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The Captain’s Blog

News, announcements & thoughts from the Captain. Sometimes even the occasional newsletter!

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

What’s With All the Wings?

It was a nice warm weekend in the kingdom for our second of the season and the fairies were out in droves. Or do fairies come in flocks? Whatever. Saturday seemed even busier than last week, but the numbers say differently, and we all know the numbers are never wrong.
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Dusty and Muddy; First Weekend Had Something For Everyone!

After all the news and questions about the wildfires, burn ban, smoking ban and warnings about escaped monkeys, (yes, a monkey warning), it was almost a relief when the festival opened and we could get to taking tickets.

The weekend started out pretty good, Saturday attendance was even better than opening day last year, but Sunday was a little slower to say the least. It’s hard to complain when we got what we’ve been praying for for so long, a good day of steady rain. This weekend the weather looks to be excellent, so it should be a busy one! Continue reading

New Website

Ok, to be honest it’s the same site with a new look, but the plumbing is completely new, and I’ve added features to hopefully make it easier for our friends and fans to interact with us.

It will also be easier for us (mostly meaning me) to keep everyone up to date with what’s going on with the Beefeaters.

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Sleep? You can sleep when you’re dead! Get back to work!

This is a late update since the week after Halloween was School Days, and we stayed at the TRF where access to the Internet, computers or even hot water can sometimes be a bit iffy. Since then I’ve felt sleep deprived and behind in R.L. Hmm, must be sixth weekend of the fair. Continue reading

Can You Say Consistent?

We’ve had attendance of 27K and change every Saturday so far this year, and Sundays have all been within 1,900 people of each other. Weird huh? Oh well, we’re on a good pace for the season, which should make management happy.

Looking back at the weather it’s been really consistent too, temperature wise. However, that’s only half the story as the humidity was really up this week and boy what a difference that made. Hot and moist, and not in a good way. Well, I do recall much hotter days at the TRF, so I guess it could always be worse!

We had a new recruit working with us on Saturday; Paul. He’s no faire virgin, but is new to the Beefeaters. He did really well taking tickets and interacting with the patrons, so I knew something had to be wrong, Sure enough, he got lost whilst on a beer run! How he could fail so miserably at one of the basic tenants of Beefeating I don’t know. I blame his parents. At any rate I have put him on probation and warned him that I expect immediate improvement in… Continue reading

Second Verse, Same as the First

Not really much to say about this week. It was pretty much a carbon copy of last weekend, just without the online discount tickets to deal with, and a lot more fairies.

Dust. Lots of dust. No rain for weeks, and when tens of thousands of people start shuffling around it gets everywhere. It’s bad for us allergy Continue reading

First Week a Success, Second Week May Be Even Successier!

Well first weekend was great! It wasn’t the busiest opening day we’ve ever had, but a great Sunday crowd made the weekend quite a start to the year! The weather may be even better this week (if that’s possible) so we are expecting more great crowds this weekend.

No real problems at the gates other that those darn print-your-own tickets. They are really popular with the customers, but they slow Continue reading

First Weekend Is Upon Us!

Hope everyone is ready for opening weekend of the 2010 Texas Renaissance Festival., I know the Beefeaters are. The front gates have been spruced up a bit, the Beefeaters are mostly sober (won’t last), and Autumn is definitely in the air. With a good forecast I expect good crowds this weekend, so we may be a bit busy if you stop by to say “Hello” 🙂

-Capt. Falstaff

P. S. For those interested, while I intend to have attendance statistics posted by Monday morning, quite often I post them in the evenings after the gates close.
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Sir David Falstaff
Captain, Texas Renaissance Festival Beefeaters