With the 2017 Bay Area Renaissance Festival at MOSI fast approaching, I thought it would be apropos to share a few photos from festivals gone by (2105, specifically)! These festivals are held all across our great nation and offer a day of food, fun, and frivolity!
The festival here in Tampa stretches from mid-February to the first weeks in April. It is only open on the weekends, with a few exceptions on the schedule that include a Friday festivity of a special sort.
Each weekend sports a different theme and the contests, art, food and drinks match the theme. We especially enjoy the “Highland Fling” weekend (February 18& 19th this year!) that includes traditional Scotish games! Throw in a few hundred men and women, all dressed in period dress, such as kilts and corsets, add a little grog, bagpipes, dancing and, you feel as though you have been transported to old Scottland! (A little warning here, never ask a man wearing a kilt what he is wearing under there, he might just show you!)
The arts and crafts here are spectacular, to say the least. And, it is incredible to see the glass blowers and blacksmiths plying their crafts before your eyes! This festival is always a feast for your eyes as well as your stomach!
Oh, and the food (now that someone brought up my stomach!) theScottish eggs, and of course the smoked turkey legs! You have got to have one of those. I mean, if you really want to live the experience, you have to get dressed up, walk around the festival with a sasparilla in one hand and a smoked turkey leg in the other, enjoying the music and frivolity!
I am sorry to say, that this festival makes it a little challenging for those who have limited mobility. This is, after all, a renaissance festival celebrating days gone by, days before sidewalks and paved walkways. The terrain is a little rough but can be navigated with your mobility scooter. However. it is harder on the batteries and something you need to be aware of. Make sure you have a full charge, you will want to see everything!
Also, if it is raining, these fields tend to get muddy and more difficult to navigate. The best plan of attack would be to watch the weather, and know before you go. If it has been raining for the past 3 or 4 days, put off your visit until the next weekend. That is the beauty of having a festival that runs for 6 or 7 weeks on the weekends, get rained out one weekend, go the next!
By the way, Denise and I, have presale tickets available for the 2017 Bay Area Renaissance Festival at MOSI! The festival goes from February 18th – April 2nd this year, and it’s family friendly fun! (Weekends only) Don’t wait till you get to the gate! Adult tickets just $15.95 (that’s a $5.00 savings over gate prices!) Children’s tickets are just $8.50 and children 4 and under are FREE! Just shoot me a message and we can work it out! (FYI: This is not a paid advertisement, but rather an endorsement of a worthy travel destination.)
Let me share with you the most important thing I have discovered. Where ever you go, whatever you see, share it with others! Don’t be afraid to stop and smell the roses, to share a smile with a stranger, a meal with friends and build memories together that will last a lifetime!
All photographs in this post were taken by the author, Bill McQueen, amateur photographer, food enthusiast and sometimes traveler.