During our New Year's Rally, the hosts typically try to plan for events to keep everyone entertained/busy. We've done tours, shows, museums and the like. This past weekend's rally had something different. We attended a dinner show in a local castle. Now, if I was over in Germany or England, visiting a castle wouldn't seem so out of place, but in a small Central Texas town of barely 4000 people? Turns out that we do have a few, if you know where to look.
Several years back, the owner of a bakery in downtown Bellville, bought 20 acres of land just outside of town. He was going to build a house on it but nothing really struck his fancy. Then one day, he came up with the idea to build a castle. He spent eight years erecting a 3,400-square-foot castle - and then he moved in. He surrounded the turreted structure with a moat and installed a working drawbridge, portcullis, and a trebuchet that can shoot big rocks about 100 yards. He opens the castle for tours and various events (weddings, receptions, dinners). In 2010, he began working with Murder by Chocolate, a Houston group that stages [dinner theater] murder mysteries on weekends. There’s a mock siege of the castle, and someone is kidnapped and murdered. People can participate and get into costumes and follow scripts. For dinner, he serves a medieval feast with a whole roasted pig and all the fixings.
Was a very interesting/fun event, if not a bit cold. It turns out that central a/c and heating were not part of the old medieval architecture. I had taken a few pictures of the event but it was at night and many did not come out well. Besides, I was knighted (Sir Cuss) to stand guard over the drawbridge. At least I wasn't named Sir Circumcision. Everyone got to play a part in the play and entertainment. Kind of a campy play, but it was very entertaining.
|The royal couple|
|Fairy Godmother and Godfather|