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 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
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.