Last weekend IAI employees and family members traveled to Crownsville, MD, to spend the day at the Maryland Renaissance Festival. This is an annual fair set in a fictional 16th century village called “Revel Grove.” Spanning over 25 acres, the Maryland Renaissance Festival is the second-largest fair in the United States. We enjoyed trying to see and do as much as we could during our time there. We visited vendors and craft shops, partook in activities of the era, watched stage and street acts, and sampled from the many village food outlets.
This year we decided to go with the theme, “dress like a pirate day,” and many of us got creative and had fun with costumes (not just the kids)! Highlights of the day included watching an exciting jousting show, firing miniature “cannonballs” at enemy pirate ships, recharging with belly-timber like a turkey leg and a cup of mead, and seeing a hoop-twirling street performer manage to twirl 6 hoops at once — one on her nose! This outing is always an IAI family favorite.