I got a chance to ask Mermaid Nova Sirene the Virginia Mermaid a few questions and this is what she had to say.
"My name is Hannah Burgess. I live in Virginia and I am a senior interactive design concentration in the School of Media Arts and Design and James Madison University but I’m sure you are all here to read about my life as a professional mermaid. I started my mermaid business four years ago as a freshman in 2013 and have worked for The real Mermaids Tank show, the Virginia Aquarium’s “Mermaid Monday’s”, and for the Kitty Hawk Kites Mermaid School as an instructor. I am a PADI open water certified SCUBA diver and an American Red Cross certified lifeguard. I have four tails, two from FinFun Mermaid and two silicone tails from The Mertailor and Mermaid Jessica. I love making mermaid videos and crafting accessories and tops to portray a variety of mermaid characters."
I found this touching love story when reading my favorite subject mer folk lore. Hope you find it as touching as I do.
Touched by Iron origin Wales
The son of a farmer on Drws Coed farm was one foggy day looking after his father's sheep, when crossing a marshy meadow he beheld a little lady behind some rising ground. She had yellow hair, blue eyes and rosy cheeks. He approached her, and asked permission to converse; whereupon she smiled sweetly and said to him, "Idol of my hopes, you have come at last!" They there and then began to "keep company," and met each other daily here and there along the farm meadows. His intentions were honorable; he desired her to marry him. He was sometimes absent for days together, no one knew where, and his friends whispered about that he had been witched.
Around the Turf Lake (Llyn y Dywarchen) was a grove of trees, and under one of these one day the fairy promised to be his. The consent of her father was now necessary. One moonlight night an appointment was made to meet in this wood. The father and daughter did not appear till the moon had disappeared behind the hill. Then they both came. The fairy father immediately gave his consent to the marriage, on one condition, namely, that her future husband should never hit her with iron.
"If ever thou dost touch her flesh with iron she shall be no more thine, but she shall return to her own."
They were married -- a good-looking pair. Large sums of money were brought by her, the night before the wedding, to Drws Coed. The shepherd lad became wealthy, had several handsome children, and they were very happy.
After some years, they were one day out riding, when her horse sank in a deep mire, and by the assistance of her husband, in her hurry to remount, she was struck on her knee by the stirrup of the saddle. Immediately voices were heard singing on the brow of the hill, and she disappeared, leaving all her children behind.
She and her mother devised a plan by which she could see her beloved, but as she was not allowed to walk the earth with man, they floated a large turf on the lake, and on this turf she stood for hours at a time holding converse with her husband. This continued until his death.
Below is copied from the website. You really want to visit and signup for their emails so when they do more fun you will know 1st!
TAIL MAILTHE WORLD FAMOUS WEEKI WACHEE MERMAIDS WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!In an effort to promote education, the mermaids are answering letters from all students under the age of 17. This will encourage literacy and is a great way for your child to practice their best penmanship. Have your child handwrite a letter to their favorite mermaid (or Prince), asking about the environment they swim in or anything else mermaid related. Click here for a list of our current mermaids.
Each child will receive an autographed picture of their favorite mermaid. The mermaids will read each letter, and their videoed response will get posted on our Facebook page, Twitter page and YouTube channel — follow us today to see the latest images and news coming from the park!
Feel free to have your child include any drawings they may want to include. Please do not choose more than one mermaid or Prince to write to. Please be patient as we get numerous letters and it does take time to respond. Make sure to include the following in the letter:
Weeki Wachee Springs State Park
Attn: “Tail Mail”
6131 Commercial Way
Weeki Wachee, FL 34606
We look forward to your letters!
Weeki Wachee Springs Mermaid Race
Set in the unforgettable Weeki Wachee Springs State Park comes the inaugural Weeki Wachee Springs Mermaid Race! You can choose to run or walk along the cool urban trail route that incorporates sidewalks and urban trails. This open road course starts and finishes at the Weeki Wachee Springs State Park in Weeki Wachee, Florida, also know as the city of live mermaids.
Every finisher receives a cool mermaid medal and one-of-a-kind swag.
This is an early morning fun run, and access to Weeki Wachee Springs State Park is included in your registration. Feel free to wander in the State Park and recover in its serene surroundings.
•Access to chip-timed race event
•One-day admission to Weeki Wachee Springs State Park (same day only)
•Choice of race swag
•Finisher’s medal (a different one for each distance!)
Choose from 3 distances: Half Marathon, 5K, and 1 Mile Dash. Each distance will have a unique finisher’s medal. You can also purchase the “Big Splash” Package and participate in all 3 distances, earning not only the 3 finisher’s medals, but also a bonus fourth “Big Splash” medal!
**TENTATIVE START TIMES**
The start times* for each race will be staggered throughout the day.
7 am: Half Marathon start time (cut-off time 12:30 pm)
8 am: 5K start time, wave 1 (for those participating in the 5K ONLY; cut-off time 10 am)
1 pm: 5K start time (for those participating in the Big Splash Challenge; cut-off time 2:30 pm)
3 pm: 1 Mile Dash
*Start times are subject to change.
There will be rest and recovery areas for participants as they transition between races.
A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Friends of Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, who work to generate and create additional resources and support for, and in the best interest, of the park.
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The Mermaid Chronicle
Editor: Mermaid Ashley Crossman a mom entrepreneur and lover of the sea.
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