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Fairs originated to solve the problem of distribution of goods. As long ago as 1000 BC, it was quite common for caravans of merchants to converge on cities in Egypt, Syria, Palestine, and Mesopotamia during religious festivals when many people would be together in a holiday mood. (The word fair comes from the Latin feria, meaning "holiday.") a, and Central Asia. By appearing on a regular, if infrequent, basis, merchants could concentrate supply and demand in a certain place at a specific time. As centuries passed the religious aspect of the feast diminished, and the commercial aspect dominated.

With the disintegration of the Roman Empire in the 5th century, most commerce ceased for about 200 years. But in the Muslim world of North Africa and the Middle East, as well as India, fairs continued to flourish. Muslims controlled much of the shipping in the Mediterranean, the Red Sea, and the Persian Gulf; and exotic goods found their way from China, India, and Southeast Asia to these fairs. The merchants also carried commodities from North Africa and the Middle East to India and China.
In India the largest fairs took place during the religious pilgrimages, especially to the sacred rivers such as the Ganges and the Jumna. Each of the dominant faiths Hindu, Sikh, and Muslim had its own fairs, which were a combination of ritual bathing, prayer, fasting, music, dancing, buying, and selling.

In China, which has long been known for a large governmental bureaucracy, the fairs were closely supervised by the government. After China had become a single political unit in later centuries, the fairs were relegated to cities on the coast, such as Canton, in order that foreign merchants and traders could be segregated from the rest of society. Chinese merchants, however, were free to travel to fairs in other parts of the world. Java in the East Indies had a sizable Chinese quarter at Bantam on the north coast, where a large fair was held every year.

In the 7th century in Europe, there began a gradual revival of trade and commerce that grew to great proportions from the 11th century on. Charlemagne promoted markets everywhere in his large domain. Fairs evolved from these local markets, especially near sea or river ports or at other places where caravans of merchants converged. Again religious festivals were often the occasion for a fair. As early as 629 a fair was chartered at ST. Denis, north of Paris. In the 11th century the Easter fairs at Cologne, Germany, were popular gathering places. In the Byzantine Empire there were major fairs at Thessalonica, Antioch, and Trebizond that flourished until the Ottoman conquest in the 15th century.

For about 200 years, beginning in the 12th century, the most prominent fairs of Europe were those held in Champagne, now a region of France. At these fairs could be found products from all over Europe as well as furs from Russia, drugs and spices from the Far East, cloth from Flanders and England, and linen from southern Germany. Other important fairs took place at Lyon, France; Brugge, Belgium; Geneva, Switzerland; Stourbridge, England; and Nizhny Novgorod in central Russia. By the 16th century the age of the great trade fairs was coming to an end.
The origins of amusement parks lie in ancient and medieval religious festivals and trade fairs. Merchants, entertainers, and food sellers gathered in order to take advantage of the large temporary crowds. Permanent outdoor amusement areas also date from antiquity, but public resorts for personal relaxation and recreation did not appear in Europe until the Renaissance. They were called pleasure gardens.
English pleasure gardens developed from resort grounds run by proprietors of inns and taverns. The first one with an international reputation was London's Vauxhall Gardens, which opened in 1661. It covered 12 acres (5 hectares), and admission was free.

Entertainment included music, acrobatic acts, and fireworks. Mozart performed there as an 8-year-old prodigy in 1764. In France the pleasure gardens were created by professional showmen such as the Ruggieri family, who opened the Ruggieri Gardens in Paris in 1766. As in London, fireworks were a popular attraction. Balloon and parachute acts were introduced at the end of the 18th century.
The amusements that give the parks their name often include exhibits, displays, and theatrical presentations. But the rides have traditionally been the favorite kind of attraction. The most venerable of these is the merry-go-round, or carousel (called a roundabout in England). It had its beginnings in medieval jousting tournaments, specifically in the sport of ring-spearing. Knights demonstrated their horsemanship and skill with a lance by riding full speed at a suspended ring and attempting to spear it. Noble children were trained to ride using a rotating device with suspended wooden horses that was pushed around by servants.

The roller coaster is an adaptation of the ice slides built for public amusement in Russia as early as 1650. Up to 70 feet (21 meters) high, these were timber frames supporting a 40- to 50-degree incline covered with frozen water. A French traveler took the idea to Paris but replaced the ice with an inclined carriage track. The earliest of these roller coasters, built in 1804, was called the Russian Mountains.


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Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on January 8, 2014 at 10:39am
Reminder for Silver Kingdom Renaissance Festival - Meet & Greet ! (MA area!) Thanks!
Don't forget! This Saturday is our second Meet & Greet at Ye Olde Commons from 1 to 4 pm! Dress Wa.
Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on January 7, 2014 at 12:21pm

Four Winds Faire/ Canterbury Faire will open for our Twentieth Year Celebration in March and April of 2014, Our Dates are March!est through April 27th. We will introduce a profit sharing program for all participants this season. Any Vendor, performer, cast member or guest who wishes to make up business cards with their photo in garb, contact information, $2.00 off adult admission, our Web address and logo will receive one dollar for every card received and the card itself returned for reuse. These cards can be given out to any one friends, family members, co-workers, people in the grocery store or met on the street. Some just hand them out in front of the local Malls and Wall Mart. Others leave our posters and a stack of them on counters of gas stations and fast food restaurants. We are also looking for re-enactors that would like to be involved in a reality show on TBS. If you are interested in any of the above feel free to contact me. We are still accepting vendors.
Please join us for the best year ever!
Dustin Stephens
Four Winds Productions

Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on January 2, 2014 at 12:36pm
Please come and join us for a special celebration this year..Blessed Be!
more info here;

Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on January 2, 2014 at 11:52am

Joseph W McBride
Joseph W McBride 6:02in the evenin' Jan 1
This is the Monthly reminder for the SAVE THE SANTA MARIA FESTIVAL AND GREAT LAKES PIRATE GATHERING to be held the 16th-17th and 18th of May at the GREENE EAGLE WINERY in Cortland Ohio.
We need attendees and people to help with event. Also need Vendors and Entertainers.
This is all on a Voluntary basis except vendors will be free to vend for a Donation of goods for our Auction.
So for we have had promissorys from some vendors but no sign ups as of yet.
For entertainers we have The Rogues of Rafferty, Off Keel and the Hard Tackers performing.

If you wish to attend or donate please see the Face Book link below.

For our web page and Vendor/Entertainer Contact info please go here.

Any other info to contact our Crewe please use this link
Thank for your support

Joseph W McBride's photo.
Save the Santa Maria Festival / Great lakes Pirate Gathering (public event page)
Month o' May 16
Greene Eagle Winery in Cortland, Ohio

Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on January 2, 2014 at 11:43am

Kathy Kalb 9:23in the evenin' Jan 1
2014 Blackhawk Manor Renaissance Festival, April 12 & 13 in French Lick, IN, tickets and royal banquet tickets can now be purchased on our web site at Royal banquet tickets (April 12, 7-midnight at French Lick American Legion) are limited, so order early to reserve you seat! All proceeds go to scholarship endowment fund for Springs Valley High School. The festival is dedicated to the memory of late art teacher Jeff Brothers.

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Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on July 6, 2012 at 9:28am

Grand Finale Weekend is coming! Don't miss it!
All this And Artisan vendors, amazing Food, Ale, Mead, snacks, singing, dancing! So much to see and Do! Come have an incredible day you will not soon forget!!
Please Share and help us have the most amazing weekend Ever!

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Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries had its humble beginnings as an idea of a few artisans and craftsmen who enjoy performing with live steel fighting. As well as a patchwork quilt tent canvas. Most had prior military experience hence the name.


Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries.


Vendertainers that brought many things to a show and are know for helping out where ever they can.

As well as being a place where the older hand made items could be found made by them and enjoyed by all.

We expanded over the years to become well known at what we do. Now we represent over 100 artisans and craftsman that are well known in their venues and some just starting out. Some of their works have been premiered in TV, stage and movies on a regular basis.

Specializing in Medieval, Goth , Stage Film, BDFSM and Practitioner.

Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries a Dept of, Ask For IT was started by artists and former military veterans, and sword fighters, representing over 100 artisans, one who made his living traveling from fair to festival vending medieval wares. The majority of his customers are re-enactors, SCAdians and the like, looking to build their kit with period clothing, feast gear, adornments, etc.

Likewise, it is typical for these history-lovers to peruse the tent (aka mobile store front) and, upon finding something that pleases the eye, ask "Is this period?"

A deceitful query!! This is not a yes or no question. One must have a damn good understanding of European history (at least) from the fall of Rome to the mid-1600's to properly answer. Taking into account, also, the culture in which the querent is dressed is vitally important. You see, though it may be well within medieval period, it would be strange to see a Viking wearing a Caftan...or is it?

After a festival's time of answering weighty questions such as these, I'd sleep like a log! Only a mad man could possibly remember the place and time for each piece of kitchen ware, weaponry, cloth, and chain within a span of 1,000 years!! Surely there must be an easier way, a place where he could post all this knowledge...

Traveling Within The World is meant to be such a place. A place for all of these artists to keep in touch and directly interact with their fellow geeks and re-enactment hobbyists, their clientele.

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