with a side order of Steampunk (think H.G. Wells, Jules Verne, brass and clockwork).
I had been told years ago not to buy too much at each faire. This time I bought a red straw hat with a feather flourish (it took a while of seeing the feathers out of the corner of my eye to stop thinking there was a bird close by). I received various compliments throughout the day - from strangers. Interestingly there were MANY very gracious men - many who were older - in attendance this weekend.
We did a LOT of walking! Wandering over eventually to the jousting area. One of the first horses we saw was just SO beautiful - still had a baby-face.
I also got to see a long haired miniature donkey at the petting zoo area - named Hairy-et (LOL).
For lunchtime, we found some seats (bales of hay) at the back of the fairy garden. I found a food booth nearby with NO line - and bought some Mexican style food - actually a huge bowl of food - rice, beans, cheese, salad and chicken. It cost $10 and was worth it - both tasty and filling! We watched the fairies as they played with the children and dealt with the MANY photographers. Since the blue fairy was so graceful, my first thought was that it was a woman... then we started to discuss it and I looked more carefully and came to the decision that it was a guy - still VERY graceful.
We were al tired, so we left early - around 4 p.m. We checked into the hotel and laid down to rest. The idea was that we'd go out to dinner after a nap. I showered first and wasn't sleepy right away, so since we were in a "suites" hotel, and had a "living room", I watched some t.v. (I'd forgotton to pack a book, but already have packed next year's bag with one.) I went to bed around 9, while my two companions were still napping. They woke up in the middle of the night, way too late to go out for dinner (I was SO glad to have had such a large lunch, to be sure.) They were up for a while, and so I woke up early, back to the television.
The hotel serves breakfast - I ate and ate - didn't think I was THAT hungry, but I guess I was.
It was a FUN weekend! Now I have to look into steampunk activities in NYC - I already found a schedule of various activities - art, literature, etc.