Lance's Journal: A Trip Back to the Renaissance, May 9

For almost a decade, the Annual Nebraska Renaissance Faire has given visitors a chance to step back in time and experience one of the most exciting and romanticized era's in world history.

And I do believe even Robin Hood himself would be impressed with this remarkable reproduction of the Renaissance.

From the music, to the food, to the entertainment. The Nebraska Renaissance Faire transports people back in time and it's gotten more and more popular every year. And Holly Gage Hennecke of Lincoln knows why, "I think there's a romanticism and probably a little bit of fantasy involved in the history of someplace that is over the sea. And because and because I think so many of us have ancestry that is European and maybe you get a little sense of perhaps what your fore bearers would have been doing before they crossed the big ocean.

Holly says, "I think there are probably as many reasons to have renaissance festivals as there are people who participate in them. There are people who like the history of it, people who like the music, people who enjoy going to a show, people who just like to put on costumes and play dress-up and escape from our mundane lives."

Holly says that right now the Nebraska Renaissance Faire is the only two-weekend festival of it's kind in the state, "So, I guess you could say that makes us the biggest. We like to think it's the best.

Many of these so-called "rennies" have such a good time dressing up and putting on a show, they don't want to wait until next May to do it again. So they will gather again in August for an enormous pirate party that will also be held at the Bellevue Berry and Pumpkin Ranch. The 4th Annual Midlands Pirate Fest" will take place on August 27th and 28th.

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