• The LGBTQIA+ Community at Faire

    Fair has been a safe and including space for me, my chosen family. There are always smiles and hugs. I choose to ignore the haters and surround myself with loving people at fair. Be yourself, love yourself.” Linda Chute (Queen Mab) Pride isn’t limited to one month a year. It’s something the LGBTQIA+ community at […]

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  • FREE Friday Flicks at the 1572 Roadhouse Bar-B-Q

    Last Friday marks the first time my wife and I attended a public event since March 23rd, 2020. I’m one of those people who need social interaction to thrive. But like so many others I knew the only responsible thing to do was to stay at home to help lower the risk of transmission of […]

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  • Community Spotlight: The Fairy Co.

    Come away, O human child!To the waters and the wildWith a faery, hand in hand,For the world’s more full of weeping than you can understand. W.B. Yeats “The Stolen Child You may see them around the faire, flitting back and forth with wings made of sunlight and dreams. You may encounter them with crowns of […]

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  • One of Us: 10 Things to Know Before Auditioning for Cast

    The sun is out, the air is clear and we are working our way to the 2020 season of the Ohio Renaissance Festival! Our faire just wouldn’t be complete without the vibrant cast of characters from history and imagination wandering the lanes. They help make the experience a memorable one for our guests through song, […]

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  • Historically Inaccurate

    We’ve all seen the Big Bang episode where perpetually nitpicky Sheldon Cooper bemoans the inaccuracies of their local faire, completely missing the point of going in the first place. While Sheldon is an exaggeration of the accuracy geek, he isn’t off by much. There is a debate perpetually happening in the Renaissance Festival community over […]

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  • The Renaissance Outside Europe – Africa

    Hailed as the cradle of human-kind, Africa’s history is one of unparalleled distinction. We tend to think of this continent as a singular entity when in reality Africa has 54 countries and is a diverse tapestry of culture, civilization, and development. Over 3,000 indigenous peoples are living there with over 2,000 different languages spoken today. […]

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  • Onward to The Past – COVID-19 and Preparing for ORF 2020

    I think when this began we all felt – perhaps a bit too optimistically -that it would be over relatively soon. We’d miss a paycheck, maybe two, but everything would bounce back. It was just a matter of time and patience. So we began finding other ways to spend our time. We baked bread with […]

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  • Health To The Company

    It’s looking a wee bit rough out there, isn’t it? I debated for a long time about how best to write this blog entry. We’re all going through some tough times right now. Most of the people I know are motivators, preaching the tenants of Keep Calm & Carry On as they livestream teaching their […]

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  • Veterans of ORF – Erik Dolphin

    The way in which faire can change us is often unexpected. It often feels like a rediscovery of something we forgot was within us. That vague sense of joy and free play we had as children that escapes us as adults comes rushing back and suddenly our imagination is limitless. During cast auditions it is […]

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  • Ren Faire in the Media – The One About the Renaissance Faire

    Amid all the beloved cliche’s of television and movies is that of the Ren Faire Episode. I have a sincere fondness for this trope, even if it mostly exists as a backdrop for the characters to explore facets of their personality, their inter-group relationships, and the fun of dressing in tights and flouncy dresses. But […]

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