I guess it’s appropriate I’m talking about the Connecticut Renaissance Faire’s Time Travelers Weekend, since time has flown during this year’s run of the fall show. I can’t believe we’re already coming up on closing weekend!
Time Travelers Weekend – when patrons are encouraged to come in non-period costumes – was especially fun this year, thanks to the producers bringing in a couple of very cool props: a life-size TARDIS and a screen-accurate DeLorean as it appeared in the “Back to the Future” trilogy.
I think I had the honor of taking the first picture with the TARDIS, which was conveniently located near my tent. I didn’t even wait to set up the tent for the weekend, I went right to the Doctor’s famous blue box and geeked out.
Once I got dressed (in my sorely under-used Princess Mary Tudor gown), I had fun with the DeLorean and took some Cinderella-inspired shots. Side note: the owner charged $10 for patrons to take a photo with the car, and all the proceeds were donated to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.
Day two of the three-day weekend was dedicated to cosplay, and my contribution was one of my two Doctor Who-inspired outfits. I wore the other one on day three, which featured the Doctor Who costume contest, which was great for me because the prize was a gift certificate to my shop, and I got to play judge for the contest!
(Fortunately, I did not also have to host the event. That task fell to the Lords of Adventure, one of the faire’s indie acts, and I couldn’t have asked for better partners for this event.)
The costumes Monday ran the gamut of the Whoniverse. There were of course several doctors (including a very impressive William Hartnell Doctor), but the faire also saw several companions, numerous anthropomorphized TARDISes, a handful of minor supporting characters (such as an oracle from the “Fires of Pompeii” episode, as played by a pre-Amy Pond Karen Gillen), and a couple who came as an old-school Cyberman and a Clockwork Assassin (from “The Girl in the Fireplace”).
The contest came down to the Hartnell Doctor and the Cyberman, and the crowd chose the Cyberman in a very tight contest. He happily came to the tent right away to spend his prize. As a bonus, the sight of a Cyberman shopping in my tent provided passers-by with an entertaining sight.
So, it was not only a fun weekend, it was a successful one, much more so than I was expecting, and this week has been a little frantic as I try to beef up my stock for the fifth and final weekend, which is Masquerade Weekend. The producers have decided not to run its Halloween Knights event, but the faire will still be in the Halloween spirit, with children’s and adult costume contests, and safe trick-or-treating for kids on both Saturday and Sunday.
Stop by this weekend and enjoy the final days of the faire for 2013, and swing by the tent to say hello to me and my assistant Kate – or, as we will be known on Sunday, Captain America and Captain Marvel. That’s right, I’ll be bringing out my period-flavored Cap ensemble, and Kate will be debuting for the faire crowd her Captain Marvel outfit…the same one she wore to New York ComicCon last weekend, when she also got engaged to her long-time boyfriend Justin! Congratulations, Kate!
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