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Maryland Renaissance Festival 2014 (Day-long Excursion)

Come join us for a day-long excursion to the Maryland Renaissance Festival! We had a fantastic time the past 3 years, and this year should be even more fun. The Maryland Renaissance Festival was founded over 30 years ago and has grown into one of the most attended ren fairs in the world. Part crafts fair, part food and drink festival, and part entertainment show, this is sure to be a LOT of fun.


- Feel free to invite as many friends as you'd like, but please keep your RSVP and guestcount accurate and up-to-date.*

- Please aim to arrive by 10 AM in front of the ticket booths at the Ren Fest.

- Tickets are $22/per person for the day. Food and drink and any crafts you wish to buy will be additional, of course. If you're carpooling, please pitch in for gas and tolls (if any) with your driver.

- When you RSVP, please include your guestcount and then hit RSVP. You will then have the option to answer several questions (since these answers are important to coordinating the event, you MUST answer them. To protect your privacy, and to help us centralize information, please answer these in the RSVP questions and not as part of your RSVP comment or a general event comment. The questions include:

o Mobile phone # (your cell # will be kept private, and is solely to help aid in meeting up/logistics/emergencies.);

o Whether you will be carpooling with us, are you willing to drive, and what area are you coming from;

o Whether you are able to stay the whole day;

o Other unique or special circumstances of which you wish us to be aware.

- If you're up for it, we encourage you to dress in costume. Pets are not allowed at the ren fair, tragically. Neither are weapons.

- Please bring cameras with you! You may also want to bring a bag or backpack to carry your purchases. Also, bring ID. Visa/MC/AmEx are accepted for ticket purchases and many vendors. Discover cards appear not to be accepted at the fair. Not all vendors will accept credit cards, either, and we'd strongly advise you to avoid the ATM lines by getting cash in advance (also as a backup in case credit card machines go down). An umbrella or poncho or light rainjacket is also a great idea. Comfortable footwear and water are also suggested. Please observe the festival's rules: No pets, no weapons (even costume), and no non-contract performances are permitted.















*While this is an open event, and guests and friends are welcome, IF you commit to participating in the carpool and fail to show up at the allotted time to depart or return, you will be counted as a no-show. A no-show for a carpool event will result in a 3-month ban on attendance to all our events. If you no-show after committing to drive others in carpool without sufficient advanced notice to make alternative arrangements, then you may be removed from the group (barring special and emergency circumstances, of course). Please make sure to keep your RSVP updated and accurate, and if you need to drop out of carpool, please let us know 48 hours in advance of the trip. Thank you for your cooperation.

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  • Kent

    Even though we wandered about on our own - it was nice to see folks near the end of the day!

    1 · September 29, 2014

    • Elizabeth R.

      So sorry I missed you guys! We headed out a little early.

      September 29, 2014

  • Bill K.

    Had a really great time. I didn't realize that bees like Sam's Octoberfest beer so much. I didn't mind sharing but had to work on not swallowing them. I learn a lot of history while I'm there too. I actually thought 'steampunk" would have been more in the 1800's but nooooo it was alive and well during this fair. I received my annual Santa call out too late in the day. Perhaps that what I should wear next year. He was certainly around then sometimes jolly and sometimes not.

    1 · September 29, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll be there but with family.

    September 27, 2014

  • Monica

    My plus one is not feeling well this morning, so we're going to have to back out

    September 27, 2014

  • Elizabeth R.

    Missed the RSVP date but we'll be there. Can I email/message my phone # or something so I can get the groups' texts?

    September 26, 2014

    • Vijay

      Yep, please send me a PM. Both of you are coming?

      September 26, 2014

  • Vijay

    Hi everyone. I hope you're as excited as I am for Ren Fair tomorrow! The weather looks beautiful, with clear skies and a high of 79.

    Once the main gates open at 10, we'll meet up at the picnic tables in White Stag Grove. If you don't know where that is, don't worry, upon entering someone will hand you a map.

    If you plan on arriving later, that's fine, we'll text out when we're re-congregating for meals and afternoon drinks.

    Also, just a reminder that while merchants and artisans will take credit and debit cards, you will need cash for food, drinks, and games. The ATMs at the festival are crowded and have fairly high fees on them, so you may want to hit an ATM today! Finally, smartphone apps (which include maps) here:

    September 26, 2014

  • Gordon S.

    Sorry, can't make it.

    September 26, 2014

  • Paul

    See you folk there, I'll be there with friends

    September 26, 2014

  • Mike T.

    I have to cancel, family stuff came up and it is a bit far for me.

    September 25, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I missed the RSVP date but was going before I ever joined this group. If anyone is going and needs a ride from Alexandria and back home let me know. We usually stay from[masked] or so if not later. Please let me know!

    September 25, 2014

  • Mike O.

    Hate to change so close to the date but things have come up. I'd e could do another after the 4th of October (when things calm down at work) I would love to go

    September 22, 2014

  • Anna

    I haven't heard anything about the carpooling. Will we be hearing more once rsvp for the event closes?

    September 20, 2014

    • Vijay

      About mid-week is when we'll announce the preliminary lists.

      1 · September 21, 2014

  • Prashant

    Sorry to be missing this, past years have been fun. :-(

    August 22, 2014

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