Masque of Courtly Love XII: Play On!

As the winter lingers on, when the alder boughs are bare, we light our torches and garnish the hall. Players, poets, fighters, fencers, and fools! Practice and teach your arts at the twelfth Masque of Courtly Love. The Marche of Alderford proudly presents Masque of Courtly Love XII: Play On! Full information on our event flyer page.

Weather Update: As of 11:30 a.m. Friday, NOAA is predicting snow likely tonight, 1-3 inches accumulation possible, but ending at 1:00 a.m. Saturday. Only light flurries are predicted for Saturday, ending early in the day. The site is accessible via major (4 lane until the last few blocks) roads that will be plowed quickly. Come on over and enjoy the event!

February 23, 2008
9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. EST
Grace United Methodist Church
1720 Schneider St. NW
North Canton, Ohio 44720

Site is bone-dry everywhere, and nonsmoking in or near the building.

Our spacious new site offers more list space for heavy and rapier fighting, and a new, improved populace lounge. The wealth of classes includes a Performing Arts track, a Shakespeare track and a general track. Actors and bards will find opportunities to perform, and Their Excellencies of Brendoken will hold court. More feast places have been added, and everything possible has been done for your comfort and amusement.

Martial Activities: The Masque of Courtly Love will offer both armoured and rapier combat this year, with themed tournaments for each.

Arts and Sciences: In keeping with the theme, there will be a track of classes devoted to Shakespeare and his times and one track that will explore the performing arts. The third track of classes is on an assortment of topics. Our very own version of Pyramus and Thisbe, from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, will be performed to round off the day.

Science Fair: As in the past, we will feature a Medieval Science Fair, where participants will be encouraged to promote their theories about science as they would have been in the Middle Ages.

Feast: THL Francesca de Onorati will present a sumptuous feast to delight the palate. Seats will be limited to 100 and pre-registration is encouraged.


Site Fees:

Adult Member: $6.00 (pre-registered); $7.00 at the door
Child (6-12): $4.00 (pre-registered); $5.00 at the door
Child (0-5): Guests of the Marche of Alderford
Non-member surcharge for adults: $3.00

Feast Fees: Adult: $10.00 (pre-registered); $11.00 at the door
Child (6-12): $7.00 (pre-registered); $8.00 at the door
Child (0-5): No charge

Please make checks payable to: SCA, Inc. - Marche of Alderford. Send preregistrations to:

Cynthia David
709 33rd St NE
Canton, OH 44714

Further contact information is on the staff listing page.

Check the list below for the activities of interest to you. We are finalizing plans for the remaining activities, so more details will be forthcoming soon...please check again.

Directions and Site Rules

Masque of Courtly Love has moved to a new, larger site this year with more room for fighting and classes and a larger kitchen. The new site is:

Grace United Methodist Church
1720 Schneider St. NW
North Canton, Ohio 44720

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From north, south, or west: Take your best route to Canton, Ohio, and proceed to I-77. Exit onto US Route 62 east (the "Alliance" exit, number 107B, from I-77). Take US 62 east to the Market Avenue Exit. Go north on Market Avenue for about 1.5 miles to Schneider, and turn left (west). The church will be on your left after just a block or so.

From the east

If you approach Canton via US Route 62, simply take the Market Avenue exit and turn north, then follow the directions above from that point.

Site Rules

  1. This site is BONE DRY. No alcoholic beverages are permitted at this event.
  2. The site is SMOKE FREE. We will provide a smoking area outdoors.

Nearby Businesses

There are a number of local restaurants and businesses within an easy drive of the event. See directions below, grouped by *, **, and *** categories from the listings.

Business Listings

Sit-Down Restaurants

  • *Ninety One Wood Fired Oven, 1983 E Maple St, North Canton, OH (330) 498-9191 Bistro-style American food with artisan pizza. $$
  • *Samantha's Restaurant, 6326 Market Ave N, Canton, OH Family-style cafe $
  • **Leno's Family Restaurant, 2494 Easton St Ne, Canton, OH Family-style Italian cafe $
  • **Pizza Hut, 2714 Easton St Ne, Canton, OH $
  • **El Pacifico Mexican Restaurant, 2700 Easton St Ne, Canton, OH - (330) 493-1621 $
  • **Pileggi's Italian Cafe, 2664 Easton St Ne, Canton, OH - (330) 492-4770 $$

Fast Food Restaurants

  • *Lucky Star Express, 1975 Easton St NW, North Canton, OH (330) 498-9996<200e>
  • *Subway (Inside Bell Stores) 6356 Market Ave N, Canton, OH
  • **McDonald's, 2628 Easton St Ne, Canton, OH
  • *Wendy's, 6501 Market Ave N, Canton, OH
  • *Taco Bell, 6501 Market Ave N, Canton, OH
  • *Starbucks Coffee, 2041 Easton Street, Canton, OH

Pizza Restaurants

  • *Italo's Pizza, 6316 Market Ave N, Canton, OH (330) 499-7800<200e>
  • **Gionino's Pizza, 2692 Easton St Ne, Canton, OH - (330) 492-2222
  • **Kraus' Pizza: Middlebranch, 6545 Middlebranch Ave NE, Canton, OH - (330) 497-0606


  • *Giant Eagle, 1955 Easton St NW, North Canton, OH


  • *Walgreens, 6421 Market Ave N, Canton, OH - (330) 244-1435


  • ***There are a large number of motels at the Belden Village exit from I-77, less than 5 miles from the site.

Retail Stores

  • ***Westfield at Belden Village is a large shopping mall at the Belden Village exit of I-77.
  • The Strip is a good-sized, upscale shopping center with a Borders at the Portage Rd. exit of I-77.
  • Wal-Mart and Kmart are located at Atlantic Blvd. (Rt. 62) and Harmont about two miles from the site.

Directions to Commercial Areas

*Turn left onto Schneider from event site. Turn right at light onto Market Ave. These restaurants are clustered within and around the Washington Square Shopping Center.

**Turn left onto Schneider from the event site. Go straight through the light at Market Ave. to Middlebranch Rd. Turn left onto Middlebranch and travel north to Easton St. at the light. These restaurants will be clustered in or around the Oakwood Square Shopping Plaza.

***To get to Belden Village, proceed west on Schneider (the road where the church is located) to Cleveland Avenue (may be called South Main St. at this intersection). This is where Schneider ends. Turn south on Cleveland Avenue, and follow it to the traffic light at Everhard Road. Turn right (west) onto Everhard Road, and you will come to the Belden Village area as Everhard passes underneath I-77.