Rengypsy’s Blog

Humility and Respect

Posted by Rengypsy on Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

The eighth season of Sherwood Forest Faire ended last evening.  We were plagued by six rain days, thus for the first year, our attendance numbers were down… but the last weekend was still a testimony to the future of our Faire. I wanted to reflect on our community, the faire, experiences I have gleaned as […]

A Living Tale

Posted by Rengypsy on Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

About the time we were clearing a woods and thicket that had not been traipsed across for some 20-30 years, I was thinking of the theme for Sherwood.  It seemed so many of the names known to most history buffs or rennies had been taken.  But as a commoner, as a proletariat, in my upbringing […]

The Evolution of One’s Dream

Posted by Rengypsy on Monday, March 13th, 2017

The Evolution of One’s Dream Imagine an artist sitting before an easel…charcoal in hand…sketching an idea from the heart and mind—one that somehow encompasses his inner dreams, hopes and aspirations.  Day after day, the artist returned to this very place.  Stroke after stroke, there appeared a picture.  Still very much impressionistic.  All shades of black […]

Sacred Ground

Posted by Rengypsy on Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

Before Sherwood Celtic Music Festival opened for this season, that Saturday morning I was making my rounds saying hello and thanking the vendors and all for participating. Believe me, it’s important to thank the artisans and artisans because many times the weather or lack of attendance weigh heavy on them…as this is their livelyhood (and […]

A Changing of Seasons

Posted by Rengypsy on Sunday, September 13th, 2015

Tens of thousands of years ago, man began a journey toward civilization…an evolution of the human consciousness away from mere survival and one toward planning and development. In the caves of southern France, we can witness the evidence of man finding both the time and desire to express himself/herself through art. New tools were invented. […]

Faire, its attraction to many…   

Posted by Rengypsy on Monday, June 1st, 2015

Have you ever considered what it is about faire that has allowed the “business” to survive and even prosper these last 50 years? It is, from my perspective, because it offers so much—so many different facets—to so many. For some, it is an escape from the humdrum existence of the mundane life…where one can dress […]

Letter from a Summer Camp Parent

Posted by Rengypsy on Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

Dear Sherwoodians, Sometime the muses move me to write.  Sometime others write me with words more meaningful and heart-touching than I could ever write. This is a letter I received from one of our patrons and a mother of a summer camper.  With all humility and appreciation, we thank each of you for making Sherwood […]

A Tribute to Texas Renaissance Festival

Posted by Rengypsy on Saturday, September 6th, 2014

The sixth season approaches back-dropped against TRF’s 40th season. My goodness. I think I will spend this time of rambling about the faire experience and why I think many of us came to this place in our lives where we would don ourselves in costume and take on a character from the inner recesses of […]

When the Newness is Gone

Posted by Rengypsy on Friday, June 27th, 2014

Sherwood celebrated its 5th season this year. It was cold much of the first half. Rain threats kept folk at a distance—until the end—and then we experienced record crowds. Our patron base is remarkable. Even on a horrid day with rain and close to freezing weather, some 700+ loyal Sherwoodians came out. We closed the […]

we dream

Posted by Rengypsy on Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

we are a strange species.  we dream.  we vision.  we are more than today and this presence.  we plan.  we create structures and monuments and systems and paradigms that will last a thousand years or more.  we stand atop pillars and see tomorrow.  it seems to set us apart from others of nature. and thus, […]

Sherwood, Five Years Later

Posted by Rengypsy on Thursday, December 12th, 2013

In less than two months, the gates of Sherwood Forest Faire open for the 5th season.  And it is time for a bit of reflection and visioning. In the mystic studies, there is this belief that when one has in one’s mind that which seems right and good and in line with the forces of […]

Out of the Mouths of Babes

Posted by Rengypsy on Sunday, May 26th, 2013

Just as this season had its share of challenges for us at Sherwood, my life as a father of a 14 year old son with teenage angst also offered hurdles to overcome.  I realize I am at best a half-ass parent, but after searching the libraries of the world, I have found no “parenting without […]

Transitions

Posted by Rengypsy on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

Sherwood Forest Faire has completed its fourth season as a medieval faire. Sherwood is now well over five years old as a living, breathing organism—an assembling of people, dreams, ideas, art, desires, theater, plants, animals, water, sand, history, and much, much more. Sherwood is a wonderful experiment of community based on basic principles that we […]

Something is different about this faire experience!

Posted by Brian on Monday, January 21st, 2013

I read the forums, the yahoo chats, Facebook, and other social media concerning faire, and there seems to be something different about Sherwood. Recently, a lady posted in renaissancefestival.com: “This year will be my first year for my group to visit SherwoodForest Fair, we usually just hit TRF and Scarborough but have heard so many […]

The Spirit of Sherwood

Posted by Rengypsy on Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

I sat Saturday night at the edge of the Seven Sisters watching Huerta Cultures, a fantastic Austin band, set up; it had been a great volunteer day at Sherwood and the Gathering was a success.  As I gazed up at the full moon overhead a tremendous feeling overcame me: Faire is organic…it is spiritual and […]

Random Musings

Posted by Rengypsy on Monday, June 11th, 2012

This weekend, i spent much of the time buying and delivering items for the summer youth camp coming up at Sherwood in a month. My family joined me in delivering all the multitudes of items to Cori Roberts, our Camp Director.  My wife, Hazel, met with a Sherwoodian, Paul, who has been at Sherwood since […]

Looking Back at the 2012 Season

Posted by Rengypsy on Thursday, April 12th, 2012

the signs have been stored. the booths emptied and locked up for the season.  the tents and campers all gone…and the forest is quiet, except for the birds, frogs and occasional winds rustling through the tress.  but the spirit of sherwood permeates the grounds.  and the stones of the seven sisters exudes the energies of […]

Sherwood: A Stream of Consciousness

Posted by Rengypsy on Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

This past weekend we hosted the last Gathering before the Faire opens its gates for the third season, which runs February 11-April 1, 2012.  Prior to the weekend I had had a dream that I arrived at the Gathering and there were a thousand people there.  It was like Faire with hordes in costume and […]

Year Three of a Dream

Posted by Rengypsy on Monday, October 24th, 2011

Sherwood, ancient in legend, engraved in the heritage and myth of western man, Robin of the Hood, Friar Tuck, Little John, Maid Marian, and the rest of the Merry Men, The eternal struggle of between the rich and the poor, between the just and the unjust, between the elites and common man, between real and […]

Amidst the Loss

Posted by Brian on Friday, September 9th, 2011

Our Texas Faire community has experienced significant losses this year due to fires.  Scarby had a fire that destroyed property and took the life of a kind and generous rennie, Will the Pickle Man.  The Bastrop fires have burned over 1000 homes, some being those of brothers and sisters of Sherwood.  Folk around Texas Renaissance […]

Family, Community, and a Hundred Generations From Now…

Posted by Rengypsy on Saturday, September 3rd, 2011

We were born into a family.  Our parents’ blood runs through our veins, as their parents’ and grandparents’ did before them. We feel some connection to our name, to the place where we were born, where we were raised.  But, as we become older, as friends from our childhood fade into distant memories, as the […]

The Little Girl and the Drums

Posted by Rengypsy on Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

I have spoken about the desire and mission of Sherwood being the development of a sense of tribe or community.  It is a core value of our business and our souls.  The transmission of traditions, values, mores, and rituals from generation to generation is paramount for Sherwood to be enduring.  The time since we closed […]

After the Dust has Settled…a look back on 2011

Posted by Rengypsy on Saturday, April 16th, 2011

We will call this “The Year of Sand”…and sand there was. We put down $6000 of mulch, so just imagine how much worse it could have been. The result of no significant rainfall for 9 months. But we survived it in grand fashion. Sherwood’s second year was memorable, meaningful and rewarding. While we are still […]

The Spirit of Sherwood

Posted by Rengypsy on Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

My blessings at Sherwood are overwhelming. On a daily basis, George and I have folk from all over who extend a thanks or praise for bringing Sherwood into existence. It is rewarding, humbling and meaningful; but, let’s be clear: we are only the catalyst for the artistic and creative spirit within many who have longed […]

Happy Holidays

Posted by Rengypsy on Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

Greetings and well met! We had a phenomenal gathering earlier this month with 400-500 people showing.  Some stayed in the camp grounds and worked on their clan camping areas.  Some came for the Job Fair or Casting Call and departed when your tasks were done.  But lots of you hung around for the pot luck […]

Trust

Posted by Rengypsy on Monday, November 15th, 2010

As I have walked around Texas Renaissance festival this season, I have been approached often by folk saying how much they like Sherwood and leaving us a bit of caution, as well.  “Don’t lose your soul in the business,”  said a lady to me this weekend.   “Don’t get too large too quickly that you forget […]

Magic in the Air

Posted by Rengypsy on Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

Sherwood Forest Faire is a vibrant, alive and dynamic organism.  It is changing, evolving, and in a constant state of becoming.  George and I are transfixed at the its development…and feel very humbled to be even a small part of what is happening in these enchanted woods.  I received an email from Lady Songbird shortly […]

Community Amidst a Business

Posted by Rengypsy on Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

Sherwood is a business.  It is a desire of ours that the business is successful and prosperous.  We have invested a fair amount of money and time and analysis to make this happen.  But why a renaissance festival?  Why not a fast food chain or a service industry business? Both George and I have been […]

Looking toward 2011

Posted by Rengypsy on Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

Six months from now the Second Annual Sherwood Forest Faire will open its gates and welcome in a new season of merriment, theatre and song.  But more importantly, it will begin another year of growth and evolution for this social experiment in community. Well over two years ago, a vision was put forth in the […]

Retrospect and Forward

Posted by Rengypsy on Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

i have spent the last six weeks dealing with my father having suffered a major stroke the last week of sherwood. it’s been a difficult time, to certain. the finiteness of our lives, the lack of control, the realities that we are all but grains of sand on a vast ocean…and waves wash us where […]

What a Ride!

Posted by Rengypsy on Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

I haven’t written much lately. Apologies. But it is hard to write when living a dream. The allure is to dive head first into the dream and experience the wonderment of the colors and sounds, the feelings all about that tickle and warm. Dear sojourners, this has been an unbelievable excursion into the realm of […]

Beautiful Beginning

Posted by Rengypsy on Monday, March 8th, 2010

The First Annual Sherwood Forest Faire is well under way.  We are dreaming in color and three dimensions.  We’ve pinched ourselves many times to see if we will wake up, but the dream just persists…and so many of your shining, beautiful faces are all around us in this dream. It’s been amazing trip to get […]

Providence or Chance

Posted by Rengypsy on Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

Last night around 5:30pm, I sat in George A’s office adjacent to his home in Houston as he signed the partnership agreements and various and sundry other legal documents which made him half owner in the land and a major partner in the ownership of Sherwood. George A is an accomplished businessman. He is a […]

A Wonderful Story Unfolding

Posted by Rengypsy on Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

In Hindu philosophy, there is the belief that all souls, all spirits, are on this tremendous journey back to the source of everything–like a drop of water finding its way back to the ocean. Western thought sees time in a much more linear fashion. But regardless, our souls are traversing this land.  We are seeking […]

Autumnal Equinox

Posted by Rengypsy on Monday, September 21st, 2009

Tis the last day of summer in Sherwood, some one hundred and fifty odd days until the gates open for the First Annual Sherwood Forest Faire on February 27th, 2010 (1189).  There is still much to do before that Saturday morning. And yet, our hearts are light and our spirits soar with excitement.  Since the […]

The Seven Sisters

Posted by Rengypsy on Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

Dear Friends, Good news.  The container which holds the stones to make our Celtic Circle, The Seven Sisters, has cleared four governmental inspections after being held up for almost two weeks.  Also in the ocean container are many items for Sherwood Forest Faire, including: Medieval Wagons, Carts, Wheelbarrows, Signage, Spirit Men Wood Carvings, a Statue […]

Aug 9th Aftermath

Posted by Rengypsy on Monday, August 10th, 2009

Another Gathering concluded this weekend. Fantastic turnout. The spirit in the Forest was strong. Energies were bubbling with encouragement. I met many I did not know and received a handful of new applications and contracts. Our number of vendors exceeds eighty at present. There are many folk who approached us about volunteering. We had a […]

Summer of 2009

Posted by Rengypsy on Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

Today, we are installing shingles and tin on faire booths. One of the guys is constructing a make-shift shower for the August 8th Gathering. Next week, the poles will go up for Maid Marian’s Chapel. And there are 219 days before Sherwood Forest Faire opens its gates for the first year. We have received approximately […]

Our Timeline

Posted by Rengypsy on Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

The summer months are upon us. Approximately 240 days remain before the Faire opens its gates for the first time. There is much happening on the grounds. Before the next Gathering scheduled for August 8 th, beginning at 5pm, we will have completed the rough structures for four drink booths, two faire vendor booths, the […]

Some Thoughts

Posted by Rengypsy on Monday, June 15th, 2009

When we are willing to share ownership, when we are able to give up control to others, we risk chaos, theft, betrayal, and ruin: but when we allow others responsibility, when we offer friends, family and newly found sojourners along a similar path as ours to share the burden, as well as the opportunity to […]

June 13th Gathering

Posted by Rengypsy on Monday, May 18th, 2009

Our next gathering at Sherwood Forest Faire will be June 13th, from 4pm-late.  Camping is welcome.  Supervised kiddos’ running around adds to the excitement.  Same scenario as past gatherings: walking tours, ale and soft drinks, folk may bring cover dishes for non-liquid sustenance, campfire in the evening… Communion of common souls, interested vendors and patrons, […]

A Community is Beginning

Posted by Rengypsy on Sunday, April 26th, 2009

The outing has concluded. The cups picked up, the kegs floated, the sound of footsteps as folk walk the grounds silenced, the laughter and play of kids gone home to prepare for school on Monday. And we are honored and pleased with the turnout.  Well over a hundred showed up to tour the grounds, offer […]

Sherwood Forest – Our Promise

Posted by Rengypsy on Saturday, April 18th, 2009

We are working tirelessly on Sherwood Forest Faire…and our aims are several. We want the faire to accomplish several simultaneous objectives: 1) Build on the genius of the founders of the renaissance faire experience, like mar. George Coulomb, owner/president/creator of Texas renaissance festival.  We want the faire to be run as an entertainment business with […]

Dreams and Reality

Posted by Rengypsy on Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Plato stressed the world of dualism.  He thought we lived in a world, which was estimation, something akin to a shadow or a reflection of perfection…and actuality lay somewhere in the netherworld.  He said we should necessarily strive to achieve perfection, but would always fall short. Since that time, we think in the realm of opposites, […]

An Exciting Day For Sherwood!

Posted by Rengypsy on Thursday, February 12th, 2009

An Exciting Day for Sherwood Forest Faire! February 12th, 2009 Blaring Trumpets Cymbals Clashing Fireworks Bursting High into the Air Announcement of SIGNIFICANT IMPORTANCE!!!! On this day, the day of Charles Darwin’s Birth and the presumed passage of President Obama’s Stimulus Bill…Sherwood Forest Faire was issued its BUILDING PERMIT from Bastrop County. As Sherlock Holmes […]

Progress

Posted by Rengypsy on Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

It’s a little over a year before the gates open to Sherwood Forest Faire.  We had a gathering on the grounds this last weekend of interested parties.  The gods of the renaissance blessed us with weather appropriately–near freezing by dark and cold north winds blowing.  In spite of the chilling effects of Mother Nature, we […]

The Renaissance Experience

Posted by Rengypsy on Saturday, July 26th, 2008

Greetings All, I have seldom been as excited about any project as the creation of Sherwood Forest Faire (other than my life with my wife…and many years later, the starting of our family with two beautiful boys). I wanted to share a bit with you of my own dream, of my vision, and of the […]