Deck the halls for holiday feasting

Lords and ladies come ye all to the annual Renaissance Christmas Feaste presented by the Minot Chamber Chorale in its new castle at the North Dakota State Fair Center on December 5-7.

Eric Furuseth and Pamela Hopkins, Lord and Lady of the Manor, invite one and all to join in the feasting and merrymaking. This year will mark the 41st performance of the chorale’s welcome to the holiday season.

Feast attendees will be ushered into the lavishly decorated Great Hall, where they will be entertained by the lords and ladies of the chorale, dressed in their finery and invited to participate in the festivities.

As always, the mischievous jesters, Tarleton and Lucretia, this year played by Breanna Benson and Casey Feldner, will be playing their pranks and trying out their jokes on audience members.

The evening will be filled with music from across the ages and continents. Under the direction of Robert Demke, the lords and ladies of the chorale will perform as a group as well as in smaller ensembles. The Royal Court will also be entertained by a brass ensemble, recorder consort and members of the Western Plains Children’s Chorus.

Dancers of the Royal Court will take a courtly turn on the stage, as will the maids and pages in what promises to be a more spirited dance.

This year’s production will be under the direction of Cheryl Nilsen.

The evening begins with a social hour at 6 p.m. with dinner starting at 7 p.m. Reservations are required. Tickets are $40 for adults; $20 for children 12 and under. Call JoAnn at 838-8709 or 839-4622 or e-mail music4u@srt.com for more information. Please indicate your table preference and meal preference of prime rib or chicken cordon bleu when ordering tickets; children’s option is chicken strip dinner.

Lord Eric and Lady Pamela honor the warriors who so ably defend the realm. Military Appreciation Night is Thursday, Dec. 5. Individuals with a military ID can purchase adult tickets for $35.

(Jerry W. Kram is a member of the Minot Chamber Chorale.)