• 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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  • Found Families at Faire

    Right now, at this very moment, millions of people are avoiding their families by spending every hour of the day in crowded stores fighting over the best bargains they can get their hands on. When they get home they’ll raid the fridge which is probably packed to bursting with a small hoard of leftovers which […]

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  • Keeping Busy During The Offseason

    After the run ends and the lanes are emptied of guests, we tend to think of things being over until summer comes again. The truth is faire never stops. Even as we all get prepped to settle in for a long winter, ORF is pushing forward to bring even bigger changes to the grounds for […]

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  • 5 Events You May Have Missed at Renaissance Park – Catch them in 2020!

    There is no doubt that the Ohio Renaissance Festival has made its mark as one of the best seasonal faires around. However, a lot of people don’t know that the fun doesn’t have to wait till Sep-Oct to get started! The ORF is one of five events/attractions to visit at the Renaissance Park’s grounds throughout […]

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  • Elizabethan Harvest Festivals

    Winter in England was no joke, especially in the more rural communities. Seaside villages were buffeted by storms and many country villages were isolated from the larger cities when the weather was bad enough. Hard frost, freezing rain, and deep snows sometimes lasting well into April. Difficult traveling conditions often kept people at home, or […]

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  • Best Costumes of 2019

    You may have noticed, but I have a bit of an obsession with garb! And I’m far from the only one. Every year we get to see people display their creativity and skill through their costumes. There is such personality and thought put into these. ORF is an opportunity for people to really flex their […]

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  • Top 10 Best Acts of 2019

    Did you know there are over 40 different stage acts and performances at the Ohio Renaissance Festival? From singing to comedy, stunt shows to animal acts, everywhere you turn you will find a different display to enthrall and delight your senses. Every year, ORF does it’s best to put forth some of the most skilled […]

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  • Jousting – ORF’s Favorite Full-Contact Sport

    Ah jousting. The NASCAR of Old World. Take that joke with a grain of salt. I love going to watch the jousts at ORF, and apparently so does everyone else. Every joust has been packed to standing room only and the people who attend are very enthusiastic as the jouster rousters get them pumped for […]

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