This summer, as we did last year, my family and I ventured upstate to the New York Renaissance Faire. This event, that takes place weekends August through early October, features costumed actors portraying royalty and noble persons of the Renaissance age. My daughter, a big fan of cosplay and anime, had a terrific time. She purchased a dragon puppet she’d had her eye on last summer and two new swords.
We all enjoyed the gaming glen where we each tried our hands at games of skill. I won the dart toss and was awarded a stuffed dragon. I also took the paddleboat ride with Holly who suggested we go on it again this year. Our 10-minute loop around the lake guarded by a sea monster turned into a longer voyage because boat #3 did not return to the dock after being called several times. Afterwards, Holly took our photo crossing the “Kissing Bridge.”
After our day’s sojourn at the Faire, we rested back at our hotel, the Crowne Plaza in Suffern, New York. This hotel, suited for business as well as family travel, boasts a beautiful koi pond full of fish in its lobby and a nice restaurant.
The following day, we visited several attractions in the Monroe/Chester area. We toured Museum Village first. This site features costumed players–craftspeople of the 1800’s. My daughter was able to create a print in the print shop and make a candle in the candle shop. She also ground some mint in the pharmacy and observed a broom being made. In the natural history museum shop, she saw a Mastadon.
After Museum Village, we headed to Sugar Loaf Village, an arts and crafts village where local artisans sell many interesting wares. Holly was enthralled with the crystal shop where she purchased some special stones and the Practical Magic Shop where she met Jules, the black cat, and bought a few items.
Our last stop was the Castle Fun Center where Holly spent most of her time in the arcade and attempting to earn a high score in the laser maze and laser tag areas.
Like all vacations, time and money went too fast, but we had a great time spending both.