• New Year Traditions Around The World

    Should old acquaintance be forgot And never brought to mind Should all acquaintance be forgot And auld lang syne. Robert Burns Auld Lang Syne (1788) When we look back at the old year, we are filled with memories from all we’ve experienced and how far we’ve come. A new year means new opportunities, new challenges, […]

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  • New Streaming Shows Bring Fresh Cosplay Opportunities for ORF 2020

    There have been a lot of good shows to come out of streaming services in the last year. Sci-fi and fantasy seem to be at the top of everyone’s lists in 2019 and it’s no wonder. Both offer worlds of adventure where evil is defeated and good triumphs, even if only for a moment. Many […]

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  • Winter Solstice at Sun Henge 2019

    One morning, when the air is crisp, I want you to walk outside. Take a deep breath and feel the tingling of the snow, the bone-deep ache that comes if you stand out in it long enough. Close your eyes and immerse yourself in the reality of winter, bleak and bright, calm and cold. Stay […]

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  • Renaissance Throughout Europe

    What comes to mind when you think of a ‘renaissance’? You probably heard the term in school, or about works of art. We talk about someone being a ‘renaissance man’, meaning that they have a wide range of talents and knowledge. And of course every year we get hyped for the Ohio Renaissance Festival, bringing […]

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  • The Hidden Lives of Tudor Women

    History is an endlessly fascinating subject. I’ve often thought it much maligned, especially given how much there is to be explored. Pick a time period, any time period, and imagine you could interview a hundred thousand people across the world rich or poor, young or old and ask them what it was like. You would […]

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  • The Symbol You See Everywhere at Faire – The Tudor Rose

    When taking a look back at the Tudor Rose, it’s important to realize the significance attached to the imagery. Heraldic symbolism is about ever so much more than just pretty pictures on a shield. Encompassing rank, lineage, politics, and accolades a family’s Heraldic design tells a story, allowing those who witness it to discern immediately […]

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  • Elizabeth in Film and Television

    Elizabeth I stands out from the crowd of monarchs, being both a departure from the rest of the Tudor dynasty as well as exemplifying her family’s best (and sometimes worst) qualities. She is a complex figure, full of romanticism and intrigue as well as a staunch political figure and determined ruler. Appearing countless times in […]

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  • A Very Tudor Christmas – Holiday Traditions of the Past

    The holiday season is a time of splendor. People turn out their best in hopes of bringing light into the darkness. Whether it’s a faith that the sun will one day break through the clouds or that a divine miracle can be visited on humanity, we all hold this time of year to a higher […]

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  • Krampus Culture Alive and Well in Ohio

    Amid the cheerful carol and jingling bells of the season, there is a shadowy figure which has seen a rise in popularity in recent years. Known as the Krampus, this strangely spooky figure harkens back to an era when the difference between naughty and nice meant a lot more than a lump of coal in […]

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