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July 3rd, 2006

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03:13 pm - Changes at MDRF


There have been several changes made to the Maryland Renaissance Festival site for the 2006 season.

As you may have seen in posts a few months back, some of the trees on site were dead and needed to be removed. New trees have been planted.

At the Market Stage Ivy has been planted to increase the shade cover.

More benches have been added throughout the site.

There have been some modifications to the stage at the joust field to accommodate more people.

And the biggest news (IMHO) is the redesign at The White Hart. In order to facilitate additional seating, the front sections of picnic tables and the box have been removed and replaced with stage benches.

Off site many of you are already aware that a favorite rennie hangout, The Ground Round, has closed.

There are several former performers returning for guest appearances. It should be fun to see old friends.

There are other changes, but I have not been given formal permission to release that information. Stay tuned.

Only 8 weeks to go.

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Date:July 3rd, 2006 07:45 pm (UTC)
OooOoooooooo -- the anticipation builds!

Thank you for sharing your insight on those things you HAVE been given formal permission to share. *poke* I know what I would like to see as upgrades to the site, but I would not want to share them and inadvertantly get anyone in trouble in case I happened to guess even pseudo-correctly.

Missin ya, and missin MDRF!
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Date:July 3rd, 2006 08:15 pm (UTC)
yay for benches! yay for the Ivy! boo for losing the poor trees. (i still say there was too much beer and pukey beer dumped on them and that's what killed them.)

i also heard Ground Round is now a Panera. thewhitedragon ate at a Panera for lunch/dinner once, didn't care for it, and probably won't want to brave trying again. though he did like their breakfast pastries. maybe we can at least pick up sunday breakfast on saturday night. we'll have to find a new usual, i guess.

besides, after faire we need more than soup in a bread bowl and sandwiches. that's what we'll be eating all day!
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Date:July 3rd, 2006 08:34 pm (UTC)
The Panera IS on its way in there. By end of summer, or fall, I think? It's a LARGE space for a Panera, and should be interesting.

As we get closer, I'll post the FULL list of restaurants, and reviews of the ones I recommend/have eaten at in the last year. You can use the info as you see fit. Me, I'll be taking advantage of the opportunity to visit old favorites with friends who haven't been there before.

This year it won't be faire that's expensive, but the eating out. My faves are above average in price. Figures.
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Date:July 3rd, 2006 11:03 pm (UTC)
It's large, but the one in Dobbin Center in Columbia is probably about the same size as that space is... and it's often close to full, even at 2:30 in the afternoon (and I mean folks eating as well as doing other things, not just people sitting around using the WiFi).

I actually like Panera... a *few* of the soups at least (Tues, Thurs, and Sun. they have a wild rice with chicken soup that is *almost* as good as the same soup at MDRF), as well as the pastries. Not being a sourdough lover, I can live without most of their breads though... but some of them *look* seriously yummy.
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Date:July 3rd, 2006 10:59 pm (UTC)
Yay! An Am post I can see!

You have just made me wish even *more* that it was Friday night... I can't wait to see what bits have changed (so far) this year on Saturday! ... not to mention seeing the people I miss seeing much of the year.

They'd been intending to make that change at the White Hart for a couple years now... glad to see they've finally gotten to it. That should make at least a *few* people much happier and able to *listen* to the performers they want to there.

Looking forward to seeing *you* there too, Amethyst! (even though I have to wait a *bit* longer for that)

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