I brought my young daughter on my first visit to the FL Ren Fest. I was never a big fan of street performers but when I saw the absolute wonder in her eyes, I took a long, hard second look. The performers at these events are unbelievably talented yet every single one of them will sit down after the show and have a conversation with you. Same with every one else who works at the fair. I now consider myself a huge fan and I have even gotten to know several of the performers quite well over the years.
My all time favorite acts, Barely Balanced as well as Tribal Circus were not performing locally this year. There was nothing to do but make a pilgrimage to the Fort Myers Medieval Faire to catch their shows. Just a two hour drive from Fort Lauderdale.
This being my first visit to the Medieval Faire I was not sure what to expect. I found a smaller show than I was used to but it still took a full day to enjoy it all and less than $20.00 to get in. There were plenty of acts and vendors and absolutely no shade on a brisk 80 degree winter's day in South Florida. The crowd was pretty sizable on the day I went and the shows were packed and loaded with energy.
If you have been going to the shows as long as I have, there is a pretty good chance you will find yourself on stage. As much as I try and avoid it, I've been called up twice. This weekend I saw a new act, The Davinci Bros Comedy Opera. I know when I was on stage, the audience did not really get their money's worth. Bob Davinci's show consisted of himself and 4 audience members. By sheer luck he picked the most hilarious people ever. I had tears literally running down my face and totally forgot to lift my camera for even one shot. Everyone in the audience had to sing before the end of the show and the sound was so loud people came streaming over to see that was going on. You really can't get that intensity staring at the TV.
There were plenty of other things to watch like the jousting or enjoy like a Scotch Egg at the concession stand. The thing to keep in mind is that all these acts work for tips. You get to see the show first then decide what it's worth to you. If only everything in life worked that way. If you have never been to a Ren Faire I urge you to give it a try - just once. If you become hooked - then you will probably see me there.