I’m back from my surprise (or not so) trip to the Carolina Renaissance Festival to check in on the Hounds of East Fairhaven performing group…and to get my first of two rennie fixes for this fall since I am too far away to do all seven weekends this year. The dogs and I piled into the Hounda Friday night and headed north. Thank goodness for free nights and weekends, because I burned up my cell phone battery on the six hours it took me to get there. We pulled out of my driveway here in Montgomery around 7pm EST, and arrived in NC at Debbie’s house somewhere between 1 and 2am EST. The hounds slept the whole way as Leah, my mom, and Mike kept me company via the tiny headset that was attached to my cell phone.
Saturday morning was ROUGH. I was awake at 6am to get all three hounds fed and myself clean and ready to go to be at the festival grounds at 8am. Luckily Debbie lives close by… After a doughnut (yeah yeah) and a shower, I was good to go.
I had instant confirmation that I now live on the surface of the sun when I got to the festival grounds…it was COLD!!! A hot chai latte later, I was raring to go when I was attacked by my Thug. The look on her face when she turned around in cast call and saw me made the six hour drive worth it. Lurve you, sweetie. I also was the happy recipient of a “Tom Smiter” hug, and this time he didn’t go to the lengths he did at the Georgia Renaissance Festival to avoid me. I mean honestly, a broken ankle? A girl can take a hint, hey?
Our tent is just lovely this year. In fact, everything was lovely! I’m so proud of the group I could burst. I had mixed feelings about this season…afraid that something would go wrong, guilty that I’d up and bailed on them, sad at the longing to be making the short drive to Huntersville at 5:30 every Saturday and Sunday…but I feel better now. The director of the festival, who has not said much to me over the five years I’ve been involved with CRF, said to me how much he loved having the hounds there, and I nearly cried with joy. Seriously. That’s all I ever wanted…for the hounds to be a legitimate and necessary part of the CRF family, and I think we’ve gotten that now.
“Mah Sistah” Leah came up Saturday and that was wonderful. I miss her and I miss the other Sistah Kimmy so very much now that I’m two states away from them! The dogs all did well and a good time was had by all, I think.
Here are some images from my weekend…more forthcoming when I head back that way for the weekend before Halloween!!