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New Jersey Renaissance Faire

June 2, 2013

Yesterday we went to the NJ Renaissance Faire in Bordentown. It was held at Liberty Lake Day Camp, and if they had an adult program, I’d totally go there. Despite the blistering 91 degree temperature (which I love, because I love summer) we had a great time. I got to shoot a bow and arrow again, and I’m the only one in my group who actually hit the target. Yes, it was the outer edge of the target. And yes, the other 3 in my group were under the age of 8. You take your wins where you can, people.


We usually go to the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, which has a permanent location with permanent buildings and stages, so this one was a new experience. It was smaller, but more intimate. Many of the talent also work at the other Faires in the area, so it was neat to see some familiar faces. A few observations:

The campground was a beautiful place to have the Faire. Lot of shade and there was a breeze off of the teeny lake in the middle. Plus, lots of built-in seating for food and relaxation.

The costumed attendees in NJ were so much more irritating than the costumed attendees in PA. Maybe it’s because this Faire only runs for 2 weeks, or maybe because they draw the Evils from North Jersey*, but when the kids from the camp are volunteering at the food booth, just ask for the darn turkey leg and don’t start your “I shall have a Dragon’s Leg!” and “Dollars? but I only have pence!” nonsense. You have dollars, that’s a turkey leg and you’re not a real fairy/gypsy/wench.

The arielist, Shelli Buttons was amazing and fun. You should go see her.

The merchandise was really great. We could have spent tons of money. I have still not purchased a corset, nor have I dressed up yet.

There was a young man dressed in a suit. WM said he was dressed as The 10th Doctor. I thought he better resembled Harry Styles.

Not a lot of kilts! So disappointing! Luckily, the Celtic Fling is coming up so I’ll get my fill there.

Albannach was performing and you could hear them from anywhere around the Faire!

And one more thing…your right to get all arrogant and snotty about the fact that your dog is a “working dog” ends the moment you put a green tutu on said dog. I can buy a service dog vest too, lady.

The NJ Renaissance Faire also runs next weekend.

*South Jersey rules. That is all.

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