Entertainment with Nic: 2014 Nebraska Renaissance Faire

Nicholas A. Howe, Beatrice Bureau Chief

This past weekend, I attended the 2014 Nebraska Renaissance Faire in Papillion.

The faire, which was on Saturday, May 3, and Sunday, May 4, and opens again next weekend for Saturday, May 10, and Sunday, May 11, was held at the Bellevue Berry & Pumpkin Ranch.
There were many events to participate in and many shows to watch.

I learned how to fence and got to throw knives. I purchased a new dagger, which is one of the things I enjoy in life.

I also watched the acrobatics of Crazy Boy Coy, who swallowed and spat fire; the dancing of the Lotus Dancers; and the humorous improv of the group Evangard Improv.

Along with the shows and performances, many people were dressed up for the event. I saw trolls, elves, mages, knights, pirates and many other amazingly-dressed characters.

At one point, one of the members of Evangard Improv, who was dressed up as a fairy (faery/faerie/ or however it is spelled) pirate (FP), came up to my sister and I and started telling jokes. One of them was:
FP: “Why are pirates so bad at the alphabet?”
Me: “Why?
FP: “Because they always get stuck at sea.”
Needless to say, I fell in love in this woman at this moment.

After fencing, my sister told me that we needed to get some ‘brine,’ which is a large turkey leg.

I also persuaded her to get some cherry mead, which is an alcoholic beverage, fermented, and made of water, honey, malt and yeast. She did not receive it well.

Overall, my experience was great!

I highly challenge anyone to go and not have fun this weekend.