St. Louis Pirate Fest starts September 10th, and runs weekends through September 25th at Rotary Park in Wentzville, MO. Who's going? http://www.renstl.org/main/

Pirate Fest 2011 Orientation and TAPA!

 

Saturday July 9, 2011 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

Location: Fest Site - Rotary Park, Wentzville MO

 

Its time to rethink ourselves as we pack away Pete Lyon and Open up Tortuga. In order to do this we have, you guessed it,TAPA! (Tortuga Academy of Performing Arts). TAPA is where you will learn all you need to know in order to get your character together.  Costuming questions can be answered, History will be given, Survival for our island will be taught!

If you couldn’t attend the Open House and would like to join us as costumed or support cast, please contact us at volunteer@renstl.org or come to the Orientation and we’ll be happy to shanghai ya, er, sign you up!

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Tortuga Here We Come!

 

Too much law and order on Martinique has forced the cast of the St. Louis Pirate Fest to sail to Tortuga where pirates are pirates and military is scarce.  True to the island’s history, the Fest ground has been divided into “quarters” controlled by pirates and islanders of different nationalities.  This allows for peaceful coexistence between the inhabitants of each nation.  And if you believe that you’ve been drinking too much rum!  Sparks will fly, steel will clash and black power will go boom which is sure to result in a good time for all.

So whether you’re French, Spanish, English, Dutch or just a plain old American pirate, plan to join us this September for three weekends of singing, shopping, eating, drinking and good ol’ carousing at the 2011 St. Louis Pirate Fest!

 

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Pirate Fest 2011 Open House!

 

Nearly 100 attended the Open House held at the Knight’s Pub on the St. Louis Pirate Fest site in Rotary Park on Saturday, June 25.  Excited new and veteran volunteers learned that starting this year the backdrop for the event will be Tortuga which allows for more diversity and an opportunity to interact with pirates from around the world who all called the island home.

 

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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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