Ok I am going put this out to the Ningverse. And see what comes to me. Last time I put something out it was to as for a place to be. That failed. O was told not to do so in some places. Many telling of good thoughts. Sending of well wishes and luck, but in this day and age those are words that have little worth within the social structure. And can hardly be spend for the items we need. So in Virginia I am, with items in Ohio and the trailer in Michigan.
I have been a Renaissance Fare/Medieval Artist/Crafter Vendertainer for over 20 years. In the fall of the 2008 season the truck used lost its engine. In a choice it was decided to abandon it and rent trucks to finish the fall schedule. This took to soon what we had quicker than we figured in resources. With over a month more to look forward to we thought we could sell enough to gain another truck. That roll of the cosmic dice failed. For the shows did not bring to us what they should of.
So now a year later. With out a being able to get a job or true place to be. I have lost most of my company. My Companion of ten years has returned to her family in Missouri with our three year old son. For there is no money to support or purchase a truck and return to the life we had.
So the offering of teaching and showing has been brought forth. A partnership of sorts. I can offer a full rig of Faire and events. Tent, Vardar, and items to sell. As well as the shows I am know to. That can be rebooked. Up to 66 show days I believe I can recoup with out difficultly. There are a little over 100 possible during a year in common shows and 20 to 30 of extended shows.
What I need is a person or persons that can front a 17 foot or up to a 28 foot box truck {U-Haul sells them}. A Canvas has to be had as well that is about 4,000 USD in cost and I have someplace to make it. Our trademark tent canvas was over used to its end and replacement hast to be done. Some supplies need to be had to replace what was used up or replace things that do not survive the storage of the trailer. The 4 tires for it need to be replaced to ensure safe to travel upon after sitting for so long. Then the fuel/gas. And fees for shows.
I spent most of the summer trying for a lone to do this and was shot down many times. For all wanted the data required in ‘their’ forms ‘their’ format and ‘their’ way. I still have most of this typed up some where.
The offer is that if one or many takes this up to do. For a three years period the first year I will be as a Booth/show manager and they the boss. For I will teach them how and what of things. The second year we can run two tents or booths if one wants to start to expand and do one own. By the third year you should be able to run and book you own shows as well. Or we can just continue with the partnership.
Many have good intentions and advice and can tell one of how and what and should do. This I have suffered through for a year. What I need now is one or some to state they will help in the way I need.
Simple Truck, canvas, supplies, fuel and fees. For the Learning of a trade to learn how to make things. To find a style of the old knowledge and ways once again and freedom of the old.

Many think I should give up. Others just tell me how and what I should do. And when I ask them if they will help they fade or run from the words they just said. But with jobs so scarce. And places that take 45 to 90 days to decide upon someone. Or the fact I have no documents proving the knowledge of things I can do. Socially I am losing faster than I want. So to the populace I place this. And wait of words of hope and willingness to do this. And will see just if the placing this into the cosmic and universe works out. Or if I am truly lost and will never regain what I had once. My ways, my company, the Companion I love and our son.

Up to you now, I wait for the good of things to come. If you look to my profile you will find the Hearth site the last holding of what I have. Perhaps you or more then one will come and ensure that not all is lost. Some may tell me this is spamm. Some may consider it advertising. I am making a plea for help. Perhaps they will relies that and let it be and the words speak for me.

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omment by WarMouse -Manager- on September 3, 2010 at 5:14am

Let me tinker with these words. In the meantime, kickstarter.com deserves a looking over.
Comment by WarMouse -Manager- on September 8, 2010 at 3:03pm

A revised version:

Ok, I am putting this out to the Ningverse. Last time I put something out it was to find a place for my family and myself to stay. We received many good thoughts, well wishes and luck, but in this day and age those are words that have little worth within the social structure. They could not be spent for the items we needed. Now I am in Virginia, with items in Ohio and the trailer in Michigan.
I have been a Renaissance Faire/Medieval Artist/Crafter Vendertainer for over 20 years. In the fall of the 2008 our truck lost its engine. With very few options, it was decided to abandon it and rent trucks to finish the fall schedule. This drained our resources quicker than we had planned. With over a month left in the season, we thought we could sell enough to gain another truck. This roll of the cosmic dice failed. The shows did not bring to us what we had hoped.
It has been close to two years in this economy, unable to get a job or true place to be. I have lost most of my company. My Companion of ten years has returned to her family in Missouri with our, then, three-year-old son. There is no money to support or purchase a truck and return to the life we had.
So the offering of teaching has been brought forth, a Partnership of sorts. I can offer a full rig for Faires and events; Tent, Vardar, and items to sell. I am well known at many shows and I can be rebooked. Up to 66 show days I believe I can recoup with out difficultly. There are a little over 100 possible during a year in common shows and 20 to 30 of extended shows.
What I need is a person or persons that can front a 17-foot or up to a 28-foot box truck (U-Haul sells them). A canvas tent has to be made as well which would cost about 4,000 USD in cost and a shop of sorts to make it. Our trademark canvas tent was over used to its end. Some supplies need to be had to replace that which was used up or replace things that did not survive the storage of the trailer. The 4 tires for the trailer need to be replaced to ensure safe travel after sitting for so long. Then there’s the fuel/gas and fees for shows.
I spent most of the summer trying for a loan to do this and I was shot down many times. They all wanted the data required in “their” forms, “their” format, and “their” way. I still have most of this typed up somewhere.
If one or many takes this offer, for a three-year period, the first year I will be as a Booth/show manager and they would be the bosses. I will teach them the how and what of things. The second year we can run two tents or booths, if one wants to start to expand and run one’s own. By the third year you should be able to run and book your own shows as well, or we can just continue with the partnership.
Many think I should give up. Others just give me advice until I ask them if they will help. They usually fade or run from the words they just said. Jobs today are scarce and I cannot afford to sit on a waiting list. The fact that I have no documents proving my knowledge or skills is a roadblock as well. To the populace I send this and wait for words of hope and willingness to do this. We will see if just sending this into the universe works out or if I am truly lost and will never regain what I once had. My ways, my company, the Companion I love and our son.
If you look through my profile you will find the Hearth site, the last holding of what I have. Perhaps you will come and join to ensure that not all is lost. Some may tell me this is spam, some consider it advertising. I am making a plea for help. Perhaps they will realize that, and let it be the lettering that speaks for me.
Comment by claudia gildenmeister on January 30, 2011 at 9:29pm

wow Drago im so sorry .... you can have my old pavlion it not very big only 16 x 16 and will need repair a hole in it about a foot long made from some damn hornets.



Im on disablity but i will try and help as i can
Comment by Rev. Allen M. Drago ~ Traveler on January 30, 2011 at 9:48pm

Thank you for the offer, keep it dry and poles straight if I can find a way I may find you for it. Thank you again I remember the tent with the awning/
My apologies, Drago, for I have nothing of value to offer. All I can do is hope the verse hears you and responds well to your request of help from it. I would very much like to see you with truck, tent, family, and back on the road... doing what you love to do.

You have done much in the year you have left your family. I owe you a debt of a laptop for it was yours that was stolen as you lent it to me. This is something of value you have done. We wait for people to realize and read and even perhaps help as you have done. Vice the typed/verbal pounding I usually receive from their mind of can do better and knows how I should do, vice helping. Or knows better bolder and best. Till they live my life they truly never know of it. You have twice to do so and still in way help, this I thank you for. Even if you test time and ways at time.


Dell
Inspiron M5030 Laptop Computer - 3D Black
AMD V160
2GB DDR3-1333 RAM
250GB 5,400RPM Hard Drive
15.6" HD TrueLife LED-backlit Display
8x CD/DVD Burner Dual Layer DVD+/-R Drive
3-in-1 Media Card Reader
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4250
Atheros 802.11g/n Wireless Card
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
3D Black
perhaps this will do
I know this is not much as well wising hardly ever  does any good to those in need but in my current state of at the bottom of the pond well wishing is all I can really do this time around.  I know you once tried to find help for me and so all I can do in return is to keep my eyes open for anyone who might hav these items and willing to part with them at a reasonable rate.  If I come across anything I will gladly message you and pass on what I come across.
Thank you pretty

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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.

 

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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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