Ron Patterson, creator of the first Renaissance fair has gone to that great jousting tourney in the sky. He was 80.
With its pastoral setting, strolling players and bonhomie made bonnier by tankards of ale, the fair was an idea whose time had come. Amid the Vietnam War, inhabiting a lost era of courtly love and gentler combat had tremendous appeal, and the fair became a kind of early, wimpled Woodstock.
I'm tried and failed to find an appropriate image to go with this post...A Google search seems to bring up nothing but heaving bosoms and predictably, men in tights. And this just isn't that sort of blog, thank you!