games', was a popular holiday in the middle ages, a celebration of
Sumer is i-cumen in. Bringyng in the
May was the traditional form of this celebration. Young folk and others
would venture into the woods before daybreak, or the night before, to gather
wild flowers, greenery, and hawthorn boughs. Sometimes the young men would carry
back a tree trunk, stripped of branches, to be redecorated with flowers and
long ribbons. Many towns had a
year-round Maypole in their
village square around which villagers would enjoy dancing, games, contests,
choosing a May Queen, and feasting.
join us in our 20th annual festival of merriment, feasting and the beauty of
Spring in the countryside. Medieval clothing is encouraged, but
optional. Greens, yellows and a chaplet for your hair are preferred on
this occasion. Clothing rentals are available at the Clothier
Shops & Booths
will open at noon.
Crafters will demonstrate garland weaving, wool dyeing, blacksmithing,
shoemaking, pottery, hearth cooking, and candle making.
May games and
entertainment begin at 1 pm. Come
join in longbow archery and village
dancing. You may enjoy
music of Minstrels with music &
the sleight of hand of Master Payne.
Maypole festivities begin at
We will gather round the great pole, decked with flowers, streamers and
greens, for the choosing of the Queen of the May and the dancing of the colorful
and traditional maypole ceremony.
will serve lunch from noon
to 3:00 pm (reservations not required, except for groups of 7or more)
For more sumptuous dining, sign up for the May