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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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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Dark Fairy tales for dark nights

The sky fills with dark, smoky clouds, and the leaves combust into fiery color. A warning chill fills the air, carrying the throaty cawing of ravens on the wind as it whips past you in the quickly darkening night. In the shadows between trees, you hear rustling, perhaps a soft, sinister whisper, and the step […]

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The Faire Traveler: stress reducing travel hacks

By Kris Johnston For both professionals on the circuit and fans who travel to attend their favorite festivals and faires, traveling can seem daunting! Not only do you have garb to pack (has anyone seen my favorite mug?), you have all the usual challenges of a trek. Travel rarely goes exactly as planned and that […]

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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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Please Good Missus, a soul cake!

By Christine Boyett Barr Forget the twelve days of Christmas – did you know there are three days of Halloweentide? Starting with All Hallow’s Eve on October 31st, Halloweentide also encompassed All Saints Day on November 1st, and wrapped up with All Souls Day on the 2nd. In a precursor to trick or treating, mummers, […]

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The Path to Heaven passes through a teapot

Americans have a caffeine addiction; our hurry-hurry go-go pace requires it. Coffee feeds into our souped-up view of ourselves as overachievers on the cusp of our next idea, project, or promotion, thus the coffee culture with its plethora of coffee shops around the country.Tea has a different chemistry though it does contain caffeine, some blends […]

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A Woman’s Place? On her horse.

A sharp, loud trill from somewhere to your left pierces the raucous revelry in the tavern behind you, and carries into a defiant call: “A woman’s place is on a warhorse!” Electrified at the fierce power and rebellious anger against those who would remind women that their place should be a kitchen, a bedroom, or […]

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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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