A WALK THRU WITH PICTURES OF MERCHANTS SETUP AT WRFF '09
(just pictures with no intent to make anything look good or bad, just as seen)
thumbnails are cropped but will click to full sized originals -- big files.
Washington Renaissance Fantasy Faire '09 was a challenging site -- not only was it the first year on the new site with untried layout challenges and a smaller overall space, but there were requirements that made placing merchant booths difficult. For example: food and any fire related activities had to be on concrete or graveled areas, fire lanes had to be wider than expected, there were several permanent building and fenced areas -- enough said about the challenges. It worked.
As a record of what the merchants' setups looked like, I took a stroll the second weekend down the middle of the lanes and shot pictures. I worked very hard just to look and shoot as if I was a visitor looking around (making it easier to shoot but hard to
One of the joys of a Renaissance Faire is noise and confusion with a lot of activities crammed into the site,
it is easy to become lost, discover different activities, and not know where to go.
WRFF '09 was successful in offerering different paths thru the faire and visitors wandered.
The following order of walking through the site is not what a visitor would do,
I knew the site and used only one circuit -- walking quickly.
First thru the gate and a survey of the "entrance" glancing at the money changer and tavern, then a look to the right along the "dairy barns", then back to the tavern and costume rental.
A walk down a rocky road between the "dairy barn" and the pumpkin patch brought me to the "beginning of the faire".
The blacksmith demo and all the food merchants used fire, they were on the concrete or gravel area stretched
down the right hand side of this lane.
It seemed practical to grab a bite, show the food booths, and then a jump back to start the booths along the left hand side of the lane.
Jumping back ot the beginning of the "rocky road to salvation", I went along the "pumpkin patch" (left hand side of the perimeter) starting at the blacksmith's selling booth down the rocky lane, turned left and continued all the way to the water booth at the top of the hill where there was an obvious partition of the site -- guilds and joust were down the hill.
I stopped at this point and made a decision that no visitor would make. It is employed here only because I knew the site and wanted to lay out the pictures in one circuit.
A cart and a jumble at the end of the lane and around the corner. These are the front of the booths which looked closed on the other lane.
Onward past Age of Chivalry booth, boffer area, huge merchant tents, (missing McClain's Dock stage) and lavendar booth.
Refill the sasphrellia, move to the right, and then up the other side of the lane toward Queen's stage.