Showing posts from 2018

Inside the Labyrinth, ep 18: 18th Century Baking with Ed Tutino

Happy Holidays! This episode was filmed back in October at Fort Ligonier Days in Ligonier, PA. I was in the Compagnie LeBoeuf encampment (and not far at all from the lovely people of Compagnie Dumas) and therefore had the opportunity to talk with master baker, Ed Tutino. Ed has been in the game for quite some time and is a popular staple at several French and Indian and Rev War events. In this episode, he discusses baking methods in the 18th century and gets into what military soldiers would have been eating. Thank you Ed for doing this, even though we were all pretty cold and tired by this point! :) ********** Thank you for reading! Go on a five day journey through time with me and receive a song or mystical story each day! Begin your journey here: WEBSITE: FACEBOOK: ANTIQUITY & ILLUSION SHOP: https://antiquityi

Inside the Labyrinth, Ep 17: History Myths (can we not?)

Happy Holidays! In this episode we discuss one of my greatest pet peeves: the relentless spreading of historical myths. Just a little disclaimer first, though. While I would never fault someone for not knowing something or perhaps being misinformed, it does blow my mind when said person IS presented with the facts, they are very resistant to being open to them. A lot of the time they become even more indignant and refuse to even entertain evidence. Do I get things wrong? Sure. But when I do and it is pointed out to me, I'm willing to learn and correct my mistake. With that said, in this episode I discuss the spreading of historical myths, along with two that I am very often asked about. Also check out the following blogs and articles: My interview with Kara Gordon on 18th century clothing: Two Nerdy History Girls on 18

Inside the Labyrinth, Ep 16: Women in the 18th Century & Through History

Back in September, Laura Mason Lockard and I gave a presentation on women in the 18th century and some other parts of history at the Neville House in Bridgeville, PA. What inspired this was that during my time in the living history and reenactment community, I've seen a lot of hesitation among women getting involved. Meaning that they want to get involved somehow, but are unsure of where they might fit in, because (in their words), 'what options did women have back then?' I have also seen this while even talking to visitors at a museum. Whether I've been in the schoolhouse or blacksmith shop (especially in a place like the blacksmith shop), I get the question of 'now would women have even been doing this?' (by the way, the answer to the question regarding both occupations is yes). Episode 16 of Inside the Labyrinth consists of Laura's and my presentation for those that were unable to attend. Learn about some very fascinating women, their lives, oc

Dark Xmas Horror and Pop Culture Convention, 2018 (INSIDE THE LABYRINTH, Ep 15)

Hey hey! So back in November, I was a guest at the Dark Xmas Horror Movie and Pop Culture Convention in Hudson, OH, representing films like the forthcoming Midnight Massacre and the already released The Downfall of Mr. Difford. I always look forward to these things and they are always a fun time. I arrived at the hotel on Saturday morning and as I was heading to my table in the convention area, the sounds of the music of JLo (my queen...or at least one of them) was playing through the speakers. Jennifer Lopez was then followed by 80s metal. Because of that, I knew this was going to be a kick ass event. You just can't beat a JLo and 80s metal mix. I filmed the event for episode 15 of Inside the Labyrinth, interviewing some of the great people there. And of course got some cool photos for the blog! Ready to rock in my Time Traveler shirt, thanks to Jess at Pennyriver Costumes (who I had the pleasure of meeting at Bushy Run Battlefield) with the lovely

Ghostly Songs and Tales...

Hey there! So yes, I'm catching up on blogposts, a couple of them being from Halloween. As many of you know, I pretty much live for Halloween (old news to those that have been following me for a while) and am often very busy during the month of October. This year (2018) was no different. One event that I was part of this year was a concert event put together by my friend Chuck Owston, featuring multiple musicians. The theme was Songs that Go Bump in the Night (consisting of dark and ghost tales and murder ballads) and took place at the North Versailles Public Library in North Versailles, PA. It was a fun night (even though I started coming down with a cold shortly after I went on) and the songs I performed with Chuck included Three Pale Queens (based on Arthurian legend), Skellig (a Loreena McKennitt cover), She Waits Upon the Shore (a Chuck Owston original), and Pretty Polly (an Appalachian murder ballad).  Chuck and I performing She Waits Upon the Shore Photos of


Well hello! After a brief break from blogging and podcasting, I'm back at it. And I am returning with an interview! I met Kara Gordon at Fort Henry Days during Labor Day Weekend when Wayward Companions and I were performing throughout the weekend. I got a chance to catch Kara's lecture on 18th century clothing and it excited me when she got to the myth busting part.  As I've stated before, I absolutely love myth busting and when I come across fellow myth busters, my heart leaps with pure joy.  Kara has been sewing since she was a child and even had a chance to work in Colonial Williamsburg, so I am really excited to feature her. I hope you enjoy this very insightful interview! :) TA: So first, tell us a little about yourself and how you developed an interest in period costuming and attire. KG: I think I first started to be interested in sewing and historic clothing when I was about nine or ten. My mom taught me how to sew, after teaching herself first, and

A Haunting: "The Deacon" (Depreciation Lands Museum, Allison Park, PA)

So even with Halloween over I had to squeeze in one last post! Those of you that keep up with my endeavors over the last couple years have likely read of my many adventures in the world of living history. One place I have done quite a bit with is the Depreciation Lands Museum in Allison Park, PA. Over the years, living history and reenacting has become a great part of my life, being interwoven into my musical and writing endeavors. Of course, I love history and learning of those that came before us, for we can learn much from our predecessors. And oftentimes, what we may uncover can be surprising and even might oppose what we are typically told. In addition to discovering new uncharted territory in the realm of those that came before us, I also have been able to explore more options when it comes to my fictional, non-fiction, and songwriting. I was also given opportunity to explore its haunted history. You see, along with being a haven for folks wishing for a journey into the

Inside the Labyrinth, ep 14: Haunted Dolls (Robert the Doll)

Happy Halloween! In episode 14, I discuss my favorite haunted doll from the history of famous haunted dolls. I also show you some of my own kind of creepy, vintage//antique dolls! Music: ********** Thank you for reading! Go on a five day journey through time with me and receive a song or mystical story each day! Begin your journey here: WEBSITE: FACEBOOK: ANTIQUITY & ILLUSION SHOP: https://antiquityillusion.bigcartelcom/ BANDCAMP: OTHER MUSICAL PROJECTS: WAYWARD COMPANIONS: PITTSBURGH HISTORICAL MUSIC SOCIETY:

Inside the Labyrinth, ep 13: "To Beat the Devil..."

Day 2 of Halloween Week! In episode lucky number 13, I tell you stories and lore of folks that have beaten the devil. The stories are inspired by variations of American folklore in the books "The Ghosts Amongst Us: Scary Tales from Colonial Williamsburg" and "Ghosts of Williamsburg." Featured are the stories Dark Corners and The Devil at Dancing Point. So grab a snack, put on your best Halloween costume, and let's have a party! And some fun I had with the Burgatory pitchfork after getting home from seeing Celtic Ceol at Bushy Run Battlefied. ********** Thank you for watching! Go on a five day journey through time with me and receive a song or mystical story each day! Begin your journey here: WEBSITE: FACEBOOK: ANTIQUITY & ILLUSION SHOP: https://antiquityillusion.bigcartelcom/ BANDCAMP: OTHER