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A Pirate, a Celiac, and Some Pets Walk in to the Minnesota Renaissance Festival

Every year I’ve managed to make it to the Minnesota Renaissance Festival, I’ve gone as a pirate. Pirates aren’t exactly period accurate, but the crowd seems to be fond enough of swashbuckling that an entire weekend (or at least half of one) has been devoted to the costume. And really, who doesn’t want an excuse to dress like a pirate while also checking out other pirates? If you have celiac disease like I do, even a small amount of...

Art and Insults: Meet Carr Hagerman of the Minnesota Renaissance Festival

Jousting, turkey legs, wax hands, kings, queens, and all-around shenanigans—those are a few things that may come to mind when you think of the Minnesota Renaissance Festival. For Carr Hagerman, best known to fairgoers as the foul-mouthed Rat Catcher who roams the grounds and insults visitors, those are but the tip of the iceberg when it comes to his time with the festival. Carr can be tough to get a hold of this time of year, so I was very pleased to get...

The Life of a Squire: A 2015 Minnesota Renaissance Festival Retrospective

Over the course of seven weekends starting in August each year, hundreds of thousands of people attend the Minnesota Renaissance Festival. A glorious menagerie of vendors, musicians, actors, artisans, food, and beverages await them. The 2015 edition marked the 45th year of the festival, a staple of late-summer entertainment in Minnesota. This year was new and unique for me, as I took the step from attendee to participant. Local actor and friend Ted Femrite had a rough idea of...

Ramping Up for MN Renaissance Festival: The Wonderful Whimsical Wings of Doo’s Wingalings

As the Minnesota Renaissance Festival finds itself once again upon us, there is no better time to showcase some of the artisans who can be spotted on the festival grounds. Not all of the talented artists have a booth at the renaissance festival, but they are still important contributors of wonderful art that bring the spirit of the fest to life. Today’s featured artist is Dorianne McCreary Jarchow. (Check out our other interviews by clicking here.) Kelly Starsmore (TCG):...

Ramping Up for MN Renaissance Festival: Michael Heck & the Original Royal Guard Costumes

As the Minnesota Renaissance Festival finds itself once again upon us, there is no better time to showcase some of the artisans who can be spotted on the festival grounds. Not all of the talented artists have a booth at the renaissance festival, but they are still important contributors of wonderful art that bring the spirit of the fest to life. Todays featured artist is Michael Heck. (Check out our other interviews by clicking here.) Kelly Starsmore (TCG): What...

Ramping Up for MN Renaissance Festival: Grey Goose Bows’ One-of-a-Kind Long Bows

As the Minnesota Renaissance Festival finds itself once again upon us, there is no better time to showcase some of the artisans who can be spotted on the festival grounds. Not all of the talented artists have a booth at the festival, but they are still important contributors of wonderful art that bring the spirit of the fest to life. The third featured artist in our interview series is Cameron James Alexander Christian-Weir, also known as Cehero Okensword from the Barony of Nordskogen, owner and sole...

Ramping Up for MN Renaissance Festival: Boar’s Head Leather’s Beautiful and Unique Leather Mugs

As the Minnesota Renaissance Festival finds itself once again upon us, there is no better time to showcase some of the artisans who can be spotted on the festival grounds. Not all of the talented artists have a booth at the festival, but they are still important contributors of wonderful art that bring the spirit of the fest to life. In the second installment of our interview series, we’re featuring artists Tom and Terry Evans, owners of Boar’s Head Leather. Terry took some time to talk...

Ramping Up for MN Renaissance Festival: Kristin Thesing’s Elaborate Costume Tops

As the Minnesota Renaissance Festival finds itself once again upon us, there is no better time to showcase some of the artisans who can be spotted on the festival grounds. Not all of the talented artists have a booth at the renaissance festival, but they are still important contributors of wonderful art that bring the spirit of the fest to life. Our first featured artist is Kristin Thesing.   Kelly Starsmore (TCG): What got you into designing Renaissance faire gear? Kristin Thesing: I started going to fest...
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