• Celtic Pride: Who Were The Celts?

    Celtic ‘is a magic bag, into which anything may be put, and out of which almost anything may come.” – J.R.R Tolkien We, by and large, are a nation descended from immigrants. The people who, by choice or by force, left behind the land of their birth and crossed a dark, endless ocean to come […]

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  • Meet the Jousters: Combatant’s Keep

    The smell of horse sweat. The pounding of hooves. The anticipation as the lance lowers. The roar of the crowd… Every year, the Ohio Renaissance Festival hosts a jousting troupe at the Arena of Champions, giving our guests the opportunity to witness this age-old sport themselves. As the Queen takes the dais and the knights […]

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  • Happy Pride Month! Let’s Discover Queer Figures of the Renaissance

    The LGBTQ+ community is nothing new, and to pull that subject into debate is nothing but imaginative folly. As we move forward into pride month it is important to look back and acknowledge the people who made a contribution to LGBTQ+ history by simply existing in a time period that was – more often than […]

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  • The Medieval Period vs. The Renaissance

    From Viking gatherings to pirate fests, fairy conventions, and cultural festivities, America has no shortage of faires and festivals to attend during the year. Renaissance faires are no exception. With a renewed interest in the mainstream cultural consciousness, we’ve seen everyone taking advantage of the renewed popularity and spreading the news by creating content through […]

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  • Courtship & Marriage in the Tudor Era

    Honour, riches, marriage-blessing,  Long continuance, and increasing,  Hourly joys be still upon you!  Juno sings her blessings upon you.  Willaim Shakespeare, The Tempest These days we think of love and marriage as a somewhat nebulous concept. For some, it’s a deeply spiritual commitment that joins willing people together. To others, it’s more like one option […]

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  • History of Willy-Nilly: Watermelon vs. Pumpkin War

    Amid the quirky village of Willy-Nilly lies a rich history that is brought forward from season to season, resulting in some of the festival’s greatest traditions. One of the most noticeable and memorable is that of the Watermelon vs. Pumpkin War, a highly contested battle between the sweet fruits of summer and the hearty gourds […]

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  • PIRATES: Cutthroats & Crewmates

    I’ve never known anyone who didn’t have a pirate phase. Maybe it’s because Pirates of the Caribbean came out in 2003 when I was just about eighteen, which makes it all the more surreal that eighteen years later there is a PotC 6 in the works. I remember being obsessed with that movie and the […]

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  • Celtic Heritage Alive and Well in 2020… Even Without Festivals

    If 2020 hadn’t been…well, 2020, we would have spent this last weekend rocking out to the sound of bagpipes and drums as we downed a Guinness while wearing a kilt. Well… Technically if 2020 had not 2020ed we’d have done it in June! It would have been a glorious precursor to the ren fair, whetting […]

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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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  • The Renaissance Outside Europe – China

    Our view of the world is, perhaps not surprisingly, quite Eurocentric. As Americans, we feel much of our history stems from our beginnings as an English colony. This has shaped a great deal of our perceptions; from culture to politics, social normalcy, and even our food. But as America continues to grow and develop, we […]

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