WE met a REAL faerie! *pics*

Man! I knew I went down the wrong career path!

She's really cute! I wish we had a renaissance fair around here, but all we have is a lame "medieval" fair. I miss the renaissance faire in Miami. I wonder if she goes there.
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Wow!! She's lovely!! I'm a big fan of Froud, Brown, Law http://www.shadowscapes.com/main.php, Linda Ravenscroft http://www.lindaravenscroft.com/store/, I'd love for my little one to meet her - what a magical time you and your daughter must have had!
Originally Posted by OnyxCabelo
She visits Renaissance Festivals all over the country - if you go to her myspace page, it lists where she'll be and when! Maybe your daughter can meet her!
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She visits Renaissance Festivals all over the country - if you go to her myspace page, it lists where she'll be and when! Maybe your daughter can meet her!
Originally Posted by BotticelliBabe
Thanks so much!! I'll check into it!!
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She's totally worth the trouble of tracking her down. Good kuck!!
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Man! I knew I went down the wrong career path!

She's really cute! I wish we had a renaissance fair around here, but all we have is a lame "medieval" fair. I miss the renaissance faire in Miami. I wonder if she goes there.
Originally Posted by Bailey422
I like Medieval fairs. That way I can sing Scarborough Fair at the top of my lungs whilst waving around my giant turkey leg without getting strange looks.
That's really neat, and it looks as if she really enjoys it. Her myspace site is pretty.

I wonder how she supports herself. Is she married or does she have a flexible job? I'm glad that it works out for her, whatever it is.
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I wonder how she supports herself. Is she married or does she have a flexible job? I'm glad that it works out for her, whatever it is.
Originally Posted by redcelticcurls
MoppyT's dirty little secret: I am a 10-year veteran of ren faire performing. I've been a washwench, a gravedigger, a fool, and a faerie, to name a few. It is fun, but exhausting. I don't do it any more.

There's a whole culture of "rennies" who travel from faire to faire, performing their street character, or their stage show, or whatever it is they do. Most of the faires on the "circuit" (as it's called) are scheduled out so that one begins just as the next one begins. It's kind of the modern-day equivalent of "carnies". This is their job. The pay sucks, the conditions are often squalid, and there are no benefit packages or comp days to speak of. People on the circuit are generally young, but there are a few people who have made it their life's work. If it seems like everyone is begging for tips at a Faire, it's because it's truly how they make their living.

I never traveled the circuit, mostly because I didn't love the work so much that I wanted it to be my whole life (I need roots and a home base), but I've met lots and lots of travelling rennies. I see them every summer when I go back to visit my home faire, and I am always greeted as a friend. It really is a community.

And that has been More Than You Ever Wanted To Know About Ren Faire Culture.
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I wonder how she supports herself. Is she married or does she have a flexible job? I'm glad that it works out for her, whatever it is.
Originally Posted by redcelticcurls
MoppyT's dirty little secret: I am a 10-year veteran of ren faire performing. I've been a washwench, a gravedigger, a fool, and a faerie, to name a few. It is fun, but exhausting. I don't do it any more.

There's a whole culture of "rennies" who travel from faire to faire, performing their street character, or their stage show, or whatever it is they do. Most of the faires on the "circuit" (as it's called) are scheduled out so that one begins just as the next one begins. It's kind of the modern-day equivalent of "carnies". This is their job. The pay sucks, the conditions are often squalid, and there are no benefit packages or comp days to speak of. People on the circuit are generally young, but there are a few people who have made it their life's work. If it seems like everyone is begging for tips at a Faire, it's because it's truly how they make their living.

I never traveled the circuit, mostly because I didn't love the work so much that I wanted it to be my whole life (I need roots and a home base), but I've met lots and lots of travelling rennies. I see them every summer when I go back to visit my home faire, and I am always greeted as a friend. It really is a community.

And that has been More Than You Ever Wanted To Know About Ren Faire Culture.
Originally Posted by MoppyT
No, actually, it was quite interesting, and it more fully explains the tipping. I hadn't thought about someone making a living on a circuit.
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I wonder how she supports herself. Is she married or does she have a flexible job? I'm glad that it works out for her, whatever it is.
Originally Posted by redcelticcurls
MoppyT's dirty little secret: I am a 10-year veteran of ren faire performing. I've been a washwench, a gravedigger, a fool, and a faerie, to name a few. It is fun, but exhausting. I don't do it any more.

There's a whole culture of "rennies" who travel from faire to faire, performing their street character, or their stage show, or whatever it is they do. Most of the faires on the "circuit" (as it's called) are scheduled out so that one begins just as the next one begins. It's kind of the modern-day equivalent of "carnies". This is their job. The pay sucks, the conditions are often squalid, and there are no benefit packages or comp days to speak of. People on the circuit are generally young, but there are a few people who have made it their life's work. If it seems like everyone is begging for tips at a Faire, it's because it's truly how they make their living.

I never traveled the circuit, mostly because I didn't love the work so much that I wanted it to be my whole life (I need roots and a home base), but I've met lots and lots of travelling rennies. I see them every summer when I go back to visit my home faire, and I am always greeted as a friend. It really is a community.

And that has been More Than You Ever Wanted To Know About Ren Faire Culture.
Originally Posted by MoppyT
OMG, you are so cool! Maybe you could write a book about Ren Fair Culture and the people who travel the circuit. I'd buy a copy!
I looove faeries! I am totally obsessed with them. I collect Amy Brown art, have almost 100 faerie glen figurines, and I'm dying to get a faerie tattoo!

I think I've seen Twig at the Ren here in MN a couple years ago. She is amazing- I would love to do that for a living! Now I'm tempted to get to the Ren this weekend, I haven't been there in a couple years and we had a bad experience. There was so much traffic, it took us 3 hrs to find a parking spot! My husband wasn't too thrilled with it, so it kinda ruined my fun. Plus, everything is so expensive there...I would love one of those hand-blown vases though, if only I could sneak one when my DH wasn't looking!!
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This is the kind of thing that I really just do not get, but she is adorable.

I found these pics

http://www.smugmug.com/community/Ren...22923468_4bLuG

and she is just so cute.
MoppyT, do you have any insight into why people make Ren Faires their whole life? It seems a little like people who get obsessed with World of Warcraft.
I'm planning on going to the Ren faire in Ohio in Oct, but I don't see that on her schedule.
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MoppyT, do you have any insight into why people make Ren Faires their whole life? It seems a little like people who get obsessed with World of Warcraft.
Originally Posted by Eilonwy
I think that the chance to travel around playing a role while on the "stage" of the Ren Faire, get to bring joy to many little lives while doing so, and make a living while doing it is pretty darned cool! It's not what I would want to do - I love having a home and living in one spot. But it sounds neat to get to do that. They can see other parts of the country, the Ren Faires try to make a circuit so they're always in nice weather, etc. To me, it's a land-based equivalent to working on a cruise ship in many ways.

Now, the people who obsess over the Renaissance and want to live back then? I tend to think they just don't get what life was truly like... Hunger, persecution and plagues, oh my!
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This might be a really stupid question, and feel free to throw a soggy tomato if it is, but:

Why is it "faeiry" and not "fairy"?

Whats the difference? Is it sort of like magic and magick?
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^^^ There seems to be a concept, at least in English spelling, that adding extra letters makes the word/concept more legitimate. English scholars tossed an H into Caterine and Antony, trying to bring the names more in line with what they thought were their historical spellings (they were wrong about Antony...I don't know about Caterine). The extra H's have affected our pronunciation of those names: Catherine and Anthony!

"Faery" or "faerie" is a somewhat archaic spelling of the word. "Fae" had to do with fate and, eventually, magic. "Faery" was the land where magical creatures lived. The word came to refer collectively to the inhabitants of Faery, and eventually refered to individual magical creatures.

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Can I be a faerie full time?!
Sounds like an ideal job. =D
Can I be a faerie full time?!
Sounds like an ideal job. =D
Originally Posted by Annarie101
Now that I'm unemployed, I might go this route. But I'm more of a 1800's girl. I like myself a good spinning wheel and not drop spindles. Those things are a pain the in a$$. Oh, who cares? I'll take whatever I can get right now!

And...I want to learn to play a flute like hers.

And...I want to be able to sprinkle faerie dust.

Oh, hell. I just want everything.
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Can I be a faerie full time?!
Sounds like an ideal job. =D
Originally Posted by Annarie101
Now that I'm unemployed, I might go this route. But I'm more of a 1800's girl. I like myself a good spinning wheel and not drop spindles. Those things are a pain the in a$$. Oh, who cares? I'll take whatever I can get right now!

And...I want to learn to play a flute like hers.

And...I want to be able to sprinkle faerie dust.

Oh, hell. I just want everything.
Originally Posted by SunshineGrrl
Hahaha, yes! I can't play flute, but whatever. I'll learn!
I'm tiny. I'm pale! Curly hair looks ethereal! I'd make a great faerie! =D


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MoppyT, do you have any insight into why people make Ren Faires their whole life? It seems a little like people who get obsessed with World of Warcraft.
Originally Posted by Eilonwy
Sure, there are definitely the WoW, or D&D types there who get a little obsessed and take it way too seriously, in my opinion. Most of them don't actually work there, but they buy a season pass and go every weekend, in costume and in character. I think it's probably a little confusing for the 'normal' people who attend, but it's otherwise harmless fun for them.

Speaking as a performer:

The work is fun, make no mistake, NetG is right on the money about that. A street character's (which is what I did, like Twig) job is to walk around and interact with people. To connect with hundreds of people a day, make them laugh, hug their children... I can only imagine how many refrigerator doors my photo has adorned. And people recognize you year after year. A few visits ago, a woman recognized me (in my civvies) from the year when I was a washwench and had spent a long time playing with her little boy who was 3 or so at the time. But on this particular day, he was lost, and since she "knew" me, she asked me for help (even though I was no longer working there) and I was able to quickly track down Security and we found him. You make real connections with literally hundreds, maybe thousands of people over the years, and they remember you.

Other than the actual work itself:

You form a genuine emotional attachment to the place and the people. I can honestly say that the friends I have made through faire are closer to me than my actual family. On my yearly visit back, I walk through the grounds of that place (all 90+ acres of it) and literally everywhere I look, I can associate some kind of memory. Here's where that random guy wordlessly gave me a flower, smiled, and walked away... here's where I improvised a musical puppet show that became a classic bit, repeated for years by hundreds of people... here's where I got hit in the face with a rock which gave me the small scar over my right eye...etc. If you're a performer, or a booth worker, for that matter, you see the same faces, you form relationships with them all on some level over the years. You grow up together, you fall in love with each other, you cry together, all in a gigantic community network of support. It's hard to leave...the first summer I didn't work there felt really odd, like I was missing everything. I can only imagine having the same attachment multplied by several faires and 'families' all across the country, like the circuit people do.

On the other hand, it's been compared by some to an abusive relationship. You are often treated like shizz by the conditions and sometimes the management, there's not really any performing industry validity associated with it, there are no health benefits. I've attended many a fundraiser for a sick rennie with no insurance. But there are also some really amazingly good times. You don't want to leave. But now when I go back to visit (even though I have a great time, and love chatting with and seeing everyone and their shows) I can't fathom going back to work for a full season. One weekend, maybe... just because it is really fun. But not a whole season, no way. Luckily, I have been able to maintain my friendships outside of the faire season, so I don't have to work there to be a part of that community.

It is a truly unique, amazing experience. There's nothing else like it. Maybe that's where the "magic" comes in for many of the long-term veterans. It's not just a theme park to them, it's an extremely deep sense of belonging. And for a group largely consisting of actors and other misfits, that's a big deal.

I know I get really wordy. If you made it all the way through that, I hope it was helpful.
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