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Just this past weekend, we played at the Kansas City Renaissance Festival, and let me tell you...Wow! Is that a cool faire or what? Not only do they host one of the best sites I've seen, but they also have an amazing cast. There are hundreds of performers providing some of the most patron-performer interaction I've seen at faire.

The weather was nice too. We kept hearing how last year's opening weekend was 110+ degrees. But this year was in the 80s and 90s. When we arrived, we jumped with joy in the airplane as the Captain announced the weather to be just 69 degrees. We were coming out of hundred degree weather, PLUS humidity. So this was a welcome relief.

Saturday morning we drove out along Loop 435 and saw some amazing fog and beautiful country before arriving at the Kansas City Renaissance Festival. We met Jim Stamberger, the Entertainment Director, and began our usual bout around the faire playing music for all who would listen. We ran into a lot of old friends and hooked up with Nagian, Courtney McKenny, who was kind enough to volunteer to help us hawk and sell CDs. She and her husband Brian have been amazing.

We played our shows and found we have a tight schedule. Five regular performances, plus, the parade, plus, the Pub Sing. There's hardly any time to play the streets, but it keeps us busy. The Pub Sing went great though. We played, If I Had A Million Ducats and the audience and entertainers ate it up. It was an immediate hit. But thusfar, we've been fairly conservative about playing Virgins ... the song too. ;)

Since I spend my weekdays in a cubicle, Sunday wiped me out with heat exhaustion. By day's end, I was having trouble thinking, but despite that, Andrew and I had the audiences swaying, whistling and singing "Always look on the bright side of life." It was especially cool at the Pub Sing. That evening, we relaxed with a huge Scarborough Faire cast at Mother Pocket's Soup Kitchen. We played music, at some great food and relaxed...

Sunday morning though I felt the heat exhaustion...ugh. I was out of it during our first show, but after that habit took over and I just performed... I don't remember much about the performances, but I remember terrorizing the stages, and the patrons loving it. We are so excited about heading back next week! (and the next six weeks)

So if you're in the area, please drop by and say hi. I'd love to meet (or remeet) each of you. Slainte!

--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Wednesday, September 05, 2001


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