Ca’ d’Oro Renaissance Salon at Gulf Wars XXVII

In just two weeks (March 10-18, 2018) our Salon will be up and running at Gulf Wars! We are located on Laurel Lane just across from the Performing Arts stage. Look for the argent and Or banners. Our google document schedule is located here. What is a “Salon”? The Renaissance “salon”, within a historical context, … More Ca’ d’Oro Renaissance Salon at Gulf Wars XXVII

Coffee In Period Part 1

I’ve been thinking about developing a secondary persona, either Aksumite (Ethiopian area 1st-century), Abyssinian Kingdom (Ethiopian area 14th-century), or a North African living in Norman Sicily (12th-century). In doing preliminary research I’ve discovered that coffee *is* period. Ancestors of the Oromo ethnic group, inhabitants of modern-day Ethiopia, were the first to capture the energizing effect … More Coffee In Period Part 1

Amaretto from 1525

Is this the face of the woman who introduced Amaretto to the world? According to legend, In 1525, Bernardino Luini, one of Leonardo da Vinci’s pupils, was commissioned to paint the sanctuary of a church in Saronno, Italy and needed a model to portray the Madonna, the patron saint of the church. He eventually happened … More Amaretto from 1525