This past weekend, I had the privilege of attending the premiere of Mythic Faire: A Celebration of World Creation, Time Travel & Fantastic Realms. The event was held on March 11th – 13th 2011 at the Baltimore Marriott Hunt Valley Inn. Medieval, pirate, faerie, fantasy, and steampunk themes were incorporated throughout. Many of the vendors and guests wore elaborate costumes and some even acted in their roles.
The three day affair featured appearances from master painters of the fantastic Daniel Merriam, Don Maitz, Jean Baptiste Monge and Larry MacDougall, author and folklorist, Raven Grimassi and themed entertainment concept designer, Don Carson. My favorite moment of the weekend was when I had the opportunity to meet best-selling author and artist Janny Wurts. She’s written fourteen fantasy novels, short stories, and the internationally best-selling Empire trilogy, co authored with Raymond E. Feist. I haven’t read Empire, but I did enjoy Traitor’s Knot and To Ride Hell’s Chasm.
Panel discussions highlighted topics that ranged from magical medieval meals to European myth and folklore. I personally attended a session regarding the philosophy of steampunk. If you follow me on twitter then you’re already aware of my love for all things steampunk. I enjoyed the discussions of the origins of steam powered ideas and images that have captured imaginations around the world. The images left me with a craving for some new toys.
Along with the panel discussions were rooms of some of the most beautiful merchandise I’ve ever seen that included books, music, artwork, jewelry, clothing, and items for your home. Saturday and Sunday closed with the Time Travelers & Keltic Worlds Masquerade Balls. We got to enjoy live music from Delhi 2 Dublin, Abney Park, Woodland String Band, Adam Hurst, and SJ Tucker. I had a great time, but felt a bit undressed next to some of the amazing outfits the guests wore. They truly outdid themselves.
The Mythic Faire was everything that I’d hoped it would be. I will for sure be back next year and am looking forward to FaerieCon 2011 this November! I may even dress up in my new faerie outfit. Well, we’ll see.
Stacey O’Neale is a full-time writer and co-owner of the Young Adult Fantasy Guide. She’s had several articles and book reviews published, but spends most of her writing time on the revisions to her debut young adult fantasy novel. You can also follow her on Twitter.