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Texas Renaissance Festival

Forty Years in Photos

As part of the run-up to the Texas Renaissance Festival’s fortieth anniversary a pair of photographers who go by the handles Moondawg and Gunslinger have been scanning and posting photos from the TRF archives Continue reading

Yes, Some of Our Posts Are Missing

Someone finally noticed a couple of weeks ago and asked “Didn’t there used to be some posts from after Halloween last year?” No you’re memory isn’t wrong, (at least not about that). 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

2012 Photo Galleries Added

The 2012 Beefeaters With the Texas Renaissance Festival under way it’s time to launch our 2012 photo galleries! For your viewing pleasure the two new galleries are The 2012 Season: Pictures of the TRF Beefeaters and their antics from the 2012 season,  and TRF: 2012 Temporary Gallery: Pictures of the sights and people of the 2012 Texas Renaissance Festival. Some of the TRF pictures will move to the permanent TRF : Then and Now gallery, others will only be available this year. Enjoy, and check back for updates as the season progresses.

The TRF Really Want You to Go to the Festival This Year… on Sunday

Did you know that starting this year that the price for a ticket to the TRF is different depending on which day of the weekend you go to the festival? That’s right; going on a Sunday will save you $3 per adult and $2 per child when you purchase your ticket online or at one of at one of the ticket outlet locations*.

Savings could add up pretty quickly. I figure with a little planning the average family could save the cost of one or two beer easily. Continue reading

Meet the New Tickets. (Not the) Same as the Old Tickets

New Tickets

Not Your Father’s Renaissance Festival Tickets

Most guests probably don’t really care as long as they get in the festival, but there is a new ticket system at the TRF this year.  Other than drinking beer, tickets are pretty much our reason for being, so we care at any rate.

Almost all of the tickets now print-on-demand and will have a barcode and will have to be scanned at the gate. Hopefully that part will work well and most guests will not even notice, but the nice thing about tickets, even scannable ones, is that they are decidedly analogue, and we can just take them if we have to.

This interesting thing behind the scenes with the new system is that it will allow the TRF much more flexibility in their tickets, so expect to see many different kinds of tickets and packages on offer.  In the past tickets had to be ordered from the printer months in advance, now if the marketing department comes up with a new promotion, they can just print the tickets.

From our point of view it will be nice that all these… Continue reading

Getting Close – Tick…tick…tick…

Looking forward to seeing all in New Market this year. Last year they had the new Tower Stage. This year the Globe Stage has been rebuilt. Huzzah!

The Coast of Utopia

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I’ve been busy.  🙂

Part 1 Voyage

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Part 2 Shipwreck

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Part 3  Salvage

http://blogs.houstonpress.com/artattack/2012/02/coast_of_utopia_salvage.php

article on the extension

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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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