Amid the bitter cold and occasional snow flurries, I got a reminder of better days. Warmer days. Faire days. You see, the folks at Rose & Thorn Armory mentioned on facebook that they are attending the Utah Winter Faire this weekend, and after looking at their pictures of the event so far, it left me with one question:
Why aren’t we doing this here in the Northwest?
An indoor Renaissance Faire, while certainly not an ideal situation, is a damn sight better than no Ren-Faire at all! We have plenty of facilities throughout the Northwest where such an event might be held, and plenty of local performers and vendors to make such an event completely viable. Toss in the fact that the Northwest has a notoriously long Faire off-season, due to the weather, and that spells a whole lot of local Rennies that would love to attend such a Faire.
So, again, why aren’t we doing something like this here already?
One reason might be the holidays, of course. Who would want to go to a Faire when they are preparing for or recovering from the holidays, be they a performer, vendor or patron? Well, perhaps quite a few, actually. Think of it this way: Just how many events do we have to attend between late September and Thanksgiving, the start of the holidays? To my knowledge, none, which is too bad, because there is still a lot of decent weather during that time of year. Not great, mind you, but decent. And if this is an indoor event, who cares about the weather anyway? And after the holidays, there is nothing from January until April, unless one wants to commute all the way to Arizona.
Another reason why we might not be doing such an off-season Faire would be patrons having a distinct lack of funds, due to buying gifts for Christmas, or trying to pay off said debt after the start of the New Year. The unfortunate thing here is that a lot of us would love to attend such an off-season Faire, specifically to buy last-minute gifts, among other reasons, of course. This would bring much-needed cash to our local artisans and performers, while also helping us Playtrons and Patrons to get some great stocking stuffers for the Rennies in our lives.
The thing is, there used to be off-season indoor Faires like this in the past, but not any in the Northwest in recent years, which is quite a shame. I feel just such an event would be wonderful for the Northwest Ren-Faire community, but it would take a talented and experienced team to organize and run. Of course we have many such people who could handle the task, but would any be willing, especially for a new Faire at an unusual time of year? Honestly, I don’t know. But I do think I will start making inquiries with folks who run various Faires in my area during the Faire circuit in 2014, to gauge their interest in getting involved.
My goal would be to find a team willing to organize and run an indoor, off-season Faire in the Northwest, preferably a single weekend event between Thanksgiving and Christmas, or early in January. As I have no experience in running a Faire at all, I wouldn’t be much help on that front, but I certainly could help with advertising said event. With any luck, we’ll have our very own NW indoor, off-season Faire by sometime in 2016!
Note: If you are a vendor, performer, or Faire organizer who might be interested in getting involved with such a venture, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org