Dextre Tripp on a Ladder

And yes, once again, one of my real favorites from the festival, Dextre Tripp:

Dextre on a Ladder

Ever tried to climb a ladder? Imagine climbing one not leaning up against anything. And then imagine someone ELSE climbing that ladder at the same time. That's what he's doing here -- that child is bringing him his hat by climbing the ladder and joining him at the top! This guy really is that good!

That's all for this weekend, but hopefully as you read this I'm taking more pictures and will have some more next week! Thanks for stopping by.

Don Juan and Miguel

Presenting Don Juan and Miguel. Sorry the picture isn't great. I'll get better ones today.

Don Juan and Miguel

These two are really neat people. They've got an impressive sword fighting and whip show, and they're clearly talented with both. They're also hilarious. And Miguel is quite often seen wandering about the fair grounds, talking with people. Just beware of him when he has a pickle...

Manolete

Hey folks! Ogre's not here today. Instead, he's over at the Carolina Renaissance Festival all day long. You should be there, too. For those who cannot, one more day of a few pictures from the festival. This one here is Manolete:

Manolete

This guy's a nut. He lights the stage on fire and plays with fire. He balances fire on his body. He swings rope around -- lit on fire. Go watch him -- his show will be great this weekend when it's supposed to be chilly!

The London Broil

Here's another very entertaining group, The London Broil. These are three funny guys that juggle and put on a great show.

London Broil Juggling Trio

They're supposed to be appearing live in Charlotte next Friday. Their web site keeps saying "check back soon for details." I hope they update it before next Friday so I can get some tickets! But don't miss them at the fair -- if you catch their last show, you might get to see them juggle stools!

Well, that's all the pictures for today! Be sure and stop by again tomorrow for more pictures. And if you're in the area, come on by the festival. I'll be the Ogre dressed as a pirate with a camera with the long lens.

Sarah Marie Mullen

When you're walking through the tree-covered area of the Carolina Renaissance Festival and you hear the wonderful music of a harp wandering through the branches and leaves, you're sure to be getting closer to Sarah Marie Mullen:

Sarah Mullen

I could sit and listen to that beautiful music all day. And she's not exactly rough on the eyes while you're sitting there, either...

Great Horned Owl

There is one show at the festival that showcases various birds of prey. It's neat, lots of fun, and the birds fly through and over the audience. It's pretty cool. This picture here came out just great, didn't it? The owl had just taken off.

Great Horned Owl in Flight

This weekend, I'm taking a different lens and hope to get a few more close-ups of a few things -- like these great birds in flight.

Thom Selectomy

Here he is, Thom Selectomy:

Thom Selectomy

Thom is a great show. He was away from the Carolina Renaissance Festival for a couple years, but he's back. It's a really great and entertaining show and he really does swallow those swords. The one in this picture is really long, trust me!

There's just two weekends left, so if you're around, come on out and join in the fun and merriment. This really is a great place to come and relax and forget the troubles of the world, just for a day. Ogre will be there all day this Saturday -- and it's Pirate Day, so just try and imagine an Ogre dressed as a pirate. Yup, that'll be me.

Dextre Tripp

Say hello to Dextre Tripp live at the Carolina Renaissance Festival:

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Oh that ladder he's standing on? It's about 10 feet tall. And yes, those torches are on fire. I'm telling you, if you live in the area and don't get to this fair, you're really missing something. There's still two weekends left!

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Carolina Renaissance Festival Ticket Number

Hey, it's almost that time! The Carolina Renaissance Festival is coming up in just 10 days! Watch the right sidebar here for the hourly countdown, if you like. Now I won't be able to be there on opening day, but I'm going to try and get there Sunday afternoon. And after the first week, I will be there quite a bit. If you've never been, come on out!

It really is a wonderful place. It's a place to really escape from today. There's almost no electricity, and everyone is there to have fun. The performers are really entertaining and they ALL appear happy to be there. If you work around people who just hate to come to work every day, you will be refreshed.

In addition, there's almost no judgment there. People don't look at you and judge you by the way you look or who you voted for last year. There's almost no political discussion of any kind. And you can relax all day long around people who will become your friends. Again, I offer to anyone in the area, if you want to come out and hang around for a day, please do. I'm willing to meet up with about anyone nearly any day (certainly any day I'm there).

Oh, and I got my season pass a little while ago. They appear to be sequentially numbered. Should it bother me that mine is #18?

Carolina Ren Fest

It's almost time! The Carolina Renaissance Festival is coming. It starts this year on October 6th -- less than two months away now. Is it bad to be looking forward to this sort of event? Does it make me more of a geek (or is that nerd?)? :)

Unfortunately, I'll be out of town the first weekend (Oct 6-7), but I'll be there on more than a couple of the other weekends. If you have never been you really should make plans to attend. I really like it because it truly is an escape. You can spend the entire day pretending you're in another world. It's calm, it's peaceful, and you rarely hear a word about the troubles of the world today.

There's almost no electricity anywhere. My favorite guy to see is Dextre Tripp. He's an incredible acrobat and he's a downright wonderful person to meet and know. If you want to meet him, just hang around after a show and talk to him, he's really nice.

I'll start now by extending an open invitation to anyone to come out and join me. I'm there most weekends, and I'd love to meet up with anyone who can get out there. If you want a day of relaxation, total escape and fun, come on out. And no, I don't get paid by them for this ad, I'm just letting you know it really is nice. Oh, and if you're in a hurry and want to see everything in one day, count me out -- I like to go and just take my time and enjoy it.

Drop me a line in comments if you can make it out there one day and I'll be glad to meet up with you! Oh, and the counter in the right column does show exactly how many days to the first weekend... :)

Great Horned Owl

Another interesting act at The Carolina Renaissance Festival is the Ancient Art of Falconry. This is a show put on by EarthQuest. They are:

a non profit environmental education organization, dedicated to the education of the public as to their impact on the natural world.

They fly a bunch of birds up and down the aisle, letting everyone see them up close. They had a Harris Hawk, this Great Horned Owl, and a Buzzard. Oh, and a giant snake for some reason

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If you want to see some big birds up close and personal, head on over and check these guys out.

Previous Performers:
Sarah Mullen
The Scullery Maids
Drums and Drones
Dextre Tripp: Up In Smoke
The Good Fairy
Manolete
Tree Man
Magician
Dextre Tripp
Jewels of the Caravan
Blackenshear the Curious
The London Broil
Dextre Tripp

Sarah Mullen

When you get close to this next performer, you will hear her before you see her. It is Sarah Mullen, a most wonderful and beautiful harpist. The music that comes from that instrument will entrance you for hours. I could sit and listen and watch this all day long.

And not only is Sarah stunningly beautiful, and incredibly talented, she's also darn smart -- she has a college degree with a triple major. And she studied at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Folks, she really is that good.

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And, if you want to hear her wonderful music and you simply cannot make it to the festival, you can listen to and order her CDs at her web site. Go listen and be amazed and impressed. I know I am.

Previous Performers:
The Scullery Maids
Drums and Drones
Dextre Tripp: Up In Smoke
The Good Fairy
Manolete
Tree Man
Magician
Dextre Tripp
Jewels of the Caravan
Blackenshear the Curious
The London Broil
Dextre Tripp

The Skullery Maids

Another "minor" act at The Carolina Renaissance Festival are The Scullery Maids. This was a unique and interesting show because they had an obviously plant in the audience who want interacting with them. I say "obvious," because that's him on the stage. He was posing as their director and was giving them "tips" during the show.

A very nice interlude at the fair -- they're at the Washer Wenches stage near the Pirate's launch bouncy-thing. Stop on by!

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Previous Performers:
Drums and Drones
Dextre Tripp: Up In Smoke
The Good Fairy
Manolete
Tree Man
Magician
Dextre Tripp
Jewels of the Caravan
Blackenshear the Curious
The London Broil
Dextre Tripp

Drums and Drones

Another of the "smaller" acts at the Carolina Renaissance Festival -- smaller only in that they don't appear on a main stage, but instead appear at a smaller section -- is the Drums and Drones. These guys play lots of neat music. I could sit and listen to these guys for hours -- only they seem to get tired of playing much quicker than I get tired of listening.

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For bonus points, can anyone identify that instrument on the left? (And yes, it's a drone, but what kind?)

Previous Performers:
Dextre Tripp: Up In Smoke
The Good Fairy
Manolete
Tree Man
Magician
Dextre Tripp
Jewels of the Caravan
Blackenshear the Curious
The London Broil
Dextre Tripp

Dextre Tripp on Fire!

Yeah, so I cheated again. What can I say, I like the Dextre Tripp Thrill Show. It's so good that I go to at least one show every time I'm there, and usually more than one. It really is that good.

In the last show of the day, the 4:45 show, he does the fire-rope walk. Yes, as you can see in the picture below, he walks UP a rope that's on fire. And the picture doesn't do this feat justice because there's a lot more evil-looking smoke than appears in the photo. And heck, would YOU walk up a burning rope?

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Come on, there's only a couple weeks left for YOU to head out to the Carolina Renaissance Festival. Come on out and escape from the judgmental world. You will have a fun and relaxing time (although I bet with the nice weather this Saturday will be REAL crowded).

Previous Performers:
The Good Fairy
Manolete
Tree Man
Magician
Dextre Tripp
Jewels of the Caravan
Blackenshear the Curious
The London Broil
Dextre Tripp

The Good Fairy

Another fixture at the fair that doesn't have a "stage" is the fairy. If you've been to the festival, you've seen her picture on the tickets. In case you saw her picture and never saw her, well here she is in all her beauty:

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She spends her time flitting around the fair, usually playing with the children. She doesn't speak, but instead gives away small magical stones to the children and laughs and plays with them. She also sprinkles around some fairy dust. Another great performer that helps to make the overall atmosphere of the fair a total escape from reality.

Previous Performers:
Manolete
Tree Man
Magician
Dextre Tripp
Jewels of the Caravan
Blackenshear the Curious
The London Broil
Dextre Tripp

Manolete!

Now this guy is really a class act. This is his second year at the Carolina Renaissance Festival, and he's just getting better and better. I went to his 4:15 show this past Sunday, and that's the same time as the final joust -- therefore he gets quite the small crowd -- so I just cheered more.

I also saw him standing around before his show. I stood there and talked with him for a little bit while we waited for the previous act to clear off the stage (they were late). Another just honestly nice fellow, this Manolete.

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In this picture, it's sort of hard to tell what he's doing. I tried numerous times to get a good shot of his bolos -- but they were just simply moving too fast for the camera. I'm going to have to work on some camera settings so I can try again next weekend. Here he's getting ready to use the bolos to knock the feather out of the volunteer's mouth. Then he did it with a smaller feather -- blindfolded.

A very nice fellow and quite the impressive show. And ladies, how about those abs, eh? Mine look like that too, but you just can't tell for the padding. Hey, if airbags are safe...

But seriously, if you get a chance to get to the show, be sure to head down to the stage and watch this show. And if you've already seen the joust, make sure you get to his 4:15 show so I won't be there by myself next time!

Previous Performers:
Tree Man
Magician
Dextre Tripp
Jewels of the Caravan
Blackenshear the Curious
The London Broil
Dextre Tripp

Treeman

Another fun sight at the Carolina Renaissance Festival is the tree man. As you can see from the picture, he's, well, as tall as a tree. He can walk around a little bit. And he doesn't talk much -- after all, he IS a tree.

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Fun stuff, I'm telling you!

Previously:
Magician
Dextre Tripp
Jewels of the Caravan
Blackenshear the Curious
The London Broil
Dextre Tripp

A Magician

Today I present a magician...and I don't know his name. He was performing this weekend at The Carolina Renaissance Festival at the Washer Wenches stage, but I didn't catch his name. Take a careful look and see if you can see what he's doing in this picture:

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Yes, that's correct, he's nailing a nail into his face. There was a sword swallower at the festival a couple years ago I really loved, but he's moved on -- so this guy takes his place (at least for nails).

This fellow was an excellent magician, working the crowd and working classic magic tricks. Towards the end he really made the cups and balls tricks interesting when oranges started showing up! And for the grand finale, SIX oranges and a cantaloupe showed up! Very impressive. He also said he's be on Letterman in a couple weeks, so I'll see what else there might be to that!

Previously:
Dextre Tripp
Jewels of the Caravan
Blackenshear the Curious
The London Broil
Dextre Tripp

Dextre Tripp

I know, I know, I introduced you to Dextre Tripp earlier in the week. But you know, I enjoy his show so much, I've got to show him twice. Heck, you might even get to see another glimpse of him next week, too -- he's that good.

This shot is during his fire and water show. He balances on the top of the ladder, then lights off 300 firecrackers, then lets everyone throw water balloons at him! Is this guy crazy, or what?

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Once again, if you can find time to get to the Carolina Renaissance Festival, be absolutely sure to check out Dextre Tripp. His stage is all the way at the back, but you be sure to head back there -- you will NOT regret it!

Previously:
Jewels of the Caravan
Blackenshear the Curious
The London Broil
Dextre Tripp

Jewels of the Caravan

*** Update: Added the picture!

Today, highlighting acts I like at the Carolina Renaissance Festival, I'd like to present The Jewels of the Caravan. Very, VERY unfortunately, I forgot to upload the picture last night, so I have no picture to show you of them. Now feel free to head on over to their web site, where you can see much better pictures than anything *I* could take.

This is a "high-energy troupe performs a variety of ethnic dance and music, influenced by India, Africa and the Middle East. Invigorating the festivities with the gypsy spirit of celebration, they captivate their audience." And they're not kidding.

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It's a great show, but unfortunately, it's show times often conflict with Dextre's shows, so I don't get to see this show too many times -- much to my regret. Folks, it's more than just some lovely ladies up and dancing -- even though it is that, too. You will be memorized by the skills and abilities of this group. They are extremely talented, and I can't imagine the time and effort that goes into learning how to dance that well together.

Yet another show that I highly, highly recommend if you can find the time to head out to the festival. This weekend, I'll be there all afternoon Sunday, hopefully taking more pictures of some acts I didn't get last weekend! Be sure to keep coming back if you want to read more reviews, or just to visit the festival vicariously as some do. :)

Previously:
Blackenshear the Curious
The London Broil
Dextre Tripp

Blackenshear the Curious

Third this week, in my reviews from the Carolina Renaissance Festival, is Blackenshear the Curious. Unfortunately, by the time I got to his show with the camera, it was getting very crowded. Therefore, I have only this weak shot of him (sorry).

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Also missing (from the picture) is her wonderful assistant, Jayna Lee. Together they perform "Curious magic and impossible illusions." And there's fun and comedy, too. Jayna Lee is the acrobat and contortionist. And she's good! Blackenshear is the magician, and with 15 years of practice, he's getting pretty darn good, too!

This is another great live show with a couple of entertainers who really know what they're doing. Their stated goal is to entertain, and they absolutely do a great job of it. His illusions are indeed impossible. As an amateur magician in my youth, I've always been intrigued with magic tricks. He performs some classics and some really good ones that I still haven't figured out after having watched them for years!

I haven't had a chance to talk much with these two after performances, but I think that's mostly just because I haven't been in the right place at the right time. They sure seem like truly wonderful and nice people. And Jayna Lee is so bubbly and cheerful all the time: think cheerleader on steroids (but in a good way).

If you ever get a chance to head out to this show, be sure and stop by and see these two -- you won't regret it at all!

Previously:
The London Broil
Dextre Tripp

The London Broil

The second in the series about the Carolina Renaissance Festival brings us to another great act by a group of really nice guys. Today I'd like to highlight The London Broil.

These are a bunch of nutty guys who bring "Comedy & Juggling, Together at Last." These guys have been performing together since 1999, and they just keep getting better. They have an absolutely great show that does bring together comedy and juggling.

When I was there, it was quite windy that morning. There was much discussion about the juggling of fire in the wind. Louie didn't seem to mind. Matt was a little nervous, but they did it anyway.

Again, they're just a great group of guys. I've stopped and hung around with them before and after shows, and they're just nice people (I'm starting to sound like a RenFest groupie...). The show is absolutely outstanding -- if you like Monty-Python humor, you'll even get all the jokes (otherwise just laugh politely when everyone else laughs).

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Previously:
Dextre Tripp

Dextre Tripp

Yes, this past weekend once again found the Ogre at the Carolina Renaissance Festival. It really is a load of fun, and it's a place to forget about the daily loss of freedoms and other such nasty thoughts. I took some pictures this time, so I hope to have some pictures and a review of acts up each day this week for your reading pleasure.

First up is, for me, one of the biggest draws of the show. He's been going to these shows to years, and he ALWAYS puts on an absolutely great show. Who is it? It's Dextre Tripp.

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Dextre does a great show with balancing, juggling, and tightrope walking. I've seen all of his shows numerous times, and they just never get old (and no, I'm not rooting for the stage). Here you can see him juggling an apple, a sword, and yes, a running Echo chainsaw. In the background you can see a ladder that he climbs and does other juggling and tricks on. And no, the ladder has no support, he just balances on it.

Every year I head back to see Dextre. And he's a great guy -- I've sat around and talked with him after the shows and he's just a real neat person. If you ever get the chance to see him, you really should -- it's a GREAT show. And if you're ever at the Festival late, be sure and check out him walking up a flaming rope at the Fairhaven stage!