Ah, you know it's fall when the Renaissance Festival is opened and you can enjoy every type of food on a stick and/or deep fried while chuckling and bawdy humor spoken in an faux-English accent. We'll be visiting the Festival the Saturday after Labor Day. This is an early meetup time that I've posted but the gates open at 10:00 AM and the earlier you get there the better the parking is for you as well as the traffic. Plus the main storyline is usually introduced at the gate at 9:50 or so and there's always the entrance of the king on horseback...yes, horseback. Once the gates open, I plan to go inside but if you can't get there until later, you will still be able to meetup with us.
Since the theme of our group is games, I encourage you to stop by Ye Olde Gamery (you will pass this if you go directly from the entrance to the jousting arena). They have a large number of unusual games that you can try for about $1 a play (the games usually take 15-30 minutes). If you decide to purchase a copy, the $1 is subtracted from the cost. The games are very well made but on the expensive side ($50+ is common). The Manoover game I've had at events a couple of times comes from their collection. Beyond the gamery, there are various games of chance, a small maze as well as the various shows, historical (how the parts of a knight's armor work), serious (abridged versions of Shakespearean plays, jousting, period music) and humorous (Puke and Snot, Hack and Slash, etc.).
The price is $17 for adults, $15 for seniors (I think this is 62+) and $8 for children. If we get a group of 20 or more we can buy tickets for $15 for adults/seniors and $7 for children. I'm going to open this event up to the under-18 because, quite frankly, there are thousands of adults and thousands of children among the other patrons of the festival. Once we're in, there's no need for our entire group to stay together for the entire visit and there are enough events going on that different subgroups will probably see different things.
The group will not collect any fees from this event. In addition to the entrance fee, however, I would encourage you to bring some cash (plastic or paper, although not all the food booths accept plastic) for lunch and beverages plus what you feel is appropriate for souvenirs and/or handcrafted wares for sale at the fare. If you check the Festival website, you will find directions. Basically, get on Route 450 and turn at Crownsville Road (not too far west of Annapolis mall) where the 10,000 other cars are turning. If you want to carpool there, however, you can use this site to make arrangements.
See you there! Huzzah!