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Yes, there were Black people in Renaissance Europe
Spring time is the prep season for one of my deepest nerd loves: Renaissance Faires. I’m pulling hand-made dresses out of storage, mending linen shirts, scouring local thrift stores for baskets and metal plates. As I enter this season again, I think of all the things I wish I’d known when I started, the words of encouragement I wish someone had given me. Maybe you’ve always been interested in Renaissance Faires. Maybe you want to know more about them. Maybe you need these words of support to give something new a try.

Dear me,

You’ve always loved history. Regardless of geography or blood, knowing how the past functioned, not in dates and names but in daily details, has always been fascinating. So this is not unknown ground for you. And Renaissance Faires are fun: spending the day outside, geeking endlessly about the minutia of history with other like-minded folk, doing hands on demonstrations for kids. There’s nothing here you don’t like.

Sure, you may be the only Black person there, definitely one of a few, but don’t let that stop you. The chances of anyone throwing rocks at you are low. The chances of anyone laughing at you are high, but when has that stopped you before? […]

 Some will try to tell you that you are wrong, out of time, out of place. They are wrong. African people have always been travelers, traders, and scholars. The Mediterranean has never been impenetrable and we have always been everywhere.

Their ignorance is not the truth.

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Story of the Day:

So yesterday I went to RenFest with my friend Anna Kate. We both used to work there, so afterwards we went to chill at a restaurant with a bunch of other Rennies.

Part of the way through the night, I’m sitting next to the guy above while he demonstrates his smoulder. And the other girls at the table demand he also demonstrate his Scottish and Irish accents for me: both of which are great. At which point I just laugh and jokingly say: “I’m done, done. Do you want my number?”

Then we’re just chatting and I asked if he works at the Festival or is just hanging out and he says he doesn’t, but does work the Texas and North Carolina one. He starts telling me his thing is he goes around as a sexy pirate and flirts with women and suddenly it occurs to me that both this story and his face are REALLY familiar.

So I said, “Wait, did you come talk to Mercer University and Scot’s stage combat class?” Which he confirmed, so I replied, “I’m that girl…” (Scot pointed me out in class because I’m also a Rennie). And we both just kind of lost it laughing. Just a really funny way to run into each other again. And a bit weird because as he said, “I was kind of your teacher and now we’re flirting…” We had a good laugh about that too. Gotta love RenFest and the people you meet.

Fun fact: the above picture is from his IMDB page- he plays “Larry ‘Hot Sauce’ Warfiel” on “The Game” (TV Show). 

witchsistah submitted to medievalpoc:

Winners of our Adult Costume Competition (1st-3rd, l-r), selected by the audience. Congratulations, these are wonderful! — with Creepy Man in a Tree, Grave Robber, Grimmkitty Leipert and Jessu Dracule. Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire

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This is an AMAZING submission by Rennie witchsistah, who has some of the most amazing and historically accurate period costumes I’ve ever seen, including this one:

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Like to act? Love history? Live in North Carolina? 

THIS COULD BE YOU!

Auditions for the Carolina Renaissance Festival (located in Huntersville ~20 mins outside Charlotte) are THIS Saturday, June 20th and NEXT Saturday, June 27th, 2015!   

Guys, I have had an absolute BLAST working for this festival for the past 3 years and in case you don’t remember, this is where I met my BRILLIANT girlfriends (including fenixchick) with whom I now perform as an official stage act working on going national: The Angels - Heroines in Disguise

This is also where I met thatseanguyblogs (aka that hunk of man I’m going to marry this Saturday) for the 3rd time and where we started dating:

So this is a *pretty* awesome festival!

Click the link above for more information about how YOU can become a cast member and have as much fun as we’ve been having! :D

And of course, feel free to ask me any questions, although I can’t tell you much about the audition process because I auditioned non-traditionally. You can read a bit more about character/audition prep stuff here. 

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Princess Elizabeth becoming Lady Knight Skylar

(Photos by Morgan Hatley’s True Photography)

Tumblr, I have to share this young heroine in training with you. She is one of my favorite Renaissance characters. I used to go down to the joust at the end of every faire day and she and I would work the crowd together. 

(us on a rain day at Faire)

(Working our joust banners)

I’d also take her for piggyback rides so she could “joust.”

(Photos by Len Barger Photography)

She has been known as “Princess Elizabeth,” but it looks like she’s becoming Lady Knight Skylar. 

I’m so excited to see her growing up to be so awesome!