The second weekend of the Texas Renaissance Festival was themed 1001 Dreams. I didn’t attend this weekend last year and I’m sorry that I didn’t. I had a lot of fun, as you’ll see in the following photos and commentary.
Second weekend, first again.
They parked me on row 5 again. Loving life.
If you arrive later in the day, it’s quite a walk to the front gate plaza.
From row 5, it’s right there.
The gateway to fun and frivolity.
Five gates for so many people. They all fit.
The front gate Beefeaters will greet a lot of guests this day.
My morning Throne pic.
In this photo there are three generations of TexRenFest workers. Very cool pic.
I had kolaches for breakfast from the Queen’s Pantry.
The cast awaiting the patrons for a fun day in New Market Village.
The calm before the storm.
One of my favorite views of the Kingdom.
I really like getting a pic with Jade. She’s one of my favorite cast members.
A jolly crew this is.
The cast dancing with patrons to start the day.
Hamish MacGregor is another favorite of mine. Rudy is a great guy.
A pic with him is a must.
I try to get a pic of MJ every day that I’m in the Kingdom.
She works at Ravenswood Leather. More about that later.
Another of MJ’s cute co-workers at Ravenswood.
I passed by as this young lady was serving some apple pies with ice cream and had to get a pic.
Cooking it up.
Always a treat to walk by this booth.
Pam and Kevin at the Bilge Pump Bar at the Sea Devil area.
Damn, that’s two good looking pirates in that pic, lol.
Every good pirate wears many rings. They’re considered legal brass knuckles.
Kevin has quite a collection.
Mine are from my career in lifeguarding and motorsports. From left to right, 13 time lifeguard champion, turquoise for luck, Jeff Gordon NASCAR championship ring, Jeff Gordon Brickyard 400 championship ring, IndyCar Championship ring for Sam Hornish, Jr., and a ring from the Sturgis motorcycle rally.
In case you were wondering, I earned all of those racing rings when I worked in auto racing.
These next photos are of a new bar in the Kingdom called Thirsty Pirate Pub.
It’s huge and beautiful.
Notice the ground and the palms. Great finishing touches.
The staff are friendly and cheerful. And eager to serve you whatever is your pleasure.
The decorations are great.
I like these wooden sculptures a lot.
A very talented craftsman.
A quick look at the menu. I see some Jell-O shots in my future.
The upstairs area of the pub overlooks a new stage area that has a show called Tease of the Seas and features some beautiful women. Who wouldn’t like that?
Another view of the stage area.
From this view, you can see how nice the landscaping is in this area. Nice job.
A long bench for you and your crew.
A very nice upstairs area for drinking, eating or taking a break. And sometimes all three.
I like the decor. An effort was made to make this place look nice and I appreciate that effort.
Pirates and mermaids go together like PB&J.
I made a few trips to this area and I enjoyed my time here.
There are misters to fight the heat. They are a nice addition, but for someone like me that uses an expensive iPhone, I have to be careful around them.
A nice group shot of some people enjoying the new pub.
I had a strawberry mimosa to wash back the trail dust.
I was with a friend in the upstairs area of the pub when this nice couple joined us. They told us all about the camping situation since they camp out most every weekend of TRF.
As we are sitting there chatting, a pirate sits down next to me and bends over as he’s getting situated. A neatly rolled joint falls out of his hat onto the table. I smiled and picked it up. I held it out on the table so only he could see it.
Once he was seated, he looked over and saw what I was holding. His grin was ear to ear. He invited me to join him in smoking his joint in a private area but I declined. With my job, I can’t afford to get into trouble in the Kingdom. Any other time and I would have, gladly.
I don’t usually offer my opinion about certain things, but in this case I will.
I posted my pub pics on several Facebook pages. There were numerous comments made about the pub, mostly positive. It was the negative ones that I found out of line.
I won’t go into detail about these comments. I’ll just say that some people’s opinion is wrong. When I read these negative comments, I thought to myself, would these people prefer that the area still be the Royal Mint with some older ladies weaving cotton?
They apparently don’t realize that this pub is a MAJOR improvement to the Kingdom. It’s a great watering hole that has fabulous food as well. There’s an upstairs section that overlooks a new stage area that showcases the Tease of the Seas show and gives you some great views of the festival.
I’d prefer that these people with something negative to say stay far away from the new pub and allow people who appreciate the effort made to enjoy this great addition to New Market Village.
And if the pub was themed any other way, they’d be bitching about why it wasn’t a pirate theme. Get a grip… or slip.
My lovely Amanda at her post in The Glory Hole bar.
The guy to my right is 6’7″. I felt 5’4″ standing next to him.
One of my favorite food stand crews. Fried alligator and several other cajun dishes. Some of my most favorite in the Kingdom.
Ms. Blaze always looks great and her smile lights up her face.
I found out that these girls are the ones that serve the grilled pork on a stick. I’ll be having that next weekend.
Julie is always so nice when I ask for a photo of her. And she’s lovely.
I’m eager to see what the food stand workers will wear for Pirate’s Adventure weekend.
A beautiful face with great accessories.
You’ll see a theme with the coconut vendors.
Three bills for a dill.
I love the Asgardian Armory.
Erika at her usual spot, telling the patrons to visit Bloodbath and Beyond. I love that line. Probably the best in the land.
Bree looks great in front of their merch.
The shop deserves a look in person as the photos don’t do it justice.
Alex is always good for a great pic.
I’ll buy something from this shop, for sure.
The labor and skill to make these is incredible.
Such a great pose. When he struck this pose, his boss said, “I knew you were a crossed swords kind of guy.” Now that’s funny.
The shows always draw a big crowd and the talented acts are worth seeing.
Lots of great color. Love it.
Some might say fixated, haha.
The King was nice enough to stop for a pic.
Another fun pose. She was enjoying her day at the festival.
The Wyrmwood Public House is one of my favorite places to go in the Kingdom. In these next pics, you may see why.
Alan greets you at the door with a smile.
A girl on a swing above the bar is always nice. The lighting in the bar messes with photography, but you get the point.
If there is a heterosexual man that doesn’t like a beautiful woman on a swing above the bar, I don’t want to meet them.
Mickey making my usual Kamikaze. Much larger than a regular shot. And I like that.
More great decor.
Travis is another really cool employee at the Wyrmwood.
And if you didn’t think that I would get a pic with Emmy, then you don’t know me very well.
A great shot.
The view from the Wyrmwood is one of the best in New Market Village.
The Spanish King and his fair lady.
Haley makes a beautiful fairy. Wouldn’t you agree?
The Red Lion Tavern gets packed for their show. They also serve great BBQ.
I took 2 pics of this next couple. When I saw them again the next day, they said they loved the pics and wanted to buy framed copies from my photo site. I told them how. Good reviews are always nice to hear.
This next pic is really good. Love it.
The French section is always packed.
The menu board for the area.
The Sea Devil area. Lots of pirates in this area most weekends.
Great live band.
Another favorite shot that I like.
A pirate and a 21st Century, New Age, Renaissance Pirate. Can you tell which is which?
A beautiful pirate is hard to pass without getting her photo.
I spend about 4 to 5 hours at the festival and every day that I leave, people are still coming in by large numbers.
This concludes the pics from Saturday.
On Sunday morning, they parked me on row 6, but I wasn’t complaining.
It was still just a short walk to the front gate plaza.
Hundreds of thousands of people will pass this way over 8 weekends.
The plaza looking good and ready for all of the patrons that will visit this day.
My morning Throne pic.
The front gate Beefeaters are always nice enough to pause for a pose.
Hamish MacGregor getting ready to entertain the patrons.
The cast getting ready for the cannon to fire and the first guests.
More about this pic next.
The previous photo was taken from this upstairs patio of Tea and Strumpets.
Look for this sign to find the patio.
The King and his Queen.
The cast dancing with patrons to start the day.
Playing music to dance by.
This woman is a talented artist.
Look for this sign.
Some of the best leather goods in the Kingdom.
All kinds of pouches and hats to choose from.
I enjoy going into this shop.
And a selection of furs.
Lots of gloves to look over.
MJ and her co-workers. Nice pic.
Getting a pic with MJ is now on my ‘To do” list.
He knows how to cook well.
It all looks and smells amazing.
Such great smiles.
Julie is a favorite of mine to photograph. Can you blame me?
I ran into Savannah and got a pic with her. She’s darling.
Blaze looking her best.
Smiling, happy faces to greet the patrons and serve them something delicious to eat.
Rev’s Armour Werx. White letters would be easier to see and read.
A cheerful owner and her sidekick.
Their merch is really very nice.
Everyone needs a good flask in case of snakebite. And to be sure, always carry a small snake.
Great display of items for sale.
Another good display of some awesome leather goods.
The crew of the Red Lion Tavern.
Haley said the glitter comes off easily enough… in case you were wondering.
Haley and Daddy for a quick pic.
Greg and I in his booth.
The Catskill Mountain Moccasins staff is great.
I treated them to pizza for lunch. It was very good.
Alex and his axe.
Chelsea and I chat every day of the festival and she’s pleasant to talk with. Sweet girl.
The patrons of TRF are always entertained by the many talented acts to see.
Another great pose… but he’s still crossing the swords.
I like getting pics with Alex. He’s a great guy.
And also pics with Erika.
The three witches from Hocus Pocus. The Sanderson sisters, Winifred, Sarah and Mary.
When you see Alan, you know I’m headed up to the Wyrmwood Public House.
Great customer but doesn’t tip well.
Bartenders at the Wyrmwood.
The patio of the Wyrmwood.
Another great view of the festival.
A lot to see from up here.
As I was looking over the balcony, I saw this beautiful woman wearing a crown. I yelled down for someone with her to stop her until I could make it down to get her pic.
I almost busted my ass coming down the back stairs, but the effort was worth it.
One of the most beautiful people that I’ve ever photographed.
A pic of Daddy and I. He prefers to be called Daddy and I play along. It makes me laugh.
The Wyrmwood has the best of staffs.
I asked this woman for a pic and she struck this pose. Awesome.
Apollo advertising his show. I’ll shoot video of it later in the season.
Queen Juana catching fairies.
Pizzeria il Forno has the best pie that I’ve had in New Market Village.
And served with a smile.
The horses always get more attention than the carriage driver.
The prettiest fairy that I photographed.
This never gets old to me. Love it.
This guy always draws a large crowd for his act.
Very striking, indeed.
I stopped by the Thirsty Pirate Pub for a drink.
Another great staff.
Coulrophobia brings on feelings of fear when you see clowns or clown images.
A great group shot.
Another menu board.
A fun group.
The view from Tea and Strumpets’ patio.
There are many days that I wish there was a Spring TexRenFest also. Two months a year is too short in my opinion.
There’s always Scarborough Fest and Sherwood Faire, but they are long drives away.
People still coming in as I was leaving for the day. I leave around 1pm each day because it is an hour’s drive home for me and then about 6 hours of editing and loading pics and videos from the day.
And I pride myself on having my media up the night of taking the pics. I think people like seeing their pics as soon as possible.
Lots of cars parked around me on this day. Being close is the tits.
When I asked this guy to take my Throne pics, he said strike a pose. So I posed as if I owned the place, lol.
That’s it for this blog post about 1001 Dreams weekend at the Texas Renaissance Festival. I hope you enjoyed reading it and seeing the pics.
Check back for more blog posts about upcoming weekends.
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And since I almost went deaf shooting this, I’ll show you the firing of the morning cannon to start a day at the TexRenFest.