OKRF 2012 Muskogee, Oklahoma

Carriage ride for His Majesty's Birds
visit OKRF, take a carriage ride.

What would you expect to see at a ren-faire? They call it Renaissance for a reason. I love the carriage rides. they are a great way to see all of “Castleton” in a short, uninterrupted span of time….did I say uninterrupted?

You might find the occasional band of thieves or pirates stop you….then again, your ride could be a stroll through the kingdom as peaceful as you imagined it to be.

"Cast in Bronze"
Maestro of the Carillon

You can hear the “Carillon” (pronounced care-ill-on) which is a unique sound not heard many places….

Cast in Bronze is perfect for those who love unique music, the sound of bells and other such instrumental music.

The Maestro plays in such a unique wave of movement as to entertain you while you listen…stop in at the Castle of Muskogee and hear it for yourself.

The Brother's Dim
OKRF original adult fairy tale theater like you have never seen it before

The Brothers Dimm is another (all together different and…) unique show. I have seen nothing else like them anywhere. Though I do enjoy a good laugh at every show!

Africa's Barbary Falcon
an almost endangered species

Another unique “MUST SEE” show is the Birds of Prey show at OKRF. ¬†It’s held in the jousting arena twice a day and features a WIDE ARRAY of birds for your enjoyment. Unlike most other educational animal shows, this one features demonstrations that can involve audience participation. That’s part of what makes it great!!! Check out more at the Royal Gauntlet’s blogsite.

There are of course other sites to see throughout Castleton:

Marco, OKRF 2012
OKRF 2012, Marco

Marco…be he pirate or jester…Marco is awesome! you can even play Marco Polo without getting all wet! ūüôā

The Queen–have tea with Her Majesty even!

There are Fools (and Jesters), Knights, wenches, Ladies, Faeries, Jousters, and lots of other things you may not have ever imagined! Visit Castleton and check it out for yourself. But be sure to leave a comment or a photo here!

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Mother’s Day: May 13th, 2012

The Hand that Rocks the Cradle Rules the World!

I have posted about holidays quite a bit it seems lately. With this in mind, it only seems fair to remind you about Mother’s Day. Where would we be without Mom? Or without her Mom?

Being ren-faire season here in Oklahoma, I have to look back into the middle ages even for mother’s day.

I love reading about stories of the past…particularly those like Robin Hood, King Arthur, and while these are fiction, Eleanor of¬†Aquitaine¬†was real.

Eleanor succeeded her father as¬†Duchess of Aquitaine¬†and¬†Countess of Poitiers¬†at the age of fifteen, becoming the most eligible bride in Europe. Three months after her accession, she married¬†Louis VII, son of her guardian,¬†King Louis The Fat. As¬†Queen of France, she participated in the unsuccessfulSecond Crusade. Soon after the Crusade, Eleanor sought an annulment of her marriage[2]¬†but was rejected by¬†Pope Eugene III.[3]¬†However, after the birth ofAlix, another daughter, Louis agreed to an annulment.[4]¬†The marriage was annulled on 11 March 1152, on the grounds of¬†consanguinity¬†within the fourth degree. Their daughters were declared legitimate and custody was awarded to Louis, while Eleanor’s lands were restored to her.

As soon as the annulment was granted, Eleanor became engaged to¬†Henry Plantagenet, Count of Anjou and Duke of Normandy, her cousin within the third degree, who was nine years younger than her. The couple married on 18 May 1152, eight weeks after the annulment of Eleanor’s first marriage. Over the next thirteen years, she bore Henry eight children: five sons, three of whom would become king, and three daughters. However, Henry and Eleanor eventually became estranged. She was imprisoned between 1173 and 1189 for supporting her son¬†Henry‘s revolt against her husband.

Mother of King Richard the Lionheart
Mother of King Richard the Lionheart

Eleanor was widowed on 6 July 1189. Her husband was succeeded by their son,¬†Richard I, who immediately released his mother. Now¬†queen dowager, Eleanor acted as a¬†regent¬†while Richard went on the¬†Third Crusade. Eleanor survived Richard and lived well into the reign of her youngest son¬†John. By the time of her death, she had outlived all her children except for King John and¬†Eleanor, Queen of Castile.” ¬†(wikipedia)

And since this blog is titled “the Hand that Rocks the Cradle rules the World”, I have to put in a note of Queen Victoria. She was also known as “the Grandmother of Europe“. One of her granddaughters was Princess Alix who married the Tsar of Russia and became Tsarina Alexandra. The royal familys genealogy is very interesting. Sometimes I wish history had centered more on the people and families than a date and timeline to be memorized.

Grandmother of Europe
the Grandmother of Europe

She married her first cousin,¬†Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, in 1840. Their nine children and 26 of¬†their 34 grandchildren who survived childhood¬†married into royal and noble families across the continent, tying them together and earning her the nickname “the grandmother of Europe”. After Albert’s death in 1861, Victoria plunged into deep mourning and avoided public appearances. As a result of her seclusion,¬†republicanism¬†temporarily gained strength, but in the latter half of her reign, her popularity recovered. HerGolden¬†and Diamond Jubilees were times of public celebration.

the last Tsarina of Russia
Alix of Hess, Alexandra Tsarina of Russia
Granddaughter of Queen Victoria

Her reign of 63 years and 7 months, which is¬†longer than that of any other British monarch¬†and the¬†longest of any female monarch in history, is known as the¬†Victorian era. It was a period of industrial, cultural, political, scientific, and military change within the United Kingdom, and was marked by a great expansion of the¬†British Empire. She was the last¬†British monarch¬†of the¬†House of Hanover; her son and successor¬†Edward VII¬†belonged to the¬†House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.” (wikipedia)

Mother’s Day is a day to honor the hand that rocked your cradle…or the woman who taught you right from wrong…showed you what you wanted to be when you grew up…

Tell me about your Mom! Leave a comment.

Oklahoma Renaissance Faire: Muskogee Oklahoma

Ren-Faire Season!

It has begun! Or at least it begins this weekend! OKRF is the short version of Oklahoma Renaissance Faire. It is held EVERY May at the Castle of Muskogee located (where else?) in Muskogee, Oklahoma USA.

I love faire season. Muskogee is the closest faire to me so it is the main one I attend. It has a lot to offer whether you are a photographer, people watcher, or just like to get out and have fun! 

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If you like to dress up, there are plenty of places to get new costumes or to add to an existing one. I love multi-use pieces and costumes! Halloween is a great time to dig out bits and pieces or the whole costume and be an original! Most people don’t even associate the costume with Renaissance Faires. They just think it’s cool! My favorite is of course Damsel In This Dress! Michelle makes the most awesome outfits.

Check out her shop at OKRF
Check out the coolest corsets at OKRF!

They go great with everything! ūüėÄ

People watching and joining in the fun is an awesome time at Oklahoma Ren-Faire too! There are games, shopping, and plenty of entertainment! Check out the castle website for more details…and they are on facebook too where acts and ¬†venders have been featured as a preview!

My favorite acts at OKRF are:

1. Royal Gauntlet birds of prey….this is where I spend most of my time! I can’t get enough! So stop by…you’ll find the show in the jousting arena. Check the programs for times or find a falconer….

2. The Jolly Rogers…..my pirate fix! I love pirates. The Jolly Rogers are a singing pirate group. They sing folk songs and sea chanties. I promise you will laugh!

Come to faire! Then share your experience with comments made HERE!