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Journal Entries from June 2002:
Happy birthday, Goat Girl! [Thu, 27 Jun 2002 | 1:09 PM]
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1:09 PM - Happy birthday, Goat Girl! - Happy birthday to Mistress Sheila, the goat herder's daughter! -- JohnPaul

Special thanks to... [Wed, 26 Jun 2002 | 9:52 AM]
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9:52 AM - Special thanks to... - A quick thanks to Jesus R. for letting us use a photo he took of us at the Greater St. Louis Renaissance Faire earlier this year. It now appears on our opening page splash screen welcoming visitors to this site. Thanks, J! He sent us some other photos from the recent A Renaissance Affaire in Osecola, Iowa, including one of John-Paul getting full-on kisses by the Pickle Fool (who was briefly playing the part of Mistress Sheila). Don't ask. JP won't tell... -- JohnPaul

A Renaissance Affaire 2002... [Mon, 24 Jun 2002 | 11:40 PM]
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11:40 PM - A Renaissance Affaire 2002... - My, what a great tan I have. After wearing a vest on Sunday I have a nice tan line where my camera strap normally runs, and some very red upper arms. Ouch. Thanks to the sunburn "potion" from Firecat's Cauldron, I'm doing just fine though.

We'd like to thank our sponsors: Ivy Soap Works, The Scots Dragon, Rigor Mortis (Pandora's Box), Tattered Threads, Gyllun's Tavern, and a few others I can't recall at the moment. The wenches sold out big time during our last show on Sunday.

Speaking of selling out... Once again ARA proved to be a massively fun event, in spite of low attendance, hot temperatures and lack of organization. We had a blast on Sunday. For the second show, the Pickle Fool was recruited to play the role of Sheila (since she wasn't near the "stage" at that moment). Soon everyone had swapped places! Willa ended up playing Sheila's part, while Keira became Willa, and Sheila was Keirra, and Sky Chair John made a cameo as me. He's on the list, especially after he gave such a sweeping and SWEET portrayal of JP. Grrr.

Then they pulled a Super Soaker on me.

But I got them back later.

Yes, this version of "The Ring" was unlike any other. We had alot of fun with it, from the introduction of a 64 ounce Kum-N-Go mug of ice water during the ring segment, to everyone getting to make fun of everyone else. Heh. Great time for all!

And I didn't get it on video tape... Sigh. -- JohnPaul

Is that from the water slide or do you always walk funny [Thu, 13 Jun 2002 | 5:35 PM]
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5:35 PM - Is that from the water slide or do you always walk funny - South Dakota, What a great time, I have not had that much fun since my 1st bodice experience. Talk about a faire on the right track. Everyone was so great, we shared our stage with Ambrosius, and Free Booters of the Flatlands, a Lord and Pirates add a Scotsmen and a water slide and its every wenches dream vacation. Combat jousting on war horses, great crowds, free beer, not to mention certain Kilted men that aren't afraid of wind, RIGHT Sheila ;)
Made some new friends at www.followersofthefaire.com,got to spend time enjoying other faire friends that we see too little of, HI Melissa.
Did I mention my NEW red whip... OR my Chain Mail Teddy (by polar bear forge) I will be sporting both at Osceola next week. I did not get to met too many volunteers this time and they did not have a paging service, bummer.
But they had great venders and merchants that understand the benefit of performer discounts. Let it be said Flattery and discount prices get you everywhere with the wenches.
Lets keep that in mind going to Osceola, looking forward to seeing what this faire has to offer.
-- Keirra

Siouxland [Tue, 11 Jun 2002 | 7:04 PM]
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7:04 PM - Siouxland - Wow! That was an awesome faire!! Doc had really great food. All the patrons were playful. Lots of ale and a waterpark! Hell let's go back now!! -- Sheila

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2:08 PM - Back from Siouxland... Next stop: Osceola, Iowa! - The Washer Well Wenches drew stunning crowds this past weekend at the Siouxland Renaissance Festival. A big thanks goes out to all the members of the Siouxland Renaissance Association for treating the wenches like royalty. They sure put on a great show, and know how to take care of their merchants and entertainers. We hope to be invited back next year!

The girls are now taking a much deserved break after logging many thousands of miles of travel in the past five weeks. Mistress Willa and myself (John-Paul) will be on vacation this weekend at the final Renaissance Faire of the Midlands (Council Bluffs, IA) but the group itself won't be appearing on stage until the weekend of June 22-23rd at the 2nd annual A Renaissance Affaire (Osceola, IA just south of Des Moines). Please come out and see us if you can! We appreciate all the support this season! -- JohnPaul

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2:03 PM - Thoughts on South Dakota... - What a fantastic first year event! The crowds were huge and, after being prompted on tipping customs at renaissance faires, fairly generous. It was certainly worth the drive to take part in this historic event -- the first ever renaissance festival in North South Dakota. :-)

Close to 10,000 people came out to play. The food was great, the entertainment was great, and the crowds were great. Other than the hot sun and the intense winds (which kept knocking down our washline), it was a near perfect weekend. The Siouxland Renaissance Association did a great job! -- JohnPaul

Siouxland Rocks! [Mon, 10 Jun 2002 | 11:28 PM]
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11:28 PM - Siouxland Rocks! - Oh my goodness, that was one of the most fun festivals I've ever been to! It was the epitome of what a small faire should be...and it was only their first year! Colour me completely impressed.

Lots of good stories out of this event, too. Next time to see Sheila, ask her about her kilt inspection incident!

It was way too much fun to be on the PG-13 stage... -- Willa

Ah, success! [Thu, 6 Jun 2002 | 11:19 PM]
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11:19 PM - Ah, success! - I know my girls have made it! Today we received this e-mail:

Do you do bachelor parties?

I already have a goat and 3 clowns, but I really need
some wenches. Also, do you happen to know anyone with
a 300 gallon Jell-o mold?


Can this guy smell talent (or something resembling it) or what? Thanks, that was one of the best things we've ever been sent! Ironically, we did use our prop well for making Jell-O last year. Mmmm. Jell-O. Unfortunately, Sheila's goat got into it before we could do anything really interesting with it. Be warned about having your goat around... -- JohnPaul

Abba? [Mon, 3 Jun 2002 | 11:21 PM]
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11:21 PM - Abba? - We are back from the 21st Annual My Waterloo Days Renaissance Festival/Faire (whew...). It was an interesting time. The ticket system they use for food merchants drives me nuts. It works like this:

You go to a food merchant and make your way to the front to see what they sell and what they have in stock.

You find an item and get the price.

You then go to the green building and make your way to the front and buy enough tickets to be that amount.

You then go BACK to the food merchant and make your way up to the front and use your tickets to get the food.

Oops, I wanted a drink too.

You go to the green building and make your way to the front and buy a ticket. You forget the amount of tickets it takes for the drink, but fortunately they have a list. You buy the ticket.

On your way back to the food stand you see that the lemonade stand now has no line. You make your way to this stand and realize you need more tickets to buy a drink there.

You go back to the green building...

Other than that, though, it was great. I got to see more of the Danza Mystique gypsies (they sacrificed me) than I've ever seen before. Man, that little girl sure can move. Not that we looked. Honest.

Next stop: Siouxland Renaissance Faire! -- JohnPaul

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11:11 PM - Waterloo - Well, our fourth weekend in a row working festivals is over. I had no idea that we would get to experience all the types of weather Iowa has in its power in only two days! Okay, so it didn't really snow, but the cottonwood really looked like it!

My favourite memory of the entire event was the performance we did of "The Ring" on Sunday. It started downpouring right in the middle of the show, so we threw plastic over the audience and continued on! The only problems were that the ring was both dissolving in the water and it kept slipping off Sheila's finger.

But the piece de resistance was when we put plastic over the well to keep the water out!

Many thanks to all the wonderful people of Waterloo, Iowa. Especially the men who were so sharing with their beer :) -- Willa

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4:40 PM - Is it time to get up Already - Loved MO, Wow who knew fried Ravioli was so darn good, and messy look more stains.
Back to Waterloo, always a good time to be had. The volunteers at Waterloo were some of my absolute favorites! I don't know the name of the WASH ME rogue but he made me laugh. The stand in Wenches were quick to pick up sassy wench phrases. Fairies, villagers, idiots, and anyone else I missed, really made the faire fun for all. I refuse to go back without the YE Olde Paging services, *hugs* Gail. Again my thanks to everyone for all the Help to turn my really bad luck around.
On to South Dakota, someone warn SUE we are about to come visit her LAND.
-- Keirra

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1:58 PM - Waterloo down. Siouxland next. - The 21st annual My Waterloo Days Renaissance Faire has come to a close. The wWw did laundry six times over the weekend including a few times to standing room only crowds. (They were originally just going to give us 12 benches, but for some reason we got left with almost three times that many... Thanks, whoever didn't get their benches...!) It was far too hot on Saturday, and then far too cold and wet on Sunday (now we have to do laundry all over again) but we had a swell time. More news later.

Next stop: The first ever Siouxland Renaissance Faire in Sioux Falls, South Dakota! -- JohnPaul

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