Diversity in the realm

part one of a series by Hilary Bryant “CANNON FIRE! CANNON FIRE!” These words ring out across the entryway to the faire – both a warning (plug your ears, folks) and a proud invitation. With a singular and emphatic BOOM, it begins. Music plays, gentle and lively. Excited cries from vendors layer on top of […]

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Dream Mission

Loved ones are gathered, the music begins as the lights dim, and everyone turns as the beaming bride elegantly makes her way down the aisle to her beloved to begin their lives together. A wedding is one of humanity’s most time-honored traditions, and whether traditional or not, a public declaration and celebration of the love […]

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Painting The witches of “hocus Pocus”!

Have you ever wanted to paint a canvas but didn’t think you had the skill? Meet Angela Staha, artist extraordinaire! She can help anyone, and we mean anyone, handle a brush! We asked her to put her experience and expertise to use, showing our readers how to paint an amazing abstract of Halloween favorites Winifred, […]

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Witch Life: Pumpkins

Pre-dawn on the way to feed the animals, the August air was cooler than normal with some humidity. The black cat followed behind, and an owl called three times in the distant forest. The pumpkin plant seemed to grow over night with skinny tendrils, large leaves, and crawling vines reaching into the pathto the chicken […]

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Life Resumes, Huzzah!

When we started LadyFaire in the autumn of 2020, the world had shut down. Faires and Festivals were canceled all over the country, and we all missed the community we’d grown to love. Our team wanted to fill that void. As faire musician Lojo Russo sings in her song “Where We Left Off”: Hello, my […]

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Spice Up Your End-of-Winter Cooking!

As we enter the last few weeks of winter, you may have found yourself running out of creative cooking ideas for the cold weather. Warm, creamy beef stews or a Texas chili may have worn out their welcome! No worry here, Christine Boyett Barr of LadyFaire has searched for delicious recipes from the Slavic and […]

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Forest Dark and Water Deep: Slavic Spirits and Stories

As winter descends in the northern hemisphere and those who are blessed with home and hearth settle in with warm beverages and toasty blankets, there’s a sense of snug security in these shorter, colder days. But sometimes, magical creatures lurk in the long winter nights, especially in the colder climes of Nordic and Slavic regions. […]

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Winter Songs for a Quiet, Snowy Night

It’s mid-January, and sweaters, mittens, and hot chocolate are in high demand as we snuggle up under a blanket to binge watch Encanto or read Daina Gabaldon’s latest, Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone (is there any love more divine than Jamie and Claire’s?). If you need music to accompany your quiet evenings, […]

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Let Us Love Winter

It’s January, 2022, and we’re in the midst of another surge in Covid cases. Sometimes it’s been discouraging; it’s hard to keep chins up and eyes ahead. I am learning that it takes bravery to live abundantly and authentically during a global pandemic that’s soon to reach its second anniversary. I haven’t been perfect at […]

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From French Hood to Tiara: Not Just A Beauty Queen

Renaissance Festivals have been a springboard to many artistic careers, from magicians Penn and Teller to Hollywood director Andy Fickman, but something many don’t realize is how many people have found their experience working at a festival to be an aid to advancement, both personal and professional, in seemingly unrelated fields. One surprising example is the […]

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Playlist: Shine Out, Faire Sun!

We’ve gathered songs about summer fairies, beaches, and warm sunshine. For those who have summer faires to celebrate, this mix is a great soundtrack for your journey to the festival. For those who must wait for their faire’s next season, this list can make your summer picnics and vacay drives a bit, well, sunnier! It’s […]

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Meeting Puck: Midsummer’s Magic

After a long year of closures and being sheltered in our homes, this summer feels especially celebratory! Though we yet remember the shadows of the losses of the last 16 months, so many of us are finally breathing a little easier, turning our faces toward the sun, and airing out our costumes and garb to […]

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Folklore and Humanity – a review of Botanical Folk Tales of Britain and Ireland

Have you ever noticed that when you’re walking the lanes of a Renaissance or medieval faire, there is a distinct love of all things connected to the United Kingdom? A generalization, to be sure, but Renfest enthusiasts are often devoted Anglophiles who love tea, kilts, Celtic knotwork, and may even be able to quote sumptuary […]

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A Corset Story

Of course, we’ve all seen women walking the lanes at the Renaissance festival in gorgeous court gowns, shimmery fairy costumes, and simpler merchant-class dresses. But perhaps there is no more ubiquitous clothing item at the RenFaire than the corset. Curvy, boned, and in materials from silk to leather, the Victorian corset has become the costume […]

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