Masque of Courtly Love 9.1: A Medieval Science Fair

The Marche of Alderford is pleased to present "Masque of Courtly Love 9.1: A Medieval Science Fair" on February 18, 2006, from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., at Zion Lutheran Church in North Canton, Ohio.

Relive the fun of a Science Fair, just like when you were a kid, but now for adults, too, and now combined with the fun of these Current Middle Ages! Think up a creative project to demonstrate a principle or theory from medieval science—it needn't be "correct" by modern standards, as long as it's wrong in a period way. There will be categories for various skill levels and for different topics—and prizes for the winners!

If the Science Fair isn't your thing, have no fear. As in years past, we'll offer a whole range of activities, including:

Of course, no Masque would be complete unless we sent you home with a full belly, and so we are proud to feature a feast by our own THL Francesca de Onorati, followed by dancing to help work off all that food.

Fees

Site Fee
 Adult, pre-registered$4.00
Adult, at gate$5.00
Child ages 5~12 inclusive
Pre-reg or at gate
(2 children per family max site fee)
$3.00
Children infant to 4 inclusiveNo charge
Feast Fee
 Main feast table, all ages, pre-registered$8.00
Main feast table, all ages, at gate$9.00
Children's feast, pre-registered or at gate$4.00
Non-Member Surcharge
(ages 13 and up only)$3.00

Fees for site and feast are based upon the age ranges of infants 0~4 years, children 5~12 years, and adults 13 years and up.

We are offering a family discount on site fee: All adults pay full fee, but only the first two children per immediate family are charged site fee. To further assist families in making this an affordable event, we will offer a special "Children's Feast" at a reduced fee. The children's feast will be served at a separate table (but still in the main hall) and will consist of more "kid-friendly" items than the adults' period food. Children who like food from the Middle Ages are quite welcome at the main feast table, but all seats at the main tables are charged the adult fee.

Send registrations to:

Lady Maerwynn of Warwick
mka Theresa Greene
4643 17th St NW
Canton OH 44708
330-478-0109 Maerwynn@neo.rr.com

Updates

Details are still being finalized for the event, so check back to this page often for the latest information. The canonical URL is: http://alderford.org/events/masque2006.

Directions

 

Zion Lutheran Church of North Canton
349 Lindy Lane NW
North Canton, Ohio

February 18, 2005
9AM to 9PM

Coming from the North

Take your best route to Ohio Rt. 77. Head towards Canton, Oh. Take Exit #111 North Canton/Canal Fulton; turn left off the exit onto Portage Street. The church is one mile from the exit on the right-hand side of the street.

Coming from the South

Take your best Route to Ohio Rt. 77. Head towards Canton, Oh. Take Exit #111 North Canton/Canal Fulton; turn right off the exit onto Portage Street. The church is one mile from the exit on the right-hand side of the street.

Google Map of the Area

Google now has a nice scrolling interactive map; click the link to go to a zoomed-in map of the area, then zoom out if you need a broader scale.

Martial Activities

"Will there be fighting at Masque?" You bet! All kinds of fighting! This year we are pleased to have armoured combat, rapier combat, and youth combat.

Armoured Combat

In addition to authorizations and ample time for pick-up fighting, the Masque of Courtly Love this year will feature a Trivia Tourney organized by Sgt. Einar. With each pass through the list, combatants will receive 3 points for a win against a knight, 2 points for all others, and a loss against anyone will get you 1 point. When reporting your points to the list table, you will have the chance to score additional points by answering a general knowledge trivia question. Answering the trivia question correctly will get you an additional 2 points, incorrectly will cost you nothing. Everyone must attempt to answer a question in order for their combat points to count. Questions will be selected from general Middle Kingdom, SCA, or martial facts (i.e. "What is the name of our current Queen? What is the name of the piece of armor that covers the lower arm?").

Rapier Combat

The fencing list will be open for most of the day for tournaments and individual challenges.

Youth Combat

Young warriors should bring their armour and weaponry, as we will be offering youth/boffer combat this year.

Master Schedule

This schedule is subject to change up to and including the day of the event.

Classroom Activities

Classrooms A and B can be joined together by opening an accordian partition between them. For empty time slots, rooms are potentially available to be reserved by the populace for officer meetings or similar purposes. Please contact the Autocrats if you wish to reserve a classroom.

TimeClassroom AClassroom BClassroom CClassroom DScience Fair
9:00 a.m.         Entrant registration and check-in
10:00 a.m.        
11:00 a.m. Weird Science of the Middle Ages Basic Chain Mail Introduction to Middle Eastern Drumming Geography of the Soul Registration ends
11:30 a.m. Judges' meeting
12:00 p.m. Lunch Break Science Fair exhibits open to populace
12:30 p.m. Jongleurs' Guild Advanced Chain Mail I'm Dyeing to Know Medieval Timekeeping
1:30 p.m. Healing and Harmony in the Orient Medieval Mindset Introduction to Alchemy
2:30 p.m. Illumination for the Non-Artist Play Rehearsal
3:30 p.m. Brendoken Baronial Populace Meeting    
4:00 p.m. Judges' scoring session (room closed to populace)
4:30 p.m.  
5:00 p.m. Entrants may pick up their materials

Other Activities

TimeGymnasiumMerchant RoomPopulace LoungeChildren's Room
8:00 a.m. Site opens for merchant set-up only
9:00 a.m. Site opens for populace
Armour/Weapon Inspections Merchants Open for Business Open to Populace Open for Children
10:00 a.m. Heavy: Pick-up fighting and authorizations
Rapier/Youth: Lists open at discretion of Marshals
11:00 a.m. Lunch Tavern by Gasthaus Skorpion (room still open to populace)
12:00 p.m. List fields closed for lunch break. Possibly pick-up fighting at discretion of Marshals.
1:00 p.m. Heavy: Trivia Tournament (pick-up fighting after tournament ends)
Rapier/Youth: Lists open at discretion of Marshals
2:00 p.m. Open to Populace
4:00 p.m. End of Martial Activities (please clear gymnasium for Court)
4:30 p.m. Setup for performance and Court Merchants Close Children's Room Closes
5:00 p.m. "The Wife of Bath's Tale" presented by the Oaken Players

Brendoken Baronial Court follows immediately after the play

   
6:00 p.m. Setup for Feast
6:30 p.m. Feast
8:00 p.m. Feast Cleanup Dancing
9:00 p.m. Site closes to populace

Medieval Science Fair Rules -- Masque of Courtly Love 9.1

Attention all natural philosophers, mathematicians, students of physics, astronomers, and astrologers. We would like to invite you to attend the March of Alderford’s Masque Science Fair on February 18, 2006.

Online Science Fair Pre-Registration ]

Our vision for the Science Fair is that it resembles a traditional school science fair, with two differences: it's for adults as well as youth, and the fair includes projects based on pre-1600 CE Western and Eastern civilization.

"Science" in the Middle Ages was intricately woven into religion, philosophy, culture, and myth, and wasn't necessarily the objective fact-finding that modern science at least pretends to be, even though it sometimes falls short. For example, a period-style demonstration of some scientific "fact" or principle that is *totally wrong* would be perfectly acceptable, as long as it is totally wrong in an historically accurate way. That does not mean the particular demonstration has to be documentable to period -- what we are after is the "feel" of period science, as authentic as we can make it, but still within the broader bounds of *Creative* Anachronism.

The emphasis of the fair is to have hands-on or at least be demonstrative exhibits, but papers and treatises can be presented in-persona to achieve that same quality and to involve the audience.

Ideas for Entries

  • Natural sciences (alchemy, zoology, chemistry, physics, medicine...)
  • Mathematical sciences (astronomy, astrology, math, geometry, geography)
  • Military sciences (siege engine theory, long-distance signaling...)
  • A re-creation of mechanical drawings in the style of Leonardo da Vinci
  • A design of a perpetual motion machine that is certain to work.(ummm...)
  • A scholarly treatise, similar to the Royal Society lectures, on how the wearing of a mask with a strong herbal scent can ward off disease
  • A scale model of a new kind of siege engine to bring His Majesty's enemies to their knees
  • An intricate pen-and-ink drawing of the cosmos as known to medieval man
  • Demonstration of a lodestone, Leyden jar, or similar principle
  • Exposition upon the new Arabic mathematics, the Al Gebra
  • Demonstrating theories of Copernicus, Kepler, Galileo, Brahe, Galen, Plato, Bacon, Aristotle, etc.
  • Designs or models of scientific instruments such as: astrolabes, water clocks, armillary spheres, equatoriums
  • A treatise defending the geocentric view of the universe
  • A treatise arguing for a heliocentric universe
  • Application of humoral theories
  • Any potential heretical thoughts related to natural philosophy

Schedule

Participants must check in by 11 a.m.
Judges' meeting 11:30 a.m. -12 p.m.
Fair runs 12-4 p.m.
Judges' scoring session 4-5 p.m.

Categories

Adult (18+)
Youth (under 18)
Group Entry - Adult
Group Entry - Youth

Evaluation Criteria

Entries will be evaluated in the following areas:

  • Scientific Thought/Hypothesis – To what degree is this a testable prediction?
  • How well a plan was developed to test hypothesis
  • Results/Analysis – Interpretation of data within historical context.
  • Visual Presentation/Display
  • Oral Presentation/Interview – Entrants will have 20 minutes to defend/discuss their presentation, and field questions from the panel of judges.

Rules

  1. Pre-registration for the science fair is strongly encouraged. Deadline for pre-registration is February 1, 2006.
  2. Entries may be entered the day of the event, but will depend on space availability and the discretion of the fair coordinator.
  3. Group entries are allowed.
  4. It is permissible for an entry to have been entered in any other competition, show, or display either in or outside of the Middle Kingdom.
  5. All entries will be evaluated in person by a panel of judges who will determine the Best in Show in youth and adult categories.
  6. At the fair check-in area, participants will schedule a 20 minute presentation time when they will be evaluated by the judging panel. This is to ensure that they get time with the judges.
  7. Participants may submit their entry for comment only, but it will not be eligible for the Best in Show prize. However, it may be awarded the Baronial Choice or Autocrat’s Choice prize.
  8. The decision of the judges is final.

Prizes

Prizes will be awarded for Best in Show in adult and youth categories, Their Excellencies' choice, and Autocrat’s choice. Prizes will be given out during Court.

Medieval Science Fair Preregistration

This form lets you preregister for the Medieval Science Fair to be held at the Masque of Courtly Love event. Please note that registering for the Fair does not automatically preregister you for the event itself.

If you are registering a group entry, please provide the SCA and modern name of the primary contact person or group leader at the top of the form, then list other participants in the space provided below.

The contact information on this form will only be used for the Science Fair and will not be disclosed outside the SCA without your permission.

DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES IS FEBRUARY 11 Entries may be accepted after that date, or on the day of the event, at the discretion of the judges, but there is no guarantee of this. You do not have to have finished your project in order to register, so please register early if you are working on something.

Performances

The 2006 Masque of Courtly Love will feature numerous performances by talented artists.

This year's offerings will include:

  • "The Wife of Bath's Tale", a short play performed by the Oaken Players
  • Vocal performance during feast
  • "Street" buskers in our Market Square
  • Possibly others, depending on who shows up and wants to perform

There is a possibility of classroom reservations for small-sized "quiet" concerts (e.g. harp music) that don't lend themselves well to the larger venues. Contact our Autocrats to inquire about reserving a classroom for your concert.

Staff Listing

Following is a listing of staff for the 2006 Masque of Courtly Love. For any area not specifically defined here, contact the Autocrats. No phone calls to staff after 10:00 p.m. Eastern time, please.

Co-Autocrats
Maistor Iustinos Tekton called Justin
mka Scott Courtney
330-493-4616 justin@4th.com
Lady Zabava
mka Ekaterina Whitmyer
330-498-0338 UmaPalata@neo.rr.com
 
Troll/RegistrationsFeastocrat
Lady Maerwynn of Warwick
mka Theresa Greene
4643 17th St NW
Canton OH 44708
330-478-0109 Maerwynn@neo.rr.com
THL Francesca de Onorati
mka Norma Storms
330-494-5004 tempest5@cannet.com

Deputy Feastocrat
Lady Catriona nic Elphinstone called Ceit
mka Patricia Rickard
rickarpa@muc.edu

Children's Feast Wrangler
Lady Maerwynn of Warwick (see "Troll" above)

 
Science Fair CoordinatorClass Coordinator
Mistress Gwyneth Banfhidhleir
mka Ginny Claphan
614-326-0571 sciencefair@alderford.org
Baroness Catriona nic Hugh Mclaey
mka Marti Livingstone
catriona@neo.rr.com
 
Marshal-In-Charge (Armoured)Marshal-In-Charge (Rapier)
Sergeant Einar Blakklar
mka Darby Greene
330-478-0109 einar@neo.rr.com
Lord Gabriel de Porte
mka Chris Hetrick
gr81kieran@yahoo.com
 
Marshals-In-Charge (Youth/Boffer)
Maaicke van Zanten
barbpretz@sbcglobal.net
Nial the Wanderer of Bork
 
Performing ArtsYouth Activities
Lady Kateryn Draper
mka Karen Dollinger
karen@funknet.net
Lady Fionó Cawdor
mka Suzanne Vaughn
shyagain22@yahoo.com
 
Merchant CoordinatorPublicity
Lady Zabava
mka Ekaterina Whitmyer
330-498-0338 UmaPalata@neo.rr.com
THL Milica of Varna
mka Katherine Courtney
330-493-4616 milica@4th.com
 
ChirurgeonConstable
Lady Fekete Rosa
mka Judith Shupe
juditys446@aol.com
Lord Charles the Indecisive

 
Logistics 
Lord Quentin "Wolftamer"
mka Quentin Whitmyer
qwhitmye@cs.kent.edu
 

Classes

Here are the classes scheduled for this year's Masque of Courtly Love. The list is subject to change, of course, and additional classes are likely to be added as their scheduling is finalized.

Medieval Timekeeping (THL Saradwen)
Replicas of period timepieces and how they were used in reckoning time. 1 hour/ No restrictions/ No fees

Acqua di Rosa per il timido (Lady Nastasia)
(Rose water for the timid): The class will show how to distill rose water and the materials needed, and also the quick method of infusing rose water on the stove top will be done in class. 2 hours/ over 12 yrs./ 10 students/ $3 materials fee

Weird Science of the Middle Ages (Lady Mageen)
Come explore the oddities and conundrums of the world of science as it was practiced in the Middle Ages. 1 hour/ No restrictions/ No fees

Medieval Mindset, or What Where Those People Thinking!? (Baroness Catriona)
An overview of the philosophies that supported and shaped the core beliefs of Western Europe between the fall of the Roman Empire and the Renaissance. 1 hour/ No restrictions/ No fees

Intro to Alchemy (Lord Mael Ruain mac Seain)
Through the discussion of Spagyrics, the preparation of Medicines, Period cosmology and Period empiricism will be discussed. Attention will be drawn to parallels in modern sciences. 2 hours/ No one under 10/ No fees

Geography of the Soul: The Voyage of St. Brendan and the Irony of the Age of Discovery (Lord Mael Ruain mac Seain)
Different views of reality create different goals and very different results. Both St. Brendan and Columbus claimed to have traveled for the glory of God. Taught in persona by a very anachronistic Irish Monk. 1 hour/ No restrictions/ No fees

Illumination for the non-Artist (Lord Robert of Bristol)
This is a class for people who do not think they have the artistic ability to create scroll blanks but would like to learn how it could be done. The class will show techniques in how to make scroll blanks without freehand drawling or lots of artistic ability. 1 hour/ 10 yrs and above/ 10 students/

A Jongleurs Guild: Wanted (Lady Elizabeth)
Vocalists to gather. The goal is to create a Jongleurs Guild to share a love of singing and to perhaps perform at local events. There will be opportunities to discuss plans and to sing unison vocal music, from a few countries in Europe, early Byzantine pieces, and some easy harmony or rounds. 1 hour

Feast Menu

Items on this menu are subject to change depending upon the weather, cost of gas or whim of the Feast Steward. Also dishes maybe moved around and put together in other combinations. Please check the feast posting on the day of the event.

A list of ingredients follows at the bottom of the page.

On the table

Bread*

Butter*

Fresh Herbed Cheese*

Coming soon to a feast hall near you

Philosophers Stone Soup (Zanzerelli)*

First Course

Fricassee of Whatever Meat You Wish

Torte Bolognese*

Roasted Carrots*

Wardons (Pears) in Syrup*

Fine Cakes

Second Course

Roast Pork

Armored Turnips*

Salad*

Lemon ice*

Almond Biscotti*

Children's Feast

Chicken Nuggets

Macaroni and Cheese

Tater Tots

Apple Sauce

Carrots and Ranch Dip

Juice Box

Cookies

All dietary restrictions must be made known to the Feast Steward on or before 2/7/06.

*these items are vegetarian friendly and will contain no meat.

Ingredients List

bread
flour, oatmeal, eggs, honey, yeast, butter, water, salt
fresh cheese
milk, lemon juice, salt, garlic
Philosopher's Stone soup (Zanzerelli)
chicken broth, eggs, grated cheese, bread crumbs
fricassee of meat
chicken, butter, olive oil, saffron, egg yolks, cinnamon, pepper, cloves, chicken broth, vinegar
torte Bolognese
spinach, Swiss chard, eggs, cream cheese, parsley, marjoram, cumin, butter, saffron, black pepper
almond biscotti
almonds, flour, sugar, eggs, cinnamon, almond extract, cloves
wardons (pears) in syrup
pears, sugar, wine, cinnamon, ginger, sanders
fine cakes
flour, butter, mace, cloves, eggs
roast pork
pork, salt, pepper, coriander, caraway, sherry
armored turnips
turnips, cheese, butter, cinnamon, pepper, mace, cloves
salad
salad greens, vinegar, oil, spices
lemon ice
lemon juice, lemon peel, water, sugar

Merchants

The Medieval Market Square has been a long-standing Alderford tradition at the Masque, and this year will be no exception! Bring your coin and your eye for a bargain, and enjoy a day of shopping fun.

Merchant Registration

All available merchant space has now been booked. We apologize that our site is only able to accommodate a limited number of tables.

Merchant Listing

The following merchants have confirmed reservations. This is a final list. The merchant web sites linked below are not under the control of the Marche of Alderford, and are provided only as a convenience and not an endorsement of any specific vendor.

Local Business Directory

For your convenience, here is a list of nearby restaurants, stores, and attractions.

Nearby Restaurants

Following is a list of nearby restaurants, or you may want to consult the scrollable map of local restaurants, courtesy of Google.

BURGER KING4371 PORTAGE ST NW
NORTH CANTON, OH 44720
330-499-3864
CARRABBA'S ITALIAN GRILL6560 STRIP AVE NW
NORTH CANTON, OH 44720
330-966-2426
CHEESE-N-CRACKERS DELI1430 W MAPLE ST
NORTH CANTON, OH 44720
330-497-9344
CHUCK E CHEESE PIZZA6370 STRIP AVE NW
NORTH CANTON, OH 44720
330-494-7140
CRACKER BARREL OLD COUNTRY STR6940 SUNSET STRIP AVE NW
NORTH CANTON, OH 44720
330-966-1144
DON PABLO'S MEXICAN KITCHEN6476 STRIP AVE NW
NORTH CANTON, OH 44720
330-966-3077
IHOP4764 PORTAGE ST NW
NORTH CANTON, OH 44720
330-966-9805
JOE'S CRAB SHACK6338 STRIP AVE NW
NORTH CANTON, OH 44720
330-494-5966
LONGHORN STEAKHOUSE6626 STRIP AVE NW
NORTH CANTON, OH 44720
330-305-1984
MC DONALD'S4572 MEGA ST NW
NORTH CANTON, OH 44720
330-305-9667
PALOMBO'S ITALIAN RESTAURANT4100 PORTAGE ST NW
NORTH CANTON, OH 44720
330-497-1815
PANERA BREAD6543 STRIP AVE NW
NORTH CANTON, OH 44720
330-433-1922
PIZZA HUT4821 PORTAGE ST NW
NORTH CANTON, OH 44720
330-305-0090
QUIZNOS SUB6702 STRIP AVE NW
NORTH CANTON, OH 44720
330-497-6063
RED ROBIN GOURMET BURGERS6522 STRIP AVE NW
NORTH CANTON, OH 44720
330-305-1080
ROCKNES PUB N CANTON5000 PORTAGE ST NW
NORTH CANTON, OH 44720
330-244-4212
SAMANTHA'S RESTAURANT4954 PORTAGE ST NW
NORTH CANTON, OH 44720
330-499-9700
SUBWAY SANDWICHES & SALADS4304 PORTAGE ST NW
NORTH CANTON, OH 44720
330-497-6211
SYLVESTER'S NORTH END GRILLE4305 PORTAGE ST NW
NORTH CANTON, OH 44720
330-497-1533
TACO BELL4855 PORTAGE ST NW
NORTH CANTON, OH 44720
330-498-8433
WENDY'S4773 PORTAGE ST NW
NORTH CANTON, OH 44720
330-499-0636

Nearby Pharmacies and Hotels

The links in this section take you to scrollable maps from Google, with numerous businesses of the appropriate type highlighted.

Shopping

There are two major shopping malls nearby:

The Strip
From the event site, go west on Portage (probably the way you came in) until you reach I-77. Proceed under I-77 and begin climbing the hill. A stoplight about 2/3 of the way up the hill takes you left (south) into the mall parking lot.
Westfield Shoppingtown (Belden Village)
Follow Portage west (probably the way you came in) from the event site back to I-77. Go south (left) on I-77 to the very next exit. As you reach the bottom of the ramp, there is a stoplight with Belden Village Mall directly ahead of you.

Heading west on Portage past I-77, there are also stores just over the hill.

Attractions Within One Hour

Other Local Businesses

A more complete directory of local businesses is available from the North Canton Chamber of Commerce web site.