New book lays bare the countercultural roots of the Renaissance Faire
Yet the original spirit of transformation and togetherness persists. For Well-Met, Rubin visited dozens of Faires across the country, not only documenting several intriguing regional differences but also talking to dedicated playtrons about their personal experiences at the Faire. What emerges is a candid family portrait, full of self-aware whimsy, goofy charm, and awkward situations. (Rubin speaks with playtrons of color about the faire's often ethnically challenged demographics and writes about the widening of the Faire's aesthetics to include Islamic World elements, in acknowledgment of the actual Renaissance's roots.)
Also persistent: the wilder, bawdy side, especially on the last day of many Faires, when parents are warned and much of the self-censorship vanishes, like mead from a sterling goblet gripped by hairy Hobbit knuckles. Profane insults and hilariously vulgarish displays fill the fairgrounds. Will that be the case on Sun/14 at the NorCal Ren Faire? Squeeze yourself into corset and tights and come findeth out.
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA RENAISSANCE FAIRE
Sat/13- Sun/14, $25–$35 (Kids under 12 free), 10am-6pm
Casa de Fruita
10031 Pacheco Pass Hwy, Hollister