Tartanic Combustible Bagpipes & Drums

Tartanic Combustible Bagpipes & Drums

The weather was perfect for visiting the 27th Annual Arizona Renaissance Festival & Artisan Marketplace. Paying only half the regular entrance fee (using a coupon given us at the site by someone in line) made the outing more affordable, too. For our third visit we did more planning which led to efficiently attending more entertainment acts. Our day started by securing front row seats for the Dead Bob Sho. This was one of several programs identified by LC which means “Loose Cannon” and parental guidance suggested. Lots of puns and raucous humor. Before the show started we interacted with a woman feasting on a turkey drumstick. She reacted well when Dead Bob teased her. We moved back a row to be in the shade for the following act, the Tortuga Twins and their Robin Hood routine. Three male performers called upon four audience members to tell the story with a bit of sexual innuendo. An audience member wearing a skeleton mask caught my eye. We then made our way to the Palace Theatre to listen to a performance of Cast in Bronze, an act we had previously attended, where the hooded musician plans four tons of carillon bells. A young girl whose face was artistically painted sat in the front row to our left. We took a break for lunch ordering a Taco Salad and a Chicken Flauta Platter at the Queen’s Kitchen. After lunch we found our way to the Middleshire Stage where we were again left tongue-tied listening to the rapid fire spoonerisms of Zilch the Torysteller. He is amazing as he retells Romeo and Juliet! This was followed by Tartanic – Combustible Bagpipes and Drums. A “wench” made an unexpected appearance and the band incorporated her presence by raising the heat level. Two additional women who are part of the Tartanic act made their presence known, one erotically dancing on stage, the other by uplifting the group’s wares from underwear to compact discs. Beaded strands of the drummer’s beard alo caught our attention. Things cooled off with the silly songs of counseling by Hey Nunnie Nunnie. My wife, a graduate of parochial schools, provided a segue for an introduction of a ruler. We then moved to the Fairhaven Theatre where the London Broil was taking requests from the audience for their team juggling. This was our last favorite act of the day. Barely Balanced, the following act, left us in awe at their prowess. The big guy is incredibly strong. The medium guy and his wife made for a great tea, one might even say well balanced. We made general tour of the grounds where I took an interesting picture of a camel’s head. We observed that there appear to be more shops selling clothing. I’m always left speechless when I see prices such as $395 for a full length male coat. We finished our day by visiting the Falconer’s Heath for the Art of Falconry show. In addition to a falcon, an owl and a couple of varieties of buzzards were on display. The Renaissance Festival runs through March 29th and is worth a visit.

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