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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 Woven*Cords on April 18, 2011 at 11:14pm

Medieval/Renaissance Vendors still desired for Artifest in Allentown Pa on June 11 and 12 from 10-6. The Renaissance village is co-sponsored by the New World Renaissance Faire. The vendor fee is only $25 and it is for any space 10x10 or more. Please see www.artifest.org, or pm me for further information. Thank thee!

Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on March 25, 2011 at 6:14pm

A Scottish Festival of Celtic Entertainment and Food

Memorial Day Weekend
May 28-29, 2011 * 9:00am - 5:00pm

Orange County Fair & Event Center
88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, California

Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on February 26, 2011 at 1:19pm

 

Point on ye sundial
Satarrrday, Month o' showers 16 roundabouts 11:00 in the mornin' - Month o' showers 17 roundabouts 6:00 in the evenin'
Coordinates
the heart of New Hope, PA
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Arrr, Tell us more!
April 17th & 18th 2010
Starting at 11 a.m both days

Come one, Come all........
Step back in time as New Hope is transformed into a Medieval
Fantasy for one glorious weekend

Craftsmen, Pirate Auction, Costume Contest, Pub Crawl,
Belly-dancers, Treasure Hunt, Blacksmith Demonstration, Living History, Medieval Drag Show, and much much more

Join in the fun at dozens of participating businesses and
restaurants throughout town all weekend long

newhoperenfaire.com

Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on February 25, 2011 at 1:21pm
Nebraska Ren Faire  
Point on ye sundial
 Satarrrday, Month o' showers 30 roundabouts 11:00 in the mornin' -  Month o' May 1 roundabouts 5:00 in the evenin'

Coordinates
Bellviue Punkin and Berry Ranch, Bellvue Ne.

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Arrr, Tell us more!
Bellviue Ne.
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=195067130517720
Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on February 21, 2011 at 6:50pm

Fantasy Faire at Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center

Admission: $10 / Contact: Wheaton Arts Cultural Center, 1501 Glasstown Rd., Millville, NJ 08332, (856) 825-6800 ext. 104, email: dabeling@wheatonarts.org, web: www.wheatonarts.org / Site: Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center / Booths: 50+ / Attendance: 2,000 / Weapons: no firearms / Hotels located adjacent to Wheaton Arts. Camping available for participants.

 

Festa dell'Arte

Admission: $10 / Contact: Wheaton Arts Cultural Center, 1501 Glasstown Rd., Millville, NJ 08332, (800) 998-4552, email: mail@wheatonarts.org, web: www.wheatonarts.org / Site: Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center / Booths: N/A / Attendance: 2,000 / Weapons: not allowed. / Hotels located adjacent to Wheaton Arts.

 

Lakewood Lions Charity Renaissance Faire

Admission: $10 / Contact: Don Alemany, PO Box 1446 Lakewood, NJ 08701, (732) 730-2866, email: dbroker@aol.com, web: www.occis.com/psas/lions/fair / Site: Pine Park, Country Club Road, Lakewood, NJ / Booths: 50 / Attendance: 8,000 / Weapons: period weapons must be sheathed and peace-tied / On-site camping for merchants; motels nearby.

 

Mystic Realms Fantasy Festival

Admission: $5 / Contact: Mystic Realms, PO Box 267, Pitman, NJ 08071, (973) 579-5599, email: fantasy.faire@gmail.com, web: www.mysticrealms.com / Site: BSA Camp Pine Hill / Booths: 25 / Attendance: 1,500 / Weapons: must be peace-tied / Hotels nearby.

 

New Jersey Family Medieval Festival

Admission: $12 / Contact: Chris Lance, Paladin Music Ent., Inc., PO Box 243, Hackettstown, NJ 07840, (973) 632-0693, email: festival@njmedievalfestival.com, web: www.njmedievalfestival.com / Site: St. Mark¹s Church, Long Valley, NJ / Booths: 30 / Attendance: 2,000 / Weapons: must be sheathed / Hotels nearby.

 

New Jersey Renaissance Kingdom

Admission: $14 / Contact: Noreen Dunn, Dun-Ley Productions, 28 Fordum Suite 2A, Somerset, NJ 08875, (732) 271-1119, email: dunn-ley@njkingdom.com, web: www.NJKingdom.com / Site: South Mountain Reservation, Tulip Springs Section-Cherry Ln, South Orange, NJ / Booths: 40+ / Attendance: 20,000 / Weapons: must be peace-tied / Hotels and camping nearby.

 

Pirates of Tortuga

Admission: $15 / Contact: Noreen Dunn, Dun-Ley Productions, 28 Fordum Suite 2A, Somerset, NJ 08875, (732) 271-1119, email: dunn-ley@njkingdom.com, web: www.NJKingdom.com / Site: South Mountain Reservation, Tulip Springs Section-Cherry Ln, South Orange, NJ / Booths: 20+ / Attendance: 20,000 / Weapons: must be sheathed and peace-tied / Hotels and camping nearby.

 

That Medieval Thing's Spring Festival

Admission: FREE / Contact: Laura Barclay, (973) 408-4135, email: medfest@drew.edu, web: http://groups.drew.edu/medfest / Site: Drew University, Madison, NJ / Booths: 5 / Attendance: 200 / Weapons: must be peace-tied / Camping and hotels nearby.

 

West Windsor Lions Renaissance Faire

Adults: $7 / Contact: Ed DiPolvere, West Windsor Lions Club of NJ, PO Box 295, Princeton Junct, NJ 08550, (609) 586-2684, web: www.eastkingdom.org/ Site: Mercer County P

Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on February 20, 2011 at 1:53pm

Point on ye sundial
Fry'day, Marrrch 11 roundabouts 6:00 in the evenin' - Marrrch 13 roundabouts 6:00 in the evenin'
Coordinates
401 South Powerline Road, Deerfield Beach, Florida
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Arrr, Tell us more!
Quiet Waters Park
http://www.ren-fest.com/deerfield-home.asp
we will be camping, bring your own tents
i'll need to know how many people are planing to go to give the park #s, so let me know asap.
i'd like to set up group meals
plan about 30$ for the event; one day at the ren fair, 2days/2nights camping.
this park has a skate park and a ski set up
the skate park seems free, but idk
the ski things is 20$ 1hr and 30$ 2hr

Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on February 10, 2011 at 5:45pm
Regaarrding: $18 advanced Tickets are now on sale at Gothic Renaissance!
The Endless Night Vampire Ball of New York 2011 will be hosted on SATURDAY, February 12th, 2011 at Santo’s Party House, 96 Lafayette St. in Manhattan from 11pm-4am!
Gothic Renaissance is located at:
110 4th Ave (between 11th St & 2nd Ave)
New York, NY 10003
Special couples price available ONLINE ONLY!
Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on February 1, 2011 at 11:53am
A Midsummer's Dream
Th' pirate Jeremy Zacherl be invitin' ye t' board th' ship · Blabber t' yer mates · Fer one an' all

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=181490818556258

Point on ye sundial

Fry'day, Merry Month o' June 24 roundabouts 11:00 in the mornin' - Merry Month o' June 26 roundabouts 6:00 in the evenin'

CoordinatesNew York Faerie Festival
2195 State Route 79
Harpursville

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Arrr, Tell us more!Elfin & Sylvan Folk, Wood Sprites & Faerie Folk, and All you Humans who still Believe in Magic...

Join Us in the Rolling Hills and Hollows of Rural New York for Central New York's Faerie Festival!

Musical performances by DragonSong, Owain Phyfe, Wine & Alchemy, Mz. Imani, Wendy Rule, Kiva, Kellianna, The Bardo Brothers, Alexander Korolov, Jenna Green, Paul Ash, Maugorn the Stray and many more! For more details check out www.nyfaeriefest.com
Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on January 31, 2011 at 10:59am
Tired of winter? Dreaming of the warm festival season?
The 6th Night Grove, ADF and Whispering Lake Grove, ADF invite you to join us August 18-21 at Camp Clifton, Yellow Springs, Ohio for Summerland 2011
This year we are pleased to announce that Cedarsong Grove, ADF will be your host in the kitchen! If you are interested in presenting a workshop, please send a short description of the material to ansarac@aol.com
Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on January 30, 2011 at 2:08pm

Fertile Ground Gathering

Time

Thursday, May 5 at 3:00pm - May 8 at 2:00pm


LocationPrince William Forrest Park, Camp #2 (Mawavi)
18100 ParkHeadquarters rd.
Triangle, VA 22172


http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=185781061444431

More InfoJoin us in celebrating Beltane at Shadow Grove's 4th annual Fertile Ground Gathering. Musical performances by DragonSong, Kellianna, Christopher LaFond and more. Details can be found at www.fertilegroundgathering .com
 

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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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