Feast of Fools 2018

The Shire of Roxbury Mill, raucous and ribald in its revelry, invites one and all to the third annual Feast of Fools on January 20, 2018, from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Rockville, Maryland.

This is a feasting and games-only event, there are no martial or children’s activities. Each reveler needs to bring Feast Gear, or at a minimum of plate, bowl, cup, knife and spoon. This event is also BYOB under kingdom alcohol policy.

There WILL BE audience participation. It is not required, but may be difficult to avoid. Contests and dice games abound for wagering and competition. The one with the most “treasure” beads wins a prize at the end of the night. Like last year, there will be a bawdy bardic competition between the removes of the Feast. The performer who fills his grail with the most “Performance” beads wins. A Bonus will be awarded if the performance includes this year’s theme.

This year’s theme is inspired by the 14th Century poem “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.” As a pearl compares to a pea, we will be choosing a King and Queen of misrule as our “Arthur” and “Guinevere” to rule over the evening.

From Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Translated by J.R.R. Tolkien:

“While New Year was yet young that yestereve had arrived/that day double dainties on the dais were served/when the King (of Fools) was there, with his courtiers to the hall/…Noel announced anew, and named it full often;/then nobles ran anon with New Year’s gifts/ Handsels, Handsels they shouted, and handed them out, competing for those presents in playful debate…all this merriment they made, till their meat was served.”

**Please note the entertainment will be bawdy and not suitable for children.**

The two course feast being prepared by Baron Hamish MacLeod is as follows. Those with dietary restrictions please contact Baron Hamish at (dwolfhunter@msn.com)

Course 1:
Farts of Portingale ( contains lamb, dates, currants, mace , salt, ground clove)
Sauce Romesco ( contains tomato, red bell pepper garlic olive oil salt bread almonds vinegar paprika and red chili flake)
Salat of herbes (contains: spring greens and herb mix as available, walnuts, dried cherries, candied lemon. dressed with a vinegrette)
Course 2:
Farced eggs ( Contains: eggs, coriander,onion,pepper,parsley,olive oil, salt)
Roasted Hens with a grene sauce ( chickens contain: Chicken
sauce contains: parsley, sage,breadcrumbs, vinegar, and olive oil.)
Escallope of Turnips (contains turnips, wheat flour,butter, milk, onion/shallot, salt, pepper)
The Banquet Course:
Hwit Moos (contains: milk, butter,eggs, bread, cinnamon)
Cherry pottage (contains cherries, vinegar,sugar,butter,breadcrumbs, salt and poudre douce)
Welsh Cakes ( contains butter, sugar, eggs, flour, nutmeg,baking powder salt and dried currants)
Pear tartes (contain pears, butter,sugar, orange liquer, pie crust)

Martial Activities: none

Arts & Sciences Activities: Bardic competition followed by an “open-mike” session. Winner chosen by the populace via bead voting. Contact Baroness Ysabeau ferch Gwalchafed at (sparksjw@gmail.com)

Cost:
Adult Event Registration: $25 day-trip/ $0 feast/$0 camping
Adult, Member Discount: $20 day-trip/$0 feast/$0 camping
Youth (5-17): $20 day-trip/$0 feast/$0 camping
Child (0-4): $0 day-trip/$0feast/$0 camping

Cost Notes: This is a feast-only event, therefore your site fee and feast seat are one cost.

Location:
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Rockville
100 Welsh Park Drive, Rockville MD

Site Restrictions: The event does no supply or serve alcohol, but BYOB for personal consumption is allowed.

Autocrat’s information: Lady Clara Brauer (Katherine Earle) webminister@roxburymill.sca.org

Directions: From I-270, Take exit 6A for MD-28/W Montgomery Ave toward Rockville, turn left onto Mannakee St, Turn right onto Welsh Park Dr.

Make Checks Payable To: SCA-MD, Inc., Shire of Roxbury Mill

Send reservations to: Nicolo Santorio, 18029 Ohara Circle, Olney MD 20832