Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Upper Canada Village Medieval Festival 2010

Last week I spent 3 days at the Upper Canada Village's 3rd Annual "Medieval Festival". I saw my fellow merchant friends that I had met last year as well as my own SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism) group. I set up my booth beside the archery range (with my SCA group) where I could participate in shooting before and after the event along with my husband and fellow archery friends.

It was a great weekend with a huge turnout on the Friday (aprox 4600 grade 4/5 children showed up for their Medieval Studies Educational Day) plus a good turnout on the weekend as well. The weather held for us even with the dark threatening clouds on the Saturday. We lucked out!

The jousters, jesters, birds of prey, musicians and my own Middle Eastern Dance Troupe ("The Alika Farasha Dancers") performed throughout the weekend. During my shows my husband covered my leather goods booth for me.

We had lovely audiences! Some folks came back to watch several of our shows (we performed 3 to 4 times daily).

I sold quite a bit over the weekend and was happy to hear comments regarding my leather work and artistic paintings/tooling on my various pieces. I love getting feedback, every artist should be critiqued (for positive and negative, as there are always ways to improve things!). The only negative comment I had been given was that I should perhaps make my leather leaf necklaces a bit longer...good point!

I sold a variety of goods from my leather shoulder bags to the Medieval style belt pouches, to water bottle holders and leather jewellery :)

When I arrived home on the Saturday evening I received a call that my episode from "Regional Contact" that originally aired last Oct 31 (yes on Halloween!) was also aired again this past Saturday night. I wasn't home in time to watch it (and I had also missed the original airing as I was away that weekend but luckily CBC sent the DVD of my episode to me, plus it is also posted on their website).

All in all it was a very enjoyable weekend and I look forward to returning to it again next year!

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