• The Art of the Ren Faire Garb with Johnna Brough

    There is an undeniable sense of pageantry that comes along with the Ohio Renaissance Festival. Hours before the gates open – and in some cases, before the sun comes up – cast members and guests alike spend time crafting a look to present during the season. Much of this has been in the process for […]

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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