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 21st 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 postphoned for COVID safety.
will open at noon.
Crafters will demonstrate garland weaving, textiles, blacksmithing, basketmaking,
leatherworking and pottery.
festivities begin at 1 pm. Come
and enjoy longbow archery
demonstrations and village
music of Mynstrels
the sleight of hand of Paynes Natural Magykes.
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 a 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