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Hear ye, hear ye! The time of the Iowa Lakes Madrigal Feaste approacheth! Get tickets early, it does sell out!

November 6, 2017

Huzzah! Good tidings to you and yours! The Iowa Lakes Community College Music Department is proud to announce the Eighteenth Annual Elizabethan Madrigal Feaste. This year’s festivities will be held in a neighboring castle — The VFW in Estherville — on Saturday, Dec. 2, and Sunday, Dec. 3, at half-past six in the evening.

Madrigal 2017In Merrie Olde England, the Christmas Feaste was an annual custom that originated from the celebration of the New Year. It was an extravagant display of rejoicing and toasting of the twelve days of Christmas. This Feaste is a tribute to those jolly times, a recreation of some of the most important traditions, like the procession of the Boar’s Head, the Jester’s hijinks, strolling carolers, Wassail toasts, flaming pudding, and a special royal dessert.

Renaissance costumes will be worn by the performers, and are optional for the guests.

Guests will enjoy royal treatment — being served a delicious five-course meal (unlike a true Renaissance meal, though, they will get silverware!), participating in some hilarious comedic entertainment, and listening to splendid sounds of the season performed by the Royal Iowa Lakes Chamber Choir, My Lady of the Lakers Handbell Ringers, The King’s Brass Ensemble and Her Majesty’s Recorder Consort. The VFW’s winekeeper will have a selection of wine and ale available for purchase.

Madrigal 2017Lo! Tickets are $20 per person, payable to Master Card, Lady Visa, or even Sir Columbus’ Discover. Kindly make cheques payable to Iowa Lakes Community College Music Department. 

Seating is limited, so don’t delay — reserve today — to ensure your place at this delightful evening of food and fun!

Mind ye! Reservations must be received in the Music Department and paid in full by Monday, Nov. 27. Credit card reservations may be made by phone or email. No refunds will be issued after this date.

Hark! If you have any questions, or would like to reserve tickets, please contact Tim Soper, music department assistant, at (712) 362-8345 or 1-800-242-5106, ext. 8345.  You may also use your “magick boxe” (computer) to email

Start your holiday season off right by celebrating the gallantry, beauty, and simplicity of the true meaning of Christmas!

A student performs at the Seventeenth Annual Elizabethan Madrigal Feaste in 2016. (Photo by Dave Petrick)
A student performs at the Seventeenth Annual Elizabethan Madrigal Feaste in 2016. (Photo by Dave Petrick)

For More Information:

Iowa Lakes marketing office at 712-362-7944

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