On Saturday, we took an impromptu trip to the San Jose Renaissance Faire. I say impromptu, because we only first heard of the SJRF in the car on the radio when we were on way to get some huevos rancheros at Sunrise Restaurant in the Mission.
So how does one do “impromptu” with a 13 month old? With optimistic departure time and makeshift costume decisions. Niko crafted a sword-belt attachment with twine, I dug my old Oktoberfest dirndl out of the closet, and we dressed the Vachette in a sundress that she is close to outgrowing, and, when using your imagination, can look like a dirndl. And that optimistic departure time? We left the house a good 35 minutes late.
The SJRF is a one-weekend affair, and thus, is much smaller than other American Renaissance Faires that we have been to. Size-wise, it was comparable to the Ritterturnier near Munich. Spectacle-wise, it was closer to the smaller-stage entertainers at larger Ren Faires.
As this was an impromptu affair, our excursion revolved around the Vachette’s naps. Without further ado, here are the highlights that we managed to squeeze into 2.5 hours:
Watching Queen Elizabeth’s Court
Singing along with Seraphina
Meeting a friendly dragon
Waiting for the joust to start, now with matching mommy-daughter flower wreaths!
Walking with Sir Papa’s help