CDs on my holiday wish list!

One thing I enjoyed was the village where you could experience the trades and crafts of the Renaissance. Particularly interesting to me were the weaver and the lady with a small hand mill who was milling grains and baking bread over a campfire.


McVal said...

Oh that looks like fun! I didn't know they had one in Sioux City... I think we'll come next year!

Sioux City Belly Dancer said...

I was at Riverssance too, and it was a lot of fun. I enjoyed looking at your photos. Thanks for sharing!

Caffeine Girl said...

I love Renaissance Fairs, too, though sometimes they are ridiculously expensive. I wonder if there was knitting in Medieval Europe?

OK, I just took a moment to google -- and yes! There was knitting in the Middle Ages! Maybe I could be a re-enactor!