I shall tell thee a story of the man they call Fionn, cousin of the Mackenzies and payer of homage to the Queen.
We met at his clan’s encampment at a town known to some as Port Deptford, and to others as the 49th Renaissance Pleasure Faire in Irwindale. Here, on Saturday and for six weekends prior, Fionn and his talented band of singers, dancers and fighters made their 16th-century home under tents near the Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area. During the week, I’m tolde Fionn goes by Chris Lebedeff of Burbanque.
“I’m able to have someone take care of my lands and am able to come here,” he smiled.
We talked under boughs near the tents of Clan MacColin, a group of historical reenactors who set up a working forge and offered fascinatingly detailed history lessons for anyone wanting to strike a conversation. The “clan” portrays Scottish and Irish foreigners and is not an actual historical family name, but rather a theatrical name for a fictional group from Glendarry on Loch Ewe in the highlands of Scotland.