Fun in the Enchanted Forest!

We hope you venture to the very back of the festival when you come for a visit! In addition to delicious food, the Art of Defense show, bagpipers, and Cast in Bronze, there are some really fun rides. The first one I ever rode, way back in 2000, was the swings, and my hooped skirt…

Preparations and Completions or from Summer to Sapphire

Goodly Folk, Our fall Festival is fast approaching and all of us are engaged in preparations for our Sapphire Anniversary. For 45 years the Texas Renaissance Festival (TRF) has bid the summer heat farewell and welcomed the cooling breezes of autumn. I am looking forward to those cooling breezes. However, it is still July and…

Fairy Circle and Earth Magic

  Just last week, I found this little mushroom circle out on a walk on the site, just in front of the Tower Stage. It’s already brutally hot here in south Texas, and these little fungi were bravely popping up out of the dry, rocky soil, a visible testament to the sheer determination of our…

Tea With Sugar, Milk, and Hope!

“While there is tea, there is hope.” ― Arthur Wing Pinero, Sweet Lavender – A Comedy in Three Acts. When we ask patrons to tell us what their favorite things are, Scotch Eggs at the Queen’s Pantry are inevitably mentioned, sometimes more than once. They are delicious, aren’t they? My own favorite thing, though, is that shiny…

Might As Well Jump!

A favorite entertainment of young and, well, less-young, is the bungee jump! With two locations, one near the joust arena and the other in Dove Meadow, near the stage where Tartanic plays, there are plenty of harnesses for all. The staff does a great job here, a patron shared the following story toward the end…

The Fairy and the Bee

Recently, TRF held a story submission contest. Long time patron and former performer Diane Ullman submitted this delightful, enchanting story about a fairy and a bee. I especially love that it stars a simple fairy who’s a little, well, on the ancient side. Enjoy! Once upon a time (because all the BEST stories start that…

Emboldened Women!

Greetings, faithful readers! Your TRF blogger stumbled upon this excellent post written about us, by a young and adventurous woman named Ami. We sought her permission to share the story of her first visit to TRF right here! As a New Year resolution, Ami had set herself a long list of challenges, here’s how resolution…

Spring has Sprung!

When I was a little girl, I didn’t really know about fairies. It’s hard to imagine now, but my parents weren’t especially imaginative. Story telling was not a value in my house, nor was whimsy. So when I visited my first Renaissance festival at the age of 32, I found enchantment and story telling of…

A Wintry Walk (Texas Style)

Just a few days ago, one of our vendors stopped in the office to say hello. He lives in North Dakota when he’s not working our (or others) festival. He says it’s 10 degrees below zero there! So I went out walking on our site. It was chilly for a south Texas winter day, but…

A Magical Garden

As I have written before, one of my best things about working at TRF year round is that I get to walk the grounds as much as I like. So, several times a week, I tie on my Nikes and head out on site. Walking it reminds me of all the reasons I love the…