to the Maryland Renaissance Festival!
King Hal: Greetings and
good cheer, my friends! Welcome to the merriment at Revel Grove,
permanent home of the Maryland Renaissance Festival!
Photo: Mary, Bard of Avon, and me at the
entrance to the Festival.
The Bard: This year, the Maryland Faire is
celebrating its twenty-fifth anniversary, making this festival one
of the country's oldest Renaissance Faires.
King Hal: Verily, you speak the truth, good
Will Shakespeare! Today and for the next five weeks, over 250,000
people will stroll through the gates of my faire domain to savor
the delights of such delicious offerings as Steak on a Stake, Peasant
Bread with honey and powdered sugar, roasted cinnamon nuts, and
the ever-popular turkey legs!
The Bard: With due respect, Your Grace, but
you never ate a turkey leg in your life.
King Hal: How now? Come again! Explain this
mystery! I can practically taste its succulent juices on my royal
The Bard: Indeed, Your Grace, you did taste
many a chicken leg, a duckling's leg, a goose leg, even a lark's
leg, but alas! Turkey legs were unknown during your reign. Turkeys
come from the New World and during your era, none had been captured
and sent back to England for your royal platter.
King Hal: Harumph! An oversight on the part
of my explorers! I shall send a message directly to them! "Bring
The Bard: (muttering to himself) The good
sea captains will never get that message in time. (To the king)
Ah, but this
Festival has more than just food, Your Grace. Have you forgotten
King Hal: I never forget a good joust. I
was the best jouster in the land! In all of Europe for that matter!
On a good day I could wear out three horses as I accepted all challengers.
Just ask my Queen!
The Bard: (Again to himself) Which one? You
had six! (Then aloud) And there is juggling, music --
King Hal: I am an excellent musician myself,
you know. I even compose music. Have you heard "Greensleeves?" Tis
a hit, a very hit! My very own work!
The Bard: Aye, Your Grace, you are the best
musician in England, which is why this Festival has music at every
corner. And the actors! What gambols and jibs they do to bring smiles
to the faces of your most loyal subjects!
King Hal: They are good, aren't they? I am
a very good actor myself, as well.
The Bard: (Quickly) Aye, Your Grace! You
are a man of many talents!
King Hal: Naturally, I am the King!
The Bard: And you have been presiding over
Revel Grove here in Crownsville for many years!
Photo: Mary, King
Hal, and me on the pathways of Revel Grove.
King Hal: Today, methinks we shall see one
of your plays, Will.
The Bard: Indeed, Your Grace, it is a little
piece I have written about your favorite subject --
King Hal: Dinner?
The Bard: Marriage. It is called the TAMING
OF THE SHREW and will be performed upon the Gatehouse Stage this
King Hal: We shall see this frolic -- after
we have dined upon some turkey legs.
Signing: HALLOWEEN KNIGHT & ONE KNIGHT IN VENICE
The Bard: Your Grace, I fear we are expected
elsewhere. There is the little matter of a personal appearance at
the bookseller's booth, Page After Page. Master Eric Singley and
his goodwife Sue are expecting us to accompany our fellow scribbler
of stories, Mary, when she signs her books of love. (HALLOWEEN
KNIGHT and ONE
KNIGHT IN VENICE,
both Tudor era tales of intrigue and romance.)
King Hal: Books of love? I too
am a romantic. In fact, I am the greatest romantic in all of England.
In all of Europe!
The Bard: (prodding Hal along) Yea, verily,
Your Grace, and all the world knows of it. Mary has asked us to
keep her company, and how can you say no to a lady?
King Hal: I have never denied a lady anything!
I am the most chivalrous knight in England!
The Bard: (Quickly) Just so, Your Grace.
Ah, I spy Mary now!
Photo: Mary, Sue, and her assistant, Shea, at Page After Page
Book Booth. King Hal and me take our ease in a silver bowl.
King Hal: Great horned toads! What is she
wearing? Why isn't she in a double-skirted gown, with six petticoats
and padded, double-slashed sleeves? Where is a demure French hood
and veil to crown her hair? Methinks she looks like a jester.
The Bard: She is dressed as an entertainer,
so please Your Majesty, because that is what she does -- she entertains
your subjects with tales of adventure and love.
King Hal: Adventure and love. Mummm! I like
that! Methinks I shall compose a song to those two worthy endeavors!
The Bard: And so you shall, Your Grace. In
the meantime, let us join Mistress Mary.
King Hal: To it and with a will! Will Shakespeare,
that is! Ha!
The Bard: (To you) And so we passed our day
at the Maryland Renaissance Festival in good company with much laughter,
and some very clever puns, as well as a good deal of feasting upon
chocolate -- marvelous treats from the New World! The King and I
occupied places of honor on the counter where all could admire us.
Mary signed many books with the aid of her special purple plumed
quill pen, in keeping with our time period. What an enjoyable afternoon,
and we have the pictures to prove it. The pictures, of course, were
taken by our resident wizard, Marty.
Fare thee well!
And so, we too, shall depart this stage. All's Well That Ends
Well! Until we meet again, live long, love well, and eat healthy
foods! Above all, keep reading your books! We scribblers and poets
need your support!
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