The Renaissance Faire was in full swing. Coming to Delbrook, Wisconsin, the Friday after Labor Day, it was an event of pure performance art. A whimsical imitation of a medieval market town was erected in a field above Falcon Lake. Costumed players provided a day's worth of events that ranged from plays and musical entertainments to nature exhibits and crafts to a finale of jousting, mock battles and horsemanship.
Traditionally the local schools called a day off on Friday. It gave the teachers a welcome chance to catch their breath after the hectic opening days of the school year. Now that the lake crowd had closed up...