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troub 06-04-2007 03:03 PM

Anyone know of a 24/7 Renaissance Village where people can sign up and live for a summer, or a year, or whatever as a member of a themed commune?

It seems like it would be fun to live in that sort of setting for a summer - even better if they give like history/philosophy/etc university credit for studies or something.

If not, would any of ya'll ever spend some time in a place like that? (a season or two).

You would take up a trade, work on daily chores, go to village faires and participate in various events, possibly study humanities or classics - it could be like a themed retreat center - professors could be royalty, visitors are peasants - there could be several "lands" that participate in competition near the end of the summer.

it could be complete immersion - no electricity - no running water - no vehicles past a certain point... no jeans or tshirts... would be like a trip back in time... fun yes?

CatLadyVT 06-04-2007 05:48 PM

I think it sounds like fun. I would definitely consider it if I didn't have so much going on. I love history.

When I was in school we took a field trip to Plymouth, MA. There they have a whole plantation type thing going on to show how the pilgrims lived, but I am not sure if the people are just there during the day, or if it is like what you are describing here. I am interested to see if anyone else knows of anything like this.

Skylark 06-04-2007 09:12 PM

That would be fun, but it would take a lot of hard work from a core staff. Not to mention the community would probably have to charge people for their stays.

isowish 06-05-2007 01:30 AM

It sounds fun.

(But then, this from someone who considered joining the SCA until she realised there were no groups close enough. Please don't make fun of me )

No, I don't know of anywhere like that.

Bonoluvr 06-05-2007 06:28 AM

Reminds me of that movie The Village ( m knight shymalian)

anyway, i don't know of anything like that other than coming to work for the summer at sturbridge village or plymouth plantation ( both here in new england)

scarlet 06-05-2007 07:54 AM

there are no full time renn villages that i know of. none can be fully authentic anyway... all faires have to have running water and electricity due to fire and health codes.

Quinoa 06-05-2007 09:36 AM

Of the projects I’ve heard of, this living archeology project (Middle Ages) comes closest (but not really close…) to your description.

I imagine to volunteer (if possible) or work there people are required to have sufficient craftsmen’s skills though.

whisper 06-05-2007 11:24 AM

pbs did have a series where people had to live in a certain era for a few months at a time.





scarlet 06-05-2007 12:52 PM

looking at those links... i would have to say being vegan and period would be extremely difficult.

truepeacenik 06-06-2007 09:18 PM

in the mid 90s one faire corporation (RFCA?) tried a year round faire near Branson. Failed miserably.

many of the sales staff and crafters for faires travel the season and have a winter home.

Life2k 06-07-2007 08:02 AM

Originally Posted by scarlet View Post

there are no full time renn villages that i know of. none can be fully authentic anyway... all faires have to have running water and electricity due to fire and health codes.

Thank God, and toilet paper I hope, other than that, I'm in!

*AJ* 06-07-2007 03:04 PM

troub - your profile doesn't mention where you live ... I know in the US there are places like that but I have no idea where they are ... there's a summer fair in between Denver and Colorado Springs in Colorado but like other posters here have mentioned, most vendors and others there have other jobs they pursue while not working at the fair ... and I don't think the one here has an authentic village life ... I know there's electricity and running water ...

I went there one time and what disturbed me horribly is that they had 3 or 4 elephants tied to ropes to a center stake that were taking people on 'rides' ... I was so disturbed I started yelling at people that they were contributing to those animals deaths ... elephants do not fare well at all in those types of situations ... I'll never go again as long as they have that there

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