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[BKARTS] Wayzgoose



A Wayzgoose, commonly held by the printing trade as a precursor of the Company Picnic, and at which a goose was often featured, was usually held on or around St. Bartholomew's Day (August 25) or Eve (24th) in England, and marked the day when folks went from daylight to using candle-light in setting type.
I fell in love with the name and researched the concept a few years ago, and named a small arts magazine, focusing in part on the book arts, for it. My little magazine only went two issues, but it's a project I think about getting back to. In addition to the printer's festivals in the UK and Canada, there's a Morris / Clog dance troupe who've named themselves after the term, being as they are from the famous publishing town of Otley in West Yorkshire, UK, and like most morris dancers, like the idea of a big feast-day, being festive and all. http://www.wharfedale-wayzgoose.co.uk/what.html


I think it's clearly an idea that needs to spread; both as a printer's festival and art show idea.

With all merriment,

Ruth Temple
Redwood City, CA

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