And a place to park them
- Real Elizabethans would walk or ride in a horse-drawn wagon to the faire. We drive and park at the San Dimas Dam Recreation Area.
Renaissance pleasure faire through May 19 in irwindale. renfaire.com
Say'cheese,' your highness
- In 1574, to get a portrait of someone, you'd hire a painter. We have cameras. The faire's cast of Elizabethans call them "magic boxes."
Photos by brian Day and sarah reingewirtz
Money out of a machine
- Faire vendors honor the spirit of the faire, but they have signs to show they accept credit cards. For most things, you need cash. Look for the handy ATMs.
- WRIST WATCHES
Is that a pleather bag?
- Most Renaissance Faire cast members remember to leave their wrist watches and pleather purses at home, But part of the fun is spotting any harmless faire faux pas.
Step right up
- Steel City Sandwich. The Lobos Truck. The Melt. Mangia Ristorante. Can you imagine how astonished true Elizabethans would be by not only trucks on wheels, but trucks on wheels with kitchens?
Security stands out
- Security guards of old probably wore vests and carried swords. Security officers at the Renaisance Pleasure Faire are easy to spot in their bright yellow polo shirts.
MIKE THE KNIGHT
It's a walking cartoon!
- Among special guests at the Faire is Mike the Knight, from the animated TV series on Nick Jr.. Mike brings storytelling and giveaways on Saturdays in April.