Disney Odyssey #33 – How Many Colors Does The Wind Have, Anyway?

When it comes to historical accuracy, our next stop on the Disney Odyssey is definitely near the top of the list… that is, the list of films which took TONS of liberties with historical fact and real culture. Even so, it’s arguably one of the best portrayals of Native Americans in Disney canon, let alone in film history at large. Let that sink in for a second. Bottom line? We need more representation of cultures written and enacted by members of those cultures themselves. Representation matters.

That being said… it’s near and dear to our hearts for various reasons and we knew we needed to bring in an expert on historical weaponry… since we don’t have an expert on indigenous peoples of the Virginias circa 1600. That expert happens to be Katie Kowbel, a historical reenactor and a drama teacher that we know through the ren faire. She was thrilled to join us, and offer her truthbombs about musketry and How Reloading Works.


The Film: Pocahontas (1995)

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I Say, What A Charming Lawn Party!



The Duke and Duchess of Buckingham and The Stafford Society will host “A Victorian & Steampunk Lawn Party” on Sunday May 22nd 2016 from Noon until Four o’clock at “Stafford Manor” (aka the Kneeland Walker House in Wauwatosa, WI).

The Lawn Party will feature a Luncheon Buffet by the Steampunk Chef, Aaron Egan at One o’clock!

Drinks and light fare provided by The Tea Lady available at Noon!

Music and shenanigans hosted by DJ Phoole!

Fortunes told and predictions made by the one and only Madame Fusili!


The authorial guest of honor is YOURS TRULY who will be present selling copies of On The Isle of Sound and Wonder as well as a small selection of candles inspired by the book! There will be a reading from the novel and an exclusive surprise for guests of this event!

The Duke and Duchess are pleased to announce there will be a small gathering of the following artisans and merchants:

  • Deborah Olson Milliner Extraordinaire (hats and more)
  • Silversark (clothing)
  • Hearthstone Arts (ceramics)
  • Shooting Stars Beadworks (jewelry)
  • Kepis & Dreamcatchers (odds & ends)
  • Tangled Fibers (knit and crochet items)
  • Solitaire Designs (leather bound blank journals)
  • Katy J’s Jewels (chainmail jewelry)

For your enjoyment lawn games and other amusements will be provided.


Tickets are available through Eventbrite: $40, please RSVP by May 1st 2016 as they are limited. Hurry before you miss out!!!

Sunday May 22nd, 2016


Dinner, Dancing, and Remembering the Titanic

You are cordially invited…

On Saturday, April 9th, 2016, I’m pleased to announce I will be participating in a very swanky and unique event. Midwest-located lovers of history and/or the 1997 James Cameron blockbuster film will be pleased to discover that there is a special re-enactment dinner taking place at the Al Ringling Mansion in Baraboo, WI.


With a greeting from Captain Edward Smith and his officers, and a bugle call to dinner, guests will be whisked away on a romantic and poignant journey to the final dinner in First Class aboard the Titanic the night of the sinking – April 14th, 1912. Upon arrival, guests will be given a card describing which passenger they are representing for the evening – and they can choose to interact as that person or simply observe and be themselves. An exquisite eight-course Edwardian meal will be served much in the way it would have been served on the ship, and a live string quartet will play music the guests might dance to. A cast of professional actors (hey, that’s us!) will be portraying a wide spectrum of high society from the Titanic’s First Class passenger roster, including J.J. Astor and his young bride Madeleine, the “Unsinkable” Margaret Brown, Sir Cosmo Duff-Gordon and his infamous fashion designer wife, Lady Lucy Duff-Gordon, and more. There will also be Captain Smith and some of the finest crew members of the White Star Line, including the ship’s designer, Thomas Andrews, and the chairman of the company, J. Bruce Ismay himself.

There will be many reproduction artifacts on display, and a handful of actual artifacts from the Titanic as well – which is awful exciting. And to top it all off, Helen Benzinger (the great-granddaughter of the “Unsinkable” Margaret Brown) will be attending as a featured speaker to participate in the event. At the end of the dinner, guests will be informed who among them survived or perished, and discussion will follow regarding the aftermath of the tragic sinking (which we will not be re-enacting because wow that would be sadistic and disrespectful).

Naturally, we’re excited to wear our fancy Edwardian gowns and formal suits, but we’re also just excited to have an event to honor the memory of those lost, and to commemorate the exquisite grandeur of a time gone by. As historical re-enactors, we love exploring what it is like to live a day in the shoes of someone who lived long before ourselves, and the Titanic has long been a source of fascination for historians and enthusiasts the world over.

I’ll be there as Broadway actress and silent film star Dorothy Gibson – I can’t wait. Hers is a fascinating story. Actually all of the stories of Titanic passengers and their families are surprisingly fascinating – and incredibly moving. If you’re in the area and this sounds like your thing, we’d love to have you join us at the beautiful historic Al Ringling Mansion.


Titanic Dinner

Saturday April 9th

Al Ringling Mansion in Baraboo, WI

Tickets are $95 (call 608-448-7055)

Formal wear encouraged!