Quote of the Day:  Friends can help each other. A true friend is someone who lets you have total freedom to be yourself – and especially to feel. Or, not feel. Whatever you happen to be feeling at the moment is fine with them. That’s what real love amounts to – letting a person be what he really is.  Jim Morrison

Oktoberfest was the theme at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival, so we went because sometimes, you just need to get away, spend time together in a relaxed, unscheduled way, and enjoy. I spent a considerable amount of time this morning looking for a quote on getting away, attending festivals, getting dressed up and going out, but found nothing that fit. The above quote has little to do with any of that. It’s just a good quote. In other words, be yourself, and hang out with people who embrace who you are. In some ways, that’s what the Renfest encourages. You see all kinds of folks there, dressed up like fairies, pirates, knights, wenches, dragon-slayers, whatever is their fancy. I saw Moms & Dads and the kids all dressed up and having a good time. Couples of every kind were spending time together, buying cool stuff, and eating giant turkey legs. (That was the biggest food line!)

We tried on vests, then had to have’em!
Thanks for the birthday present!
The Chef, sportin’ the colors!
Intense on the “Puke and Snot” show. 
They’ve been performing here every summer since 1974.

I got fun festival hair again!

I wish it would last longer!
When I took it out on Monday night, my hair puffed out like Hermione’s in the potions class scene in the Harry Potter movie!
I think these two were headed to the Fairy Wing Forest!

We picked another large crowd day!
Great weather, fun theme, and much to see and do!

This performer has a trained raven. If you held out a coin, he’d pluck it out of your fingers with his beak.

A cask-totin’ turtle.
I hope you have a chance to get out to a festival or fair, or some other social gathering. It’s a hoot to watch the performers and the people. There are definitely some characters out there!

Go. Create. Inspire!

Journaling Prompt:  Do you dress up for festivals? What would you wear if you dared? Where do you get ideas for characters?