• The History of Willy-Nilly-on-the-Wash

    Welcome to the real-life geographic location of Willy-Nilly-on-the-Wash, snugly tucked in between Warwick and Bishop’s Itchington roughly ninety miles from London. Rather, should I say the ‘theoretical’ location of Willy-Nilly, being that Willy-Nilly exists best and truly in the hearts and minds of its people and primarily in Harveysburg, OH. To be fair, this is […]

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  • Let’s Make a Goblet Cover

    Nothing quite beats a cold drink on a hot day at faire! You take the brand new mug or goblet you bought, saunter on over to the bar and have the lovely beer wench fill it to the brim. As you head out into the streets and onto the next show, you want to be […]

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  • Long May She Reign – With Connie Pfeiffer, ORF’s Queen Elizabeth I

    One Hand on the Throne The history of Queen Elizabeth I is as fascinating as it is complex. The daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, her storied life was one of grandeur and political intrigue. Elizabeth went from princess to bastard, orphan to prisoner, and eventually to Queen. Her reign has since been heralded […]

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  • Let’s Make a Feathered Faire Hat

    With only 7 weeks left, now is about the time when I start getting the ‘faire-jitters’. The excitement is building and I find myself thinking about what I can do to satisfy that urge. Last week we talked about the creativity which the Ohio Renaissance Festival inspires and how it drives us to add a […]

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  • Building History – Constructing a Booth With Chip Brown

    The Tudor Home The Tudor style of architecture is so iconic that you would recognize it even if you didn’t know where it came from or what it was called. Easily identified from its rectangular shape, timber frame, and jettied second floor, a traditional Tudor house stands out even among modern architecture as having a […]

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  • Let’s Make a Favor Saver

    A big part of what I enjoy about the Ohio Renaissance Festival is the way in which it inspires me towards creative projects. The environment there is as such that you feel like you want to participate in any way you can. Every year I see people turn up with hand-crafted items they have put […]

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  • The First Years of ORF – With Rebecca Kostrach

    The thundering of hooves across the jousting list prompts the roar of the crowd as the lance splits into a dozen pieces. A knight falls from her steed, her armor shining in the sunlight as she clatters to the ground. A cloud of dust rises and the crowd holds its breath to see if she […]

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  • Ren Faire in the Media – A Review of American Princess

    Alright, I’ll admit it. American Princess from Lifetime had me from the first episode. I’m not really sure what I was expecting. There has been some scuttlebutt around the Rennie community here and there. Anytime a ren faire gets so much as a mention in a tv show or movie, we pounce on it to […]

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  • Behind the Gate: Cast Auditions

    It takes a certain kind of person to wake up one day and decide “Hey! You know what I’d like to do? Dress up in three to five layers of upholstery grade fabric and go running around thirty five acres in all sorts of adverse weather conditions while talking in a 16th century English accent!” […]

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  • Music Culture at Faire – With Jennifer Brough

    Imagine you’re sitting in a tavern. The room is dimly lit by the warm tones of the hearth. The cheap beer clings to the sides of your mug in much the same fashion as it does your throat. Rain beats at the thatched roof and you aren’t looking forward to the long walk home. Tomorrow […]

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