Event Review: Virginia Renaissance Faire 2017

We love participating in VARF, and were happy to return for five weeks this May to June! Of course, with an outdoor fair and the growing Virginia heat, there are always some hiccups.

First weekend, I was madly trying to track down our new tent with absolutely no info coming from the company as to an ETA. So, week of we went ahead and bought a car port from Harbor Freight and some canvas for side walls so we would have something.

So when did our new tent arrive? The day before show opened, so too late to get it set up for first weekend.

We did get it all set up for second weekend, thought we were hot and tired and did not realize it was inside out until it was all up. We left it that way for the show. Last hiccup? We were in our usual spot, but with a larger space it was clear just what an odd hill it was. The tent stayed well, but we were constantly having to accommodate for the lean. Next year, we’re adding a platform and an in-tent fan!

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Our temporary tent on the grey first day of faire.
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Second day – sunny, and Nathaniel’s huge sword from Artomatic is raised to gain attention to our odd space.
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Second weekend – new tent raised… inside out. Oops!
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Nathaniel working on armor at our demo table.
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Drawing the eye however we can – a new sign with our new logo, and a new colorful ribbon cape.

Virginia Renaissance Faire 2016 Wrap-Up

One of the challenges of doing faires and festivals is weather. It is completely out of your control, but your sales can depend on it. It can make a show vary a lot from year to year. So this year, five weekends and only one of them without rain… well, it did not make for a great Virginia Renaissance Faire this year.

We still love our small-ish state renaissance faire. We made great new friends and had a lot of fun. Hopefully next year the weather will be with us again.

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First weekend – Sunny day, but just after ten straight days of rain. Mud certainly made set up interesting.
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Our new sign! Finally got a good booth sign made.
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Fun and colorful for opening weekend.
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One of the best things about being a vendor is seeing old friends.
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Next weekend, more rain and mud. Did the best we could to keep it off our visitors.
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I love making leather leaves out of scraps, and I had been wanting to make a Green Man for a while.
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Just a couple of tea sets left after Steampunk World’s Faire. And the glass flasks were a huge hit this year.
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People kept admiring my wait cincher, so I finally made some lovely hand tooled ones for sale.
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Yay! For once, a photo of me in the booth.
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We had an unusual challenge compensating for a hill. Didn’t seem like much when we set up, but everything was on a lean.
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Kids loved playing with the wood weapons on this table.
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Look, sun! We loved every time we got to dry out a bit.
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Added geeky waist cinchers for the fourth weekend, and a few large glass bottles.
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Small necklaces – charms and bodice knives.

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Cloaks! They continue to be popular, no matter the weather.

Virginia Renaissance Faire Wrap Up

Well, it has been a crazy five weeks for us, and mostly in the good way. Almost every week had us hurrying back to our respective studios to make inventory to replace what sold and fill special custom orders. We had some great outfitting team-ups, and while we are enjoying a little bit of a rest we’re already thinking towards next year.

Here’s some fun photos from around our tent:

More leatherwork added as the weeks went on. And one week, I had comics on the mind.
More leatherwork added as the weeks went on. And one week, I had comics on the mind.
Nathaniel's wooden weapons, in all kinds of shapes and sizes, wait for  their new homes.
Nathaniel’s wooden weapons, in all kinds of shapes and sizes, wait for their new homes.
Or perhaps an axe is more to your liking?
Or perhaps an axe is more to your liking?
Visitors line up for the Queen's procession in front of our booth every day.
Visitors line up for the Queen’s procession in front of our booth every day.
Thus, we also get to meet the court...
Thus, we also get to meet the court…
...and the Queen's lovely ladies.
…and the Queen’s lovely ladies.
Finally, the Queen!
Finally, the Queen!

Virginia Renaissance Faire, Opening Weekend

Hello everyone! We’re going a tad nuts at the combined lands of Wyrd and Wired and MalHanch Armouries, and we have been for a couple of weeks. All of it was to get ready for our first bigger show together, all five weekends of the Virginia Renaissance Festival.

First step, the new and improved Red Tent…

I spent the day before opening finishing the sides and getting sunburn while painting our sign and front trim, while Nathaniel made new stands and tables.
I spent the day before opening finishing the sides and getting sunburn while painting our sign and front trim, while Nathaniel made new stands and tables.
End result? Way better tent, and easy to spot in the middle of the fair. Plus, shade - a must for a summer fair!
End result? Way better tent, and easy to spot in the middle of the fair. Plus, shade – a must for a summer fair!

Next, bring in the happy customers…

Our happy first customer of the second day, with his new shiny weapon.
Our happy first customer of the second day, with his new shiny weapon.

Or just lure colorful characters into the shade as the day gets hot…

Nicely detailed costume! Always a good idea to befriend the Goblin King.
Nicely detailed costume! Always a good idea to befriend the Goblin King.

Saturday had their highest opening day attendance yet, and it’s always fun to watch the festival crowds. Now to rinse and repeat for the next four weekends! So, stop on by and look for the pretty red tent.