Saturday, April 27, 2013

Another weekend at Scarborough

I've been to at least a half dozen Renaissance festivals. Today, I finally took some pictures that are worth posting. For those who have never been to such a festival, here's what's in store for you when you finally do get to attend one.

There's the Royal Procession with the king and queen. It's a parade. Here's the king and queen.

There are lots of stages with various types of entertainment. Here are a couple of singers.

And here are some dancers. The guys on either side of the belly dancer were from the audience. There's a lot of audience participation at these festivals. There are also jugglers, comedy acts and so forth. Lots to choose from.

You can get a tattoo or a massage or have your fortune told. Here's a fortune teller at work.

If you like to shop, there are so many options. Clothing stores are plentiful. Many offer renaissance type outfits and many of the patrons dress up for the fair. Most of the clothing shops are specialized. Here's one for aspiring belly dancers.

Lots of crafts are sold here. I liked the stained glass.

And the pewter chessboards.

There are essential oils, incense, candles and other great smelling stuff. I like soap. In fact, I used to make my own soap a few years back, so I like checking out the wares in these shops.

I also like bacon. I actually like bacon a lot. But bacon-scented soap?? Who wants to smell like bacon when they step out of the shower?

There were some pretty nice walking sticks and they seemed reasonably priced for the workmanship, but too heavy for hiking, unfortunately.

I'm not a big shopper, but I do like buying one thing in particular at such festivals: Food!

And turkey legs are available at every renaissance festival I've been to. Sometimes they're good and sometimes they're just okay. These were juicy and not overcooked. Personally, I liked the overcooked, dried out ones with more of a smokey flavor, but that's just me.

There's enough to see and do at the renaissance festival to last a few days and fill several pages on any blog. These pictures are more than I usually post, but just a small sample of what there is to see. If you've never been, you should check one out some time.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Scarborough Renaissance

I spent the weekend at the Scarborough Renaissance Festival in Waxahachie, TX. Though I had my camera, I didn't take a lot of pictures (surprise, surprise). Here's one that I had my brother take of my sister, Betty, and me. OK, so she's technically my sister-IN-LAW. Inlaw, outlaw, whatever. She's a sister to me.

It's the first time I've ever dressed for a renaissance festival. Mark and Betty have a booth where they sell whiskey barrels. I thought it would be cool to work in the booth, so Betty gave me some pirate garb to wear. She's made most of the costumes. Here's a picture of me and my bro, Mark.

If you're ever at the Scarborough Renaissance Festival (April and May) or the Texas Renaissance Festival (October and November), look them up. Great people and some pretty cool products.

Maybe I'll take some more pictures next weekend.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

In Search of Aliens

While driving through New Mexico, I came upon the Very Large Array (VLA) radio telescope site. This is a picture of just a part of the array of telescopes taken from a distance.

The telescope array consists of twenty-seven, 230-ton, 25-meter diameter dish antennas that together comprise a single radio telescope system.

The antenna array is not used to communicate with aliens (as depicted in the movie "Contact"), but to observe the cosmos much as traditional telescopes are used. You can read more about the VLA here.

I did find some aliens in Roswell at the International UFO Museum.

If I do happen to run into some REAL aliens, I hope I have my camera and I remember to take some pictures.

To the best of my knowledge, I was not abducted by aliens on this or any other trip.