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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 ” 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!


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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Sneak Peaks for Winslowshire 2010

Ah sneak peaks…kind of like a preview from the movies right?  I think I can keep you still in suspense up until the event, but I think I can give you a few things that have been confirmed for this coming June!

June 26th and 27th are our dates for this year from 11 am to 5 pm per day.  Tickets this year will be $12.00 for adults, and $7.00 for kids.  We’ll have discounts too, such as: $2.00 Off for Veterans that bring a Military ID, $2.00 Off if you come dressed in Renaissance Attire or $2.00 Off if you bring a 5 pound bag of dry pet food (any brand is fine) *just know that we can not combine discounts.

So far, Artist Andy Volpe and Author Resa Nelson is confirmed.  We also know that Antika Nueva will be there and Shaine the Blacksmith is really excited and happy to be coming back…I actually heard he sold out of all of his stock last year!  (Including his last metal hand made stake…).

More confirmed vendors have sent in their things, but I don’t want to give it all away…heh heh…oh but our friend The Bonnie Weaver will be there doing live demonstrations again on how to weave with her loom.

We have some  performers lined up too!  Such as our friend the Dirge Queen, Lady Fair, The Three Graces (oh yes, they did confirm they are coming!), Guy Todd, and Paul Calvo is coming!  We also know that Diabolis in Musica has also confirmed for this year.

We also have confirmed that The Neville Companye is coming back to fight it out again this year!  So exciting!

Well, I don’t want to give it all away, but I hope I’ve given you a sample of what we’ll have going on this year, and hope that you make your plans now to come to Winslowshire Festival for the Animals – Third Year!

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Have a Faire Holiday Season! (Part 1)

First of all, I would like to say Happy Holidays for all of you that are reading this blog, who have supported me or Winslowshire!

For those of you that didn’t get a chance to come this past June of 2009, we ended up with over 40 different vendors and as a Holiday Present from me to you, I am listing all the different vendors here so you can go and support them.  I would also like to say that not all of our vendors that were at Winslowshire have websites (well, it IS the Renaissance), but I can get their information if you would like to get it.  Since we had sooooo many vendors, I will list 10 today and more hopefully this week.

Here we go:

1.  Cloak & Dagger is having their Yule tide Open House THIS Sunday 12/13/09 and here is the invite:

Come and play dress-up! Visit a bit and enjoy our hospitality.

– Clearance sale with extra 10% savings on all garments on the rack.
– 20% off hoods and mass produced shirts!
– New cloaks, clasps, and circlets. Maybe some sneak previews.
– Special pricing on trim remnants.
– Orphan fabric box – adopt a piece and take it hom…e!
– Free bags of scrap also available for crafts.
( We’ll try and deter the fabric hogs who showed up the day before )
– Munchies & Refreshments.
– Supervised kids-in-tow welcome – ours will be there at least part of
the time.

We’re just off 495 in Littleton,MA, about 10 miles due south of
Nashua, NH. An hour from the Maine or Connecticut borders, minutes from Hampshire. Address:

Park in the upper lot where our sign is.
Leave a comment or drop us an email (info at we can
gauge how much food to prepare.

2. CornerStone Creations has great handmade sculpture to fit anyone’s outdoor fantasies including naughty gnomes!

3.  For those of you getting started with Renaissance Faires or have been to many in New England then you must know about Silvermane as they have everything for beginners and advanced Renaissance collectors.

4. Potted Fox is a great place to get your leather bodices (suede no less) and other pouches.  Their website is and they have really nice people that are there to help you with your purchase should you not be sure of what to get for yourself or for someone you love.

5. Materialis (sorry no website information) but they do have interesting gypsy wear and other items

6. Shaine Stainton from Red Dog Forge can make you anything that is from metal including door knockers.

7. Silverleaf Leather has some nice leather bracers and pouches and of course some armor (all made by Silverleaf)

8. Wolfshead Whatever has some SCA items as well as hand made crochet items, fiber items and other nice stuff

9.  Hickory Arms has great wooden wasters, my personal favorite marshmellow cross bows and of course now tapestry needles (I am going to get one -one day!)

and for now my good friend and greatest supporter of all

10. Good Quill Hunting has fabulous hand made beaded items as well as kits you can make yourself for your tweens and other people you love (wife, ahem…)

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Hickory Arms and Silver Leaf – more vendors that we had

Silverleaf Leather another one of our newer vendors for the 2009 season.  Christopher Goguen makes all handmade leather wares from pouches, bracers and masks among other things.  He also does some piece work while working at Renaissance Faires he vends at.

From his website:

“How To Order

Currently, we are live on site at only a few local Massachusetts and Connecticut faires and events, but our products are available for sale 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on Ebay! Come visit us on Ebay by clicking any of the photos.  If you do not see what you are looking for, email us!  We will be more than happy to do custom work for you to your specifications.  Anything from a special bracelet to a full suit of embossed leather armor!!
Thank you for visiting the temporary home of Silverleaf Leather!
Christopher Goguen
Silverleaf Leather”
He always answers any questions that you may have, or if you wanted something specific in mind, he could probably work something out for you.
He is also pretty good friends with Mark from Hickory Arms (http;// that makes all handmade wooden wasters and of course their ever popular mini marshmallow crossbows.  (Yes, we did buy one for our five year old).  Mark actually talked to Chris about doing Winslowshire, as he had previously came to the 2008 season as one of our first vendors that we had, which we appreciate greatly.

Do make sure you check out their wares, and say hello from the Phinns (that would be us!)

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Hark! Here be all about Silvermane

If you have been to either last year of 2008 or this year of 2009, you must have seen Silvermane and their gigantic 25 foot pavilion tent up in the back corner next to the arena (do correct me if I’m wrong, but it is rather big).  Silvermane carries a lot of different items.  In fact, my husband and other people have called it The Walmart® of Renaissance Faires.

If you didn’t get a chance to come visit Winslowshire, that’s perfectly fine, as you can buy most of their items online!  I think they are also looking for people to help with selling at Renaissance Faires, so if you have any retail experience, do check out their website and you can tell Sven or Pat that Gia or Jass Phinn (my stage name) sent you.

From short daggers to belts, to children’s boffers to clothing, to a ball and chain (no not the married kind, although I do think that was the original meaning for it, but I’d have to check), they have reasonable prices with a very friendly helpful staff to help you each step of the way.

In fact, Silvermane was fabulous this year of 2009 as they provided Winslowshire (hopefully I don’t get them into too much trouble here) with prizes for the Dizzy Lizzie Lost her Marbles game and also gave two prizes for the raffle!  Talk about very generous!

You can next visit them this September at the following faires:

The Sands Pointe Faire (Port Washington, NY)

Ye Pyrate Brotherhood Faire (Long Island, NY)

Connecticut Renaissance Festival (CT)

Sarasota Renaissance Festival (FL)

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