July 21st, 2014
What a day, yesterday!
We left the house fairly early in the morning (for a Sunday) to get seats at the AMC 30 Theater at Ontario Mills. We don't normally go there, as there are several excellent movie venues closer to our home, but this was special. This was a live broadcast of the last of the Monty Python Live (mostly) shows occuring in London. The theater was mostly full by showtime, and the show itself was very funny. Many of their classic bits were reprised, though often showed in new and surprising ways; they also had new material. There were a few surprise guests, as well. Fun & nostalgic... My first exposure to Python came when I was a camp counsellor in North Carolina; many of the staff were from England, and at a staff talent show, some of them put on the Lumberjack Song. From there, I found them on PBS, and the rest is history!
After that, home later, we finished watching From the Earth to the Moon, a docu-drama produced by Tom Hanks. Brilliant piece of work; dramatic and historical. I'd highly recommend it.
Before calling it a night, I pulled out one of my birthday presents to play. This was a DVD called Faire: An American Renaissance, a documentary about the Renaissance Faire; more specifically the Renaissance Pleasure Faire as it used to be in Agoura, lo these many years ago. I can't recall when I first went to Faire, but it was likely that I was in college at the time. My sister Laurel acted at Faire for a season or three, and I've had many friends over the years who've spent time and money there. I loved the Agoura Faire; attended but didn't like the Devore Faire; and mostly avoided it in Irwindale. As the documentary states, it just isn't the same any more for many reasons. However, they left me with the desire to go again to Northern Faire. Apparently, instead of being owned and run by a corporation, it's now run by the vendors and actors themselves. I wonder...
And now to work!
I got Faire for Matthew. He loved seeing people he used to know when he was in the faires.
We recognized so many people on the films. Loved the documentary.
He has managed to reconnect with some of those he used to know through Facebook. I am glad he has. Our local faire (GA) is not the same and becoming too commercialized. He loves talking about the parades and such they used to do in CA
The bastard grandson of the Faire in Agoura is now in Irwindale, and is very corporate; they cut several of the Guilds a while back and it seems rather empty of cast. I've only gone once to it since the venue change, and it isn't an improvement. We have another local Faire in Corona, but I haven't gone there in years. Sadness...
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