a book history of the faire out Nov. 19, 2012 from New York University Press

Monday, December 10, 2012

Winning photographs!

Thanks to all who sent me photographs of YOUR faire! I loved them all, and it was too hard choosing among them for the likes of me--so I consulted with the photography teachers at the local high school. Below are photographs that capture the joy of the faire:

 This is Angela, her daughter, and friends at the TRF. They are all glowing. 

                         And next up is Marla Hedden's portrait of Amelia, at Bristol.

 This child is all, "Why yes, in fact I am the cutest thing in the place!"

Books are on the way to these photographers--and again, thanks to all, for making my day, especially as winter settles in, here in New England.

Monday, November 19, 2012

PHOTO CONTEST: share your vision of the faire to win an autographed copy of Well Met: Renaissances Faires and the American Counterculture by Rachel Rubin, out this week from New York University Press! To enter, send a copy of a photograph you took at the faire to fairehistory@gmail.com. Include your name and which faire is pictured. Deadline is December 7, 2012. I will then contact two winners, and post the winning photographs here.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Thoughtful piece about Well Met and the faire's countercultural significance here in the San Francisco Bay Guardian!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Well Met: Renaissance Faires and the American Counterculture will be out next month on November 19!  The lush and gorgeous cover photograph was taken at the very first faire, the 1963 Renaissance Pleasure Faire in Southern California. Founders Phyllis Patterson (left) and Ron Patterson (center) pose with cast member Judy Kory on the original Commedia wagon. (Photo credit Marvin Lyons, all rights reserved, Red Barn Productions 2012)