Sunday, May 11, 2014

Alamogordo Downtown Merchants Association Renaissance Faire

Saturday, May 10, 2014

The Alamogordo Downtown Merchants Association sponsored a delightful Renaissance Faire on New York Avenue this past Saturday. Doug and I decided to dress in costume and attend.

We took a selfie just before leaving the house.  There were plenty of booths with everything from jewelry to arts and crafts items as well as food and drink.  All of the downtown stores were open, advertising specials to bring the public inside.  We hadn't been in that area for some time (due to my illness) and we were quite pleased to see all the new stores that have opened here.

Costumes included knights, court jesters, ladies-in-waiting, pirates, belly dancers and magicians.  The face painting booth was very popular and they were quite talented in their applications.

We visited the Le Spirit Arts and Crafts shop where we met the owner, Pennie Strawbridge and I am going to begin taking painting lessons from her in June. This is something I've wanted to do since moving to New Mexico and I'm excitingly waiting to begin the lessons.

Classy Cats, the cat rescue operation has moved across the street from their former location. It is quite a lovely store. They take donations of items for resale to support their rescue operation. The store is well appointed and easy to navigate. They always have cats and kittens on display just in case you might see one you would like to take home.

Of course, I had to go into Antiques Etcetra. to see the proprietress Audrey and to browse for any new items on display.  I found a beautiful red hat and a roadrunner to go in my collection.

Also on site was a Collie Rescue Group with some of the most beautiful animals I've ever seen. Some of these dogs have been service dogs and are no longer needed in that capacity. Made me wish we had a huge yard to give one of these dogs a home.

Queen Carla and her consort, Douglas ready for the Faire
A great shot of the booths at the Faire
L to R: Queen Carla, our lovely Mayor Susie Galea and her cute daughters
L to R: Linda Laws (one of my Red Hatters), Queen Carla and Linda's best friend
One of the fair maidens with her pet boa
A very pretty court jester with a dark knight
Gentleman in front of Stella Vita's sporting the fantastic talent of a face painter
Carla window shopping and one of the magicians
Audrey, owner of Antiques Etcetra., greeting Queen Carla
Three members of the Alamogordo Rocket Dolls roller derby team
We think this Collie is beautiful because he is so differently colored from the others
Thanks so much to the Alamogordo Downtown Merchants Association for creating a lovely venue for this Saturday afternoon. We had a lovely time and look forward to this happening again next year.

Thanks to my darling Doug for taking the great pictures of this event.

This is all I have to say for now.

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