The Revel Grove

Ah, yes, it’s that time of year. The time when you begin to have strange cravings for Steak-on-a-Stick, or smoked turkey leg eaten right off the bone a la Henry VIII. Perhaps you find yourself speaking in an excruciatingly bad English accent, or inexplicably adding “e” to the ends of words like “Shop” or “Old” – well then my friend, it’s time to don thy frippery best and hie thee to the Maryland Renaissance Festival!!

Runing weekends now thru the end of October, the RennFest is always a blast. Start out early and do as we savage Vikings do – have oysters for breakfast (and oyster shooters for second breakfast!). Wander aimlessly through the grove marvelling at the handicrafts – purchase some honey candles, perhaps some chainmail or a pewter toasting cup. Let your inhibitions run wild, and remember it’s all about having some good olde-fashioned goofy fun. Lots of it.

The stage shows are always hysterical – don’t miss the sword-swallowing – and the jousting is always rousing. Inbibe in local ales and wines (but don’t do archery afterwards!). Above all, spend the entire day, and see the evening exit procession by torchlight – really lovely.

This post appeared in its original form at DC Metblogs

As one of the founding editors of We Love DC, Jenn’s passions are theater and cocktails. After two decades in the city, she’s loved every quirky, mundane, elegant, rude minute of her DC life. A proud advocate for DC’s talented drinks scene, she’s judged the Corcoran Gallery of Art’s ARTINI contest, the DC Rickey Month contest, the Jefferson Hotel’s Quill Cocktail competition, and is a founding member of LUPEC DC. A graduate of Catholic University’s drama program, she toured the country as a member of National Players, and has been both an actor and a costume designer before jumping the aisle to theater criticism. Writing for We Love DC restored her happiness after a life-threatening illness, and she’s grateful to you, dear readers. Send your suggestions to jenn (at) welovedc (dot) com and follow her on Twitter.

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