Soon it will be Renn Fayre and the Grail is here to help you celebrate! First, study up on the history of Renn Fayre with Guananí Gómez, Lauren Mondroski, and Claire Pask (1). Check out what to expect when you're Renn Fayre-ing in Alex Morgan and Lauren Mondroski's interview with first years (7). Ever wondered what's going on in our pretty little RF Czars' heads? We've got the scoop (9). Finally, we end our issue and our year with with Thesis Parade kissing advice from Miss Lonely Hearts (10).
Thanks for reading the Grail, and have a great summer.
Claire P., Claire S., and Guananí
News & Features
Parts I–IV of “The Complete History of Renn Fayre” by Brian Click and Alejandro Chavez were published in the Grail in the spring of 2016. The series recounts Renn Fayre’s fifty-one year history, from its humble beginnings as an actual Renaissance Faire to the infamous property damage disaster of RF2K and everything in between. Now, in the Grail’s latest installment of “Complete History,” Guananí, Lauren, and Claire pick up where Brian and Alejandro left off, diving into how Renn Fayre has changed from 2008 to the present.
The Grail asked Renn Fayre Czars Leensa Gheneti, Aminta Gueye, Brenna Intemann-Milligan, David James, and Kieran Nugent to fill out a questionnaire online regarding their experiences as Czars and all things RF2k18.
“A lot of weird shit,” a student commented, “happens at Renn Fayre.” It’s a phrase many first-years repeated when asked what they’d heard about Reed’s annual end-of-the-year festival, with a combination of excitement and nervousness evident in their response. There seemed to be an anxious, unsure, yet captivatingly curious attitude in Vollum Lecture Hall, where Renn Fayre Czars had called first-years, transfer students, and other first-time Renn Fayre attendees to congregate and learn, whether for the first time or the hundredth time, what Renn Fayre is all about. It was a Tuesday night, at the point in the school year when time on a school night seems to exponentially increase in value, but even so, an impressively large crowd filed into the auditorium. The Grail asked groups of first-year students about their perceptions of the three day festival before the meeting began.
Miss Lonely Hearts
Dear Miss Lonely Hearts,
This year will be my first Renn Fayre. I didn't go to the big meeting, but all my friends keep talking about how it's a tradition to kiss a bunch of people. I've haven’t had my first kiss yet, and it might be cool to kiss people at a big party like this, but how do I do it? I know consent is important, but how do you do that if it's loud or awkward? And what about the actual kissing part? Or should I just wait until I decide to kiss someone I really like some other time?