Monthly Archives: July 2010

Andrew Volpe – Living Historian and Artist

Andy Volpe , a Living Historian and Artist has been with Winslowshire Festival for the last two years.

According to his website :

“For my Living History programs, I started giving public presentations in 2002, and have been regularly going to schools and colleges since 2004.  My best-known program is of a Roman Legionary soldier from the 1st Century AD, affectionately known as “Roman Dude”.  I had been giving public programs continuously at Higgins Armory Museum from 2002 to 2006. There is more detailed information on my programs on the Living History page. (Please click here for my Living History programs)

Aside from Reenacting / Living History, I am also an Artist, specializing in works on paper, pencil drawing, as well as Printmaking.  I hold a Bachelor’s of Arts in Fine Arts, concentration in Drawing and Printmaking from Westfield State College (class of 2000).”

He does doe Living History as part of The Higgins Armory Museum known as “The Roman Dude” and if you are a teacher or know a teacher, maybe they would be interested in having him come by According to his website:

“All programs should be considered for grades 6-12 to Adult.  Please note both Roman programs are age appropriate as “PG-13” due to content.

To book a program, contact me at my email (palusbuteo AT hotmail DOT com), or see my Contact page. Be sure to check my FAQ page to answer questions.  Please email me directly for pricing and availability.”

He also does some great artwork which can also be found on his website here: which is called Silverpoint which is quite interesting to watch and see.

We hope that you got to see some of his artwork, and that you can purchase some if you have the chance.


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Queen of all Dirges – The Dirge Queen

Our good friend Linda Markey has portrayed the lovely and talented Dirge Queen

has been performing at Winslowshire for the last 3 years.

Linda Markey as The Dirge Queen

We met Linda while performing many years ago at Grafton Festival of the Lions (which is no longer happening I’m afraid to say).

With her soulful sounds and instrumental talents, she can sooth your frustrations just by singing.  She has a few videos up on YouTube so you can see and hear for yourself.

She also is a wonderful person to have around as she is just so grounded in herself and her music.

According to “A Dirge is a somber song expressing mourning or grief”

According to Wikipedia “Dirge,

1. Music a. a funeral hymn or lament b. a slow mournful musical composition

2 Any mourning song or melody”

While The Dirge Queen does do a lot of sad mournful songs, there are quite a few other songs she knows that aren’t as sad or mournful, they are cute and sweet too, just like she is.

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Getting pretty braids from Ye Olde Hair Shoppe

If you’re a lady of old time fashion, you would most likely have long enough hair to braid it in a way to make it more renaissance style.  Julie DiMarzio from Ye Olde Hair Shoppe can help you out.  Even though she has short hair herself she knows hair and how to make it look like something from the past with hair wraps.

She does travel from different Faires.  We met her at the Connecticut Renaissance Faire last fall and also at the New Hampshire Renaissance Faire this past May.  She was all excited to be at Winslowshire Festival this year (her first year) and loved her spot across from the Trellis stage where she could watch different performers for both days and near the privies (always a bonus).

She was happy to be close to home in MA so we hope that she comes back again for next year’s event, which we will post about hopefully shortly.


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Thank you all for your support!

Well, Winslowshire Festival was a grand success thanks to all of you who have supported us!  The Winslow Farm Animal Sanctuary made roughly $11,500.00 (not including expenses)!  That will help them support all the animals that live on the farm.

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank all of our volunteers that helped set vendors up, helped breakdown vendors and helped vendors in general.  This was duly noted not just amongst us (the directors) but also with our vendors who gave us rave reviews for our customer service on our fan page.

We also would like to thank all of our new vendors and of course all of the vendors who have supported us for the past two years to be part of our family, we hope that you did well, and very shortly I will start blogging one vendor/performer at each post during the year to keep the blog fresh and updated as well as to inform the people that could not attend.

Where would we be without all the fabulously fantastic talent we had?  We would like to give a BIG shout out to Samurai Taiko/Samurai Academy performing and volunteering their time to show us how the Taiko Drumming is all about, it was a true honor to have them there.

We would also like to thank Del’s Lemonade for donating $0.50 for every cup of Del’s Lemonade went to The Magical Moon Foundation which helps children with cancer.  We’d also like to thank all the people that have sent us pictures, videos and more, keep them coming!

Limited Tee Shirts have been made, to get yours, please e mail us or leave a comment and we’ll send you the information!

HUZZAH and Thank you for your support of Winslowshire Festival for the Animals – Third Year!

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