Papa Report #22


Papa Was A Boy in Gray Book Tour

with Prize-Winning author Mary w. Schaller


Report #22 from Bard of Avon & King Hal:  September 30, 2001

Dispatches from Crownsville, MD

Welcome to the Maryland Renaissance Festival!
King Hal: Greetings and good cheer, my friends! Welcome to the merriment at Revel Grove, permanent home of the Maryland Renaissance Festival!

Photo: Mary, Bard of Avon, and me at the entrance to the Festival.

The Bard: This year, the Maryland Faire is celebrating its twenty-fifth anniversary, making this festival one of the country's oldest Renaissance Faires.

King Hal: Verily, you speak the truth, good Will Shakespeare! Today and for the next five weeks, over 250,000 people will stroll through the gates of my faire domain to savor the delights of such delicious offerings as Steak on a Stake, Peasant Bread with honey and powdered sugar, roasted cinnamon nuts, and the ever-popular turkey legs!

The Bard: With due respect, Your Grace, but you never ate a turkey leg in your life.

King Hal: How now? Come again! Explain this mystery! I can practically taste its succulent juices on my royal tongue.

The Bard: Indeed, Your Grace, you did taste many a chicken leg, a duckling's leg, a goose leg, even a lark's leg, but alas! Turkey legs were unknown during your reign. Turkeys come from the New World and during your era, none had been captured and sent back to England for your royal platter.

King Hal: Harumph! An oversight on the part of my explorers! I shall send a message directly to them! "Bring me turkeys!"

The Bard: (muttering to himself) The good sea captains will never get that message in time. (To the king) Ah, but this Festival has more than just food, Your Grace. Have you forgotten the joust?

King Hal: I never forget a good joust. I was the best jouster in the land! In all of Europe for that matter! On a good day I could wear out three horses as I accepted all challengers. Just ask my Queen!

The Bard: (Again to himself) Which one? You had six! (Then aloud) And there is juggling, music --

King Hal: I am an excellent musician myself, you know. I even compose music. Have you heard "Greensleeves?" Tis a hit, a very hit! My very own work!

The Bard: Aye, Your Grace, you are the best musician in England, which is why this Festival has music at every corner. And the actors! What gambols and jibs they do to bring smiles to the faces of your most loyal subjects!

King Hal: They are good, aren't they? I am a very good actor myself, as well.

The Bard: (Quickly) Aye, Your Grace! You are a man of many talents!

King Hal: Naturally, I am the King!

The Bard: And you have been presiding over Revel Grove here in Crownsville for many years!

Photo: Mary, King Hal, and me on the pathways of Revel Grove.

King Hal: Today, methinks we shall see one of your plays, Will.

The Bard: Indeed, Your Grace, it is a little piece I have written about your favorite subject --

King Hal: Dinner?

The Bard: Marriage. It is called the TAMING OF THE SHREW and will be performed upon the Gatehouse Stage this afternoon.

King Hal: We shall see this frolic -- after we have dined upon some turkey legs.

The Bard: Your Grace, I fear we are expected elsewhere. There is the little matter of a personal appearance at the bookseller's booth, Page After Page. Master Eric Singley and his goodwife Sue are expecting us to accompany our fellow scribbler of stories, Mary, when she signs her books of love. (HALLOWEEN KNIGHT and ONE KNIGHT IN VENICE, both Tudor era tales of intrigue and romance.)


King Hal: Books of love? I too am a romantic. In fact, I am the greatest romantic in all of England. In all of Europe!

The Bard: (prodding Hal along) Yea, verily, Your Grace, and all the world knows of it. Mary has asked us to keep her company, and how can you say no to a lady?

King Hal: I have never denied a lady anything! I am the most chivalrous knight in England!

The Bard: (Quickly) Just so, Your Grace. Ah, I spy Mary now!

Photo: Mary, Sue, and her assistant, Shea, at Page After Page Book Booth. King Hal and me take our ease in a silver bowl.

King Hal: Great horned toads! What is she wearing? Why isn't she in a double-skirted gown, with six petticoats and padded, double-slashed sleeves? Where is a demure French hood and veil to crown her hair? Methinks she looks like a jester.

The Bard: She is dressed as an entertainer, so please Your Majesty, because that is what she does -- she entertains your subjects with tales of adventure and love.

King Hal: Adventure and love. Mummm! I like that! Methinks I shall compose a song to those two worthy endeavors!

The Bard: And so you shall, Your Grace. In the meantime, let us join Mistress Mary.

King Hal: To it and with a will! Will Shakespeare, that is! Ha!

The Bard: (To you) And so we passed our day at the Maryland Renaissance Festival in good company with much laughter, and some very clever puns, as well as a good deal of feasting upon chocolate -- marvelous treats from the New World! The King and I occupied places of honor on the counter where all could admire us. Mary signed many books with the aid of her special purple plumed quill pen, in keeping with our time period. What an enjoyable afternoon, and we have the pictures to prove it. The pictures, of course, were taken by our resident wizard, Marty.

Fare thee well!
And so, we too, shall depart this stage. All's Well That Ends Well! Until we meet again, live long, love well, and eat healthy foods! Above all, keep reading your books! We scribblers and poets need your support!