Bristol Faire of Real Imagination – Illinois and Wisconsin

Everything you can imagine is real.

-Pablo Picasso

I am simply sharing photos from an inspiring day trip to the Bristol Renaissance Faire near Kenosha, Wisconsin.  As you might guess it’s mostly a smorgasbord of faerie pics.  Also indulged is my obsession for windows, balconies, and the place where roof meets sky.  And oddities.

FAIRIES

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FAERIES PLAYING WITH CHILDREN…

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…AND FRIARS

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MAGICAL WINDOWS AND STUFF

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FAERIES ON BALCONY

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FUTURE HOME POSSIBILITIES FOR US

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LONG TIME FRIENDS

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Jean and Dave (couple of sinners!)
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Sturdy Beggar – Herb Metzler
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Sturdy Beggars – Herb Metzler (pre mud) and Rush Pearson (more sinners)
Jean Doyle
Jean Doyle
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Jean and I
Pure as the driven sn
Pure as the driven snow (so he claims)

THE CURIOUSLY WONDERFUL LADY ETTIE AND HER ODD TEA SHANTY

Honestly – I could not get over the wonder of this place.

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Earl Grey the Cat
Earl Grey the Cat

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ME

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I wore Jessica Hannah’s Skive perfume.  Leather, woodsy, sexy, and sweet dreamy.

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The faire is a provocative haven plunked down in the woods.  A wild imaginarium. A playscape.   It’s healthy to cultivate a bit of wildness in your life so you can be free to play and create.  I sincerely feel this heartbreak that more and more we are pressured (news, religion, government, society, and even education) to just be grateful for what we have, when we could have so much more.  We can dream so much more.

Yes, gratitude is a wonderful practice to cultivate.

But be sure to let a part of your garden (in your soul) grow wild so that the faeries (and you) can work magic there.  Grow a castle.  A wild imaginarium.

We are what we pretend to be, 
so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.
-Kurt Vonnegut

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15 thoughts on “Bristol Faire of Real Imagination – Illinois and Wisconsin

    1. It was very inspiring – I actually worked there some years back and it was lovely to see how it has grown. So much I didn’t photograph. Many attendees in fantastic costumes, and tons of entertainment and crafts. Was wonderful.
      Thank you for reading my blog!!

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  1. OH! Thanks for the magical tour! If I couldn’t be there in person, at least I was able to dream about it through the photos.

    Love what you wrote here:

    ” be sure to let a part of your garden (in your soul) grow wild so that the faeries (and you) can work magic there. Grow a castle. A wild imaginarium.”

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      1. I am a bit of a nomad now. So I am in and out of Chicago. I’ll probably be there or near again this fall. I had so much fun at the faires. I’m considering getting back into that life again. It was soooo long ago. Now it is revisiting a dream. “Now, here was I?”

        Are you a native chicagolander?

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      2. Nomad sounds fun, and free! I have a cousin who once worked the faires too. He did some acting and directing. I love the shows there.

        Yes, I am native Chicago. And maybe a bit biased, Chicago people are great!

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      3. My cousin’s name is Mark Kettner. He is long retired from all that, but he was good back then. Reminded us of a young Robin Williams! If you do get the chance to attend, let me know. That would be so fun!

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