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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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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Featured Artist: Magnolia Strange

Sometimes, we encounter a spirit so radiant with joy that it seems to just seep through the body’s pores to shimmer in the air and light upon anyone lucky enough to be in that spirit’s path. Magnolia Strange is one of those spirits. A multi-talented RenFest performer, Magnolia will soon release “O Greenest Branch”, an […]

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TEn THings: Covid Precautions For Faire

This time last year, our lives were forever changed. As a vendor, performer and cast member of faire, our shop was closed down, our show schedule was completely cancelled and we, along with everyone else became victim to faires and festivals all over the world closing. Our income and businesses were hit hard, thus we […]

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It’s All fun and Games, Until someone …

For so many who love the Renaissance Festival, laughter is the great joy that drives their attendance, we daresay perhaps even more than the ale. Or mayhap it is the ale that makes the laughter so deliciously belly-jiggling! To celebrate April Fools Day, we reached out to jesters and court fools from festivals all over […]

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April Fools!

“Here cometh April again, and as far as I can see the world hath more fools in it than ever.” – Charles Lamb.  Today, our usual interaction with the concept of a fool is centered on what my daughter calls the “worst day of the year” – April 1st, when you should be even more […]

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Tarot Painting Lesson

One of our favorite sights to see when we visit a Renaissance Festival are the evocative, beautiful paintings of the immensely talented artists who show and sell their work at faires; from fantasy-styled works to portraits inspired by Renaissance masters, we’ve seen abundant beautiful works or art. Have you ever wanted to paint a canvas […]

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Beyond Cupid’s Arrow: Women in Archery

As I stood on the field of competition at Sherwood Forest Faire in 2016, I grasped my bow with a sweaty palm and shook from the nerves. I had shot a few times in front of an audience previously, but no one was watching me, I faded into the background as there were plenty of […]

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Falling in love at the Renaissance Festival

“The God of love, a benedicite! How myghty and how greet a lord is he! Ayeyns his myght ther gayneth none obstacles, He may be cleped a god for his myracles, For he kan maken at his owene gyse Of everich herte as that hym list divyse.”- Chaucer, “The Knight’s Tale”    Chaucer’s Knight weaves […]

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The Faire Experience: Brevard REnaissance Festival

Have you ever walked under clear blue skies, palm trees swaying in a warm breeze, and found yourself watching a basket ribbon weave at a Maypole? Or perhaps lured to a mainstage by the raucous tunes of the band The Craic? Perhaps you’ve enjoyed the juxtaposition of court gown against tropical foliage, or come to […]

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