Kate and I in front of our tent at the Robin Hood Springtime Festival on Memorial Day 2015
What: Robin Hood Springtime Festival
When: Weekends, May 21 – June 5, including Memorial Day
Where: North Haven Fairgrounds, North Haven, CT
I am very excited to be going back to the Robin Hood Springtime Festival in a couple of weeks! When we changed our business model last fall to eliminate the garb we had been selling, I was prepared to accept that that would mean losing our space at this event. Happily, when I spoke to the owners, they were very willing to work with me to find a way to let me still be a part of the show while selling only my embroidered and geek inspired goods. This year, I’ll even have things like neckties and hair bows at Robin Hood for the first time!
Renaissance Faires are where I began as a vendor, and so they have a special place in my heart. I love the friendships and community that are a part of doing a show that lasts for several weeks in a row, and I love the opportunity to costume myself for the event. The picture above was meant to be my Captain America cosplay, but when the weather proved too warm for long sleeves and a jacket, I decided that a blue skirt and my red and white striped corset would be just fine on their own — it was Memorial Day, after all!
The Robin Hood Festival also has a series of themed weekends, which can be fun to play with, both as a vendor and as a patron. Opening weekend is pet weekend, which is always very popular. You can bring your pet with you to the faire, or just come and enjoy that there are so many dogs around. In past years, there has even been an animal rescue set up, with dogs looking for their forever home.
Memorial Day Weekend is a new theme for the show this year — Wizards Weekend! I’m especially excited for this theme, and am already plotting out three days’ worth of outfits that will show my Ravenclaw pride. And Kate let me know that she’s just ordered her Slytherin robes, so Storied Threads will be in full theme weekend swing for this one!
The third and final weekend will be themed Bromance and Brew which….I guess has guys and beer? I admit, I’m not as clear on this one as the others. But there is a Babes in Bodices contest on Saturday, and a Men in Kilts contest on Saturday, so come on down, grab a beer, and cheer for your favorite cleavage and/or calves!
This show is going to be a lot of fun – I hope to see you there!
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