I tried not to be the person pointing out what was the same and what was different all day, but I couldn't help it. You should feel sorry for everyone in my group who had to hear "I remember..." I was constantly running comparisons in my head. A good chunk of the entertainment was the same, and I recognized tons of vendors and faces who were at the faire when I started attending 16 years ago. About seven years had passed since my last visit to this festival, but it was like I walked back in time. I found the similarities comforting.
My favorite act is still The Swordsmen and other than some slight hair loss, they didn't look any different. Neither did the belly dancer I recognized or one of the men in the mud show. What fountain of youth magic is in the renfaire circuit? Because we should all be getting in on it.
And can I just say renfaire shopping is my favorite kind of shopping? Wood mugs, leather journals, pottery, armor - it's so much more fun than going to any modern mall. I squealed when I found leather shoulder armor; it's my favorite renfaire purchase ever.
The Griffin Works, and it's so awesome that I'm tempted to wear it while sitting at my desk. Seriously though, I plan to work it into a renfaire-pirate-y outfit. We'll see.
I had such a wonderful time that I would have loved to go back once more before the season ended yesterday. At 3.5 hours though, I'm just far enough away that it wasn't practical. It's much closer than a few thousand miles however, so at least I get to go back next year.