While my lute gently weeps
This weekend marks the Third Annual Santa Fe Renaissance Fair, and if you plan on blending in at the event, there are three things you need to remember. First, do not repeat lines from the medieval-combat-reenactment scenes in the Paul Rudd film Role Models (“Naysayers tell me, ‘You should be embarrassed. You should not be fighting. You look like Marvin Hamlisch.’”). Second, dress appropriately. This is one of the only times when it is acceptable to dress in Renaissance attire and act unusually jolly when everything is actually crumbling all around you. Grab it by the horns. And third, learn to speak the language; for instance, “Hark! Prithee, madam, do say — whofore the hell is Marvin Hamlisch?”
This year’s event includes performances by Belisama Irish Dance, Flamenco Nuevo Mexico, and the Clan Tynker as well as fire dancers, jugglers, and belly dancers from Pomegranate Studios. Enjoy swordfights, Celtic games, cooking demonstrations, arts, crafts, kids’ activities, and period scenes presented by the Society for Creative Anachronism. Sip on beer and mead, feast on turkey legs and other goodies, participate in costume contests, or just blend into the scenery as a character from your bygone Dungeons & Dragons days.
The fair runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 18 and 19, at El Rancho de las Golondrinas, 334 Los Pinos Road. Tickets for adults are $8; seniors and teens are $5; ages 5 to 12 are $3; and there is no charge for those under 5 (be careful with those broadswords around the wee ones). Tickets are available at all Los Alamos National Bank locations in Santa Fe and Los Alamos, Melissa Pessarra State Farm Insurance, Open Hands Thrift Store, and El Rancho de las Golondrinas. Call 471-2261 or visit www.sfrenfair.org for more information.