Great weather, large crowds, everything running along smoothly, naturally that’s when everything goes pear-shaped.
With the festival in full-swing Saturday at about 2:00 pm the Tri-County area suffered a major power outage affecting not only the Texas Renaissance Festival but west Montgomery, north east Waller and southern Grimes counties. Many of the guests were not even aware of the issue, but of course those directly affected were less than pleased.
The front gate business operations have a stand-by generator, but there was no Internet and ticket sales were affected. Especially affected were those with tickets only on their phones. At least one of the cell towers in the area was offline with no power. People’s information had to be taken by hand, and ticket sales were restricted to cash only, but ATMs were down with no power or phone service. Luckily at the gates we were still able to scan tickets. After about an hour operations were restored at the Will-Call window using a cell phone as a WiFi hotspot.
Inside the festival had issues, as many shops had no way to take credit cards with out power or phone service, though some had generators or a working cell phone provider. Audio equipment was not working at the stages. Food vendors fared better and all of them remained fully operational, as almost all their transactions are cash, and use gas for cooking. Continue reading By The Numbers: 2017 Week Eight
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.
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.
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*.
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