Sunday, September 03, 2006

Pics from the Des Moines Renaissance Faire

Pat, his mom, his step-mom & I went up to the Des Moines Renaissance Faire on Saturday; it was pretty neat. They're obviously wanting to set this up as a permanent thing: there was crushed rock everywhere, laid out as paths, and permanent buildings (a plywood & brick castle, vendors' buildings, performing and "feasting" pavilions, etc) were set up. I think that the neatest part of the day was when the New Riders of the Golden Age did their joust performance; the lance-work was real (that is, real wooden lances, not faked up to shatter photogenically) and very neat, though the "storyline" was fairly predictable -- the handsome blonde knight was the chivalrous good guy and the dark-haired guy with the goatee was the bad guy of course, since everyone knows the goatee = evil equation (hear that, Nathan?). Although I have got to say that I did not expect evil Sir Matthew to stand up on his horse in full plate and do "off the top rope" onto Sir William. Here are some photos.
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Sorry I didn't get any photos of the "off the top rope" move; I was standing there, dumbfounded, camera in hand. But you can see photos of it on their website.