A Texan Renaissance? A defunct 55-acre strip-mining site in Texas may seem odd stomping grounds for noble lords and corseted ladies, fortune-tellers and wenchesor Queen Elizabeth for that matter. But each year that is exactly the scene when the largest Renaissance festival in the United States enlivens the New Market Village for eight autumn weekends in the town of Todd Mission. Over a half-million attendeesmany of them costumedcreate an alternate world with theatrics, jousting, archery, juggling, libations, and games like Drench-a-Wench. Looking at the festival grounds, its previous incarnation as a strip mine is hard to believe.