The International Wenches Guild is the brainchild of Lars Lunde
(Official Guild Scribe) and Patti Falzarano
(National Grande Madame); it began at the New York Renaissance Faire in the summer of 1995.
What began essentially as a local club intended to give some vague sense of order to the various wenches all over that Faire site rapidly turned into an organization stretching across North America, with a present membership of over 2000 women.
The Guild is not a political organization, due to the varied beliefs among our members. As a result, we avoid any volatile political topics, such as abortion, simply because we often have members on both sides of the argument and it would be unfair to rally the Guild for one side or the other. We do, however, hold certain beliefs that could be construed as political, such as an absolute abhorrence for domestic violence of any kind and a healthy respect for the environment and for all living things.
Membership in the Guild is open to all interested parties
; we even boast a few men in our ranks. Membership includes a pewter pin
with the Guild logo on it, a "License to Wench"e
, a membership card
, The Little Brown Book
(soon going into its third printing and expanding into two volumes, the Official Guide and a separate songbook), a stack of regular "free kiss" cards
and a stack of special "free kiss" cards
. Men who think this idea is interesting but are wondering why there isn't something similar for guys can contact www.lundegaard.com
for information on our brother organization, The International Brotherhood of Rogues, Scoundrels and Cads
. Men who are interested in more involvement with the Wench's Guild can talk to any IWG member about getting nominated into the Loyal Order of Himbos.
The Guild can be asked to perform in front of interested booths as a way to attract business, time permitting on sites where they are performing officially.
Part of the proceeds that the Guild makes from any performance are given to charity
; the split runs from 50/50 to 70/30, depending on what expenses the group needs to be concerned with for the show (normally hotel and traveling expenses, plus food).
A Wench show normally consists of several performances of bawdy songs
connected by innuendo-filled dialogue between the Wenches
. Audiences are encouraged to participate, whether by singing along with the choruses, clapping or occasionally being pulled into the act. Another part of a Wench show that is not mandatory but always extremely popular with patrons is a Wench Walk.
A Wench Walk consists of a group of Wenches walking across the Faire site
, singing and chanting "We're walking; we're wenching," and occasionally stopping to mark some unsuspecting (but very lucky) man with lipstick kisses. The Walk is very closely guarded by both the Resident Madame and the Wenches' Guards (we do tend to bring our own security; they are not part of the show). Marks are above the waist only, there is to be no groping and only people who wish to be marked are marked.
Special thanks to Lundegaard Productions
for making the Guild what it is. The Guild website and graphics were designed by Vitruvian Arts
, owned by Madame Cum Laude Alison Gianotto
Article by Dawn M. Ferchak and Lars E. Lunde