My Ren-Faire cherry finally gets popped in Simi Valley, CA.

I know it may be hard for some of you to believe but I've never been to a Renaissance Faire before.

I know it may be hard for some of you to believe but I’ve never been to a Renaissance Faire before.

...but for some reason it just never happened.

I’ve always wanted to go but for some reason it just never happened.

So when I heard about the Nottingham Festival being held in Simi Valley over the next two weekends, I knew it was time.

So when I heard about the Nottingham Festival being held in Simi Valley over the next two weekends, I knew it was time.

The festival is an offshoot of the Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire which began in 1963 in Agoura , CA.

The festival is an offshoot of the original Renaissance Pleasure Faire which began in 1963 in Agoura , CA.

 The Nottingham Festival is said to be a more accessible regional Renaissance style event compared to the much larger Renaissance Pleasure Faire of Southern California, which is now held in the Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area in Irwindale, CA.

The Nottingham Festival is said to be a more accessible regional Renaissance style event compared to the much larger Renaissance Pleasure Faire of Southern California, which is now held in the Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area in Irwindale, CA. Smaller is generally better in my eyes, so I grabbed my camera and headed to the Valley.

No mead for me, although I heard it was quite tasty.

No mead for me, although I heard it was quite tasty.

The festival does a good job at recreating the magic and revelry of an Elizabethan faire and marketplace.

The festival does a good job at recreating the magic and revelry of an Elizabethan faire and marketplace.

Craft workers and reenactors did their best at bringing a taste of the 16th Century to the Simi Valley Civic Center Park.

Craft workers and reenactors did their best at bringing a taste of the 16th Century to the Simi Valley Civic Center Park.

Braids for Maids provided patrons with some fancy hair braiding skills.

Braids for Maids provided patrons with some fancy hair braiding skills.

Looking for a Maiden / Made in China

Looking for a Maiden / Made in China

The great thing about a Renaissance Faire is that everyone loves to have their picture taken. Smile.

The great thing about a Renaissance Faire is that everyone loves to have their picture taken. Smile.

DragonSlayer

DragonSlayer

This was only the third time that the Nottingham Festival has been held.

This was only the third time that the Nottingham Festival has been held.

Originally started as a 2-day event, it has now expanded into a 4-day event held over two weekends in November.

Originally started as a 2-day event, it has now expanded into a 4-day event held over two weekends in November.

You can't beat this guys pose.

How you doin?

This lovely lady was playing a cittern that her husband had made her before he died. Sad and sweet, you could tell she was still trying to work through her grief. I think the music helps.

This lovely lady was playing a cittern that her husband had made her before he died. Sad and sweet, you could tell she was still trying to work through her grief. I think the music helps.

Renaissance grub...which was right next door to the "Me So Korny" booth.

Renaissance grub…which was right next door to the “Me So Korny” booth.

 They were kinky in the 16th century.


They were kinky in the 16th century.

All weapons were required to be peace-tied.

All weapons were required to be peace-tied.

Peace-tying a weapon keeps if from being used. As an example, a sword must be sheathed and the hilt of the sword must be peace-tied to the sheath so that it cannot be drawn. Arrows in a quiver must be peace-tied together and the bow unstrung. It is a simple process that helps insure the safety of the guests.

Peace-tying a weapon keeps if from being used. As an example, a sword must be sheathed and the hilt of the sword must be peace-tied to the sheath so that it cannot be drawn. Arrows in a quiver must be peace-tied together and the bow unstrung. It is a simple process that helps insure the safety of the guests.

Shoot That Poison [peace-tied] Arrow

Shoot That Poison [peace-tied] Arrow

Master not Servant

Master not Servant

Sit your ass down on and enjoy some belly dancing.

Sit your ass down on and enjoy some belly dancing.

What, you've never seen a male belly dancer before?

What, you’ve never seen a male belly dancer before?

Dirty Dancing Renaissance Edition

Dirty Dancing Renaissance Edition

He made it himself.

He made it himself.

It was so big that he kept hitting people with it every time he turned around.

It was so big, that he kept hitting people with it every time he turned around.

They're just not that into you.

They’re just not that into you.

Having a jolly ole time.

Having a jolly ole time.

He was rather mischievous.

He was rather mischievous.

Organizers hope to expand the fair to as many as six weekends...

Organizers hope to expand the fair to as many as six weekends…

...which will eventually require the event to move on to a larger location.

…which will eventually require the event to move on to a larger location.

Spoiled Elizabeth

Spoiled Elizabeth

God save the Queen!

God save the Queen!

Bye Queen

Bye Queen

Country Folk

Country Folk

Good Morning

Good Morning

Who knew they had emotional support dogs in the 16th century?

Who knew they had emotional support dogs in the 16th century?

He was good boy.

He was good boy.

Sad Songs

Sad Songs

I don't think she was having a good day.

I don’t think she was having a good day.

Fencing for the children.

Fencing for the children.

She stole my heart...

She stole my heart…

...and wouldn't let it go. Bye Wench.

…and wouldn’t let it go. Bye Wench.