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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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Shakespeare at play at Winslowshire Festival

http://www.youtube.com/user/MrMichaelMeissner#p/u/24/9aoUjtOm5Pw

Duncan Inches has been performing as the great bard himself, William Shakespeare for many different festivals and faires all over the Country and we’ve been fortunate to have him perform with us since the very beginning of Winslowshire Festival.

Duncan has a knack of getting the character of William Shakespeare so well, that you almost feel like you are talking to the great bard himself.  He will let you ask questions and he’ll answer them as Shakespeare also.  He also performs for libraries, schools and other lecture series.

He also is a character actor that you may have seen in some movies like; McLintock (yeah, the one with John Wayne) and others.

We love having Shakespeare come to our festival, and he really loves Winslowshire – he tells me he loves this festival as it’s very intimate and friendly, and the animals add another element to it. 

We hope you can come to Winslowshire and meet Shakespeare.  Maybe he’ll answer your questions too!  Don’t forget the festival is coming up this June 25th and 26th from 11 am to 5 pm.

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As Graceful as ever – The Graces

Ah The Graces…three lovely ladies who can sing in such wonderful harmonies with a sense of humor and wit…not to mention they can get down right bawdy.

Jezzebel Grace with a drink in hand

(Picture by Paul Shaughnessy)

When we say bawdy, we mean that it’s not crude or rude or nasty…no…it’s twists of the language so that if your children understand their jokes, it’s not their fault.  It is a show meant for older adults (mostly over the age of 18) but really, leave your young children to other things that will be going on.

These three lovely ladies are wenches free that consist of Kat McNiff (Kitty Grace), Gabrielle Murray (Jezebel Grace) and Mikayla Pachucki (Lily Grace) (more information is on their Facebook fan page at : http://www.facebook.com/?ref=logo#!/TheGraces?sk=info).  This is a high energy group that has performed at King Richard’s Faire, Winslowshire Festival, The Steampunk Festival (coming up soon in Waltham, MA) and their newest adventure at Abbadia Mare Festival (coming to Hammond Castle this July).

If you love wenches, and you love bawdy songs, then you really need to look no further than The Graces.  We hope that you come to Winslowshire to listen to their wonderful voices (crystal clear with harmonies too I should add) and enjoy their music (which you can now buy on a CD!)

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Winslowshire – A Renaissance Festival to benefit Winslow Farm

PRESS RELEASE

Contact: Phinn Volt Enterprises

Name: Gia Volterra de Saulnier

e mail: infownslowshire@gmail.com

 

Winslowshire – A Renaissance Festival to benefit Winslow Farm

By: Gia Volterra de Saulnier

Norton, MA – Imagine a place that seems to be a step back in time with maidens, knights in shining armor, fairies, pirates and more who are all part of a Renaissance Festival called Winslowshire Festival for the Animals.

Winslowshire Festival was created in 2008 as a fundraiser for Winslow Farm Animal Sanctuary, a “Stay for life” animal sanctuary that helps abused animals and offers a tranquil setting. 

Phinn Volt Enterprise’s Director Richard Saulnier has been pleasantly surprised at the continued support for this coming year.  “I’m ecstatic that we’ve been able to continue this long with 40 vendors and 20 performers that seem to want to keep coming back!”  His wife Gia agrees, “We couldn’t be more pleased that Winslowshire seems to be like a little vacation even for vendors and performers alike.  We’ve really strived to make this a very family friendly event so that all ages can have a great time while supporting a fantastic cause.”

In fact, Winslowshire has some previous vendors and performers returning from earlier seasons and some new vendors as well including; pottery from PupDog Pottery (http://www.pupdogpottery.com) , T York Stained Glass (http://www.etsy.com/shop/LdyIsis) , Parrish Relics (http://www.parrishrelics.com) and Ironwood Artisans (http://www.ironwoodartisans.com) just to name a few.

The two day event will be from June 25th and 26th of 2011 from 11 am to 5 pm each day.  Admission is $12.00 for adults and $7.00 for kids ages 5 – 13 and kids under 4 will be free. 

Specials include: Two day pass for $18.00, Come dressed in Renaissance Attire for $2.00 off and a Veterans’ Discount of $2.00 (must show military ID).  Specials may not be combined.

For more information about the event, please go to the website at http://www.winslowshire.com

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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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Those wonderful singing Vagabonds – Iron Hill Vagabonds

If you came to Winslowshire this June, you were lucky to hear The Iron Hill Vagabonds as that was their only New England appearance for 2010.  If you didn’t get to go, these are two brothers that have a musical duo between a guitar and a violin (fiddle) with a mix of traditional songs and instrumental pieces.

Brothers Mark and Ehrich Gauvin portray the Vagabonds and perform all over the Country now in Texas, Connecticut, Kentucky, Louisiana and more!  They also have a website at http://www.ironhillvagabonds.com that tells you more about their upcoming appearances and you can also now buy their CD online (great CD by the way, I highly suggest you get one!) called Whiskey & Promises which you can buy at http://www.lulu.com/product/cd/whiskey-promises/12103734.

These guys are not only very talented but also very entertaining to watch and listen to.  They also have a blog at http://ironhillvagabonds.blogspot.com/ so you can learn more about them and find out what they are like.  If you are on Facebook, they also have a fan page that you can support them at http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/ironhillvagabonds?ref=ts.

We hope that they had fun performing at Winslowshire, and we sure hope that they come back for next year!

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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 http://www.youtube.com/user/LindaMarkeyMusic 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 www.freedictionary.com “A Dirge is a somber song expressing mourning or grief”

According to Wikipedia www.wikipedia.com “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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