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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 : (yeah, I am still not believing that either!).

We’d like to personally thank Nourish Lexington, 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 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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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 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 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!



We are very close to the actual event!  We now have an ATM service that is coming provided by All Star Vending Service!

We also have some more vendors that are just coming in (hopefully this week) and the schedule should be up on the website ( 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 ( 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 so that can fit nicely into any stocking!

3) Wulfemoon Studios 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 – 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 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

7) Now is the time for cloaks!  So many choices for hand painted cloaks from our friends Fairie Tailor or you could find other hand made cloaks (and other items) at Cloak and Dagger (

8) I know that The Stone Lady 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 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 – 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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So far so good – Dates for next year also announced

I just wanted to say thank you all for supporting us and Winslowshire Festival for the Animals.  Our fan page on Facebook keeps growing daily and we are working hard already for a new season coming for next June of 2011.

Speaking of which, the new dates for next year will be June 25th and 26th of 2011.  Due to the limitations of the farm, we are only going to do the one weekend.

So far, we’ve sent out an e mail to our vendors that we had last June and already have a great response.  We’ve actually got 2 contracts in from Alchemy and The Artist’s Muse who does readings and natal charts (she did one for me, and it was really interesting!).

We also have Nourish Restaurant very interested in coming back, and we feel that they did a fabulous job with never being to a Renaissance Festival before!  So a great Huzzah to them!  Their website is who also has an amazing restaurant in Lexington, MA so please do go and check them out if you live in the local area, I highly suggest it!

More updates will come in as soon as we get them, and stay tuned!

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Let’s get magical with Alchemy

Alchemy is a merchant that sells ritual things, herbal things and jewelry. Their website is .

Tisha Harris and her husband are both really wonderful people and can answer any question you may have about what they carry.

They not only go to different Renaissance Faires around New England, but they also will ship right to your door!  They even have a gift registry for those of you who are getting married Pagan style or hand fasted…but they carry other items too, such as lovely jewelry and teas.

For those of you who like to sew (um, that would NOT be me) they also have trim available that you can purchase as well, and they do have pictures up on their site, so you can take a look at it for yourselves.

Please do go to their site and tell them Winslowshire sent you.

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Getting Foolish with Tom Foolery

This year for Winslowshire, we were able to contract Tom Foolery who is a very silly, funny and engaging.  What does Tom Foolery actually do?  A little bit of magic, humor and just all around silliness.

According to  their website,0

“Jay Menice has created an unforgettable character in Tom Foolery. To the point where people just call him “Tom”. Known in renaissance faires across New England, children’s (and adult’s!) eyes light up at the sight of him. He’s just plain silly!!

Who’s That Fool?

Jay has been performing for more than ten years…beginning with “Bingo the Clown” for the Ground Round. (Yes, remember when the Ground Round had Bingo the Clown? And peanuts and popcorn that you could throw on the ground?!) In fact, Jay was the last Bingo in all of New England until they phased him out…

But that wasn’t enough for Jay! No! He had a taste of performing and making people laugh now. He wanted more. That’s when he and his buddy Jim created “The Noodle Brothers”. A medieval Laurel & Hardy team. Jay “Noodle” & Jim “Noodle” took on the roles of “Harley & Punch” in which Jay instantaneously became the fool to Jim’s straight man. The Noodle Brothers performed together for years at various renaissance faires, birthday parties & libraries, but eventually both Jay and Jim felt it was time to part ways.   As soon as they split, Jay became Tom Foolery and he’s been that way ever since!

Some call him “The Pun King”, others simply call him “Fool”. Still, as  you sit there watching him pull ping pong ball after ping pong ball out of his mouth, one would find it hard to believe that this man has a degree in Philosophy! –

And the world will gladly know Tom Foolery!
His act consists of magic, silliness, magic and more silliness! A very punny guy, you must be warned! Your sides WILL split!”

His wife also plays “Suzie Magoozy” who is a story teller that uses puppets at many numerous birthday parties and schools all around New England.

We actually met Jay while he was a Noodle brother, and also I found out that his old partner Jim Duggan, I actually went to High School with (talk about full circle!).

We also hired Tom Foolery for our son’s birthday party (my son is 5) and it was a really big hit with all the kids and I think the parents enjoyed it too!

So for your child’s next birthday or school’s next big event, do check out their website and give them a call!

Their next event will be at CT Renaissance Faire

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