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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 March 15, 2012 at 4:12pm
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.
Next reminder:   The next reminder for this event will be sent in 18 hours, 4 minutes.
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
Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on March 12, 2012 at 11:47am

Greetings Everyone,

The Druids of Whispering Lake Grove would like to invite you to
celebrate the coming of Spring as we honor Nerthus, Earth Mother of
the Germanic peoples on Sunday, March 18th beginning at 5:30PM at the
Unitarian Universalist Congregation building in Erie, PA. For driving
directions please visit our website at: www.whisperinglakegrove.org.

During this year's ritual celebration we excitedly await the coming of
Nerthus and Springtime. Within our work we will rid ourselves of
unwanted barriers and strife; and the darkness of winter's icy grip
and ask Nerthus to transform this energy into creative potential to be
utilized for our future goals. Everyone is encouraged to plan a gift
for Nerthus to be given during the ritual.

Following the ritual, adults and children alike will have an
opportunity to win prizes as they hunt the colorful eggs of spring. A
potluck dinner will also follow the ritual celebration. So, plan a
dish to share and join in the fun and fellowship.

For additional information regarding this ritual, please don't
hesitate to contact me at: carrionmann@gmail.com.

Yours Within the Mist,

Rev. Carrion Mann
WLG Chief Liturgist

Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on September 10, 2011 at 5:28pm
Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on August 8, 2011 at 5:40pm
Hi All, Hawkfest NY is coming up fast!! Aug 25th-28th. I am still looking for some venders. If anybody is interested or in the area, or know's of anybody that might be interested, please send em to me. Vending at Hawkfest NY is free!!!! Gonna be a great weekend at Brushwood, and the RoundHouse will be rocking!! The Saturday Feast is gonna be the best one yet!!! Come on out!!!! Nighthawk420@yahoo.com
John Nighthawk Smith 3:17 in the evenin' Arrrgust 8
Hi All, Hawkfest NY is coming up fast!! Aug 25th-28th. I am still looking for some venders. If anybody is interested or in the area, or know's of anybody that might be interested, please send em to me. Vending at Hawkfest NY is free!!!! Gonna be a great weekend at Brushwood, and the RoundHouse will be rocking!! The Saturday Feast is gonna be the best one yet!!! Come on out!!!! Nighthawk420@yahoo.com
Comment by Denise Morgan (Helping Hand) on July 29, 2011 at 10:40pm
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Subject: [mysticmoonevents] IMPORTANT UPDATE FOR: Lammas/Lughnasadh
 
Note: This Sabbat will be done by The Eastern Beach Kindred an Asatru group. The ritual will be The 1st Harvest in the Norse Tradition for Lammas/Lughnasadh! it will be a Norse Blot. Everyone is welcome! All Esbats and Sabbat Celebrations are free and open to all respectful seekers. You may participate or just observe. Children are welcome with supervision and cannot be disruptive to the ritual circle.
Our Esbats and Sabbats always include a potluck buffet, please bring food if you intend to eat.
For questions, call 757 855-3280
Comment by Denise Morgan (Helping Hand) on July 29, 2011 at 10:38pm

By: mysticmoonevents@yahoogroups.com
When: Saturday 7/30/11

 

According to some Elders, this Saturday will be a "Black Moon" The Black Moon is the 2nd dark/new moon in the month, which is this Saturday! The energy is an Eleven/Faery energy,... and is for extreme banishing of negativity. So... come on out and do some banishing and wear clothing that can get wet! This is going to be a very powerful rite!
We will gather at 6:30ish for potluck and ritual will be done by Priestess Pam at dusk! Hope to see you here!

Comment by Denise Morgan (Helping Hand) on July 21, 2011 at 8:10pm

When: Wednesday, July 27 at 9:00pm - July 28 at 2:00am

Where: Bistro 400

400 W. 4th St.

Santa Ana, CA

 

Created By, Necropolis

 

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Calling all witches and wizards. Here is your chance to let down you hair as we party in the moonlight to all your favorites music. Wear your robes, hats, pointy shoes what have you as we dance the night away.

 

Entry: 18+

How Much: $5 all night

$3 with special flyer

 

Host: Raven

 

Guest DJs: Eyktan and Spazmatik

 

DJs: Gn0m3, Fo55, and Mrs. Liquid Sex Drive

Gun: Blaid

Saint

 

Free Parking

Cheap Drinks

Awesome People

 

Tarot Readings By Vandorian Sharpe

Photog by Necropolis Photographers

 

Special Vendors

 

400 W. 4th St

Santa Ana, CA

Comment by Denise Morgan (Helping Hand) on May 13, 2011 at 5:14pm

In June,..Live at Mystic Moon!

Kenny Klein!

Tickets ON SALE NOW!!

Friday June 3rd, and Saturday June 4th, 2011

Concert- Tickets $15.00 in advance, $20.00 at the door

Workshop- $10.00 with advance payment, $15.00 at the door

 

...Concert, Workshop AND Book/Cd Signing.

Kenny Klein is a well known musician, author, and lecturer in the Pagan community. Kenny has recorded many CDs geared toward Pagan and Renaissance Festival audiences; He is the author of The Flowering Rod, Men, Sex and Spirituality, (Immanion, 2009), a book about men's Wicca, and Through the Faerie Glass: A Look at the Realm of Uns...een and Enchanted Beings (Llewellyn Worldwide, 2010). Kenny has been a presenter and musical performer at dozens of festivals, including Pagan Spirit Gathering, Free Spirit Gathering, Heartland festival, Starwood, PantheaCon, Ancient Ways, Florida Pagan Fest, and many others. Visit Kenny's website at http://www.kennyklein.net/ , and at www.myspace.com/kennykleinmusic.

 

Concert with Kenny: Friday June 3 at 7:00pm Cost- $15.00 advance, $20.00 at the door

For more information please follow the link…

mysticmoonevents@yahoogroups.com

Comment by Denise Morgan (Helping Hand) on April 29, 2011 at 4:13pm

Come to The Dance!

 

3 days and 2 nights of Beltane!

Hosted and sponsored by Mystic Moon of Norfolk

Gates open at 10:00am Friday April 29th

$75.00 per adult, no kids activities but no fee for children,campsites are limited and on a first come basis.

Day Trips - $20.00 for Friday

$25.00 for Saturday

$15.00 for Sunday

Event includes entertainment by: Mystic Fire, Momentary Prophets, Doug Bischoff,

Heather Jinmaku, Julia Zay, The Inchantors, Janie Carpenter, Dana Beaufait,

Scarlett Marie & Hex, Wicked Hips Tribal, Wendell Adkins, The Whirling Doves,

and music by D.J. Terrence Parker. We will have merchants, Maypole and Maypole

Dance, Ritual, May King/Queen Drawing and festivities, Silent Auction, Games,

Sacred Fire, Drumming and so much more! It's Spring and time for Beltane!

This is one event you do NOT want to miss out on!

Comment by Denise Morgan (Helping Hand) on April 23, 2011 at 12:41pm
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The Robin Hood Springtime Festival 2011 (:30 Chase)
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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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