This weekend Belladonna will be attending a convention that is near and dear to her heart - WICKED FAIRE!!! Out of all the conventions I attended last year, Wicked Faire was number one in terms of what a non-stop fun, surprises and excitement around every corner, sensory-overload experience it was. In all seriousness, the experience I had at Wicked Faire has had an incredibly positive impact on my life, and I expect this year to be no less thrilling.
In 2013, Wicked Faire's 8th season, the convention's theme is "The Revenge of the Renaissance Faire", but of course, simply because it's Wicked, this will be no ordinary renn faire. On the convention site it is described as "the one Renaissance Faire created for the mad ones, by the mad ones" and a renn faire for "Steampunks, Geeks, Goths, Queer people, artists, Rennies, Pagans, Rocky Horror-ites, and all the other people who make up the beautiful and very weird heart of every Renaissance Faire out there."
Having attended Wicked, I know the heart they speak of. It is a heart that is accepting of ALL types of weird, not specific groups that certain individuals subscribe to, and it's this non-judgmental environment that gives Wicked Faire attendees a wondrous sense of freedom that cannot be found in everyday life. If I wasn't aware of all the hard work that goes into creating Wicked Faire, I would say that it was created by mystical, magical event planning elves...or Jeff Mach (the creator of Wicked Faire, The Steampunk World's Fair, Geeky Kink, and more), which I guess is about the same thing.
And so concludes my love letter to Wicked Faire. Now for the details.
Wicked Faire: The Revenge of the Renaissance Faire will run February 15-17 in Somerset, NJ in two (yes two) hotels. This year Wicked has more programming than they can possibly cram into one space. If you are bored for one moment at Wicked, it's your own damn fault.
This year's event boasts an impressive line-up of musical guests such as This Way to the, Egress, Platform One, Eli August and the Abandoned Buildings, and the infamous Voltaire. I have personally seen all of these acts, and each provides a different, but equally entertaining experience. I also highly recommend catching a performance by White Elephant Burlesque Society. I've seen several of their performances, and they are always captivating, well-produced, and fun. The act I'm most excited for, but have yet to see, is Fire Gypsy. I'll be sure to attend one of her performances and give you a review. You can't go wrong with a fire show!
In addition to all of the fantastic performers and vendors at Wicked Faire, you'll also find unique events to attend. Namely, The Goblin Market is a fully-immersive theatrical experience whose inhabitants display the darker side of Victoriana. At The Goblin Market everything and anything can be bought or sold...for the right price. And money is not the only currency. If you love the dark and mysterious (if you're reading this blog, that probably means all of you) be sure to visit The Goblin Market from 7-11pm on Friday night.
Running alongside The Goblin Market on Friday is a special VIP Victorian Meet and Greet sponsored by Why Not Cake, makers of fantastic, non-traditional cakes. Take a look at their gallery; their cakes are amazing! I can't wait to see what they've created for Wicked Faire. Belladonna will be floating between both The Goblin Market and the VIP Victorian Meet and Greet on Friday night. Will I see you there?
As for Saturday and Sunday, I just don't know where I'll end up. That's the beauty of Wicked Faire. It's a convention packed with spectacle and fantastic people who will lead you through spontaneous adventures. Hmm...perhaps I'll lead someone on an adventure this time.
I hope to see you there!