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Guarding the gates of the Texas Renaissance Festival are the Beefeaters. Stalwart defenders of the gates of New Market village, they are a small detachment of the finest of the Yeomen of the King’s Own Guard sent to New Market to secure the village for the King’s annual progress, and ensure only invited guests are admitted to the festivities. Flamboyant and raucous, their importance can not be overstressed, as they are the first of the King’s subjects that greet the guests on their way into the festival, and the last that they see as they start their journey home.

From the Captain of the Guard:

Good day to thee! and welcome to the Yeomanry web site of the Texas Renaissance Festival. During the festival season the patrons pass by us Beefeaters so quickly on their way in, we barely get to know them. We realize this is solely due to their eagerness to enter the grounds and festivitate, but we wanted to provide a chance for people to stop and get to know the men beneath the skirts. Enter our realm, and enjoy thy stay!

Texas Renaissance Brings Back Pocket Dragons Creator Real Musgrave for its 40th Anniversary

In honour of the Texas Ren Fest 40th anniversary, the poster will be by Real Musgrave

In honour of the Texas Ren Fest 40th anniversary, the poster will be by Real Musgrave

Well this press release from the TRF made me happy, they are getting world renowned artist Real Musgrave to do the poster and program again this year. It’s been over 20 years since he was the ‘Official Artist’ for the festival, so a lot of people probably don’t remember, but I always preferred his whimsical creations to the posters with photographs.

Real is probably best known for his Pocket Dragon collectable sculptures and artwork. I learned from the press release there was even an animated TV series: “Pocket Dragon Adventures”. He is now retired and back in Texas after living abroad for some time.

Real will also be available for signings opening weekend, so I may have to get in line to get a signed poster to go with the ones I have from back in the day. Real and his wife Muff Musgrave will donate all proceeds to the Humane Society of Flower Mound Texas, where they now reside.

Link to the official press release here.

Beefeaters Photo Gallery

I just want to complement Captain George (retired) on the gallery. I have been enjoying both the pictures and the captions he has added.
Great job.

All Hallows Eve 2013 was all about the weather.

Beautiful weather Saturday brought out guests in droves. The print-your-own tickets were especially popular this week, and those take a little more work on our part. (Think about the difference between handling printer paper and card stock). I also took over as much of the scanning of tickets as I could with the goal of freeing up the rest of the Beefeaters to focus on greeting everyone instead of just taking and scanning the tickets. I was so busy in fact I was mostly unable to enjoy in one of my favourite parts of AHE; costume watching. Still I managed to spot a few interesting ones. Lots of  Shreks. Lots of Waldos. Lots of anime characters, Naruto, Dragon Ball and Pokemon being the most numerous of these, but a few more obscure ones too. Lots of Star Trek, the weirdest being the couple in the courtyard taking turns spanking each other. (Yeah, me neither.) Multiple Doctor Whos. Legions of Storm Troopers, Jedi and Darth Vaders. Scads of Zombies. A fair number of Sailors. (What, was it Fleet Week too?) Some of the good ones were the ‘Fantasy Horses’ who… Continue reading

Eating Our Way Through the Weekend

Ah, the second weekend weather was pure bliss after the hellish sauna of week one. I was tempted to say I was a bit chilly couple of times, with the alternative still fresh in my mind from the week before I didn’t dare say a word. The crowds reflected the nice weather too, as we had around 30,000 both days setting a second weekend attendance record.

This week our goal was to sample some of the new foods at the festival this year. First up was the Teriyaki Chicken at new Asian Food booth… What’s that? We’re Beefeaters, how can we possibly eat anything but beef? OK, look, if we are going to name ourselves based on what we consume then we’d have to be called the Beerdrinkers. Somehow that doesn’t really have the same charm to it does it? I really can’t believe you don’t want us to have little variety in our menu. Really, beef all the time gets a little boring. Will it help if I tell you it was free range chicken? No? Well you’re just going to have to deal with it because the Teriyaki… Continue reading

Opening Weekend 2013: A Hot Time Was Had by All

Well I have to say the opening weekend of the 2013 Texas Renaissance Festival is about the most miserable I’ve been in a long time. Sure we’ve experienced hotter, and wetter, but the temperature and humidity especially on Saturday combined in a perfect storm of no breeze and oppressive humidity that to be experienced to be appreciated. Experienced it was though, as we had nearly 30,000 visitors. Sunday began with heavy rain, thunder and lightning, and when it finally ended we returned to oppressively humid, yet almost another 12,000 visitors graced us with their presence.  There were, however,  a goodly number of those who succumbed to the heat; I heard lots of calls go out to EMS for heat exhaustion. Even a couple of the Beefeaters needed an extra break. Beer, wonder beverage that it is, remains a poor substitute for water when trying to stay hydrated.

The Beefeaters have a few new faces this year too. I was able to add a couple of positions after a record-breaking 2012. I was a little worried with three recruits and big crowds Saturday, but they acquitted themselves well, and… Continue reading