Great weather, large crowds, everything running along smoothly, naturally that’s when everything goes pear-shaped.
This year I will be continuing my weekly By the Numbers series of discussions and comparisons about the Texas Renaissance Festival attendance and weather. This week was opening weekend of what I have playfully dubbed the Year of the Change.
The sun came out, the temperatures cooled, and the patrons descended on the festival in droves. Combined with untimely railroad maintenance, equipment failures and the start of a holiday week combined made the seventh weekend one to remember!
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
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
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 I later heard placed in the costume contest. I have a feeling I missed some really good costumes though.
In the wee hours of Sunday morning we experienced what was dubbed by some as a ‘Ren-nado’ when strong winds and thunderstorms roared thought the area. Trees and tents and even a RV were sent flying in the camp-grounds. No serious injuries were reported, but more than a few people had damage or got soaked. Several patrons came up to the gates Sunday to verify their tickets would be good another day, (in almost every case they were) and then proceeded to pack-up and head home to dry out. The rain had all but stopped by the time the gates opened, and quickly cleared up after that, but the damage had been done because everyone south of us was still in the middle of the storm, which kept attendance low for the day.
I started to feel sorry for myself since we had a little damage and some things got soaked, but others fared even worse, and I got over my self-pity. Poor Deb the Tree Lady had a tree fall onto her RV actually trapping her inside. She wasn’t injured but had to be rescued, and the trailer is probably a total loss. A fund has already been started to help her out, and I hope all works out well for her.
Another hazard I discovered on a slow AHE Sunday is that there is a lot of candy around for the taking, and I was suffering quite the sugar buzz by lunchtime. Oh, and don’t bother eating the Smarties, They don’t help.
Prepare to be boarded! Pirates this weekend.
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 The TRF Really Want You to Go to the Festival This Year… on Sunday
Here’s wishing you an yours a very happy Christmas from the The Texas Renaissance Festival Beefeaters! Hope Father Christmas brought you everything you wanted. He brought us rain!
Happy Thanksgiving to all. Hope you have a wonderful day with friends and family. Be safe and maybe we’ll see you over the weekend.
The Texas Renaissance Festival Beefeaters
We have the final five winners in our 2011 Texas Renaissance Festival ticket contest. Jo Macke, Michael Porter, Jerry Foley, Patrick Melchor and Cynthia Sutton will receive two Texas Renaissance Festival tickets good any day this weekend courtesy of the TRF Beefeaters! The winners have been notified by email. Continue reading Final Winners Announced in Our 2011 TRF Ticket Contest