Forest Dark and Water Deep: Slavic Spirits and Stories

As winter descends in the northern hemisphere and those who are blessed with home and hearth settle in with warm beverages and toasty blankets, there’s a sense of snug security in these shorter, colder days. But sometimes, magical creatures lurk in the long winter nights, especially in the colder climes of Nordic and Slavic regions. […]

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Winter Songs for a Quiet, Snowy Night

It’s mid-January, and sweaters, mittens, and hot chocolate are in high demand as we snuggle up under a blanket to binge watch Encanto or read Daina Gabaldon’s latest, Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone (is there any love more divine than Jamie and Claire’s?). If you need music to accompany your quiet evenings, […]

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Let Us Love Winter

It’s January, 2022, and we’re in the midst of another surge in Covid cases. Sometimes it’s been discouraging; it’s hard to keep chins up and eyes ahead. I am learning that it takes bravery to live abundantly and authentically during a global pandemic that’s soon to reach its second anniversary. I haven’t been perfect at […]

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From French Hood to Tiara: Not Just A Beauty Queen

Renaissance Festivals have been a springboard to many artistic careers, from magicians Penn and Teller to Hollywood director Andy Fickman, but something many don’t realize is how many people have found their experience working at a festival to be an aid to advancement, both personal and professional, in seemingly unrelated fields. One surprising example is the […]

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Playlist: Shine Out, Faire Sun!

We’ve gathered songs about summer fairies, beaches, and warm sunshine. For those who have summer faires to celebrate, this mix is a great soundtrack for your journey to the festival. For those who must wait for their faire’s next season, this list can make your summer picnics and vacay drives a bit, well, sunnier! It’s […]

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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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Flower Tales: Renaissance Spring

It’s finally May and spring is in full bloom! Renaissance and medieval faires across the country have opened their doors. The light is soft and beautiful. The evenings are deliciously warm. Pour yourself a cocktail and curl up on your patio for a few floral tales of yore, beautifully written by staff writer VC Audley. […]

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Eimar Burke: Spirit and Light for Beltane

Síocháin, suaimhneas, solas agus grá. Peace, tranquility, light and love. In June of 2020, Eimear Burke was installed as the Chosen Chief of the Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids. In March of 2021, I had the pleasure of speaking with her via Zoom from Kilkenny, IE to Evergreen, TX. Initially, my plan had been […]

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Hildegarde von Bingen: The OG Badass Medieval Abbess

In our era of truly impressive women who lead and serve (still a ways to go, but progress is happening!), we don’t always know about the trailblazers who were cutting a wide swath of feminine power. Meet Hildegarde von Bingen, a truly remarkable woman, a composer, healer, a woman of faith and courage who left […]

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