After many years of going to the Sterling Renaissance Fair I finally had the real opportunity to work there. Almost every year for the previous 6 years I had been offered a job from one vendor or another when I went on opening weekend. Despite all the offers I was never able to take them due to lack of a car, or working weekends as a waitress, or other summer plans that would get in the way. In 2009 I went and found a shop that I fell in love with. Moresca sells renaissance styled clothes as well as more fantasy styled offerings and I was immediately attracted to the style, the friendly people who worked there, and the fantastic fabrics they used.
In the Spring of 2010 I had this crazy idea. I finally had weekends free and a car that worked. The thought struck me that I should just go ahead and see if Moresca had any positions available for the season. So I sent off an email asking if they might be looking for someone. I received a reply saying that they didn't think so but they would keep me in mind. So I replied with a thank you and attached my resume saying "just in case". Two days later I was hired for the season.
Finally the summer arrived and Fair was about to open. I drove in the day before to meet everyone and help set up the shop. I remember being nervous and at the same time incredibly excited. Would these people like me? Would I be able to keep up? Would I work out? After the first weekend all my fears were put to rest. I met some of the most wonderful people working there that year who filled me with inspiration and joy! The season flew by. Halfway through Jo
(one of the owners of Moresca) went off to run another show and it was up to myself and Justin (who is a wonderful dude) to run the shop. Those were some seriously busy weekends! Since there was space I stayed the night on Saturdays and began to meet more and more people in this fantastic community.
All too soon the season was over. I shed many tears bidding goodbye to these people who had touched my life so profoundly even if they didn't know it. After that the idea was truly born. I started to wonder if this was something I could REALLY do. I thought, and pondered, and worried, and began to plan. And here we stand. Getting ready to take that leap into the great unknown. Leaving everything behind, getting rid of almost everything I own, and beginning that journey to see the country through the lens of Faire.
It will still take some time. There are things to prepare, debt to pay down, and lots of planning to be ready. I have the idea now, and I'm not going to give it up!
Today's inspiring picture comes from my own collection and is from Sterling Renaissance Fair 2010. I think this was one of the last weekends of Faire.