We love participating in VARF, and were happy to return for five weeks this May to June! Of course, with an outdoor fair and the growing Virginia heat, there are always some hiccups.
First weekend, I was madly trying to track down our new tent with absolutely no info coming from the company as to an ETA. So, week of we went ahead and bought a car port from Harbor Freight and some canvas for side walls so we would have something.
So when did our new tent arrive? The day before show opened, so too late to get it set up for first weekend.
We did get it all set up for second weekend, thought we were hot and tired and did not realize it was inside out until it was all up. We left it that way for the show. Last hiccup? We were in our usual spot, but with a larger space it was clear just what an odd hill it was. The tent stayed well, but we were constantly having to accommodate for the lean. Next year, we’re adding a platform and an in-tent fan!
Hello friends and visitors! We’ve had a great couple of years bringing our handmade goods to shows up and down the east coast. We’ve reached a little financial hurdle and are asking for your help.
It started in May, when we set up at the Virginia Renaissance Faire after days of pouring rain. Our gazebo tent sank into the mud and bent as the weeks went on. Parts of it are now broken and unusable.
Then, Steampunk World’s Fair in late May fought with both wind and rain. Our good easy-up canopy was one of the lucky ones, but it still bent in the bad weather. That tent lasted a couple more shows, then snapped while being set up at NoVa Pagan Pride Day.
Then, Harvest Faire in Newport News VA over the same weekend as Hurricane Matthew. The direct hurricane didn’t hit us, but even the edge winds were enough to completely mangle our all steel backup canopy.
Harvest Faire showed us something else interesting. There were broken canopies scattered all over the site. Even new ones with thick poles were bent to unusable. Which ones were still completely intact, and all inventory – even blown glass – unharmed? The actual medieval style tents.
Well, we’ve been wanting to upgrade to a better tent for a while anyway, so this is the perfect time. Hence we are asking for your help! We are raising funds to buy a new, medieval reenactment tent.
Donate to our campaign and you can even get some cool custom stuff, so please take a look! Any donation or share will be a big help.