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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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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A Shear Paradox: Witch Life in Winter

The curtains of wild vines and tame plants thin To reveal the exposed heart of her forest gardens. Flashy and bright few plants show off their fine greenery. Empty trees raise dark skeleton limbs to the sky. Witch examines blackened mounds torched by frost, searches for life. Finding some and finding none. Persephone shifts and […]

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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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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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