Welcome the holiday season with feasting, firelight, and beautiful music in the lavishly decorated Reconstructed State House of 1676.
Begin your holiday season at a colonial Madrigal Dinner as Historic St. Mary’s City hosts the 46th annual series of celebrations in the State House of 1676.
Holiday revelers have feasted through the ages. In the colony, delicacies arrived with the tobacco fleet towards the end of the year and cool weather signaled time for butchering meat and decanting beverages that had fermented since the harvest. The notion of adding music to the meal was introduced to England from Italy, and the 16th-century lords and ladies of the land enjoyed great madrigal feasts. Today’s madrigal dinners feature other customs that were probably familiar to the colonists. The burning of a Yule log, a common practice by the Middle Ages, was thought to bring good luck in the New Year. Plants that magically remained green through the bleakest times have held a special significance since Ancient Rome. In 15th- and 16th- century England, musicians sang carols to introduce the Christmas story to those who were unable to read.
All of these traditions are part of HSMC’s Madrigal Dinners. Enjoy delectable fare following wassail and appetizers above stairs, the meal will commence in the first floor Great Hall. Lavish decorations will set the stage for beautiful harmonies.
Reservations required and accepted starting in mid-October.