Contest for Bronze Scalemail Cowl

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Ladies and Gentlemen:

I feel like we at RFE owe our readers an apology.  We have missed several posts lately due to the mundane world getting in the way, and for that we humbly apologize.  We have two solutions for our dropping the ball.

  1. Change our format to a twice a month blog.  This will help us balance the mundane with our world at Faire.
  2. Beg forgiveness and give away cool stuff!!!

Back in November of 2013, we posted an article titled “Ren Fest: A Wonderful and Exciting New World” which was a guest post from Lord and Lady Dreadwing.  We loved what they had to say and exchanged several emails.  After all was said and done, the Dreadwings donated a bronze scalemail cowl to RFE.  We have been sitting on this to decide just how to handle this amazing gift.

We have finally decided to have an article contest.  This amazing cowl will be given to the best Ren Fest story!  Naked people, falling in love, strange experience etc….  The best story will win the perfect accent for this years garb!

We look forward to hearing from each of you.  We will accept your stories until 9-1-2014, then will make our decision.  Our only requirement is that when you win, you send us a picture of you with your new garb!!!

We love you all and look forward to receiving your stories!!

Kurt

 

 

 

 

 

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Bagpipes Make You Fertile

Most people know exactly how they feel about bagpipes. It is a love hate thing. You either want to dance a jig in ecstasy or (POOF!) you disappear like a cartoon cock roach in a Raid commercial.  Before you nay say, consider that if you do not like bagpipes, maybe you haven’t heard the right bagpiper or bagpipe band.

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Made up of a bag, an air supply, a chanter,( which gives us the melody line), and a drone, (which gives us the constant sustained note), the pipes are not awfully complicated. There is debate about how long bagpipes have been around. A Hittite slab sculpture dating back to 1000 BC, found at Alacahoyuk in Turkey, seems to depict one. “The Canterbury Tales” mention bagpipes and was written toward the end of the 14th century, but we are most familiar with the Great Highland Bagpipes of the 1500’s. The Scottish and Irish used them in their military operations.

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You know how in the movies when someone dies their life flashes before their eyes? It is a really fast blur of images and feelings whooshing past. That is what happens to me when I hear bagpipes. I whoosh backwards through the sands of time to a place of long ago. Where I feel like I am home again. There seems to be a direct link between my soul and a bagpipe.

Perhaps it is a past life memory triggered by the music. I have heard it said the Renaissance Faires are where people come to meet loves and family again in this lifetime. Rennies often refer to their “Fairmily” or their Faire Family.

It is just a theory at this point, but I think the drone note directly stimulates the lower chakras, which are related to sexuality, emotions, and survival. I know when I listen to the pipes I feel more alive and juiced up than normal. I feel like I could impregnate or birth a small village. If I have a choice, I’m going with impregnate. It’s a primal thing. A rhythmic pulsing sexy thing. I think bagpipe music makes you fertile. It is the little blue pill and fertility injection of the Rennie community.

Bagpipe music isn’t just for funerals. AC/DC and Korn have songs with bagpipes. Bagpipes can rock! Check out www.celticarocks.com or www.tartanic.net. Enjoy the videos, but keep in mind nothing beats a bagpipe up close and personal. Feel that beat and let the music be your lubrication for a trip to another time.

Kim Jennings


 

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Tamuri’L the Elf

Robin Allen walks, talks, and breathes the magical Renaissance lifestyle. She is most often found wandering the woods of Sherwood Forest Faire in Texas with her adorable little white horse AlassA. If her Elven speech is a bit difficult to navigate, we have provided a translation for your convienience . And now, an interview with Tamuri’L the Elf…
Tamuri'L and AlassA

Tamuri’L and AlassA

1. What is your name, and do you have a Faire name?
Me lovely Kimberly, me name be Tamuri’L which tis actually me “Real Name” of Robin in thy Elven Language and nay… this Elf doth not hath a true Faire name such as Others but I doth cometh with sub-titles such as “Robin thy Elf”, “Robin thy Ruthless” plus many more that would be best not to write of  *as the Elf winks*  but me Close Friends and King calleth meself just “Elf”.  https://www.facebook.com/Robin.the.Avariel.Elf
 
Translation:  
My lovely Kimberly, my name is Tamuri’L which is actually my “Real Name” of Robin in the Elven Language and no, I do not have a true Faire name like Others but I do come with sub-titles such as “Robin the Elf”, “Robin the Ruthless” plus many more that would not be best to write *as the Elf winks* but my Close Friends and King do call me just “Elf”.  https://www.facebook.com/Robin.the.Avariel.Elf
Tamuri'L

Tamuri’L

2. Tell us about your first experience going to a Renaissance Faire.
me first experience of thy Rennaissance to becometh part of me Life twas really when meself started dressing for such… this Elf hath always been Elven from thy start with me adorned ears, which be very rare cause most hand in their adorned ears to go onward to some other Character mayhaps *the Elf shrugs* … But as meself started dressing, as only a Playtron, tis when meself felt that I really “fit-in” to thy scene of … for then, thy children becometh grand wonderment of meself and thy Others of Renn started to notice this Elf and acknowledging meself as One of them and their own World …
 
Translation:
my first experience of the Renaissance that became a part of my Life was really when I started dressing for it… I have always been Elven from the start with Elven ears, which is very rare because most people hand in their Elven ears to become some other Character usually *the Elf shrugs* … But when I started dressing, even as only a Playtron, was when I felt that I really “fit-in” with the Renaissance … then, the children showed grand wonderment of me and the Others of Renaissance started to notice me and even acknowledging me as One of them and the Renaissance World.
Tamuri'L

Tamuri’L

 
3. How long have you been a regular at Renaissance Faires?
mmm … I believe this Elf hath been runneth through thy Faires since about Season 1999 or 2000 … so in actuality this Elf hath runneth as meself for about 13 to 14 Seasons  … with meself in wings, would be since thy opening of me loved home Faire of Sherwood Forest …
 
Translation:
hmmm ,… I think I have been running through the Faires since about Year 1999 or 2000 … so in actuality I have been running as an Elf for about 13 to 14 Years … with my wings, it would be since the opening Year of my loved home Faire of Sherwood Forest …
 
4. Where is your home Faire?
me home Faire of Sherwood Forest be in thy little wee Village of McDade, in thy Kingdom of Texas … tis about 30 minutes thy East-side of Elgin heading to thy large Village of Houston … http://www.sherwoodforestfaire.com/
 
Translation:
my home Faire be Sherwood Forest and is in the City of McDade Texas … which is about 30 minutes East of Elgin Texas headed towards Houston Texas … http://www.sherwoodforestfaire.com/
5. Tell us about your little white horse.
ah … *as the Elf’s face lights up * me loved AlassA … 
twas a most wonderful gift from me King Richard  … her name of AlassA tis Elven for thy “Winged One” or “Wings” and she shall becometh every child’s Dream Horse name of Pegasus. She shall grow her wings upon her age for, of course, as Pegasus takes much Time for their wings to showeth … she be a Mare about six seasons of age and a white miniature horse that twas housed with me King’s large Percheron horses … *the Elf puts her hand to her lips* but she actually be an Appaloosa under all thy white color … *the Elf laughs out loud* and may only be seen when she be a wet noodle in a bath! 
 
We hath grand plans for she … for she be not only thy newest Clan Member of all Clans, but also be in our Volunteer Marketing Department … AlassA shall be seen everywheres, at anytime, during all Faire’s meself attends but also on thy streets for our parades and special events … this Elf need sayeth that her story mayhaps be followed at https://www.facebook.com/AlassA.Project
 
Translation:
oh … *as the Elf’s face lights up* my loved AlassA …
she is the most wonderful gift from my King Richard … her name AlassA is Elven for the “Winged One” or “Wings” and she shall be every child’s Dream Horse named Pegasus. She shall grow wings at the age expected, of course, as it takes Time before a Pegasus grows them … she is a Mare about six years old and is a white miniature horse that was housed with my King’s Percheron horses … *the Elf puts her hand to her lips*  but she is really an Appaloosa under the white coat … *the Elf laughs out loud*  and her spots can only be seen during a bath!
 
We have grand plans for her … she is not only the newest member of all Clans, but also is a member in our Volunteer Marketing Department … AlassA shall be seen every where, always, during any Faire’s I might attend but also on the streets in our parades and special events we market at … I also have her story available for following at https://www.facebook.com/AlassA.Project
AlassA and Tamuri'L

AlassA and Tamuri’L

6. What do you love most about being at Faire?
thy Faire itself M’Lady … all of such  *the Elf winks*  inside thy gates of thy Renaissance Faire be a most grand land of Fantasy and Wonderment … such an atmosphere takes this Elf away from me own harsh Reality of “Real Life” and meself may be with any child, adult, or friend in me own wonderful personae  … tis very, very rare this Elf goes to thy back-side of any Faire for tis a bubble-popper then in me own Heart as well … and whom would want that to happen when ye be meself and hathing so much grand fun?!?
 
Translation:
the Faire itself my Lady … all of it *the Elf winks* inside the gates of any Renaissance Faire is a grand land of Fantasy and Wonderment … in such an atmosphere it takes me away from my own harsh Reality of “Real Life” and I can be with any child, adult, or friend in my own Character Personae … it is very, very rare that even I go to the back of any Faire because it pops my bubble of happiness in my own Heart … and who would want that to happen when being an Elf and having so much fun?!?
 
7. How did your character come about? You are Elven?
aye… am Elven through and through !  
me Character as an Avariel Elf twas actually an accident to sayeth truthfully *the Elf smiles and chuckles* this Elf hath an image in me own head of how me wanted wings, like thy Faeries, only better … soes meself researched different Elves and happened across thy very, very rare and unknown Avariel Elven Race, whom hath fought above Centaur in Fables … through thy Internet, that Elf twas actually known more-so through thy Gaming World. Upon researching thy Race I found that thy blue-eyed and auburn-haired Avariels hath same color of wings (which fit thy color me hath in mind and me own natural coloring) and were considered “throw-backs” of their Race … thy main Avariels were actually blue-eyed and white-haired with white wings … 
 
upon researching, this Elf also found that thy Gaming World twas accommodated through Cons and CosPlays and we hath begun thy Volunteer Marketing Department … we wanted into those Events and Tamuri’L fit in nicely for our introduction of Sherwood Forest into such… even this Elf met me “Maker” of thy Avariel Elf in thy Gaming World and he about fell off thy balcony as he met meself … he sayeth that this Elf hath done wonders to bring her to Life … which me hath, of course.
 
Translation:
yes … I am Elven through and through !
my Character as an Avariel Elf was actually an accident to say truthfully *the Elf smiles and chuckles* I had an image in my head of how the wings would look. like the Faeries, only better … so I researched different Elves and came across the very, very rare and unknown Avariel Elven Race, who had fought above Centaur in Tales … through the Internet, the Avariel Elf was actually known more-so through the Gaming World. Upon researching the Race I found the blue-eyed and auburn-haired Avariels had the same color wings (which fit the color I had in mind and my own natural coloring) and were considered the “throw-backs” of that Elven Race … the main Avariels were actually blue-eyed and white-haired with white wings …
 
upon researching, I also found that the Gaming World was accommodated through Cons and CosPlays and we had begun the Volunteer Marketing Department … we wanted into those Events and Tamuri’L filled in nicely for our introduction of Sherwood Forest … even I met my “Maker” of the Avariel Elf in the Gaming World and he almost fell off the balcony as he met me … he said that I had done wonders in bringing that Elf to Life … which I had, of course. 
Centaur and Tamuri'L

Centaur and Tamuri’L

 
8. What are your favorite things to do when you are at Faire?
mmm … inside gates this Elf loves to roam … listening to thy shows on stage and visiting everyone whom knoweth meself, but thy bestest?  tis would be thy children’s faces as they learn of thy Warrior Elf of meself and thy Wars me hath fought with Centaur to save thy children and thy Fabled… meself loves to sit and watch thy children bestest, for sure *as the Elf smiles with a faraway look in her eyes*
 
outside gates during thy Faire?  thy drumming and Clans … meself be drummer, did ye knoweth such? … and this Elf removes me wings only to drum all night and put everyone to far sleep … tis very tribal and close to me Elven Heart !
 
Translation:
hmm … inside gates I love to roam … I listen to the shows on stage and visiting everyone who knows myself. but the best? would be the children’s faces as they learn of the Warrior Avariel Elf and the Wars I have fought with Centaur to save the children and the Tales … I love to sit and watch the children the best, for sure *as the Elf smiles with a faraway look in her eyes*
 
outside of the gates during Faire?  the drumming and the Clans … I’m a drummer, did you know? … and I remove my wings only to drum all night and put everyone else to deep sleep … it is very tribal and close in my Heart !
 
9. What is your occupation in the mundane world?
*the Elf bursts out laughing*  this Elf be very, very lucky actually M’Lady … for this Elf hath no other occupation but meself as an Avariel and Magically making me King’s requests cometh into Reality …  this Elf also builds and maintains thy new networking in Facebook that Sherwood Forest Community requested for … 
 
Translation:
*the Elf bursts out laughing*  I’m very, very lucky actually my Lady … for I have no other occupation but being an Avariel Elf and Magically making my King’s requests into Reality … I also build and maintain the new networking in Facebook that Sherwood Forest Community requested …
Tamuri'L

Tamuri’L

 
10. Tell us about your volunteer work at Faire?
this Elf be Messenger to thy King Richard during Faire and also out on thy streets … meself am Volunteer to get word out of our Woods with thy material supplied by me Faire … Sherwood Forest Faire be runneth by about 82% Volunteers as we leave our 5th successful Season … this Elf hath helped build a permanent list of Parades and Cons that Volunteers appear at each Season, along with thy Volunteers themselves by Recruitment … let alone thy taking of what we calleth “new ground” … and now thy new networking in Facebook, as this Elf be thy builder and maintainer of such as well … https://www.facebook.com/robin.allen.18062
 
during Faire this Elf runneth messages to thy Merchants, Clans, Entertainers, Fabled for they themselves may not use thy faerie box … as well as helping thy Sherwood Forest Securities with gate closures, sometimes EMS if needed … plus getting our marketing material into thy hands of thy same said people and Clans … also a “type” mediator as needed by me King.
 
Translation:
I am Messenger to the King Richard during Faire and also out on the streets … I’m Volunteer to get the word out of our Woods with the material supplied by Faire … Sherwood Forest Faire is run by about 82% Volunteers as we leave our 5th successful Season … I have helped build a permanent list of Parades and Cons that Volunteers appear at each Season, along with the Volunteers themselves by Recruitment … let alone the taking of what we call “new ground” … and now the new networking in Facebook, as I am the builder and maintainer of as well … https://www.facebook.com/robin.allen.18062
 
during Faire I run messages to the Merchants, Clans, Entertainers, Fabled for they cannot use their cell phones .. as well as help the Sherwood Forest Securities with gate closures, sometimes EMS as needed … plus getting our marketing material into the hands of the same people and Clans … also a “type” of mediator as needed by my King.
 
11. What do you love the most about being at Renaissance Faire?
thy new Life it hath giveth meself … thy fact that meself makes people happy, especially children … thy whole atmosphere of thy Fantasy and Authentic World tis what this Elf wished thy whole Real World would be … thy one major thing ? me own position in thy scheme of all this … *as the Elf widens her hands to include all*  as this Elf knoweth thy Real World would be a much happier and better place if it could be as thy Renaissance Time-Table or Renaissance World be … thy fact that everyone be working and playing together as One, as Fairmily …
 
Translation: the new Life it has given myself … the fact that I’m able to make people happy, especially the children … the whole atmosphere of the Fantasy and Authentic World is what I wished the whole Real World would be … the one major thing ? my own position in the scheme of all of this *as the Elf widens her hands to include all* as I know the Real World would be a much happier and better place if it could be like the Renaissance Time-Table or Renaissance World … the fact that everyone works and plays together as One, as Fairmily …
Tamuri'L

Tamuri’L

12. Are you affiliated with any particular Clan?
mmm … aye … this Elf be of many Clans … all Clans … even Clans that shall becometh such … for meself be Elven and this Elf walks and speaks anywheres … even for a King whom Loves all … me home Clan be Clan Valhalla … for tis where me started all this Individualism and Path ….
 
Translation:
hmm .. yes … I am of many Clans … all Clans … even Clans that shall be in the Future … for I am Elven and I walk and speak anywhere … even for a King who Loves everyone … my home Clan is Clan Valhalla … as it is where I started all this Individualism and Path that I walk …
13. Anything else you would like to share with Ren Fest Experience?
this Elf would like to share with M’Lady Kimberly … that being an Elf tis me own Element, tis everything that me whole Life be, including me own Reality … this Elf be humbled but alive with thy knowledge that every time I step out as me Elven Self that am bringing to thy World more Magic than could be thought possible … that this Elf not only walks as Elven but speaks Elven and tis Elven … Elven be Me …
 
Translation:
I would like to share with my Lady Kimberly … that being an Elf is my Element, that it is everything that my whole Life is, including my Reality … I’m very humbled but alive with the experience every time I step out as an Elf that I am bringing to the World more Magic than could ever be thought possible … that I not only walk as Elven but speak Elven and am Elven … Elven I am …
Tamuri'L

Tamuri’L

 
14. Any parting words?
be it known that this Elf walks with Pride beside a King and amongst thy most loved Community for one purpose… for a Spring Faire to survive and becometh not only thy largest Faire in History but thy most Magical as well … tis Magic in these Woods *as the Elf spins around and points* and this Elf be part of that Magic Forever and Ever …
 
Translation:
I would like it known that I walk with Pride beside a King and among the most loved Community for one purpose … for a Spring Faire to survive and become not only the largest Faire in History but the most Magical … it’s Magic in these Woods *as the Elf spins around and points* and I, myself, am a part of that Magic Forever and Ever .

I hope you have enjoyed meeting the wonderful Elf Tamuri’L. She is truly one of a kind. Seek her out if you find yourself wandering the forest of Sherwood Forest Faire. Perhaps AlassA will have her wings by then. Either way, it will surely be a magical experience.

Kim Jennings
Published in: Interview on 2014/07/15 at11:00 Comments (0)
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Growing Up at Faire

When I grew up in Nebraska, I had a lot of relatives around. There were birthdays and holidays with Grandma, Aunts and Uncles, and lots of cousins to play with. Some of my fondest memories of are those times. Which is why I have always felt sad that my children did not have the same opportunity. A previous relationship brought me to Texas, a sixteen hour drive from my hometown. My kids, Elizabeth and Garret were in Pre-K and 2nd grade. The relationship ended, but I had found a good job and decided to stay. Now both young adults, we were talking about this and I expressed that I was sorry they missed out on so many family gatherings. They both said, “Yah Mom, but we had Faire.”

Garret, Elizabeth and Feather

Garret, Elizabeth and Feather

I didn’t know many people in Texas, but as luck would have it, the spiritual center I went to had a book store out at Texas Renaissance Festival. I volunteered to work there and the good folks who ran the booth were gracious enough to let me bring my kids too.

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Elizabeth dancing with a little fairy

Elizabeth dancing with a little fairy

 

Faire is a pretty fun place when you are a kid. Playing pretend and dress up comes easy to them. It wasn’t long before their King’s English was better than mine. Hawking and helping customers gave them confidence and they enjoyed it. There were other “faire kids” to hang out with. They soon knew every face painter by name, where they could score free food samples, and which shops had the best toys. They got to ride elephants, go on non-electric rides, watch magic shows, puppet shows, talk to Fairies and Pirates, sword fight, play in the dirt, dance to bagpipes, and every night watch fireworks. After that, they got to camp. They listened to guitar players, played drums and sang songs around a fire, looked for falling stars, and slept in a tent.

Garret and Elizabeth

Garret and Elizabeth

Uncle D

Uncle D

Just because their relation was sixteen hours away, didn’t mean they didn’t have family close. They had “Fairemily”. They felt safe and loved. They knew they could scream for Chaos if they needed help and plenty of sword carrying, leather clad warriors would be there to save them. Elizabeth was especially partial to her “Uncle D”. When she was a teenager she brought her boyfriend to meet him and good old Uncle D made sure he was man enough to take a good flogging. He was to remember that as just a little taste of what was possible if he were to ever hurt her. There were many other important family members like Valinda, Karl and Pam, Griffin, Rev and Troy, James, Uncle Blueberry, Rudy, Tazz, and Kraegan. All contributed in their own special way by making memories that Garret and Elizabeth will never forget.

Kraegan

Kraegan

Karl and Pam

Karl and Pam

Griffin

Griffin

Valinda

Valinda

Tazz

Tazz

James

James

Troy

Troy

Uncle Blueberry and Elizabeth

Uncle Blueberry and Elizabeth

Rev

Rev

Rudy

Rudy

 

 

No, my kids did not have birthday parties with cousins and Aunts and Uncles. They did not get so see their Grandparents as often as I did growing up, or go to family holiday parties. But I didn’t do too bad by them because like they reminded me, THEY HAD FAIRE!

And they turned out pretty good! See?

Garret and Elizabeth

Garret and Elizabeth

Garret

Garret

Elizabeth

Elizabeth

Kim Jennings

 

 

 

 

Published in: Article on 2014/07/02 at11:00 Comments (0)
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