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By the Fire (faire/SCA/pagan/re-enactors/LARP, etc.)


By the Fire (faire/SCA/pagan/re-enactors/LARP, etc.)

We walk the fires, tell the myths and legends, and sometimes become the stories as well!

Location: Walking the wild side!
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Latest Activity: Nov 6, 2012

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Okay folks- ante up! Tell us about all the personae's you've dressed up as and where ;) 15 Replies

Started by True Thomas the Storyteller. Last reply by Don 'Buck P' Creacy Sep 23, 2012.

"A World of Storytelling" Radio Station

Started by Don 'Buck P' Creacy Aug 18, 2011.

museum work 2 Replies

Started by Alice Chadwick. Last reply by Lois Sprengnether Keel (LoiS) Mar 3, 2011.

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Comment by Lois Sprengnether Keel (LoiS) on February 22, 2011 at 5:29pm

I'll be directing a show this spring that takes place in France in 1250.  I have a character who's a minstrel/juggler.  He's a con man who's definitely all flash, but not well-to-do.  John David's idea of a cape will work until he starts to perform, but the mask won't as he has an eye patch.  (The show is called Incorruptible & should be lots of fun if you ever get a chance to see it or the script.)

I know several of you work Renfests & similar gigs.  What would be some inexpensive & period appropriate costume ideas that for this character & his "wife of sorts" dancer partner?  Since the 2 are always scrounging for money, if it looks like it's been done on the cheap, so much the better. ( In real life the show's budget is low with a monastery setting, lots of monk outfits & even a nun or 2 -- yes, I read about the wimple & already plan to do it.)

Thanks for all your ideas.

Comment by John David Hickey on February 22, 2011 at 4:18pm
Hey folks... I just wanted to send a quick shout-out to my fellow geek and pagan storytellers/bards.
Comment by Lois Sprengnether Keel (LoiS) on August 31, 2010 at 2:00pm
Oh, Laura, I agree wholeheartedly. This is the 1 area for storytelling where we need to do what in theatre is called "getting in character." Whatever it takes.
Yes, sometimes it's fun to be dressed up & have others wonder. Still don't do anything unsafe. I know a clown whose oversize shoes caused an accident. Fortunately it wasn't bad, but it's worth caution.
Comment by Laura Kaighn on August 31, 2010 at 12:15pm
From the beginning, I dressed up to complement the program, such as a Greek goddess for Aesop's fables and a cowgirl for western themed programs. I find it adds a bit of authenticity to the storytelling, as though I've stepped out from that era to share tales from that time or place. It's a bit like Halloween dress up for adults, all year 'round. Lots of fun. I feel awkward only when I have to stop for gas on the way, or swing by a Wawa for milk and bread on the trip home afterward. Such a gas! I get some amusing looks sometimes, and use it as an opportunity to explain the profession, share a bit of history and whip out my business card.
Comment by True Thomas the Storyteller on April 2, 2009 at 11:31pm
I'm going to the SCA Potrero war, Memorial day weekend...if any tellers are in the area- give me a shout. (down by san-diego/ tecate border). Blessings!
Comment by Helewise/Karen Standal on October 15, 2008 at 11:38pm
I thoroughly enjoy the "Shakespearean" players and the ones who can have the olde english roll off their tongues.......but, to me, to blend subedetly 20th century phrases with olde english brings a sense of fracture fairytale to the stories as well as well knowing smiles. All aspects are fun...whether walking a Faire as a street actor or standing on a stage.........interaction is the joyeous goal. Worked Faires this summer...what a to see what the winter holds and offers.
Comment by Don 'Buck P' Creacy on September 30, 2008 at 7:02pm
Hello Everyone;

Please check your freindship request and either accept them or reject them. But please don't let them sit idle. If one hundred people do that, if keeps others from making new friends. Just go to your friends tabs, the little silloettes at the top right of your page, under your name and click it. I expect if you haven't found it by now... you may have many pending new friends.

Just a tip.
Comment by Rob McCabe on August 13, 2008 at 12:32pm
Hi Thomas and fellow Medievalists/Renaissance=style storytellers. I am so glad that this group is here. I am working on several Medieval and Renaissance-era stories to add to my repertoire. In Detroit, we have a phenomenal museum, The Detroit Institute of Arts which has a surprisingly good Medieval collection. In the lower level of the DIA, there is a Court--Kresge Court, which would be perfect for storytelling and I am trying to get the Director of the museum to let me do a couple of shows down there--especially for the Renaissance/Medieval program I am creating. This weekend is the first weekend of the Michigan Renaissance Festival. I am going to be there just to mix with other actors, although I am not on the performers roster this year. I may pass along some businesses there and drop off my brochures with their kind permission, of course. Or just leave them at the pub there. I do have some marketing questions with regards to Festivals. When is it considered illegal to solicit materials for personal gains at a big festival? Can I do marketing without being too conspicuous? Help please.

Blessed Be.
Comment by Helewise/Karen Standal on July 27, 2008 at 1:50am
...striding thru the mysts caressing the dark mountains, hearing the drumming and smelling the woodsmoke.....smiling...there is nothing like storytelling under the stars......seeing the dragons rise in the fire.....slipping off my cloak and reaching for the scotch.....(whoopes) er, ahem.........
by alle that is holy, St Brighid's bleast hearte.....let the stories begin!.....with respect and a dimple.....Hel'wyse
Comment by Marilyn A. Hudson - Storyteller on June 29, 2008 at 8:05am
Hello the Fire! I enjoyed the photos and the comments...I have done a few fairs and festivals in medieval/ren costume....costumed gigs for local festivals...."small" parts here and there....I wish to learn more....

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