“Wrong will be right, when Aslan comes in sight. At the sound of his roar, sorrows will be no more. When he bares his teeth, winter meets its death. And when he shakes his mane, we shall have spring again.”
– The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
Once upon a time there was a little girl that believed in fairy tales. She loved all animals, but horses the most. She dreamed of princes and dragons (and not necessarily in that order!) She grew up playing with My Little Ponies and Breyers and would create epic stories for them. Next to riding, she loved crafting, writing and sewing. She watched Rainbow Brite, She-Ra, and Xena – hoping one day to be as strong as the women characters she most admired. Her favorite book was The Arkadians by Lloyd Alexander (so much so that in college she wrote him a letter and he sent her back a wonderful handwritten note and a signed bookplate for her book).
Across the vast country was a young boy who played in the woods. He read every comic book, played Zelda (well, okay he still does this!), and cherished The Hobbit. His dog, Sandy Pickles, often joined in his adventures. He loved to go out and hike or explore, a trait he still has an adult, whether on foot, horseback or by car.
They met in High School (which is really a four-year gauntlet challenge where you are just hoping to get out alive and without too much scarring). The introverted boy was surprised to meet a girl at church who liked Lord of The Rings. With her outgoing personality prodding the relationship along, they became best friends.
After a few years it was apparent they had fallen for each other at some point. He needed her just as much as she needed him and, in that respect, they saved each other.
In college (which is like a quest for the Holy Grail – your told it will give you everything for your future, but you really end up with an empty cup and a lot of debt for your four-year adventure…), she studied any fiction she could from Tolkien (taught by a member of the Tolkien Society who knew Christopher Tolkien!) and Hans Christian Anderson, to all kinds of mythology, including Norse, Greek and Roman.
They were married in 2005 and have been living happily ever after.
We spent many years making costumes and trying different historical groups – some with horses and some without. But what we found with these groups is that they were so caught up in being historically accurate, they often weren’t friendly if your costume was less than near-perfect. They also were not very friendly to newcomers – we went to many events where we stood off by ourselves a bit unsure, and no one came up and introduced themselves, taught us the dances, or even just smiled. At arm’s length we could hear them discussing whether their outfit was “handsewn” and therefore “more authentic” or talking about how they made their hat (I had not, I still haven’t delved into millenary). We found it sad and a bit discouraging, so we stopped going.
We lived near Disneyland for five years, which was an amazing place to go and escape the real world. Southern California also gave us many opportunities to wear costumes, including the unique masquerade ball at the now (sadly) closed Whimsic Alley.
We love to dress up, go on adventures and find a way to live the life we read about in books and saw come to life on TV and film.
But we wanted something more. A way for anyone who loves to dress up and have fun, and not worry if our outfit is era-accurate (Or worry about if you want! We don’t care!) could “get together.” A place people can go on adventures, dress like Regina from Once Upon A Time or a made-up persona of their own creation, learn about fantasy artists and more. We want to create something were you could interact in some way and be rewarded for your hard work – because whether you LARP, cosplay, do costume classes with your horse, are a member of the SCA, etc., it’s a lot of time, effort and money.
The Fairytale Society was started in 2018 and is really the embodiment of our personalities! It took two years for us to figure out how we could help everyone live a fairytale life – that’s when we officially launched the Society in 2020. We hope that you enjoy living in our world as much as we do – and we invite you to make it your own! The one behind the keyboard most days (that’s me, Kristina), I strive to help you add some magic and fairy dust to your life, because we all need that.
So welcome to The Fairytale Society. Come as you are and stay. Play with us. Explore with us. Learn how to make new costumes with us. Read about others who share your passions. Go on a quest with us. Become Tournament Champion with us.
Live a fairytale life. And always remember to “Have Courage and Be Kind.”
Kristina Lotz, Head Unicorn
Brent Lotz, Marketing Dragon