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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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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I Love to Laugh…

If you’ve been on Facebook for a while, you’ve seen those trends where some meme makes the rounds of all your friends and your feed is full of the same silly content for days. Here lately, it’s been: What kind of old woman will you be? And the women pictured are nothing less than awesome, […]

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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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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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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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