The Revolutionary Roots of Self Care

Bubble Baths. Mindfulness and Meditation. Korean Sheet Masks. CBD oils. Red Wine. Yoga. Staycations. Skincare. Gratitude Lists.  These are a few of our favorite things! These are also just a few items and practices that are most likely to spring to mind when you hear the phrase “SELF-CARE”. As this is being written, the hashtag […]

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Pamela colman smith: the pixie of the tarot

Many Renaissance festival goers have sat across a draped table with a reader and listened while this gifted individual shared insights from a tarot deck. Likely, the deck was illustrated by Pamela Colman Smith; her deck is probably the most recognizable of all the tarot. An artist whose style was influenced by the Art Nouveau […]

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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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Featured artist: Lily hufnagel of lilystrations

I recently had the sheer pleasure of chatting with Lily over Facetime, she’s a delightfully positive woman who radiates joy. A native of Pennsylvania who loves Barcelona, her playfulness was evident by the cat ears popping up behind her shoulders, courtesy of a cute pillow case. Who are you and what do you do? My […]

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Every Rose Has its thorn: Love, Loss, and Funeral Traditions

“Love was both the softest edge and the sharpest edge of what made life real.”~Susan Meissner, A Fall of Marigolds Grief Begins With Love The Renfest can be such a romantic place, with marriage proposals held on joust stages, knights reciting poetry to flattered and flustered patrons, and flower sellers carrying baskets of floral delights […]

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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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