Sunday was Mother’s Day and it was beautiful in Southern California. Since Tanya has been doing so much better and has been doing a lot of walking lately, I asked her if she wanted to go to the Renaissance Pleasure Faire at the Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area in Irwindale. At first she did not express much interest, but after our morning walk she indicated she wanted to go and we could take the bike. That was all I needed to hear; we were off in a flash.

I have been gone to the Renaissance Faire several times in the last 40 years, but I had not been in about 20 years. When I first went, it was held at Paramount Ranch in Agoura; I think that was the most realistic setting for a location. At some point it relocated to Glen Helen Park and recently was moved to Irwindale. I think Irwindale is the closest location, but I was not really impressed with the setup.

This was Tanya’s first Renaissance Faire, so she was not really sure what to expect. As she put it, “it is an arts and crafts fair to buy items that were popular hundreds of years ago.” That pretty much sums it up, except there are some entertaining shows to watch on the 13 stages as well as the many people strolling around in their period costumes. As hot as it was yesterday, I certainly did not envy them. Burlap is not really known as an easy breathing fabric. The fair food is better than your typical county fair food; there were no deep fried Snickers that I noticed. It is definitely something that is fun for the entire family. The Renaissance Pleasure Faire runs through next Saturday and Sunday, May 18-19. Tickets are $25 for adults, children ages 5-12 are $15 and children 4 and younger are free.

I donated the watermark to Tanya’s favorite charity, the Rheumatoid Patient Foundation.

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