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Historic St. Mary’s City Taking Reservations for Madrigal Dinners

The Historic St. Mary’s City invites you to welcome the holiday season with feasting, firelight, and beautiful music in the lavishly decorated reconstructed State House of 1676 with their annual Madrigal Dinners. The dinners are to be held on the first two Friday, and Saturdays in December, on December 6, and 7, and December 13, and 14, all beginning at 6:00 p.m. Holiday revelers have feasted through the ages. In seventeenth-century Maryland, delicacies arrived with the tobacco fleet towards the end of the year, and the cool weather signaled the 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 when the lords and ladies of the land enjoyed great madrigal feasts. 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 for centuries. Today, Historic St. Mary’s City celebrates these traditions and more with the annual Madrigal Dinners. Started in the 1970s as a fundraiser for the museum, the Madrigal Dinners have become the museum’s […]

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