This EverydayFangirl is at Star Wars Celebration Orlando and will be running around covering as much as I can!
This time I actually have some swag to give away! These awesome buttons!
On Saturday January 28, 2017, my husband, my sister and two of our friends went to the CLASH of AGES Renaissance Faire. This is an indoor event held in Birch Run, MI where the Renaissance, Viking, Pirate, Fantasy and Steam Punk cultures collide.
The event organized tried very hard to make this a fun and exciting event. They put a lot of work into the set up, displays and programming. It including activities for all ages including…
Watching combatants fight with swords
Admiring all the creativity, enthusiasm and effort of the Cosplayers. –My husband was suprised by the number of people who were displaying their love of these cultures via Cosplay at this event.
Watching a parade with participants playing instruments, carrying banners and wearing outfits from many different cultures.
Watching a baudy pirate show
Of course, as with any Renaissance Faire, there was plenty of vendors to peruse and shop at. Some our favorites were…
Buying Fairy merchandise
Perusing the ‘Hogwarts Shop’
Shopping for your favorite weapon.
You could even shop for items for your ‘cave’
The only draw back to this event that we can identify was that the usual atmosphere, like the forest or a castle, usually found at Renaissance Faires, was missing.
Overall, this is good event. If you are in the Birth Run area on January 29, 2017, I would recommend checking this event out.
Review of Winter 2016 D23 Magazine
As a Gold member of Disney’s D23 Fan Club, I receive the quarterly publication, D23 Magazine. The recent edition just arrived and I decided it is time to share with my blog readers, who may not be aware that this magazine exists or what kind of content is available within it, my thoughts about this issue and what I found within it.
Without further delay, below is my review of the Winter 2016 issue…Front and Back Covers
As you can see both covers are Star Wars themed and feature characters from the movie Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. On the front cover it shows the Main character of Rogue One, Jyn Erso, played by Felicity Jones, with Imperial Storm Troopers coming out of the water. The back cover shows the one of the geatest villians of all time, Darth Vader, as he is looking away from the viewer. As a Star Wars fan and a fangirl anticipating this new film in the franchise, these two covers just increased by desire to read this issue.Content about Rogue One
Of course, this issue inclues two articles related to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story…The first is an article that gives readers “…a glimpse into the making of the film, which is centered on a group of rebels determined to steal the plans for the menacing Death Star.”* The article includes conversations with Felicity Jones, Kathleen Kennedy, President of Lucasfilm, and Director Gareth Edwards. *decription from Winter 2016 issue web page.The second article related to Rogue One is an interview with Actor Alan Tudak, who plays and voices K-2S0 in Rogue One. The article touches on his work in Rogue One and many of the other work he has done for Disney Animation Studios.
More Content Found Within
Of course, there are more articles in this issue than those related to Rogue One. Other Content of interest included are…
- An article focusing on the character of Daisy Duck.
An article about creating theme park maps. (The artwork of the Fantasyland may included in the article is just awe inspiring)
An article with the actress behind the newest Disney Animated film, Moana
An article about the Enchanted Tiki Room Marvel Comic series (I somehow missed that this one was coming out.)
An article on the life and work of Walt Disney through photos of Walt Disney and his family.
An article about the Iron Man Stark Industries Expo attraction at Hong Kong Disneyland (Iron Man is not my favorite Marvel Super Hero. Where is the Thor or Black Widow attraction?)
An article about little known Disney characters. (I have to admit I did not know any of these characters.)
An article about the Disney Wonder and a page that contains Disney Cruise facts (The data analyst in me loves these!).
Overall, some very interesting articles to read in this issue. If you are not a member, like I am, you may want to become one just to receive this quarterly publication full of Disney goodness.
So are you a D23 member?
If not, would you become a member just to get access to this issue?
Did you like the Winter 2016 issue?
Traditional Thanksgiving Dish
I do not have a passion for cooking and baking in general. However on Thanksgiving and other holidays, I have a traditional dish that I make and share. The dish is a cheesy potato casserole that is a variation of a recipe found in many magazines.I tweaked the original recipe a bit because my husband has a food allergy and a few ingredient preferences. These tweaks include using Southern Style hash browns instead of the normal hash browns, not adding onions and adding extra cheese. I also use low fat and low sodium ingredients where I can.
There is not much prep needed for this dish, one bowl and a mixing spoon, and the task can be done and in the oven within 20 minutes. In addition, because of the tweaks I made, the mixed ingredients fill two casserole dishes instead of one.I am very proud of my cheesy potato dish especially since my Dad and friends believe that my tweaks make it better than the original recipe. As a result, I been making this dish for over 20 years.
So do you have a traditional dish you make for holidays like Thanksgiving?
Recently, I took a trip overseas to London, England, with my husband, to attend Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016 and to celebrate our 20th Wedding Anniversary. Since this is our second trip to London, first time was our honeymoon, and our time was limited, we had the following adventures…
Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016
Most of our trip, three plus days, was dedicated to attending this amazing Star Wars fan event. We had an awesome time and you can read about my adventures during the event via this TheCantinaCast blog article.
My husband has been hearing about the amazing Geek Superstore, Forbidden Planet, from Podcasts and other sources. Located near the theatre district of London, this store included tons of geek merchandise that we could look at and buy for all kinds of franchises including Star Wars, Sailor Moon, Harry Potter, Doctor Who and many others. In addition, we received a coupon during Star Wars Celebration Europe. Therefore, this was a MUST stop on our itinerary!
After we finished shopping at Forbidden Planet, we decided to wander around and look at the Antique stores located near there. One of the shops we visited had many statues of famous figures including Winston Churchill and Napoleon.
We took a stroll down Oxford Street and saw all the different stores selling fashion and tourist items along this busy street near The British Museum.
The British Museum
Even though we visited The British Museum before, we included it again on this trip because there are new items and exhibitions that were not there 20 years ago.
Sightseeing via Taxi
Most of our sightseeing of the city of London took place while we rode a taxi back to the airport.So what do you think of my recent adventures?
What would you do if you went to London?
I cannot believe that it has been three years since this blog started. In that time, this blog has posted over 400 separate posts. I want to thank all of those that take the time to read and contribute to this blog! I hope that The Adventures of the Everyday Fangirl continues to entertain and inform.
If you have any suggestions for future posts, please do not hesitate to make them in the comments below!
PattyBones, the Everyday Fangirl
Watching this cool video from Google
Read articles that will inspire and motivate you…
- How text books are sexist (via the Washington Post).
- 17 women who changed the face of Physics including Actress Hedy Lemarr (via io9).
- Top lessons from their favorite female Disney characters (via Disney Style)
- 5 Ways To Motivate Girls into STEM (via edutopia)
- We Must Inspire Women to Design Their Own Path (via Forbes)
Finally, you can nominate your favorite Fangirl for the Her Universe Fangirl of the Day because it is still The Year of The Fangirl!
Fangirls: Encouragement or lack of encouragement from family
The other day I was down the aisle with all the Star Wars toys at a local big box store, when I noticed a young girl, about 6, come to the end of the aisle. She was looking at the rack of Star Wars The Force Awakens trading cards wth Rey on the packs displayed there. She was looking intently at the display until her mother walked up and steered her away from the aisle saying that the toys she wants is in the next aisle, the one with the dolls. A few minutes later, I saw that young girl again looking down the Star Wars aisle, while her Mom was occupied with something across the aisle. I saw longing in her eyes and wanted to say to her that she was not alone, but again she was steered away before I could say anything to her.
I am saddened that, like the example mentioned above, that budding fangirls can be discouraged by the immediate family members who are stuck on the perceived gender divides encouraged by the marketing. If I was that little girl’s mother, I would not discourage her in the least from loving whatever fandom she likes and would encourage her to embrace whatever fandom she would be interested in, no matter if it was for girls or for boys.
This brief encounter made me realize how lucky I was that, even though I was raised in the 1970’s and 1980’s, that I was not discouraged from looking and even having Star Wars or other ‘boy’ branded merchandise. That I was not told that Star Wars, Star Trek, Transformers, Robotech, He-Man and even James Bond were just for boys. We might not have been able to buy much of the merchandise available at that time because finances were tight, but I was never discouraged from looking.
This may because my Mom and Dad were really big on sharing. Whatever we watched or played with in the house was watched or played with by everyone. Especially whatever toys we had including the few Star Wars toys we had. Trust me in a house of 7 children, there was not much that was not shared by both genders in the household.
It also helped that both my parents were fans themselves. My Dad was a big Science Fiction fan and my Mom was a fan of fantasy and musicals. Both of my parents did not discourage me in any way, by pointing out that something was just for girls or just for boys.
Thank you Mom and Dad for giving me encouragement and helping me become the everyday Fangirl I am today.
December 18, 2015 saw the offical release of Star Wars The Force Awakens. I, like many fans, had questions going into the film based on what had been revealed through the trailers, posters, commercials and other promotional materials. Below are some of these questions and my thoughts on what was revealed when I watched this film
Warning: May contain light spoilers, but trust me, nothing major, yet….
Who are all these new characters and what is their role in the Star Wars saga?
This has been a big question since the names were revealed through the trading cards, especially Rey and Finn, who did not have last names. The Force Awakens reveals a bit about who each of these characters are, but does this, for me, in an unexpected, but satisfying way. This film also leaves room to reveal more about their pasts and of course their role in the entire Star Wars saga. I will need to watch the movie again, a few more times, before I dive deep into each of these characters.
Where is Luke?
Ever since the release of the official posters, there were many, like me, that asked this question. I thought that this was a marketing decision on Lucasfilm’s or Disney’s part to increase the hype. However, this is actually a plot point in the movie that carries all the characters in the story forward.
What is a Snoke?
This is the question asked by my friends at Fangirls Going Rogue. Supreme Commander Snoke, Leader of The First Order, can be seen and heard during the film, but I really do not believe we get enough about who or what this character really is. Hopefully, Star Wars Episode VIII will reveal more.
What happened to Han and Leia after Return of The Jedi?
When I heard confirmation that these characters were to appear in the film, this is one of the biggest questions I had. I like many others believe they lived ‘happily ever after’ after the Battle of Endor. The Force Awakens not only shows us what happened to them, but it is for me, one of the most emotional arcs of the entire film.
What were your questions going into the film?
I was not able to attend the premiere myself, but 2 of my friends, Richard and Sarah Woloski were not only there, but were interviewed by several news outlets as well!
Photo via Tricia Barr’s Facebook page
In addition, this premiere was streamed live via StarWars.com and I was able to watch part of this. Not only was it fun to watch, but loved seeing all the stars in their finery and hearing the interviews!
Below are some of my favorite moments from the live stream:
Carrie Fisher with a microphone doing an interview! This was towards the end of the red carpet event and is well worth watching again! She is amazing, funny and an inspiration!
The entire broadcast is now available to view via the StarWars YouTube channel!