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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 23, 2011 at 1:07pm
The Phoenix & Ashes Spring Retreat

Time
Thursday, May 26 at 12:00pm - May 31 at 1:00pm
Location Big Bear Family Campground, Zuni. VA
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=187790854578567
More Info
Phoenix and Ashes is a Spiritual Retreat to happen Memorial Day Weekend, May 26th thru May 31st at Big Bear Family Campground (formerly Blackwater). This is a community affair we hope will stretch to reach every Pagan, Heathen and Hopeful Spirit in the area!! All Respectful Seekers Welcome!!

With the times being as hard as they are, folk are looking less and less at the brighter things in life, and concentrating on what isn’t in ...the wallet. We need this event, we need it to Retreat from all that is going on, and to reconnect with ourselves and our Faith.

This is a grass roots attempt, my friends. There are only a handful of us working to bring this about. We are not expecting a major influx but we ARE hopeful to find our lost friends and brethren.

Come, help us achieve our goal, a Community Retreat to welcome all Respectful Seekers!


Blackwater Campgrounds offers hot showers, a full sized pool, a basketball court, kids area with swings, washers & dryers, and hookups!!
Any questions, please do not hesitate to ask! Stormwalker03@gmail.com
Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on January 22, 2011 at 1:01pm
Meetup at Mystic Moon

When: Monday, February 21, 2011 6:00 PM

Where: Mystic Moon
28738 John R
Madison Heights, MI 48071

28738 John R in Madison Hgts, Mi. 48071
Phone: 248-545-7760
We will Have coffe and open discussion
WITCHES BALL 2011 TICKETS WILL BE ON SALE

RSVP to this Meetup:
http://www.meetup.com/michiganpagans/calendar/16136564/
Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on January 22, 2011 at 1:00pm
DARK MOON AND IMBOLC RITUAL

There will be a ritual on January 29, 2011 at Mystic Moon to celebrate the Dark Moon and Imbolc. As part of the Dark Moon rite we will be setting up an ancestor altar. You might want to bring pictures or other small items to place on the altar during the ritual in memory of departed loved ones. You will also be given the opportunity to give them gifts such as herbs or other small tokens. As part of the rite of Imbolc, the Goddess Brigit will collect your hopes and wishes and desires for the coming year (written on slips of paper) to place in the balefire so they will take root for the future.
We will gather from 6pm – 7pm with the ritual at 7pm. There will be a potluck after the ritual so please bring a dish to share if you plan on eating with us. Also, in a effort to stay green, please bring your own plate and utensils and cup.
Hope to see lots of you there. This will be a very healing ritual and my hope is that it will bring you a great deal of peace.

Blessings,
Pam
faeldy@yahoo.com
Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on January 22, 2011 at 12:43pm

Appearance at Stratos Hafla Night

Time

Thursday, February 3 · 8:00pm - 10:00pm


LocationStratos Greek Taverna
2907 Northwest Hwy.
Dallas, TX

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=103978206345306

Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on January 21, 2011 at 12:28pm

Val Day Feast

 

Time

Saturday, February 12 · 5:00pm - 10:00pm


LocationStanley Center at St. Catherine's of Sienna
1150 West Centre Avenue
Portage, MI


http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=193003877376364

More Info$10/person to be paid at the door. Bring your feast gear and be prepared to mingle and have fun. Dinner will begin around 5:30 pm. Come earlier to mingle and enjoy.

Current planned menu:
Roasted Chicken
Roasted Pork
Soup
Garlic Butter Noodles
Salad
Red Velvet Cake
Fruit
Cheese
Bread
Honey Butter
Herb Butter
Root Vegetables
Love Potion
Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on January 20, 2011 at 11:51am

February Pub Sing at TNN!!

Time

Tuesday, February 8 · 7:30pm - 9:30pm

 


 

LocationTir Na Nog Irish Pub
Blount Street
Raleigh, NC

 


 

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=120012994738649

 

More InfoCome join Thunder & Spice ( www.thunderandspice.com) at Tir Na Nog for an evening of traditional pub songs, sea chanties and folk songs. Raise your voice and your glass - we'll all get a turn!! Request a song, singalong, or share one of your own - come join us and sing a love song to get in the Valentine spirit! No entrance fee.

See the event on the Tir Na Nog website: http://www.tirnanogirishpu b.com/
Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on January 20, 2011 at 11:50am

What The Hell Con

Time

Friday, February 4 at 6:00pm - February 6 at 12:00pm


LocationDana Auditorium: Guilford College

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=120012994738649#!/event.php?e...

More InfoIt's Yachting Club's annual convention. It will feature many activities such as Iron Chef challenge, RPG's, video games, and have many different rooms such as anime room, bad movie room, miniatures room, and vendors.
 

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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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