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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 June 14, 2012 at 10:22am

Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on June 14, 2012 at 10:22am

Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on June 5, 2012 at 7:40am

Northeastern Ohio Pagans: Open Summer Solstice ritual and cook out

Open Summer solstice ritual and cook out

Sunday, June 17, 2012
1:30pm-?

Shelter House 2 at Plum Creek park in Kent Ohio.

http://www.kentparksandrec.com/parks/city-wide-park…

Bring a dish/food to share.

Blessings,
amber & Master Eric

Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on May 8, 2012 at 11:41am

Hello to My New Regional Fellow Druids!

We may have met at a previous Wellspring or Summerlands, however I can
almost guarantee you that I may have forgot, (age is evil - stay young
forever!). My name is Amber Skyspirit, also known as Rev. Amber. I recently
moved to Columbus, Oh from the Tampa area of Florida.

And I'm busy already! Woohoo that's a good thing (grin)!

On June 9-10th, I will be presenting a two hour interactive discussion
about Druidry, Witchcraft and Neopaganism at the St Louis Pagan Picnic at
1pm for whomever shows up. The focus will be ADF Druidry and I will be
answering one of my most commonly asked questions, how do we compare to
everyone else. That is on Saturday. On Sunday, I will be presenting an ADF
COoR ritual at 1pm. The ritual will be Irish Gaelic hearth culture full of
chants, and community-focused work, as the theme of the Picnic is
"Celebrating 20 Years of Service."

Then on June 15-17th, I will be at the Michigan Paganfest where I be
following up my winning presentation with an hour and 1/2 of the same
topic. My workshop there is scheduled for Saturday 4-5:30 and I would love
to see a few ADF members in the audience, as they have new leadership and
new organization. I may even throw in a teaching ritual if there's time.

If by then you aren't tired of me, after all who ever has enough amber? I
would love to come visit, do a workshop, help out with a ritual, or just
eat your food (Smile)!

I need a few volunteers for the St Louis ritual. I am not opposed to
picking people from the audience. Yes, I have done that hehe, and if you
can help I will be tremendously grateful !

http://www.mipaganfest.org/

http://paganpicnic.org/frontpage

Bright Blessings for a Fantastic Week!

Amber Ayliah Cannon <ravynsangel@gmail.com>

Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on May 7, 2012 at 10:26am

Join us May 17-20 in the mountains of North-western Virginia to celebrate the Vanir.
Vanir Fest is a celebration of all things related to the Vanir (a race of Norse gods, often related to fertility). We will honor the Vanir with Vanic arts and crafts, workshops and rituals.
Pre-registration is open noww! ?For more information and to register, visit our website:?www.ratatask.org/VanirFest.
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From: Ratatask Thora <ratatask@eplagarthrkindred.org>

Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on April 3, 2012 at 11:51am

Harvest?Nights?Gathering will be taking place on November 9-11, 2012
at Camp Bonnie Brae in Otis, MA

We will have:

* Heated sleeping accommodations.
* Pot-luck and meet-and-greet on Friday night. Get to know the druids
in the Northeast!
* A meal plan is included with registration (meals are provided for
Saturday and Sunday).
* Ritual on Saturday evening (after dinner).

Children are expected, welcomed, and encouraged. We will be providing
activities for the little ones while workshops for the adults are in
session, and there will be lots of fun to be had. We are asking
parents who are bringing children to help us supervise the children?s
activities, so everyone can get to the workshops they really want to.

You can find out all about?Harvest?Nights?here:
http://www.charteroakadf.org/harvestnights/

If you would like to present a workshop, please email a proposal to
charteroakadf@gmail.com

--
Treasa de Gruyl
Scribe, Charter Oak Grove

Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on March 25, 2012 at 4:01pm
Date & Time: in 11 days Thursday, April 05, 2012 · 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM  
Location: 770 orchard lake rd. Pontiac, Mi 48341   @ map
Cost: nada, zip, zero unless you would like to support the artist and buy something.
Dress code: Vanilla!! Vanilla!! Vanilla!!!! casual dressy, summer cool, it will be warm in the studio.
Description:

A world class artist in her private state of the art studio, and your invited!!

Come watch master glassblower April Wagner preform jawdropping hot glass-blowing demo's in her beautiful studio surrounded by gorgeous works of art. There will be wine, and snacks as well.

www.epiphanyglass.com

The studio is a green building located 1/4 mile east of telegraph rd. additional parking is availible on the south side of orchard lake rd.

After the demo, if there is interest, cocktails, or coffee, or dinner or all three.

This is a VANILLA EVENT

Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on March 21, 2012 at 3:36pm

Our theme this year is "Druids in the Natural World", but there are a
number of features this year beyond that, including morning
devotionals and even a "Dedicant Study Hall" to go over some common
stumbling blocks on your DP.

Trillium 2012 is at TLC Campground in the Shenandoah mountains in
north western Virginia. The site is tent and RV camping, and has a
bathhouse with running water (shower, toilets and sinks), and a number
of meeting rooms. ?If you would like to stay at a hotel, there are a
number about 20 minutes away. ?More info on the site, as well as
nearby hotels can be found at the campground's website:
http://www.TLCCampground.com/

For more information about the festival, visit our website at:
http://www.TrilliumGatheringADF.org/

Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on March 17, 2012 at 9:20pm

Reminder from: mysticmoonevents Yahoo! Group

Title: The Mystic Moon Drum Circle

Date: Monday March 19, 2012
Time: 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Repeats: This event repeats every week.
Next reminder: The next reminder for this event will be sent in 1 day, 4 minutes.
Location: Mystic Moon
Street: 3365 North Military Highway
City State Zip: Norfolk, Virginia, 23518 Map
Phone: 757 855-3280
Notes: Come Drum, Dance, Meet & Greet!
All Respectful Seekers Are Welcome! Celebrating our 12th year The Mystic Moon Drum Circle is the place for Pagans or anyone on Monday evening! You are welcome to join us in raising positive energy, no matter what path you follow! There is a $3.00 maintainance fee and the shop is open for business. We ask that you simply follow a few "rules of hospitality" to be here, which are posted on the whiteboard in the back room. No drugs or alcohol are permitted! Cameras, Camcorders or Audio recorders ARE NOT PERMITTED in the backyard.
We ask that drama, conflicts and confrontations be kept away from this event as it is about healing, prosperity, love, light and joy! YOUR OWN Children are welcome here but, you must keep them with you at all times. Drum Circle is not a closed group, you may come and go as you please, We ask that as you enter the backyard to be mindful that this is a spritual event and not a place for loud disruption to the drummers and dancers. Once you come to Drum Circle, Mondays will NEVER be the same! If you're new, please, let us know. We have a great volunteer staff that will show you around and answer any questions you may have.Drum Circle is EVERY MONDAY, we do not cancel for any holidays!
We really hope to see you here!
Blessed Be!

Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on March 16, 2012 at 6:30pm
Reminder from:   mysticmoonevents Yahoo! Group
 
Title:   Psychic Readings with Shaman
 
Date:   Friday March 16, 2012
Time:   2:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Repeats:   This event repeats every week.
Location:   At Mystic Moon
Notes:   Shaman does Soul Drawings, Tarot, Rune Casts, Bone Throwing, Heart Readings and other types of Intuitive Counseling.
His fees are set, not by the minute.
Walk in or make an appointment
 

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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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