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Sunday, October 17th, 2010
9:14 pm
Candy Coated Evil Pin
I've lost my Candy Coated Evil pin again and folks, I need my warning label.

If you've found it or seen someone other than the original (me) wearing it please do the karmic thing and get it back to me. You can give it to any rose seller and they will bring it back behind the scenes and it'll get back to me.

Please, everyone needs to know the dangers of the best tasting evil there is, and they won't know unless I get my pin. Thank you kindly and hope your faire has been a great one.

X-posted - I'm sorry.
Wednesday, May 6th, 2009
9:20 pm

now in its fifth year, the Maryland Faerie Festival is a weekend-long celebration of wonder, enchantment, and getting down with our awesome (s)elves. 

The Maryland Faerie Festival features a full roster of fantastic vendors including
Future Relics, Mythical Masks (former Miscellaneous Oddiments), Pandora's Locks, Patrick Ober Chainmail Armour and Jewelry, Wise Studios and many more! 

We also are proud to present two chock-full days of stage and strolling entertainment, featuring some of the best and most exciting artists of the pagan, magickal and faerie community and guranteed to knock your socks off (unless you're not wearing any socks, in which case they will knock your horns, hooves, wings, tails or goggles off). 

Check out just a few of our featured performers (click on the names to go to the artists' websites)

Blending ancient and modern instrumentation and spirit, Telesma bridges the gap between primal and futuristic.  Their music, described as "ethnotronic groove" or "electro-acoustic psycadelic world dance.," is driven by the primal voices of the didgeridoo, the kubing, tribal drums and the human voice.  These elements, fused with high technology and modern instruments, create a mystical atmosphere evoking a primal celebration of mind, body and spirit.  

Percussive, finger-style acoustic guitar, tribal percussion and lush male-female harmonies are the signature of ilyAIMY (ill YAY'mee).  The music is a modern take on folk, roots and rock music that has been compared to Rusted Root, Ani DiFranco and The Muppets. 

Putting a wide range of acrobalance, fire manipulation and juggling talents to use in a series of questionably good idea, Exentrik is a high energy, acrobatic and fire-filled duo, exactly the sort of performing mortals any Faerie Troupe would have kidnapped to while away the hours of eternity. 

The Gypsy Nomads play a hybridized version of the gypsy sound laced with a cabaret, celtic and neo-medieval flavor rooted in punk, folk and the vineyards of southern France.  The Gypsy Nomads features French-born British artist/dancer Samantha Stephenson on vocals, percussion and drums and songwriter, artist and veteran of the punk scene Scott Helland on guitar, drums, and loops.  Together Samantha and Scott create a compelling onstage chemistry and their show is a lively and animated tribute to the free spirit lifestyle. 

Janet Spahr

Performing original and folk tunes on flute, shruti box and the unique and otherwordly Hang Drum. 

Lose yourself in the dreamy reverie of a beautiful song or groove to the propulsive beat of jigs and reels in a marriage of otherworldly Celtic beauty and foot-stomping acoustic folk.  From mystical Celtic vocals to the stirring skirl of the pipes, OCEAN is Celtic Music for Ancient Moderns!

Shauna Burns

Does music find you?  ...It crosses oceans, deserts and mountains to find you sometimes.  But it can also seep into your pores when you are not looking and then you wake you to find that it's always been there.  Part of your soul.  Shauna Burns is an inspired pianist and singer/songwriter. 

The Raven

His origins are obscure and his antics strange, but The Raven is an unusual and amazing trickster and magician who will draw you into a realm of eggstraordinary feats of balance and lunacy. 

And many more.  The Maryland Faerie Festival is family friendly and, in addition to two stages of all-ages entertainment, we have a seperate children's stage featuring storytellers and puppeteers, including
Beale Street Puppets presenting Fairy Caravan
DreamWeaver Productions presenting
The Enchanted Wagon and Dragon Scales & Faerie Tales.  

Additional activities include Unicorn Rides, a treasure hunt, daily parades, lectures, a Green Man March by the brothers of the Blessed Order of the Green Man, workshops, a faerie wishing tree and two Maypole dances led by the Kings and Queens of the Seelie and Unseelie Courts.  The Royal Courts will also be entertaining mortal visitors throughout the day.  

And as if this weren't enough, on the night of Saturday, May 16 we are proud to present

an evening of music, dancing under the stars and fire performances featuring The Gypsy Nomads, ilyAIMY, Dance Afire, Exentrik and Telesma.  This is a seperately ticketed event and tickets will sell out, so be sure to grab yours today!  

The Maryland Faerie Festival is coming with a variety of fantastic and wonderful vendors, artists, bands and activities, and all we need to fill the grove are magical, mischevious and enchanted creatures like you!  We hope you'll join us as our Faerie Revels begin! 

The Maryland Faerie Festival
Patuxent 4H Center
18405 Queen Anne Road
Upper Marlboro, MD 20774
Saturday, May 16 & Sunday, May 17, 10am - 6pm
for more information please visit www.marylandfaeriefestival.org
Tuesday, March 17th, 2009
1:20 pm
Pirate Parlay March 28, 2009.
Info on Pirate ParlayCollapse )

Tickets are $28 per single and $50 per couple and can be purchased online at www.swingtime.biz. Tickets will NOT be sold at the door, and are only available for purchase until the 23rd.

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009
4:17 pm
Pirate Parlay, Baltimore MD March 28, 2009
I wanted to give everyone a heads up about a lovely event happening on March 28. It's called a Pirate Parlay and is a fundraiser for Jenny's Light www.jennyslight.org. Jenny's Light is an organization created for the education and support of women and their families who are suffering from Post Partum Illnesses.
For your ticket price of $28, or $50 per couple, you will receive a fantastic meal, witness an awesome show featuring bellydancers, musicians, and ballroom dancers. After the show we will have mini dance lessons available in both bellydance and ballroom dancing. Bring your drums, we are hoping to have a drum circle. This event is BYO Alcohol.
You can purchase your tickets online at www.swingtime.biz. Please hurry, tickets will not be sold at the door, nor will be they available after the 22nd of March.
We will also have a silent auction that has quite a few amazing items. A few of the items up for auction are a custom made corset, custom watercolor portraits, a pirate basket coming to us straight from the islands, which I believe will contain at least one bottle of Cavalier (Antiquan) rum, which I have never seen for sale in the States.
This is a garbed event. :)

Saturday, February 21st, 2009
4:59 pm
Pyrate Invasion Information Cross-posted
The BALTIMORE PYRATE INVASION is Saturday, April 18th - 7 pm to midnight

There is also a facebook page for the Invasion:

Other events for the weekend:

SWASHBUCKLER SOIREE Friday, April 17th - 8 pm to midnight
The first annual Swashbuckler's Soiree at the Frederick Douglass-Isaac
Myers Museum in Fells Point.
Ticket go on sale Saturday February 21st, 9am.
Prices: $35 advance/$40 at the door.
Advance tickets are sold online and are only available at
NOTE - The first 30 tickets purchased will participate in a private
chartered sunset cruise on the pirate ship Fearless from 7:00-8:00pm
prior to the soiree with Scarlett, Talderoy and Dave.

PRIVATEER DAY, Saturday, April 18th - 10 am to 7 pm
Unique vendors and great food on Broadway Square
Live music by: The Brigands, Captain Thomas Flint, The Salty Dogs
Living History Camp at Bond Street Wharf
FULL of children’s activities
Entertainment by Valhalla Pirates
Storytelling, crafts, and MORE!

And don’t forget to book your hotel room for the weekend. For
information on this and much, much more visit
Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008
2:11 pm
1:04 pm
i figured many people have already seen this, but i figured i'd post it just in case.  general consensus is that Broon cleans up. 

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008
2:10 am
i wanted to let all the rennies out there know about an upcoming internet-based TV show call All's Faire.  

the show is a comedy about the dedicated actors in a struggling (and somewhat dysfunctional) renaissance faire.  the show was created by Thom Woodley, a veteran of internet-TV shows whose two previous projects - The Burg (a comedy about people in Brooklyn who take themselves too seriously) and The All-For-Nots (a comedy fakeumentary about an indie-rock band that takes itself too seriously) - are really funny. 

so far the initial response on All's Faire from early viewers has usually something along the lines of "hey!  i know/am that person!!!"

here's some words from the creator:

Right now we have nine shorts online, in preparation for the launch
of the full series at the end of the year. So here's what you can do
about that:

1. Watch them (in any order) at
2. While you're at it, watch them in high quality. And full-screen mode.
3. Enjoy them. If you didn't, go ahead and watch them again - you'll
enjoy them much better a second, or even fourth, time.
4. Tell your friends, acquaintances, co-workers and enemies.
5. Blog about it. Vlog about it. Qlog about it (yeah, I made that
up... or DID I?)
6. Put links to it on your Facebook / MySpace / Dogster. Add the video
to your page too.
7. Give me your feedback. That's interactivity!
8. Yeah, you should probably watch them again, just to be safe.

Thanks, all! Enjoy!!


* Written by Thom Woodley, Bob McClure and Matt Yeager
* Directed by Johnny North and Thom Woodley
* Produced by Ashlea Hartz, Thom Woodley, Bob McClure and Matt Yeager
* Starring Kelli Giddish, Joe Thompson, Jeff Skowron, Mike Still,
Trevor Jones, Maryll Botula, Bob McClure, Matt Yeager, Thom Woodley,
and Terry Withers
* Edited by Matt Yeager, James Spruill, Clint Higgins and Ashlea Hartz
* Shot by Clint Higgins and Johnny North. Sound by Zach Palamara and
Rome Petersson. Web Design and Build by Jamil Ellis and Mary Brennan. 

check it out!!!

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008
3:45 pm
The “Won” Rose Seller, The one for you!

Crafty deliveries and more…

-Cell Phone/Txt: 410-967-8391 – Checked throughout the day, Please leave your name, a message and a contact number.
-E-mail: The1andonlyamywon@yahoo.com – Last checked on Saturday and Sunday morning before the faire. (8AM – EST)
-Put in your order on my website! http://www.geocities.com/the1andonlyamywon

ROSES $4. Tips Appreciated.
-Crafty Deliveries
-Origami Tokens/Notes/Boxes
-Information gathering for special hits
(Chaos hits – My specialty)
-Much Much More!
Thursday, July 24th, 2008
3:12 pm
Keltish at Maryland Renaissance Festival
It is my pride and pleasure to announce that this year, selkiesyrin will once again be singing at MDRF.

Keltish will be performing at the Maryland Renaissance Festival this year. One weekend only. More specifically, and most appropriately, on Irish Celebration Weekend, Sept 6th & 7th. There are no firm details yet on the time or venue, but because of earlier gigs that weekend, the Keltish Faire performances will be later in the day, sometime after 4 o'clock.

Selkie will also be staying in Annapolis on Sunday night to have dinner with folks who might want to see her after Faire.

Spread the word.


Current Mood: happy
Monday, July 14th, 2008
10:33 pm
Faire Magazine. . .written for YOU
On Renaissance Festival . com, there's been some flack going around that Renaissance Magazine isn't what it used to be. . . . especially when one out of every six issues is designated for weddings.

So I got that itchy artsy/publishing feeling again. Then a few R/F folks pushed me. Then a few more, who enjoy what I've done in the pirate community with The Pyrates Way magazine and would enjoy a similar magazine for "Rennies."

Hmmmmmmmmm I wondered if a full color magazine with amazing features about different faires including prices, types of food and drink, and detailed info on where to stay in the area, what to expect, etc. . . be a good idea? What if it included a part just for serious reenactors. . . and a vendor's area. . .and a garb-making area. . . and a feature on some interesting faire artists that you might not know about? If it all came in a nice package every quarter for less than $6 an issue. . .would you people be interested?

So now there's a choice for your magazine dollar. You can chose a black-and-white magazine produced on conventional paper and includes a lot of articles which boost their advertisers but leave readers wanting more faire-oriented material (which was the magazine's original promise). . . or would you rather have a thick magazine of grand photography that brings far-away festivals into your home to share with kin and counsel?

Personally, I think there's room for both. This idea might piss off both my CPA and my wife, who counts on me to at least bring something home in funds for this idea. . . . but 'tis true. I'll subscribe to both magazines, so I can get all the information. That's the truth of it. . . I can provide a lot in our magazine and they can provide other material.

So here's the deal. . . check us out at: Faire Magazine and see if you like the idea. It's a magazine about Renaissance Faires. . .not just the Renaissance. It's a way to give those involved in Renaissance Festivals, whether owner, entertainer, actor, vendor, playtron or paytron. . . a voice. Our goal is to share these festivals and faires with those who might never (*insert cost of gas here) get the chance to visit.

Subscribers are important but Advertisers pay the bills. If you have a business that's been less-than-profitable this season due to the down-attendance/gas/travel costs. . then this is a way to reach those that would love to see what you have to offer.

C'mon and join us. . . it's all about faire . . . so it's all about us.

(xposted everywhere)
Monday, May 5th, 2008
12:19 pm
An Annoncement and Inquiry from the Pyrates Royale
Many of you know that we hosted a cruise last year to the Western Caribbean for about 60 of our closest friends.
We are giving serous consideration to repeating our mistake in July of 2009. Our unsuspecting destination this time is:

We are edging towards a Norwegian Cruise Line ship that would spend 3 days and nights at the island; allowing for some real sightseeing, nightlife enjoying and beach recreationifiying..
We are told that the weather there is pleasant, even in summer, and the beaches are dreamy.
We will be offering exclusive concerts to our fans, a cocktail party, formal and informal group dining. Other diversions could include, a mass shanty sing, an Irish music session, an astronomy lecture with late night stargazing, a new murder party, There is some chat about an informal pirate film festival. The captain may offer a history of British Pubs, weights and measures.
The current cruise dates are the 19th through the 26th of July, 2009.
We expect that the switch to Norwegian CL will give us a better quality cruise than last year.
Peak time sailing date, fuel surcharge, and a step up in quality will result in a cost that is at least 50% more than the last cruise; but we will be leaving from Baltimore, so most of you will not need to pay for airfare. In balance this should mean that the increase is effectively not as great as it might have been.
Our travel agent suggests that you can pay in installments over the coming year so that the cost is easier on your budget.
We ask that you send your contact info and comments to: skivee3@AOL.com so that we can gauge your interest and tailor our programs. Your initial contact info will only be shared with our travel agent. (Of course, the cruise line will be contacting you after you sign up.)
If this all sounds interesting, please contact us ASAP so we can dazzle the cruise line with hordes of cheering minions…and thank we you for your support!

crossposted to various newsgroups and LJs.
Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008
3:10 am
ever since i first saw the Trevor Nunn movie version of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, i immediately fell in love with the extraordinary soundtrack.  unfortunately, it seems like it's been out of print for pretty much ever.  i've been looking on amazon and ebay for over a year now without luck, so i thought i'd turn to the rest of the internet for help. 

if anyone out there has a copy of the Twelfth Night soundtrack and is willing to burn me a copy, i'd be more than happy to send postage to cover the shipping costs.  you can contact me here. 

thanks!  keeping my fingers crossed! 
Thursday, March 27th, 2008
10:40 am
a little humour to brighten the day. 

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008
3:22 pm
Team Wench (www.teamwench.org) - is putting together a ride. The charity that we chose to support is called RESCU Foundation, Inc. (www.rescufoundation.com), and they support and advocate for those artists and actors who work for Renaissance festivals & faires across the US. It's a great group of people volunteering to do all that they can to help out when accidents and disasters strike the Ren-community.

Our Ride is set for Sunday, June 22nd, with a picnic/barbeque and live entertainment scheduled to take place upon return. The facility is Burba Lake Cottage, which is located on the Ft. Meade military base in Ft. Meade, Maryland. For security reasons, pre-registration is required, which is available through our webpage.

Check-in will begin at 9:30 with coffee & donuts, kick stands up at 10:30, ride for 2 hours then return to the base for the picnic beginning at 12:30 and lasting until the cows come home.

At present, our headliner is the band "Mobtown Hipcats" [http://www.mobtownhipcats.com], who happen to be good friends of Lynne Weise and are donating most of their time to the event. 

If you would like more information about the event, would like to register for the ride, and/or would like to share the event's information with others, please see our webpage at: www.teamwench.org/ride.shtml.

If you are not able to participate in the ride or attend the picnic, but would like to support the cause, please consider making a contribution. Or you might like to check out our merchandise at our Cafe Press store: www.cafepress.com/twride.  We have a great logo that was drawn for us by one of the Renaissance artists! She's one hot Valkyrie! ;-)

Hoping you can make it for the ride, and, if not, then I'm hoping you will consider either attending the picnic or simply making a contribution to the cause! Please share the word.
Tuesday, March 25th, 2008
10:30 am
FaireEver Passes
You can order the passes now and the procedure is the same as last season. They can be ordered on line by sending an email to [email]info@rennfest.com[/email] and providing the name, address, telephone number and photograph, then phoning the festival office 800-296-7304 with credit card information. ($80 each)

More information on tickets can be found at the MDRF website:
Thursday, March 6th, 2008
2:36 pm
Monday, March 3rd, 2008
3:51 pm
Cross-post from Cindy Dayhoff
I will be helping out with this and it should be lots of fun!


Hey all!  I know some of you are already aware, but I want to make this a somewhat *formal* announcement.
On Sunday, June 22nd, TeamWench will be hosting a fundraising motorcycle ride & picnic at the Burba Lake Cottage at Fort Meade.  The ride will begin at 9:30, last about 2 - 2-1/2 hours, and the picnic will begin at 12:30 pm.  ALL ARE WELCOME!  You do not need to ride a motorcycle to participate!
The charity that we have selected to benefit from this event is the RESCU Foundation - the only organization out there that really provides assistance to Renaissance festival/faire actors, vendors, etc., and one that does not get a great deal of support from the general public.  www.rescufoundation.com  Please consider participating in whatever way you can to help us raise as much money possible to donate to this non-profit organization and support our RenWorld in the best way ever!
Cost:  $45 per motorcycle driver (inclusive); $25 per passenger (inclusive); $25 picnic only; $5 per child 10 & under (inclusive)
We have live entertainment set up for your enjoyment, which is included in the above-listed prices.  If you are interested in donating your time towards our entertainment line-up, please contact me directly!  (cvdayhoff at hotmail dot com)
We need your help in any way that you might be willing!  And while you are at it, please consider the following information, which I am cross-posting here from Paradox at Wench dot org:
Search the web with www.goodsearch.com and money from Yahoo advertisers will go to the RESCU Foundation without you spending a dime! Also, check out the shopping section for popular internet sites that donate a portion of the sale to RESCU every time you shop through goodsearch.com!

Hello everyone!

I just wanted to let you all know that RESCU is registered with the charitable fundraising Yahoo! search engine
http://www.goodsearch.com/ . When you name RESCU on the search page and verify it, each time you search through this site 1 cent is donated to RESCU Foundation. Please share this with other supportive people and/or groups.

Thank you so much.

IWG #2742, MCL
Madame of Guild of the Garter Local #34.5
Hoping each of you will take a moment to donate to RESCU in one way or another!  If you are interested in the June 22nd *Ride to the RESCU* and want more information, please contact me off-list, or go to the TeamWench site:  www.teamwench.org.  Registration for the ride will begin on Saturday, March 15th, so please watch the website for more info as it becomes available!
Thanks so much!  {hugs} c
Monday, January 28th, 2008
3:22 pm
Six DEAD Queens!

"Divorced! Beheaded! Died! Divorced! Beheaded! Survived!"

Wit, candor and knitting needles fly in this witty piece of musical theatre brought to you by The Mobtown Players in Hampden, Maryland! Three Catherines, Two Annes and One Jane are trapped together for eternity, forced to engage in an epic battle for the title of the one "True Queen." In the end, they might have lost the King... but they found each other!

This show is a 16 and up performance. Children under the age of 16 should be accompanied by a parent or other responsible adult!

We're already halfway to a sell out on opening night and we're still a 20 days away! Tickets are flying off Acteva for the first night celebration of this one of a kind musical experience!

Visit www.mobtown.net and click on Get Tickets to order yours today! To make reservations - email sixdeadqueens@gmail.com

Don't miss this show - or you might just lose your head over it!
Get 'em before they're gone!!

Here's the special link - Please note that there are only 15 tickets left in the $5 off category - here's your link! http://www.acteva.com/booking.cfm?bevaid=148564

Password is huzz@h
Wednesday, January 16th, 2008
4:36 pm
A Request from Carolyn (MDRF)
Topic: I'm looking for Baebes footage from MDRF 2007

Hello, this is Carolyn Spedden, Artistic Director of the Maryland
Renaissance Festival. I am currently in the process of research and
planning for the upcoming season. It should be an exciting one! However,
my post today is a bit off topic.

I am in need of some very high quality video footage of The Mediaeval Baebes
from their MDRF performances in 2007. I don't need an entire set - really
just a song or two. But the quality has to be "watchable" and all the girls
have to be visible in the shot. This is not for MDRF use or commercial
use. I'm helping the Baebes on some state-side projects, and I need the
footage purely as a promotional bit for some producers who are unfamiliar
with their work. Because their line-up has changed in the past 2 years, I
don't want to use old footage.

If you have any dvd available - please contact me at carolyn@rennfest.com
Thanks so much!

Carolyn Spedden
Artistic Director,
Maryland Renaissance Festival
PO Box 315
Crownsville MD 21032

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