Valorous Days At The Renaissance Festival!

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Got your tights on?

Enter the realm of a vast Elizabethan 16th Century where real noblemen wear tights and the dames become fair maidens or Queens.   Rebirth thyself and filleth your goblet!  Prepare to danceth with the wenches, tighten up thy  c’rset and consume liketh a king wh’re food is bett’r on sticks!

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“Dancing Doll” Photo of Dancer by Chris Reed, Photo of Entrance & Enhancement by Tanya Elise’ Howard

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“Sprezzatura ” Photo by Chris Reed, Photo Enhancement by Tanya Elise’ Howard


The Ren Fair takes you back to the Olde Worlde wh’re thee may cometh as thou art ‘r or dresseth the parteth!

Yes, it’s true!

This is the venue where you will frolic with the local villagers, shop the shoppes, gaze at the shows, cheer on a knight amid the joust and engage with the wondering actors in character.






You will find well crafted ensembles of the Sirs, Madames, Mistress’, Dames, Lords, Majesties and Graces exhibiting an array of Renaissance garments, hats and robes!

Take your camera!

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“Elan Pottery” Photo by Chris Reed Photo Enhancement by Tanya Elise’ Howard



Bring plenty of cash to shop, eat, drink and be merry!  And don’t worry, the bathrooms are ample and appropriately marked as ‘Privies’.








The Renaissance period may have settled it’s end in the 16th century, but in Waxahachie, the medieval time grows forever every year!

The second Saturday brought over 240,000 patrons on a beautiful sunny Texas day!

That’s a lot of costumes!
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“Willful Whim” Photo by Chris Reed Photo Enhancement by Tanya Elise’ Howard


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Keeping with tradition, there seems to be a wonderment in wit among the Medieval working class and courtesans where the recreations at the celebration are reinvented in a poetic way.

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“To Troll or Not To Troll” Photo & Enhancement by Tanya Elise’ Howard

I thought this leprechaun was adorable!

He sits quietly in the woods hidden amid his mischievousness and rainbow of treasures!  Hide your golden coins for he will surely snatch’em from your pockets when you aren’t looking!



Please tread lightly if you want to see his wee bit of trickery!

The fair makes for a wonderful family day where the children have more than enough to caper through.   Since kids love dressing up, it’s a perfect time for them to ham it up and be a part of an amazing adventure!

Gather them up for pleasures at the Mermaid Lagoon, Birds of Prey Show, the Children’s Knighting Ceremony, the Cirque Du Sewer Animal Show, the Dragon Swing, Pony & Elephant Rides and heaps more!

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“Princess To Be” Photo & Enhancement by Tanya Elise’ Howard

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During the Middle Ages and Renaissance period, the proud Knights jousted their way through tournaments showing off their horsemanship and prowess.  The richest of Nobles concocted elaborate melees of combat for the Kings of their time.

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“Knight’s Prowess” Photo & Enhancement by Tanya Elise’ Howard

One of the most applauded shows at the Renaissance Festival is “Knights of the Realm” , the Joust, where you can see firsthand their full armors, gallantly dressed horses and brave heroic Lords fighting for their Knighthood.

This photo was quite dusty, so I decided to hatch through the soot and sand to create a more aged fine arts portrayal.  For my photography website, I did a painting…How would you like a Knight hanging on your wall?


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“Dragon’s Troll” Photo & Enhancement by Tanya Elise’ Howard



You can shop for corsets, weaponry, leather work, glassworks, jewelry, toys, candles, metal and woodworks!

These are no dinky souvenirs, either.  The people who run these shops are seriously skilled craftsmen.







When you think about Medieval times, one wonders off into fairytale land where Dragons glimmer the landscape with their breath of fire.  At the Ren Fair you’ll indulge your merry clan with oodles of dragons in all sizes and up to large statues spitting water.  The shops at the festival always capture my heart and pocketbook!  I can’t leave without a souvenir to relic my walls, neck or head!

This photo was tough for me to work with.  It would turn out all green or all gold; sadly without a focal trophy in the scene.  So, once again, I decided to create a painting with it….no more greeeeeen!

Speaking of dragons…

Have you ever had a Dragon Snort?

There’s plenty of merriment advancing through the pub houses and taverns.  New for 2017, graze on over to the Dragon’s Lair for your very own Dragon Snort….

Warning: Do not pack your lunch!

Why?  The “Kitchens” are abundant and overflowing with traditional savory cart du joir menus.  Hunt down those turkey legs, munch on a Sausage-On-A-Stick, lick through the funnel cakes and catch all the Blackboard Specials.  This is a day to eat the “Ren-Way”!

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“Harp Monet” Photo & Enhancement by Tanya Elise’ Howard



The manifest of performers is endless and once you are there, you can’t help but seek them out!

I found Sarah Mullen mesmerizing the crowd amid her harp music with a celtic flair!






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“Scarborough Entrance” Photo & Enhancement by Tanya Elise’ Howard


Commence yourself into the affluent and vibrant society of the Old Worlde; the Scarborough Renaissance Fair only comes but once a year in Waxahachie.

Maketh thy plans this present day…

April 8 through May 29th

10:00am – 7:00pm

Saturdays, Sundays and Memorial Day Monday

Visit Scarborough Renaissance Festival in Waxahachie, Texas!

With a packed-full list of 27 Stages and Live Entertainment,

be sure to check out the Daily Schedule!

Get thee hence!

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If you are interested my photography above, I spawned more of painterly art works from my original photos:

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Ren Gateway

Scarborough Entrance

To Troll Or Not To Troll

Knight’s Prowess

Dragon’s Trove

Please visit my “Contact Me” page if you are inspired with anything further!

To see more of Chris Reed’s photos, visit his “My Travels” Facebook page!

(Chris is my loving and awe-inspiring nephew!  Thank you, Christopher, for all you do with me and for me!)


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Quote Of The Day:

“The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land.” – G. K. Chesterton

What costume will you wear to the Ren Fair?

Would love to hear your comments!


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Destination Alaska ~ Airport Never Closed For Snow

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Why does it take so long to get out of Alaska’s Ted Stevens International Airport in Anchorage?



Why else?

But to swing by the kaleidoscopic segments of museum-style attractions where over 5 million passengers skip through yearly.  And since the lively hub is never closed for snow, you’ll want to have your journal and camera ready even before you step outside!


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Ted Stevens International Airport Anchorage Alaska


If your journey to “The Last Frontier” places you at this airport, and it’s most likely it will, then be sure to secure some time for an introduction to Alaska’s cuisine, arts, wildlife, culture and their Native Eskimo and Russian heritage!


This is not your average-joe airport!

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Muskoxen at Anchorage Airport


Here’s a pic I took of a young stocky Arctic mammal, the Muskox!  These Ice Age long-haired and curled horn animals were first brought to Fairbanks, Alaska in 1930 from Greenland.  More herds were brought over throughout time.  They are well adapted to Alaska’s rasping climate and diverse terrain; found grazing in dozens of boroughs as well as protected wildlife sanctuaries.


What’s on display??


♥ The 1964 Earthquake Robe

♥ The World Record Kodiak Brown Bear mount (near the Alaska Airlines Ticket Counter)

♥ The World Record Halibut mount (near B Gates)

♥ The Walrus Spirit driftwood, ivory and metal  hanging art

♥ The N3212 Fairchild 24G S/N 933 (Civil Aeronautic Authority Military Aircraft; up until 1948) hanging from the ceiling in the South Terminal near Gate C7

♥ The “From Here to There & There to Here” spruce wood flying Canadian Geese (by Rachelle Dowdy) gliding above you at Gate B4

♥ An array of “Untitled Tapestries” with 14 painted animals on carpets sprucing up the North Terminal walls

♥ An 180-Foot Long art pieced collage of Alaska landscapes hovering above windows.

♥ The Catch large red cedar Native painted panel of an Eagle by Nathan Jackson (above escalators between te B & C Concourses)

♥ The “Departure” collage of memories through a plastic and metal fragments display; representing stories and timelines as an Alaskan myth where you will use your imagination, scratch your head and return home with your own epic adventurous tales of Alaska. (Located in the South Terminal, Level 2 Concourse area)

Alaska Sports Hall Of Fame with exhibits from the legendary musher “Huslia Hustler” (across the parking garage entrance/South Terminal)

…and much more!!!

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Alaska Native Wolf Mask


What else will you stumble upon?

Traditional dolls made of sealskin and glass beads, Native decorative carved canoes and paddles, sculptures, masks, more and more Alaskan wildlife mounts, doll and figure carvings, embellished drums and instruments, Eskimo baskets and pottery, bronzed statues of notables, paintings, murals, enticing restaurants and bars, more gift shops and plenty of on-the-go lower 48 passengers who are totally missing out on what’s there to discover before they hail that cab!



And an hour later….

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David Alaska Terminal

While I snapped my first collage of photos to commence my Alaska holiday my brother-in-law, David, patiently stood by.  I instantly knew my moose-land adventure diary had begun!

It only took my first 2 weeks there to make that keen decision to return to Texas, pack up and move back!

Now let’s get into a smatter of why I took my first trip to Alaska!  The ventures through unspoiled wilderness, the captivating endless wildlife chances and opportunities to eyeball first hand it’s thunderous glaciers was first on my list!




As adventurous as I am, after living in this winter wonderland for over a year, my ultimate goal was to create a tantalizing photographic  journal.

I did just that!

This is what you expect to see while whisping in the snow in Alaska!

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Mount Redoubt Volcano, Kenai, Alaska

Between the pages of my memoirs and never-ending folders of photos, I hope you will please visit my TravelWITWIT “Alaska segment” often and tag along with my personal journey.  My wish is to inspire you to follow in my foot-steps for your Alaska Dream Vacation, too!


Just one more…..

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Tanya borrowing Julia Mancuso’s 2 Silver Medals Downhill in 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics

Nice picture of me with gum in my mouth while excited to meet Julia Mancuso onboard my flight to Anchorage!

Couldn’t believe she actually let me drape it over my neck!

And…it was heavy!!

You never know who you will meet while your’e out there in the world!







My synopsis!

Alaska is unequal to visiting other USA States or Countries around the globe.  Each moment arranges a colorful experience!  The “Last Frontier” offers an array of Russian traditions and diverse Native cultures. For the nature lovers you will find yourself in a Winter Wonderland full of boundless depths of mountains, forests, glaciers and flowing rivers.  A day never passed where I didn’t see a bald eagle or moose nipping for a brunch; the wildlife is abundant!  Stay in a cabin by the inlets or book your room at a 4-Star Resort, no matter where you stay you’ll find yourself wanting to anchor here forever!

Valuable Info:

Ted Stevens International Airport ~ Anchorage, Alaska

♦ List of Domestic Arline Information

♦ Julia Mancuso ~ Olympic Champion Skier

Alaska Sports Hall Of Fame

If you are interested my photography above:

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♦ You may also use my Contact Me Form for any other requests!


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Quote Of The Day:

“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

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