On Labor Day, I spent my last day at the Bristol Renaissance Faire this season. It was the final day of the faire for the 2009 season. Bristol rennies received sad news this day, as one of our own, Vernon Lind (Uncle Ho, a nickname for Sir Horatio) suffered a stroke, and passed away this day. When I was informed of his passing, my knees became week and I sat and wept for a moment. Then I realized that if Vern saw me weeping on the last day of faire, he’d bitch slap me into having a good time. So I stood up and vowed to have a good time that day.
I spent only half the day photographing, and finally had the opportunity to photograph 2 models that I’ve been trying to photograph all year at faire. One of those photographs you can see here to the left. I also photographed some random shots of people throughout the morning.
The afternoon was spent carousing, as I’m sure Uncle Ho would have wanted me to. I had meade and rum at faire, for the first time this season. I joked, and played at Tuscany, as I’ve done in previous years, and it was good and necessary. I then went to drum jam to take some video, and finally went to the Friends of Faire garden for a memorial service for Uncle Ho. I was a little late, and it ended shortly after I got there, but everyone stuck around in the garden for a while. We all did a lot of hugging and sobbing, and there were many tear wiped eyes.
So then I drove home, and what’s normally a 1.5 hour drive, became a 3 hour drive. I was emotional off an on all the way home. I wept as much as when my own uncle passed away a few years ago. My roommate was waiting for me when I got home because she knew something was wrong, and she stayed up a while with me and let me talk, and share my memories of Uncle Ho with her. We sat on the patio, as we often do when we need to talk, and to my shock and amazement, . . . a bright, . . . large, . . . vibrant, shooting star streaked across the sky behind Jen’s head. I’m convinced it was Uncle Ho saying goodbye. I heard you Uncle Ho!
I hope you enjoy the few photographs that I have for this final weekend at Bristol Renaissance Faire.