Lady of the Lakes is a hidden gem, a faire set in the woods out in the middle of rural Florida. They've moved locations since the faire began back in 2002, but they remain a staple of the Renaissance Faire circuit and offer a unique place for over 150 performers and artisans to delight and educate patrons in South Central Florida. According to their website, "[a]ll proceeds from the Lady of the Lakes Renaissance Faire benefit the Education Foundation of Lake County, Florida, a 501(3)(c) organization." Now that's a cause that LANCE can truly support!
It was a warm day, but there was plenty of shade under the trees, and a soft breeze carried enough of the cool November morning with it through the afternoon to keep us from feeling too hot. Perfect faire weather.
Rowan & the Rose, a geeky minstrel duo from the New England area, had us rolling in the aisles with their Sound of Music parody, "My Faire-vorite Things," and The Bawdy Boys lived up to their name with some of the filthiest, most depraved songs we've ever heard. Giacomo the Jester even kissed me (Casey) square on the lips during his show -- for moral support, of course!
LANCE members caught a few of the living chessboards, which featured a battle of wits (?) and blades between the Musketeers and co. and the evil Cardinal Richelieu and his conniving compatriots. There were sword fights and tumbling, red lettuce and pistol shots fired, and it turns out those bearded French "nuns" from earlier were Musketeers in disguise! Who knew?! To be sure, The Rogue's Theater puts on a memorable show!
With great food, exciting live entertainment, and dozens of vendors selling all manner of beautiful things, you can be sure LANCE will be caravaning back to the Lady of the Lakes Renaissance Faire again for many years to come!
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-- Casey, Webmaster