Virtual Magna Faire 2020

The Barony of Iron Mountain invites you to a Virtual Magna Faire on December 12th, 2020.

The full Magna Faire Program can be found here:

We learn of history through their stories. We yearn to hear their music and their songs. On Twelve December we gather to hear, to read these words together yet apart. Magna Faire invites artisans far and wide to share their arts by entering the faire, teaching, attending classes and presentations. Magna Faire is going Virtual this year with a special focus on the arts of the bards through the ages: through stories, music, and songs, all written or performed.

All times listed are in US Central Standard Time, as that is the time zone where the host group is located. This will
be shortened on the following pages to state “All times are Central.” Please use the following website to help you convert the
event times to your own local times:

The arts of the bards are varied, ranging from written works, be they poems, stories, or plays, to performed pieces with or without music, to entertain, to impart history, or teach lessons. While the word “bard” is varying defined by the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) as “An ancient Celtic order of minstrel-poets, whose primary function appears to have
been to compose and sing (usually to the harp) verses celebrating the achievements of chiefs and warriors, and who committed to verse historical and traditional facts, religious precepts, laws, genealogies, etc. Still the word for ‘poet’ in modern Celtic languages; and in Welsh spec. A poet or versifier who has been recognized at the Eisteddfod.”, “In early Lowland Scottish used for: A strolling musician or minstrel (into which the Celtic bard had degenerated, and against whom many laws were enacted); in 16th cent. a term of contempt, but idealized by Scott by association with 4.” wherein 4
references the fourth definition which is “poetic. A lyric or epic poet, a ‘singer’; a poet generally. [Chiefly after Lucan; quot. 1627 at sense 1 ]”, and finally as “Applied to the early versifying minstrels or poets of other nations, before the use of writing, as the Old English gleeman, Scandinavian scald, etc.”

It is with these various definitions in mind that we wanted to explore the storytelling methods of various cultures, be they gleeman, skald, poet, singer, bard, and various other terms that all had the same function in life: to pass on stories, legends, history, and entertain any who would listen.

This year, we are also asking you to take time and donate to Toys For
Tots, an organization near-and-dear to several Barony members over the
years. The primary goal of Toys for Tots is, through the gift of a new toy,
help bring the joy of Christmas and send a message of hope to America’s less fortunate children. Toys for Tots has been working through the pandemic as well, supplying toys to various organizations that then delivered toys to children in their local area (See more about this on the Toys for Tots website:

Baron Erik is offering various ways to donate to Toys for Tots, and that information can be found under the Toys for Tots menu link.