Diversity in the realm: part two

From Part One of this series by Hilary Bryant, originally published October 1: A Renaissance Festival is many things to many people. Just about every kind of person, in fact. What started out in Southern California as a small bit of countercultural rebellion has grown into a rather mainstream phenomenon. RenFaire culture is a convergence […]

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Midwinter’s faire

Imagine sitting around a fire of olde, Renaissance era minstrels and bards singing and reciting love poems, or perhaps poems about the darkening of the sky in midwinter? For lovers of Renaissance festivals, we still celebrate poetry and song, fires and wassail, and the chill of winter held at bay by a warm woolen cloak. […]

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Rock Star: How World Class Geophysicist Julie Oliver-Touchstone Found her second life and female empowerment as an indie movie actor

Julie is a force for good in the theatre and artistic world; her bold, seemingly fearless life is an inspiration. What we found most fascinating in this interview, though, was that Julie has struggled with depression. Her path through darkness to a life of radiance is nothing short of a true story of a feminine […]

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Winter’s chill in fairy tales of old

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. Read on to discover how Snow White became so fair, and for a few lesser-known stories of wintry trolls and frigid curses. By Victoria Audley Winter’s chill and darkness are […]

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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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How to holiday like a mother

Our intention at LadyFaire is to make our readers’ daily lives a little better, because as much as we’d all love to be at a Renaissance Festival every day, it’s not reality! We all live and function in the everyday world of family, chores, jobs, and relationships. Our motto, “Renaissance Woman, Modern World” speaks to […]

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a wassail toast to merry olde christmas

    Many of us who love the Renaissance Festival and the history that it’s loosely planted in observe traditions that trace back to the early days of Christian European and English rituals. We may have trees strung with ornaments of the Twelve Days, or perhaps we indulge in a baked Yule Log. Mercifully, the tradition […]

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Ten Things: A cooking hack that will change your life.

The holidays are busy. Heck, we know every day is busy, what with costumes to make or mend, swordplay and archery to practice, serfs (aka children) to wrangle. What’s a Renaissance woman (or man, we’re not sexist) to do? Get sharp in the kitchen, that’s what. Kristen Johnston, staff writer, archeress extraordinaire, Renaissance Festival vendor, […]

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Ask The Mona Lisa: Renaissance Festival- yours or mine?

Buon giorno signore e signori!  I amma Lisa Antoniomaria Gherardini del Giocondo, butta better known assa Mia Donna Lisa, or, iffa you like, Mona Lisa.  SI!  THATTA Mona Lisa.  Issa my mission inna life to makea sure your mamma she feed you enough, to make-a sure the bambinos are alla cared for, anna to make-a […]

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Playlist: A Cozy Winter

Our team curated a fabulous, diverse music playlist for you, our Renaissance Festival afficionados and readers. It’s a mix of styles and moods to help you get in touch with your festival persona, your Winter Witchiness, your seasonal nostalgia. We’ve brought artists who play on festival stages all over the country together with musicians you […]

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