Good!  So the odd title drew you in.  

It’s the first day of April, and while technically the first day of spring was a few weeks ago, for me, it isn’t until April that I feel that spring is truly here.   (Especially if you live in Wisconsin and have had snow warning looming over you for the past two weeks.)Spring does something to us.  It makes us want to shed our winter persona, by packing away our sweaters and tackling our house  for the inevitable spring cleaning.

It also marks the beginning of recruitment and rehearsal season for your beloved Trayn’d Bandes.   As of today, we are 99 days away from opening day at the Bristol Renaissance Faire.    When this time of the year hits, I find myself  going through photos that have been taken of the Bandes over the course of the last year.  I smile and laugh, as I remember the stories and memories the photos stir up, allowing myself to go down memory lane.    I love remembering where they were taken, or what was going on as the photographer clicked the shutter button.

Elliot Erwin once said, “To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.”  

As a photographer, I love taking pictures of the interesting.   I challenge myself to try new angles and new viewpoints to capture a photo that finds the interesting in the ordinary.    So here are some of my favorite pictures that have been captured, by both myself and one of our favorite photographers and people, Patty Smith.






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We carry you all with us everywhere we go, so here is your opportunity to carry us with you on your tablet, smartphone or computer.

To save one of these photographs on a desktop or laptop: hover the cursor over the picture, right-click, and select “save image as…” from the menu. On a smartphone: tap and hold the photo, and select “save image.” If you’re unsure of how to then change the background on your phone, not to worry.  It’s simple for both iPhone and Android.