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King Richard’s Faire (Carver, MA)

Deep in the woods of Carver Mass is a land of yore.  At least during the fall. It is during the weekends of September and October when King Richard’s Faire takes over the woods of Carver, or as they dub it during the faire, “Carvershire”.

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The great thing about King Richard’s Faire is that you need not be a medieval history enthusiast or a larper to enjoy the faire.

There are activities such as ax throwing, no that isn’t a typo, face painting and a variety of performers to keep people of all ages entertained.

And then, there were the shows.  This particular rendition of “Snow White” was actually portrayed as Snow White’s cousin, Carrie.  That’s right Carrie White of the famous Stephen King horror novel and movie, “Carrie.”

Everything starts out seemingly harmlessly as the cast retells the story of Carrie.

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And her “friends” who decide to sabotage her prom (spoiler alert if you haven’t seen the movie or read the book).

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Keeping true to the plot, Carrie is crowned prom queen.

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Then, cue, the “pigs mud” (they want to keep it “family friendly”)

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All hell breaks lose as Carrie unleashes her wrath (just like in the movie)

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Then, weirdly, they all become friends again in the end.

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Jacques Ze Whippeur gave a great performance with his whipping skills.  He asked the audience to name a song and he was able to keep the beat to the song by cracking his whip and singing the lyrics.  He did this with songs from groups such as Journey and even the theme song to the Fresh Prince of Bel Air.

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The actors at King Richard’s Faire reenact the days of knights (I couldn’t help but think of the obvious similarity to the characters in Monty Python’s Holy Grail movie)

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magicians (with their assistants)

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wizards

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fair maidens

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and more

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And, yes, visitors do come to the faire dressed in their own garb.

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One of the highlights was the jousting contest.

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But, the best part of the event was the pirates and fairies costume show.

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Although pets aren’t normally allowed in the faire, an exception was made for Lionitus because he is a service dog.

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If you’re in the Massachusetts area and you want to go, this upcoming weekend (Oct 24th and 25th) is the last chance to see it before it closes for the season and you will have to wait until 2016.  If you can’t go this weekend, I’ll see you there next year!

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Wayside Inn Colonial Faire (Sudbury, MA)

When one reminisces of a simpler time they rarely think of muskets,militias and mills.  But, that is what they have at the Wayside Inn Colonial Faire.

You don’t have to be a history nerd, I mean buff, to enjoy the faire.  But, it helps.  The main attraction, all year round has to be the Grist Mill.

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The inside of the mill is just as cool as the outside.  Inside the mill,  a reenactor shows how bread was made.

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One of my favorite attractions is the schoolhouse.  Ironic, because in the past I would avoid schools like they were the plague.

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The teacher told an interesting story about how Mary Sawyer was the inspiration behind “Mary had a little lamb”.  A stone outside the building bears the rhyme.

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Another big attraction at the Wayside Inn is the Mary Martha Chapel with its gilded banner weather vane.

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Every year, hundreds of reenactors come dressed in their best colonial era attire.

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Despite being armed to the teeth, the only surprise attacks were the occasional Colonial era photo bombs.  DSC_0029

The highlight for the reenactors came when they all lined up on the main road and marched in their groups.

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On the fairgrounds, there were tables where you can buy kettle corn, furs of unknown origin and other merchandise.  There were also colonial soldiers, tents, tepees and entertainment.

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The tepee was about as cozy as your average 2 bedroom apartment in the city.

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Even when the faire is not taking place, the grounds of the Wayside Inn are worthy of a photography shoot.

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The Wayside Inn is a rustic building that hasn’t changed much.

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The wayside Inn also has an impressive garden.  In the garden there is a bust of Longfellow.

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And, of course, there were plenty of canine friends at the faire.

Rico was very curious about my camera.

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Pablo took a little rest on his walk.

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Fritz enjoyed a treat while he was photographed.

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Buster was all smiles at the faire.

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