“Come Feast and Be Merrie” in Sandwich December 3rd

A Medieval Winter Solstice Celebration
Back row: Debbie Barrette, Carol McManus, Todd Herrmann, Mark Snyder Front row: Diane Scharf, Cathy Ode, Joanne Westerhouse - Sandwich Arts Alliance photo

“Come Feast and Be Merrie” - A Medieval Winter Solstice Celebration presented by Sandwich Arts Alliance this December

Wassail, the legendary drink originally consumed at medieval celebrations to wish others “good health”, will be served along with much holiday revelry at the Come Feast and Be Merrie medieval festival being held at Sandwich Town Hall Saturday, December 3rd at 6:30 pm.

The two-hour “interactive medieval variety show” promises an evening of holiday jollification with a welcoming introduction and grand procession followed by a night of music, skits and intermittent caroling with the audience.

The merriment features 30 costumed cast members performing madrigals and short plays with a feast to be enjoyed during intermission. Guests are invited to bring their own feast or purchase one online for $8.50 when ordering tickets. The menu is provided by Café Chew. Wassail and dessert will be provided by Sandwich Arts Alliance.

Skits include “Cinderella” and “A Medieval Melodrama” while “Boar’s Head Carol” is a curiously titled madrigal-skit, and “The Twelve Days of Christmas”, a carol-skit, includes audience participation.

"Gloucestershire Wassail" and “Coventry Carol” title some of the featured madrigals and a final reading of “Closing of the Longest Night” finalizes the festivities.

Come Feast and Be Merry brings family, friends and community together during a joyful time”, said Joanne Westerhouse, Sandwich Arts Alliance president, “and what better setting is there in which to hold this ‘festival of yore’ than in the oldest town on the Cape”.

Tickets, $15 for adults, $10 for children, can be purchased at www.sandwichartsallaince.org. Medieval dress is optional but welcome!

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