I want to share with you one of my favorite faire performers of all time. Her name is Twig the Fairy, and she is the definition of magic.
The first time I ever saw her was at the North Carolina Renaissance Festival. Sometimes it's hard to tell who does and doesn't work for a festival because some people get so into their costumes and some of them even make up characters for themselves (even before I started working at MDRF I've been stopped for directions, asked how much items cost in shops, and asked for faire information no matter where I go). I spotted Twig from across a walkway and my friend and I just stopped and watched her for awhile. They way she interacted with kids and adults alike was simply magical. We found ourselves with big silly grins on our face just watching her. Since leaving North Carolina, I hadn't seen her since and that made me sad.
And then she was at Spoutwood.
I knew she was going to be there because I follow her Facebook (which always brings a smile to my face) and she said she would be. As we (Alex, Alicia, and I) were rounding a corner, I saw her. "There!" I said, and the other two looked around. She was actually purchasing another set of wings as we stood there, so her back was to us. The second she turned around, the girls gasped. She is breathtaking, and on a day that was drizzly and cloudy and I felt like I just wanted to curl up and sleep forever because I was sick, she made me smile and the day became so much brighter.
This all sounds a little silly, and I'm fully aware of it. She's a person, a performer, an actor - I am surrounded by such on a daily basis. But I think that's why it's so special for me - when I can get lost in someone's persona, forget for a little while that they go back to their car at the end of the day like the rest of us, shed their wings and throw on a pair of jeans, it really is magical for me.
If you ever have the opportunity to see her, take the time to do so. Her schedule is on her website, and I wish she was in this area more often. Seeing her again though makes me think about hitting North Carolina this fall!