Madrigal Feaste tickets to go on sale Nov. 3

The Madrigal Feaste returns to Fort Hays State University’s Memorial Union for the 44th time the first weekend of December.

The feaste will begin at 6:15 p.m. on both nights, Friday, Dec. 5, and Saturday, Dec. 6, in the Memorial Union.

The Madrigal Feaste is a modern version of the medieval feasts held in castles and manors throughout England during the 16th century. The dinner provides an abundance of music, singing, dancing and feasting reminiscent of a Christmas feaste during the Middle Ages.

This year's committee has been working hard to make this the best Madrigal Feaste ever, with additional music and entertainment and a terrific menu.

Leading the court musicians again this year is Terry Crull as head minstrel. Also participating is the Royal Brass, Scottish Bagpiper, the Royal Strings and the Royal Dancers.

"Word has it that a beggar woman and her child may also make an 'uninvited' appearance," said Bill Smriga, director of the union. 

The Madrigal Feaste at FHSU began in the fall of 1964 when the Union Activities Board created a monthly series of gourmet dinners. Themes from various parts of the world were used to provide evenings of food, music and decor.

The first dinners represented Holland, Germany and Hawaii. The desire for an English dinner prompted the involvement of Dr. Donald Stout, Music Department, and John Thorns, former chair of the Department of Art. 

The lord and lady of the manor preside over the festival of holiday food and music the first weekend of December. Each year, individuals are selected from the Fort Hays State community to serve as honored guests. These individuals are recognized for their outstanding contribution to the Memorial Union or to the university.

Tickets can be purchased beginning Nov. 3 and are $20 for FHSU students and $30 for the public. Orders for tickets can be submitted online at

"One would expect to pay $40 or more for an event equal to this in quality and entertainment value," said Smriga.

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