There are many reasons to enjoy a Renaissance Faire. The costumes are amazing, the food is pretty good (my favorite is a BBQ’d turkey leg!), interesting events such as jousts and jugglers, jokers and magicians. Oh, and for those so inclined, there are craft shops and kids activities, too!
Just about 100 yards inside the entrance to the Faire about a month ago, a large, rather scary looking man was standing there with an axe and a wheel that you could spin. There were various things on the wheel and if you spun the wheel and if it landed on “Tar and Feathers”, well, that was your “sentence”. My 7-year old grand daughter, decked out in a costumer and probably not realizing what was up, boldly (as is her nature!) walked up to the man to see what was going on. He invited her to spin the wheel and she give it a big tug and it spun around and around. It landed on “water torture”.
The man walked over and picked up a bucket with water and asked her (very friendly-like) if she was ready. At that moment, she turned and looked at her dad and I got this picture. It was a moment of pure childish innocence and bewilderment with a tinge of delight.
As it turns out, he didn’t throw the bucket of water on her (though it might have felt good as it was a warm day!), but just pulled out a spray bottle and spritzed her a bit. She was relieved! And so, I think, was her dad and little sis!!!!
Enjoy your Memorial Day weekend!!!!
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: Heavy fog caused a collision of boats on the St. Lawrence River in Canada that killed 1,073 people on this day in 1914. Caused by a horrible series of blunders, this was one of the worst maritime disasters in history.
The Empress of Ireland left Quebec on May 28 with 1,057 passengers and 420 crew members on board. At 2:00 a.m. the following morning, the Empress was near Father Point on the St. Lawrence River when thick fog rolled in. A Norwegian coal freighter, the Storstad, was approaching as visibility was reduced to nearly nothing.
Although each ship was aware of the other, the Storstad failed to follow standard procedures for fog conditions, which call for stopping when visibility is drastically reduced. The Storstad only slowed, while the Empress came to a complete stop. The Storstad hit the Empress mid-ship and sliced through its hull. Captain Thomas Anderson of the Storstad made matters even worse by failing to reverse engines after the crash. He proceeded directly ahead, crushing many people on board and turning the Empress over onto its side. Anderson later told investigators he had feared reversing would have allowed water to rush into the hole.
This was a colossal error. The Empress sank in just 14 minutes, taking the great majority of its passengers with it. Only 217 passengers and 248 crew members survived the collision. The subsequent investigation placed most of the blame on Captain Anderson, but found the Empress had also ignored some critical precautions that would have saved many lives. Because of the risk of collision, the Empress should have sealed its watertight doors, which would have minimized damage from a crash; it did not.
TRIVIA FOR TODAY: The country whose people eat the most chocolate is Switzerland, with 22 pounds eaten per person each year. Australia and Ireland follow with 20 pounds and 19 pounds per person, respectively. The United States comes in at 11th place, with approximately 12 pounds of chocolate eaten by each person every year.