Freakin' Chainsaw?!?!?!?!?!?!? Yeah, they hired a new stage act who juggles a chainsaw in his show—actually a good bit and act, but it so doesn't belong at Bristol.
Bristol was always known as a more historical minded faire, and tried for many years to keep out things that can blatantly ruin the 'mood' they try and create. However, over the past several years there has been a fundamental shift away from really trying to hide a lot of modern 'rip you back to the real world' things. We musicians, though, are still under a relatively strict 'no modern references or recognizable songs' clause, but apparently that no longer applies to everyone (another rant on its own). Even the merchants have been affected, since they started to allow the selling of ready-made, imported, or slightly altered goods, instead of the old stricter policy of everything must be hand made. So now there is even a shop that sells DVDs and CDs, and a boot maker where everything is imported from China (no matter what they try and tell you).
With all this, in my opinion, Bristol takes another step toward being just another average Ren Faire.
Thankfully, there is still a bit of the old magic around for those who know where to find it, and for all the changes over the years, even all the bad ones, we still love the place, and always will.
We'll be back for weeks 4, 5 , 6, and 8 this season, and hopefully can help keep a bit of that old magic alive.
To all our friends and fans (many like family), both old and new: thank you all so much—you're the real reason we keep coming back.