Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Texas Renaissance Festival, TX. Sergeant York. First Transcontinental Air Race. Feast of Trumpets.


For "Travel Tuesday", let's visit the Texas Renaissance Festival in the Texas Gulf Coast Region

"#Region.R_Description#Home to some of the best beaches in America, the Texas Gulf Coast region draws millions of visitors to this Texas playground. Stretching some 350 miles from South Padre Island & the Rio Grande Valley, all the way to Beaumont & the Louisiana border, this region is renowned for its wildlife & natural beauty, as well as the home of America's space program. Discover the Beaches of the Texas Gulf Coast Region."

Texas Renaissance Festival


"Located to the west of Montgomery County between Magnolia and Plantersville, the country’s largest and most acclaimed Renaissance Festival takes guests back in time to interact with royal courts, pirates, fairies, musicians and even barbarians.

39th Texas Renaissance Festival

Texas Renaissance Festival performers participate in a sword fight during a show. The popular annual event, the largest Renaissance festival in the country, which kicks off this Saturday and continues weekends through Dec. 1.

image Visitors to the Texas Renaissance Festival, will immerse themselves in a kingdom filled with folklore, artisans, entertainment, feasting and jousting.

The Texas Renaissance Festival is an interactive theme park that embraces different eras, including the 16th century and beyond. The 55-acre theater houses live entertainment, food, fun and professional actors who engage with Festival guests through live performances and improvisational activities.

New in 2013

The Texas Renaissance Festival opens its 39th season with improvements to Festival grounds and entertainment selection.

A new Falconers Stage

New games and rides

Remodeled artisan’s quarters

Expanded roads to ease traffic congestion

Added amenities to the campgrounds, including new showers

Themed Weekends

Eight themed weekends offers something new every time a guest visits:

Oct. 12-13: Oktoberfest

Oct. 19-20: 1001 Dreams

Oct. 26-27: All Hallows Eve

Nov. 2-3: Pirate Adventure

Nov. 9-10: Roman Bacchanal

Nov. 16-17: Barbarian Invasion

Nov. 23-24: Highland Fling

Nov. 29 - Dec. 1: Celtic Christmas

Interactive Entertainment

The Festival’s fairytale-like land is filled with unique entertainment and products of the Renaissance age, offering a sense of magical old-world flair to all.

More than 400 actors make up the performance company who intermingle with guests daily as well as perform scheduled acts.

Artists such as candle makers, blacksmiths and glass blowers demonstrate their unique crafts throughout the weekend.

Hundreds of artisans and merchants adorn Festival grounds selling everything from costumes and art to children’s toys and musical instruments.

The Grande March Parade takes place at noon each day of the Festival featuring each kingdom’s royal courts.

A fireworks show starts at dusk each evening as a ceremonious close to the day’s festivities.

Human-powered rides and games of skill draw children of all ages to the Festival.

Costume contests are not the only challenges that take place each weekend; hungry stomachs are also tested in daily food eating competitions.

Festival Feasting

During the Festival, feasting offers something for everyone’s palette from a variety of food vendors offering everything from traditional fare, to meals from around the world. For an exclusive dining experience, join the King’s Feast. Feast times are 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., seating is limited and includes a commemorative drinking vessel.

School Days

Children are treated as royalty on Nov. 5 and Nov. 6 when the Festival holds it’s annual School Days, an educational and entertaining opportunity for students, teachers and chaperones to enjoy age-appropriate shows and activities. All home schooled public and private school students and educators will have the opportunity to “step into history” by learning courtly dances, the ancient art of falconry and the history of arms and armor.

Festival Camping

image Festival patrons are invited to stay on the grounds and enjoy the entire weekend of festivities. The Fields of New Market Campground is just a short walk from the Festival and offers easy access for arrivals and departures. The campgrounds are open from 10 a.m. on Friday until noon on Monday every weekend the Festival is open, includes Wi-Fi availability and a quiet camping area.  21 brand new shower stalls!  Located near the entrance near the Quickie Mart

Don’t miss the chance to return to a time of kings and queens at the Texas Renaissance Festival!

Tickets are currently on sale both online and via phone at 800-458-3435 and at various location in the community.

Discounted rates are also available for large groups. There’s also an app that includes the entertainment schedule, maps, food, car/camp/friend finder and more. It’s available for android devices and itunes on the app store.

Themed Adventures

At the Texas Renaissance Festival, the nation’s largest, most acclaimed Renaissance theme park, each of our 8 weekends showcase an exciting and unique theme.  These Adventures have been fashioned to spotlight those shows, characters, food, drink, shoppes, artists, and games that will enhance your festival experience.  Whether you are a long-time patron or a first time guest, each Adventure itinerary serves as a guide for exciting opportunities during your visit.  These suggestions can be followed closely or can serve as a springboard for your imagination.  To make the most of your Adventure, purchase our souvenir program which provides a full listing of our shoppes, and entertainment schedule and a detailed map of the festival site.  Enjoy your day at the Texas Renaissance Festival and be sure and return again and again to experience a new Adventure every weekend!

Demonstrating Artists

image Armourer - Wright's Armoury

Location - #506 Showtimes - Throughout the Day Armour has been used throughout recorded history to...

Broom Maker - Swept Away Brooms

Location - #523B Showtimes - 2013 Times TBA You will be "Swept Away" by the one-of-a-kind...

Candle Maker - Designs in Wax: The Legendary Candle

Location - #323 Showtimes - 11:00, 1:00, 3:00, 5:00 Handcarved Candles originated from ideas and...

Coin Minting - The Royal Mint

Location - #135A Showtimes - Throughout the Day The "Drop Hammer" coin mint was based on...

Forge - Welsh Dragon Forge

Location - #523A Showtimes - 2013 Showtimes TBA More Information on this Artist

image Glass Bead Making - Saorsa Studio of Beads

Location - #523B Showtimes - 11am, 1pm, 3pm, 5pm


Location - #525 Showtimes - 2013 Times TBA   Jodi has made glassblowing a performance art....

Guttenberg Press - Printing/Papermaking

Location - #138 Showtimes - Throughout the Day The Gutenberg Press is a 15th-Century print shop...

Wax Chandler - Worshipful Company of Wax

Location - #214 Showtimes - Throughout the Day Beeswax candle maker Jay O'Neal presents the...


Location - #135B Showtimes - Throughout the Day Dawn Runkel began a study of the weaver's art...


About the Oktoberfest | October 12th & 13th

Raise a tankard as we open the festival in true Oktoberfest style. 

Journey to Bavaria and the Black Forest as the air echoes with traditional German music and dancing.  Dance a polka, feast on Bratwurst and sauerkraut, quench your thirst with a stein of beer and join in the fun by entering into one of the three German themed contests.  PROST!


The pinnacle of our Oktoberfest Adventure, come compete or cheer on our contestants as they eat, dance, and sing their way to win tickets for 2014. Please inquire at the Revels Area if you would like to enter into any competition.  All contests are FREE to enter!

As a special treat, join us at the Globe Stage following the Grande Parade for the Royal Proclamation where the Brigadoon Brewery and the Brew King will tap the keg!  The Brew King was the winner of an off-season contest to name the special Oktoberfest Brew!

Guest Artist - Shoppe #155

Fantasy Sihouettes wtih Julie Fain

Featured Garden

The Arborhaus
The sounds of Germany will play all day in our shaded arbor.  Imbibe with one of our refreshing beverages and satisfy your urge to dance a polka.


Our featured entertainment combines the sound and energy of the German people to make for a variety of amusement throughout the day.

Musical Performance


Stage Performance


Street Characters
The German Court


Keg Tapping during Royal Proclamation
Globe Stage following the Parade"

For more information on please visit, www.texrenfest.com.


On This Day:

U.S. soldier Alvin York displays heroics at Argonne, Oct 8, 1918:

"On this day in 1918, United States Corporal Alvin C. York reportedly kills over 20 German soldiers and captures an additional 132 at the head of a small detachment in the Argonne Forest near the Meuse River in France. The exploits later earned York the Congressional Medal of Honor.

Born in 1887 in a log cabin near the Tennessee-Kentucky border, York was the third of 11 children in a family supported by subsistence farming and hunting. York was drafted into the U.S. Army after being denied conscientious-objector status.  York enlisted in the 82nd Infantry Division and in May 1918 arrived in France for active duty on the Western Front.

The events of October 8, 1918, took place as part of the Meuse-Argonne offensive—what was to be the final Allied push against German forces on the Western Front during World War I. York and his battalion were given the task of seizing German-held positions across a valley; after encountering difficulties, the small group of soldiers—numbering some 17 men—were fired upon by a German machine-gun nest at the top of a nearby hill. The gunners cut down nine men, including a superior officer, leaving York in charge of the squadron.

As York wrote in his diary of his subsequent actions: "[T]hose machine guns were spitting fire and cutting down the undergrowth all around me something awful…. I didn’t have time to dodge behind a tree or dive into the brush, I didn’t even have time to kneel or lie down…. As soon as the machine guns opened fire on me, I began to exchange shots with them. In order to sight me or to swing their machine guns on me, the Germans had to show their heads above the trench, and every time I saw a head I just touched it off. All the time I kept yelling at them to come down. I didn’t want to kill any more than I had to. But it was they or I. And I was giving them the best I had."

Several other American soldiers followed York’s lead and began firing; as they drew closer to the machine-gun nest, the German commander—thinking he had underestimated the size of the enemy squadron—surrendered his garrison of some 90 men. On the way back to the Allied lines, York and his squad took more prisoners, for a total of 132.

York went on to found a school for underprivileged children, the York Industrial Institute (now Alvin C. York Institute), in rural Tennessee. In 1941, his heroism became the basis for a movie, Sergeant York, starring Gary Cooper. Upon York’s death in 1964, U.S. President Lyndon Johnson called him "a symbol of American courage and sacrifice" who epitomized "the gallantry of American fighting men and their sacrifices on behalf of freedom.""


First transcontinental air race, Oct 8, 1919:

"The first transcontinental air race in the United States begins, with 63 planes competing in the round-trip aerial derby between California and New York. As 15 planes departed the Presidio in San Francisco, California, 48 planes left Roosevelt Field on Long Island, New York.

Lieutenant Belvin Maynard, flying a Havilland-4 with a Liberty motor, won the 5,400-mile race across the continent and back. Maynard reached the Presidio in just over three days, rested and serviced his plane for another three days, and then returned to Roosevelt Field in just under four days. Maynard won for the lowest total elapsed time, but in actual flight time--24 hours, 59 minutes, and 49 seconds--three others accomplished the round-trip journey faster."



After taking care of my animals and myself, I got ready for the church on FM 1097, as they were having their Feast of Trumpets celebration.  If we don't keep God's Holy Days we are not walking as Jesus walked.  Jesus Christ kept this Feast Day (all of John 7 proves this); He kept it each and every year of His life here on earth? Not only did Jesus keep this Holy Day, and the entire Feast of Tabernacles, as an example for us to follow (John 13:15, 17), we are told specifically that we must walk in Jesus’ footsteps if we want to be His disciples (1 Peter 22-22 / Luke 6:46 / Malachi 1:6 / Matthew 7:21).

The Feast of Trumpets is a pivotal step that pictures important events lying just ahead. This is one of the Holy Days which God commanded us to keep. Leviticus 23:24-25 and Psalm 81:1-4.

There were quite a few of the small congregation there, even though it was a weekday. Several had taken time off from work, even a mother with her three children, who had special permission to be absent from school.  After the song service and prayers for different people, the Bible readings were from Genesis 21, about Sarah; and 1 Samuel 1, about Hannah.

imageThen Jeff, an elder and also the guitarist, blew the Ram's Horn or 'Shofar' which has  deep biblical meaning.  image

His sermon was about 'How Distractions Can Destroy You', and how we all need to put first things first. Mostly about Matthew 6:33 , but the whole chapter is good reading.

After the closing songs, we all went to the dining room.  There was crock-pot beef roast, chili, homemade organic bread, lots of salad and veggies as usual.  We all had a good time, chatting, eating, and enjoying the fellowship.

When I got home there was a message from Jay, he was trying for a raccoon, but caught two orange cats in a trap. They must have been very hungry, as Jay had baited it with potato salad!  As it was fairly late in the afternoon, Animal Control said that they might not be able to get the cats until today, and I knew that they would be better off here.  Ray and I put the trap in the storeroom and made the feral cats as comfortable as we could by pouring fresh water and food into the bowls in the trap.   Then we covered the trap with a blankie as it has been a bit chilly at night the last two days.

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