Eimar Burke: Spirit and Light for Beltane

Síocháin, suaimhneas, solas agus grá. Peace, tranquility, light and love. In June of 2020, Eimear Burke was installed as the Chosen Chief of the Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids. In March of 2021, I had the pleasure of speaking with her via Zoom from Kilkenny, IE to Evergreen, TX. Initially, my plan had been […]

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Learn to bead a beautiful egg!

We love these beautiful, detailed beaded eggs that make gorgeous, unique spring decorations. If April is for celebrating the arrival of warmth and the blossom of flowers as the Earth becomes fertile once again, a bowl of wildflowers with one of these eggs tucked in amongst the blooms would be beautiful on your table! Angela […]

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The Sacred Art of the Pysanka

Those of us who love Renaissance festivals tend to have an eye for beauty and a passion for history. And though we are often quite familiar with the history of Europe and specifically the United Kingdom, there is rich heritage and art to be celebrated to the East! We think these exquisite eggs are worthy […]

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Valentine’s Gift Guide: For Him. For Her. For Them. For You.

For the upcoming holiday, we looked all over the country for unique gifts made by companies with a heart. If you’re looking to support a small business whose values are part of their mission, may we suggest any of these, as well as the catalog site of Renaissance Festival artisans you’ll find at the bottom […]

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Epic Royal Breakups: The historic, the mythical, the Legendary

There is a thin line between love and hate, and if you’ve ever been involved in a passionate relationship that ended suddenly, messily, or smashed your heart into a million tiny pieces, then you get it.  Heartbreak is one of life’s guaranteed rites of passage – virtually none of us make it through life without […]

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Enchanted Desire: Love in Myth and Fairy Tale

For those of us who love the world of the Renaissance Festival, the fairy tales of old are a cherished source of wisdom and beauty. We’ve all loved seeing the knights and ladies strolling the lanes of our faires. Read on to discover how romance worked in story, and how it might make its way […]

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A Playlist For Breaking up: A Choking GAll

Is there anything more bitter than an epic breakup? And there’s no better way, short of slashing your ex’s tires, to process fury and heartache than blasting a playlist that veers between melancholy and rage; named, to quote famed lover Romeo, “A choking gall”. Our team curated a fabulous, diverse music playlist for you, our […]

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A Playlist for falling in Love: A Preserving Sweet

Ah, the joy of falling in love! And what better way to celebrate being in love on Valentine’s Day than a happy playlist named, to quote famed lover Romeo, “A preserving sweet”? Our team curated a fabulous, diverse music playlist for you, our Renaissance Festival aficionados and readers. It’s a mix of styles and moods […]

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Celtic Yule Cakes

The Winter Solstice of 2020 in the Northern Hemisphere takes place on December 21. While the solstice is now considered the official beginning of the winter season, for many ancient faiths, it marked the beginning of the slow return of the sun from its lowest spot on the horizon; the first signal that the dark, […]

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Give me that old time religion

Upon one’s first visit to a Renaissance Festival, one might wander into a book stall and be surprised at the selection of books. Fantasy novels are snugged alongside books about pagan faith and mysticism. It’s a far cry from the usual fare at a typical American bookstore. For many, one of the most appealing aspects […]

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