Verdugo Park, 2000-05-06

A fine spring day in a very lovely park, captured in these pictures. We were performing for a "hand-fasting" - a sort of trial wedding whose tradition spans back several hundred years. The prospective couple would agree to be bound to each other (figuratively) for a year and a day, and at the end of this time they could call it all off with no harm done, or they could decide they worked well together and get a real marriage.

We see these occasions more commonly at the Renaissance Faires, since the hand-fasting tradition was in full swing during Elizabethan times. At any rate, the event gave us a fine opportunity to play outdoors and enjoy the open air.

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