‘Twas The Night Before King Richard’s Faire But What Could We Possibly Wear?!
Our family began going to King Richard’s Faire when my daughter’s were 5 and 3. Now that they are 9 and 7, going to the Faire has become a Fall tradition. As soon as school starts the girls begin asking when we’re going to the Faire? It’s never soon enough for them. They love how it feels as though you have truly traveled in time when you enter through the Carvershire gates. There is an assortment of sights and smells that bring them so much joy and excitement. We had this year’s visit last weekend, and it did not disappoint! This is the last weekend of King Richard’s Faire in Carver and you should go!! It’s so much fun and there is nothing else like it happening near here the rest of the year, so if you can go, do it!
I urge you to dress up when you go to King Richard’s Faire. It may feel silly and you (or your kids) may worry they will be the only ones dressed up, but when you arrive it will enhance your family’s feeling of inclusion within this special time and place. Truly the ones that stand out as different are the attendees that have not dressed up. How often do we have opportunities to go all out and be someone (or something) different then our every day selves? We love costumes and it doesn’t take much to convince us to dress up. It doesn’t have to be a big effort either, maybe a cape you have laying around from a Halloween past, maybe a left over pair of fairy wings. Maybe you have a lovely dress that makes you feel like a princess, perfect! Go full steam ahead and pile on your jewelry. Add some hair pins to each end of a necklace, pin each end on opposite sides of your head and let it drape down your forehead – instant crown!
The last month has been a struggle in our family. Sometimes things can be hard, challenges more intense, and harder to overcome. That’s how it’s been for us recently which means even though we’d been looking forward to the Faire, somehow getting our costumes together slipped through the cracks. Suddenly it was the night before and I realized I never got my act together to create the vision the girls had described (in detail) to me weeks before. All I can say is, thank God for Pinterest! I was able to find a way to make fairy wings with things I had at home, I used one flat bed sheet cut with a hole in it for a tunic for my husband which he belted and use one more bed sheet to make a cloak for a friend that was attending with us (it’s made exactly the same way as the gray one in the picture of my hubby below that I made last year)
Here is the link where I found the amazing fairy wing directions from Griffin Street Productions on Instructables.com:
She uses some other materials in her instructions but I cut it down to what I had on hand:
I made the easiest cape ever which was super fast to whip up and all I needed was:
Rain from liveabout.com made a fantastic tutorial that you can find here:
After a night (and a few early morning hours) of work, we had costumes! We were ready to go to the Faire!
If that all seems like too much, you’re in luck because you can still have a costume to wear at the Faire thanks to the lovely artisans at Seams Like A Dream where you can rent costumes for as little as $10 –up to $65. More info here:
Each year I wonder if the Faire will be able to top our previous year’s visit but it always does!
I think the fact that the girls are getting older creates a different experience for them every year because they’re seeing things from a different perspective as their knowledge grows and interests develop. I love how they’re starting to make connections there with things they are reading in books or learning about in history or hearing in music classes. It’s a wonderful way to bring learning to life!
Our favorite knight, Sir Geoffrey, was not there this year. But a new (younger and quite handsome!) knight, Sir Daniel, was competing in his place. He complimented the dress of one of the young ladies in our group and seeing this 12 year old, composed sweet girl blush with happiness was one of the highlights of the day for me! It’s always a thrill to see the joust and the horses are so beautiful!
Another highlight this year was the Big Cat show, this is always a favorite of my girls but this year the show has really improved. The Mistress of Ceremonies was dressed appropriately for the Faire and not at all in a revealing outfit as in some of the year’s past and was very knowledgeable, relatable, and engaging. The cats were amazing and so fun to see at such a close proximity!
The girls are always allowed to pick one souvenir and for the 3rd year in a row they picked a dragon from My Dragon Pets who have created wonderful dragons that I’ve never seen anywhere else. Check them out here: http://www.mydragonpets.com/
Some people worry that the Faire is not appropriate for kids, but as a cautious mom with very sensitive children, let me reassure you that it is very family-friendly! I hope that you take advantage of this last weekend of King Richard’s Faire for this year and go make some great memories in Carvershire!
Cape Cod Moms