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The 7 Do’s of Summertime Historical Reenactments/Renaissance Festivals

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

1. My NUMBER ONE, ALL TIME MOST IMPORTANT SUGGESTION: Wear clothing made from natural fibers, whether you’re wearing garb or contemporary clothing. Take my word for it–natural linen, cotton, and/or summer weight wool is MUCH cooler than any polyester fabric, even the lightest weight. has a wonderful selection of pure linen and linen-cotton blends available for extremely reasonable prices. A piece of advice: roll over the raw edges of your linen fabric to keep them from fraying. And, of course, pre-wash/pre-shrink before cutting out your pattern.

2. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. I think this one is pretty self explanatory. Wouldn’t you agree?

3. Organize your day so that you do/attend activities that expose you to full sun early  in the day or much later in the evening. You’ll never catch me sitting in the audience of a 2:00pm joust at the Michigan Renaissance Festival. That sun is a killer.

4. Eat light meals to keep your internal body temperature down (and keep that corset from feeling like an overly-friendly boa constrictor). Also, avoid the temptation to over-imbibe. That ale might taste good going down, but alcohol increases your risk of dehydration.

5. Chose your day wisely. The ideal day to attend a historical reenactment is overcast and cool. I’d much rather deal with a little drizzle than full sun and 90+ degree heat.

6. Bring your own shade. Buy and carry a parasol. It’ll make a fashion statement and help you stay cooler. Inexpensive paper parasols can be purchased for an extremely reasonable price at many Renaissance festivals.

7. Tuck a bodice chiller, filled with ice, in your corset.


Perth Pewter Bodice Chiller

There’s nothing quite like the feeling of ice-cold pewter against your skin when it’s really hot. If you can’t find one, a linen rag soaked in cold water and wrapped around your neck will help you cool down in a pinch.


Q&A with Megan Records, Editor

Saturday, May 15th, 2010

Once a month, over on the Brava Author’s blog, editor Megan Records is being kind enough to take questions from readers. And she’s willing to answer just about any question you have. This month, the questions (posted in comments) included what types of books her authors write, what her thoughts are on “dead” genres and trends, whether she’s open to unagented submissions, what sorts of books are her top sellers, and the list goes on. This is a great chance to learn more about a young editor who is building her list. Take a look!

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