- i think it depends on your local faire. Since some people oustide the
SCA refer to SCA events as renfaire, I'll define it as a commercial
entertainment event. Renfaires get a bad reputation for garb either
because of the quality of what's sold or because some of the patrons
run around in very bizarre outfits that are in no way flattering.
Picture way too much skin being shown, and really modern neon colors
and lacings in very, very strange places. And some people who love
period recreation hate the fact that fantasy-lovers are so into it and
that it taints the history somehow. Since commercial renfairs want to
attract patrons, they'll sometimes overemphasize the fantasy and
forget about the history. My local commercial renfair has a healthy
mix of history and fantasy, and some of the fantasy creations are
really stunning. You can have a chat with a perfectly period Elizabeth
I and then walk down the road and shake hands with a really eerily
convincing fawn. I love the ren fair! You should find out if you have
any in your area and see for yourself.
--- In email@example.com, "jimmielou111" <jimmielou111@...>
> I hear people discuss "Renfaire" in disapproving tones especially in
> regards to garb. What is it?
> Mary aka Vivien Hollingsworth
- I've been to a few RenFaires (comercial) in my area(CT) and I will
have to say I am pretty liberal about things (live and let live and
all that). Some of them have been CLEARLY family events complete with
dress and behaivior requirements. Others have been more freewheeling.
And a third group were wild at some times and pretty tame at others.
That being said, I would not have had a problem taking my own
children to any of them. My daughter however thought King Richards
Faire(MA)(the biggest) was WAY too wild for kids and was shocked that
people had thier kids there (complete with the chainmaile bikinis
On the other hand I am currently raising two children who are wards
of the state and I would think twice (and ask three times) before
bringing them to a RenFaire. There just wasn't enough line between
acceptable areas and behaviors and the "adult stuff".
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Pardus <Shadocat@...> wrote:
> I've only ever been to the Georgia ren-faire. . . and I would have
> say it has a family friendly environment. I had no idea there
> some that compared to Mardi Gras.
> - Pardus.
> jennifer w townsend wrote:
> > Well, I have to say that when my man said he was into SCA (after
> > explaining what that was) at first I was mortified. 'He's into
> > father and I went to a Renfaire and it was the most the disgusting
> > experience ever (yes, I'm a bit conservative, but
> > Think Mardi Gras and Fiesta combined and beginning when the gates
> > could not believe people had their children there. We paid for
> > tickets and only spent a half day there. In the two years I've
> > man, I have come around. I still have not attended a 'real' event
> > live on two different continents but am very impressed with his
> > group (Holmrike) and look forward to giving it a fair chance.
> > I can understand why SCA should not want to endorse Renfaire at
> > what Hugh Hefner is to Shakespearre.
> > Jeneuer de Newcastle
> > in but not of Bjornsborge