I'm off to the Faire tomorrow. That's King Richard's Faire, a Renaissance faire held annually in Massachusetts. I go every so often because it inspires me to see people dressed in period costumes or joust a little or even shop a little.
This year my wife has some business at the Faire and I'm only tagging along for the ride so I can do as I please, but it's a good excuse to get out of the house.
This time of year New England is full of fairs and activities and after almost a full week of rain on top of what Irene gave us, it will be nice to walk about in a small grove and people watch. People watching is really the main thing because the event attracts so many types.
You've got the people who come in costume, you've got the people with their kids, you've got the people who have never been to a Renaissance faire, and you've got people like me who have and keep coming back for one reason or another.
Still, I'm sure I can find some interesting characters or costumes from which to draw upon for a story I might write in the future. I'll have to rely on my memory or a notebook because the local Sheriff will fine you for the use of a camera. The fine is for show, by the way, and is for the use of an unauthorized magical device.
Nevertheless, my goal is not to be seen while people watching so that the people I'm watching act naturally. This can be a fine line because if people notice you watch, they can get hostile and that's not the intent as all.