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Merry Meet, Merry Part and Merry Meet Again

All good things must come to an end….even little Winslowshire Festival.  Yes…it is true.

Winslow farm has decided that they are going in a different direction.

We would like to thank ALL of our performers, merchants and of course our hard working cast and crew that made this Festival 10 Classic Renaissance Faires across America : http://www.thedailymeal.com/10-classic-renaissance-faires-across-america (yeah, I am still not believing that either!).

We’d like to personally thank Nourish Lexington, http://www.nourishlexington.com who not only became the one and only Vegetarian food vendor that was fabulous but also was like finding a diamond – plus we now became friends.

We would like to thank ALL of you who came to the festival, whether it was our very first year (yeah, it was small) to the very last year (2011 season).  We would like to thank ALL of the people who have supported us (behind the scenes) like GoBostonCom http://www.gobostoncom.com and others.

We thank all of YOU who have become our friends and family – we were lucky to see some friends from the past (who I never thought I would see again) and meet some new ones every year.

We have other festivals/faires in the works, so other things are coming our way.  I like to think that Winslowshire was my springboard into this new career for both of us.  Without that, we would not have had this many opportunities that have come our way now.

So, Merry Meet, merry part and Merry Meet Again – Fare thee well, Winslowshire, you will always remain sweet in our eyes.

 

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Foxboro Founders Day, June 11th and countdown starts now!

Our very beginning ;)  This is a picture of myself (I’m the one with the flute) and my husband (who goes by Bumbly Phinn) who started Winslowshire in 2008.  Back then, we had only 16 vendors and 10 performers.  We grew into something more the next year though.

This is a picture from last year.  As you can see, we grew into a real Renaissance Festival.

 

 

 

 

We will be marching in Foxboro, MA for Founders Day on June 11th at 10 am, so if you live in the local area, we hope you can come out to support us!

We have some new vendors that are coming to Winslowshire this year:

We do hope you can come this year.  The dates will be June 25th and 26th of 2011 from 11 am to 5 pm.  Make sure you don’t miss out on all the fun!  Hope to see you there!

 

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Prospect Hill Forge – The Blacksmithing Classroom comes to Winslowshire

The sound of cold steel against hot iron. Human will versus inhuman resistance. The shimmer of heat as it rises into the sky. Sinuous curves stiffening as they cool…
A battle with a fire-breathing dragon? No, just a blacksmith doing his job.

According to Prospect Hill Forge’s website http://prospecthillforge.com ” a blacksmith is one who works the black metal (iron) by smiting (hitting) it. The blacksmith takes advantage of the fact that iron becomes plastic when hot and forms it to his will in that state.”

Prospect Hill Forge will be demonstrating Blacksmithing for Winslowshire this June.  They have been with us since 2009 and they are just really interesting to watch.  If you have any questions about what they do, or would like to try your hand at it, they do have classes available in Waltham, MA and take students so you too can learn the art of blacksmithing.

We do hope you can come to Winslowshire this June.  There is plenty to see and do!

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Update:

Reliable Bus from New Bedford, MA will be our chariot this year.  The extra parking has been allowed at The New Testament Baptist Church in Taunton, MA on Saturday, June 25th from 10:30 am to 5:3o pm.  The bus will go every half hour from the Church to the Farm for your convenience.  The Bus will then go on Sunday, June 26th from 1 pm to 5:3o pm.  Please do respect the church and not park before 1 pm on the Sunday as they do have services there.

We have only a little more than a month to go, and we’re working hard on some new songs for finale!  38 vendors and 22 performers!  Lots of things for the little ones too!  There will be an ATM on site should you need cash for some vendors (or give a tip to our performers, please do feel free to tip them well).

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A pocket full of love – Esme’s Heart Pockets

My new friend Alison Blair has been doing a new venture called Esme’s Heart Pockets http://www.alisonsmagick4.com/ who makes really cute little pockets – these pockets are an excellent way to keep your gems and charms safe!

She also makes lovely kilt pins called Lord Montegue Kilt Pins that have all kinds of charms on them.  She made me one as a gift that has all kinds of musical instruments and renaissance themed things on it (including a Castle!) So cool!

She also has an Etsy site as well at http://www.etsy.com/shop/alisonsmagick4 so if you like, you can go on Etsy and search her products!

She also teaches metaphysical classes in Tarot, astrology and spell casting – Neat!

We can’t wait to have her back again to Winslowshire Festival!  Please be sure to stop by her booth to say Hello!

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Update:

We are very close to the actual event!  We now have an ATM service that is coming provided by All Star Vending Service! http://www.allstarvendingservice.com/home

We also have some more vendors that are just coming in (hopefully this week) and the schedule should be up on the website (http://www.winslowshire.com) so check it out!  We certainly hope that this entices you to come to our little Festival.  After all it is for a fabulous cause, and there is so much to see and do!

🙂 thanks!

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Holiday ideas with Winslowshire Vendors – part II

As you may or may not know, Winslowshire Festival for the Animals had 45 or so vendors last June, and I hope to get to all of them, but for now, here is another list of some ideas that you can get for you or your loved ones for the Holiday season!

1) Antika Nueva (http://www.antikanueva.com) has some unique and wonderful jewelry (all hand made) as well as some great soap (my personal favorite is the Chocolate and Roses, smells so good) and some great goo (yes, goo, trust me it is wonderful stuff! I believe she has an Etsy site so you can probably shop on line and you can get it in time for the Holiday season!

2) If you have someone in your family that likes ink on their bodies (and no, this is not for the wee ones), Art Gecko Tattoos has Gift Certificates http://www.artgeckotattoos.com/ so that can fit nicely into any stocking!

3) Wulfemoon Studios http://wulfemoonstudios.com/ has some great artwork available on tote-bags, post cards, little pictures and regular size pictures of fairy art and more!

4) Our pals at Diddleydeets Scents has some amazing scents and soaps (as well as medieval games too) and they are online at http://www.diddlelydeets.com/index.html – and I think they just had a sale recently so do check them out!

5) Have a garden or know someone that loves gardening?  I suggest getting in contact with our friends from Cornerstone Creations http://www.myspace.com/gargoylepete they have great garden benches, gnomes and mushrooms all made of concrete so it will last them a lifetime!

6) Silver Moon Herbals has some great herbal items for the bath and pampering and they can be found at http://www.silvermoonherbals.com/index.html

7) Now is the time for cloaks!  So many choices for hand painted cloaks from our friends Fairie Tailor http://www.myspace.com/fairietailor or you could find other hand made cloaks (and other items) at Cloak and Dagger (http://www.cloakmaker.com/)

8) I know that The Stone Lady http://thestonelady.net/ has some wonderful readings and will be at First Night Rockport in Rockport, MA so if you are in the local area, I highly suggest you come out to meet her and get a reading!

9) Speaking of readings, you can also get another reading from The Artists Muse http://www.alisonsmagick4.com/ who also makes little heart packets and does natal charts as well!  So fascinating!

10) Going to a masquerade party?  Need a leather masque?  Look no further than our friends who make wonderful masques called BlackSwann Masques http://blackswannmasques.com/ – amazing artisan and craftsman ship that will leave your friends talking about it for months to come!

Don’t forget that some of our performers also have cds for sale and I’m sure that any music lover would love to have one in their stocking or underneath their tree.

Happy Holidays!  I will try to post one more time to be sure I get everyone that vended with us for the 2010 season!

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Fairies and much more imaginative drawings from Wulfemoon Studios

My new friend Maryann English-Betie is a fabulous fantasy artist who is somewhat new to the Renaissance Faire community and was finally able to be a vendor with us this year of 2010.

Her art can be very sweet but haunting and all of the drawings that she does has a definite characteristic to them.  Not only does she do just the drawings, but then she will make tote bags or even mouse pads (yes, those silly pads you use when you use your computer mouse, shoot, I need one of those).  For more of her products you can browse,  (hopefully) buy and they will be shipped to your home, see this website at http://www.zazzle.com/Wulfemoon .

Her other website is at http://wulfemoonstudios.com/ so you can browse and see the other art that she has done as well.  Her next show will be September 18th at Western Pagan Pride Day http://www.wmppd.org/ so hopefully you can get a chance to meet her in person (she won’t bite, I promise!).

She also has a fan page on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/Wulfemoon-Studios/263092036773?ref=ts .

I hope you get a chance to peruse her artwork and get chance to know her as well.

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