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sestree ([personal profile] sestree) wrote2011-05-30 06:23 am

Virginia Renaissance Faire - a Review

This weekend we did our annual Memorial Day Weekend trek to The Virginia Renaissance Faire at Lake Anna, VA.   Sure from the Baltimore/DC/95 corridor, it's a bit of a trek but we've found it's worth it all told.
  • It's in some lovely woods with bright clearings if you're a sun worshipper.
  • The pub always has a good selection of libations whether you want cider, stout, light beer, or something else.
  • It's never *too* crowded.
  • Therefore the privvy's rarely get disgusting.
  • The pub has acts going constantly for whatever your pleasure.
  • Greyhounds and horses run for your viewing pleasure.
  • Her Majesty's Hounds.  A group of rescued greyhounds that not only provide information but are there for your petting pleasure.
  • Alpacas.  While not always easily petted, again information.
  • Friendly vendors.  We have vendors that remember us from year to year.
  • A nice selection of vendors, be it garb, shiney pretties, shoes, or other sundries.
  • Fun stuff for the kiddies.
  • Prices are very reasonable from the tickets to the food to the hard - and soft - drinks.
  • GATORADE.  A MUST when it's hot and humid as it can get in May/June in Virginia.
  • With it being still fairly small, if the kids get away from you, they're pretty easy to find.  It's reasonably safe to let the teens just roam - I mean where are they going to go? 
The lovely Meredith has done a wonderful job with this faire.  I remember when the staff outnumbered the guests on a 2:1 ratio.  Now?  Again it's not ever horribly crowded and there is still room to expand but it's obvious that other people have found this hidden treasure tucked into the woods down in Virginia.


All in all a wonderful time.  We would go more often if the drive wasn't so hard on Jon.  However even once a year it's definitely worth it.

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