Who's Guarding Your Gate?
uarding 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!
The Texas Renaissance Festival posted some pictures yesterday on their blog about their final preparations for opening weekend. They even mentioned the Beefeaters and called us ‘highly popular’. (No, really!)
So I stated thinking about what pictures and descriptions I could post about our own preparations for the 2015 season. Digging through boxes trying to find my tights? Loading up at the grocery store with a shopping cart full of beer? Standing in front of the mirror practising taking tickets? Scintillating screen captures of me updating code for the web page? Yeah, none of those really appealed to me either.
I did think it was worth a minute to brag about being ‘highly popular’ and to let you know we’re preparing too, and we’ll be there and (mostly) ready Saturday morning at nine!
See you at the gates… Until then, ‘Fare thee well!’
Sir David Falstaff
Captain, Texas Renaissance Festival Beefeaters
The TRF Beefeater’s website has been updated with dates, information and prices for the 2015 season, and as always, we continue to provide free downloadable Texas Renaissance Festival Entertainment Schedule and Map, all available on the TRF Information Page of our website. The downloads are Adobe .PDF files so you’ll need the free Adobe reader to view and print the files. We’ve also given the Current Weather page a bit of a polish, have the Attendance page ready to go, and the photographer is on standby for the ever popular Photo Galleries!
Enjoy, and we’ll see you at the gates!
The beer is iced, the tights are packed, and the TRF Beefeaters are ready for opening weekend 2014, are you? Gates open at 9 a.m. regardless, so see you there!
Do you like talking to people? Have you always wanted an excuse to wear a skirt and tights in public? Always fantasied about fondling tickets? Love to have your photo taken? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be Beefeater materiel! The TRF Beefeaters are looking for a few good men to join us at the front gates during the Texas Renaissance Festival’s annual Job Faire is this weekend, September 13th and 14th.
-edit- Men need to be of proportionate height and build. We provide the tunic, hat and collar. You would need to provide red tights and appropriate shoes and belt. Women would need to provide appropriate full costume.
Where and when:
Come to the festival site on either day at 9:00 a.m. TRF Grounds, Globe Stage, 21778 FM 1774 Todd Mission, Texas 77363. Upon arrival to the festival grounds, please follow signs to parking area, and then follow signs to the Globe Stage.
For general information on the Job Faire see: http://texrenfest.com/job-faire
If you have questions about the Beefeater position you can contact us here