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Georgia Renaissance Festival in Review

The Georgia Renaissance Festival is over, and we're getting ready to leave Georgia in an hour or so. I must say that I am disappointed to go. I've had a wonderful time here all around. Plus, GARF really impressed me. If you've listened to my Renaissance Festival Podcast, you know that I was really impressed with the performers I knew from there BEFORE I went. But now, having attended the faire, I'm really impressed all around.

The faire is indeed a beautiful site. Lots of well-constructed structures and a very intelligent design. You can tell they thought out how to make the site when they bought the land. The site is smaller than most of the faires we attend. The closest in size is the Kansas City Renaissance Festival which we won't be at this year (though we've a K.C. gig on Weds). But this one has even better stages designed to fit larger audiences to sit through a show.

The Greenwood Stage, on which we performed, was rather well-designed for stage performances though it could use a slightly better natural acoustics. Other than that, it was a great stage, with good shade for the audience and nice look. I can't wait to see some of the pictures for the faire. Hopefully, folks will start emailing pics soon.

Yet, it's the performers that shine the most. They put on amazing shows. Three Quarter Ale, Joni Minstrel, and the well-loved The Lost Boys are brilliant at telling a story, filling a niche, and providing enjoyable songs you can sing-a-long to, laugh with, or just fill with incredible delight. And they were just the start of what I've come to love about the faire. There's a lot more. You'll hear that in my Ren Fest Podcast.

All in all, it is sad to leave, but Andrew's hounding me to start packing. We still have many more roads to travel. Meantime, I can't wait until we get back for DragonCon.

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--posted by Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, Celtic Folk Music
  Monday, May 15, 2006


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