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Medieval Feast returns to Franco Center this weekend

You can party like it’s 1399 when the Franco Center hosts its annual Medieval Feast on Friday and Saturday, November 21 and 22.

The Franco Center will once again produce one of the area’s more unique and magical program events with the seventh edition of its Medieval Feast on Friday and Saturday, November 20 and 21, beginning at 6 p.m.

This event harkens back to the medieval tradition of royalty inviting guests to a feast to watch knights compete on horseback. The Medieval Feast is meant to recreate just such a gathering, excluding only the horses. Guests may imagine themselves in the center of a medieval courtyard awaiting the arrival of the king and queen, who they will join, along with an assortment of knights, minstrels, friars, squires and wenches, in the Great Hall for an evening of colorful entertainment and a banquet.

The meal will be a five-course affair of carrot cream soup with parsley, a beef turnover, romaine lettuce with dipping sauce, “rustic” sausage and chicken, and hermit cookies for dessert. By order of the king, all will eat their meal without utensils. The meal will be accompanied by pageantry, competition and merriment. Alcoholic beverages will be available at the king’s cash tavern throughout the evening.

For the occasion, the Medieval Players will perform an original script called “Fractured Fairytales,” a comedic romp chronicling the misadventures of several favorite characters from ancient but familiar literature. The players will include Stan Spilecki as the king, Jenn McClure-Groover as the queen, and Sean Wallace, Dan Kane, Jason Pelletier, Jay Barrett, Genevieve Hering, Heather Marichal, Tony Morin, Lynn O’Donnell, Mary Randall, Christine Doucette, Jennifer McLean, Jane Mitchell, Sophie Wallace, Jennifer Fox, Kay Warren, Erica Jordan, Debbie Mansur and Ken Mansur. The costume designers for the production are Joyce Coyne, Patti Gray and Debbie Mansur.

After the feast, guests may remain for more social conversation and drink. Those who arrive in medieval fashion (optional) may participate in a prize contest, to be judged by the king and queen, and will receive discounts of a few farthings on their grog.

The event will provide unique, discretionary family entertainment. Guests are encouraged to arrive by 5:30 p.m., when squires will open the castle “gates” and all will descend into a world of whimsy and merrymaking for the evening. Ticket are $35 each. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 689-2000 or see

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