Thursday, June 23, 2011

Scottish Renaissance Festival

Last weekend I had a great time at the Scottish Renaissance Festival. It is an event that started small a few years ago and is growing. This year it was a two day event and was in conjunction with the Loch Lomond Highland Games.  The music and comedy was great! The costumes fabulous!
I set up with my sashes and straps in the open air and they enjoyed a nice breeze all weekend. My friend, Troy, refers to them when they are on display like this as "silent wind chimes." 

While I was sitting there, I wove a strap a day, each with Celtic knot pattern, 
in keeping with the spirit of the event.
My friend Carla was there selling her beautiful lapidary work. She was wearing this bright blue dress that just happened to match the sash I wove on day 1. So, here she is modeling it on day 2. You can see some of Carla's cut stone jewelry on her website, here

Early on day 1, I decided to patronize some of my neighboring vendors. First, I got my hair braided by Grace at Brenda the Braider's booth. Love it!

Then Lady Kaitlyn read the Tarot cards for me. She confirmed that my love life was in very good shape and gave me some good advice in other areas. I continued to enjoy visiting with her and her husband throughout the weekend.

This friendly dragon came by and flirted with me. He was very sweet.

A gentleman was elevated to knighthood during an elaborate ceremony.

This man was arrested and brought before the Queen for trial on the grounds of offensive attire. He was wearing a "utili-kilt" with a rather questionable Hawaiian-style shirt. I think it was a valid charge.

The atmosphere at this type of event is always playful. There are performers everywhere. I'm sorry that I didn't get to roam around and see more of them and take more photos. I hope to be going to more of these in the future!


  1. This looks like so much fun! How dedicated to wear those wool kilts in the Santa Cruz sun.

  2. Actually, Santa Cruz in the summer tends to be foggy or overcast. The sun didn't even appear until afternoon. I do love seeing men in kilts and especially so many in the old style, too!

  3. The fair was loaded with entertainment, on stage and through out the village. Your silent wind chimes added a striking visual texture to the scene. Nice work, Annie!

  4. Awesome!!! I love Renaissance Festivals!!

  5. Love the braided hair and that sash matches the dress so beautifully!

  6. I only wish we'd known about it sooner!

    The real charge for that guy should be how much he spent on a utili-kilt; those things are outrageously expensive!

  7. Love, love, love the hair braid. Is that YOUR hair? Or was yours braided in the same way?

    The sash is perfect - PERFECT - beautiful accent on the dress. If I owned that outfit - I would never take it off - ever!

    What a cool event to get to be a part of. Wish i could have been there. Thank you for sharing.

  8. Pam- Yes that is me and my very own hair. I love having it done up like that.

  9. Awesome!
    This looked like so much fun!
    Really like the utili kilt.
    I also have three kilts from them.They are just awesome.