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 Traveling at any time and especially in the current climate can seem daunting. Travel rarely goes exactly as planned and that can be a good thing if you are prepared by controlling variables before the travel even begins. I am a professional archer and performer. I travel for work as well as […]

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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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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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For Beauty’s Sake: Autumnal wedding

Every once in a while, you see something that is so gorgeous you have to stop and simply take it in. It may be a cryastalline dewdrop on a leaf, a richly-hued sunset, a baby’s smile, the wrinkled, aged hands of a grandmother, or a breeching, blowing whale. Beauty is all around us. To celebrate […]

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Featured businesses: Trove costume rental/Darksilver studios

At LadyFaire Living, we want to celebrate and support female-led businesses that are outside the gates of the festivals. We hope to appeal to our readers’ sense of style and moxie! This month, two seasonal businesses that might inspire and equip you to create the perfect Halloween costume and decor and as an added bonus, […]

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