Notre Dame Catholic Church



December 3. 4. 5. amd 6 of the year 2008

Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Hear Ye!
A most wonderful evening of good food and musical entertainment set in a midieval theme can be found in Greeneville, Tennessee.

On this occasion of our second Madrigal celebration, we are honored to welcome you to our yuletide festivities.  As you feast with the nobles in the realm of the Castle of Notre Dame, you will lift your glasses in a toast to this festive season and to each other.  There will be music, merriment, good food, and good memories.  We pray that you will carry your remembrances of this joyous occasion home in your hearts and spread the wonder of the season to those you love.

The Feast

The Great Wassail, French Oignon Soupe, Fresh Greene Salade, Beef burgundy Royale, Parsley Buttered Potatoes, Queen's Bean Almondine, Breade Stick, Ye Royale Dessert

Ye Programe

 First Announcement :
     Seating of the Guests (Click here to see  pictures of  our Royale Guests.)
    Harpsichord and Flute - Royale Musicians (Click here to see this musical performance.)
Second Announcement:
     Welcum and Procession - Town Crier and the Royale Court  (Click to view "Masters in this Hall.")
     The Prayer - Town Crier (Click to view "Lo How a Rose Ere Blooming.")
Thirde Announcement:
     The Great Wassail - The Royale Court (Click here for the toast .Click again for"Here We Come A-Wassailing.")
Fourthe Announcement:
     Procession of the Boare's Head and Serving of the Christmas Feast (Click to view "The Boare's Head".)
    Ye Royale Feast is served (Click to view the video.)
     Ye Royale Dessert (Click to enjoy a musical interlude  then "We Wish You a Merry Christmas."
Fifth Announcement:
     Ye Entertainment - Jugglers, Dancers, Magician, and Concert of ye Royale Court (Click to view entertainment.)

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Picture essay of the 2008 Madrigal.

Notre Dame Castle Dining Hall is ready for the court.

Notre Dame Castle Dining Hall is also ready for the guests.

The royale musicians set the mood for the evening..

The Towne Crier announces the entrance of the court.

The Royale Musician leads the procession.

Two lords of the court enter next.

A fair young maiden enters singing.

Next two ladies enter together.

Another lady of the Court enters.

A young knight and a fair maiden arrive.

And another fair maiden makes her entrance..

Almost everyone has arrived at notre dame castle.

The court magician and his assistant enter the grand hall.

The members of the Royale Court sing "Masters in the Hall".

The King and Queen join in the merriment.

A wench pours wassail into the mugs in preparation for the toast..

"Wassail! "  and the guests reply, "Wassail."

The boar's head, the heart of the feast, is brought in to the hall.

The boar's head is shown to the royale court and then to the guests.

The King and Queen relax before the meal is served.

The first course is served.

French onion soup...

Next,  fresh green salad with old world dressing

Then the main course, beef burgundy royale, is served.

Now bring us some figgy pudding, and bring it out here!

The head wench, wenches, and servers bring the dessert.

It's delicious!

The town crier announces birthdays and anniversaries.

The king honors the magician's assistant on her birthday.

Everyone sings "Happy Birthday" as special desserts are given.

The magician amazes the court with his slight of hand.

Members of the court visit with guests after the feast.

Three maidens serenade guests and place a laurel crown on guests.

Guests at one table are treated to a special tune.

The magician performs feats of magic for guests at each table.

The jester juggles rings, balls, and ten pins.

When the jester is gone, his apprentice is ready to try his skills.

The Royale Dancers move with grace and rhythm.

The Royal Court enjoys the entertainment as much as the guests.

Prestidigitation comes easy to the Court Magician.

I will try to cut the carrot without cutting your head.

The members of the  Royale Court sing several carols

 Then they prepare to  leave the grand hall singing "Silent Night."

The Royale Court 
 Click here to see the Royale Court sing "Go Tell It on the Mountain."

Special Thanks

A Very special thanks comes from the heart of his Royale Highness and his Queen for all the many hard, long hours the whole staff of the madrigal have put towards the success of this venture.  We love each of you and wish you a joyous, spirit filled holiday season.

Ye RoyaleCourte: Fred Ricker, Wanda Ricker, Sandy Alter, Ashleigh Ayers, Margaret Ayers, Maureen Bibby, Jerry Collins, Rachelle Fenter, Emily Hagenburger, Heather Hagenburger, Karin Hagenburger, Pat Johnson, Bob Moore, Airee Place, Barbara Price, and Alicin Sahr  (Click here to  see the cast getting ready to perform and relaxing.)

Ye Roayle Musicians: His Royale Highness, Margot Alter, and Savannah Ayers

Ye Entertainers: James Durham, Joe Durham, Father Jim Harvey, Sarah Longworth, Victoria Longworth, and Dianna Thompson

Servers and Wenches:  Briana Bailey, Stephania Collins, Susan Collins (Head Wench), Rachele Garcia, Rick LongworthAnikka Michaud, Daniel Michaud, Marshall Nagy, Virginia Nagy, David Place, and Zachary Ptacek

Kitchen Staff: Steve and Lori Sponcia - Head Chefs, Father John Appiah, Deidra Bailey, Roger Brown, Danny Collins, Judy Collins, Pam Conley, Loretta and Bob DeRuvo, Belinda and Paul Fenter, Conner Fenter, Marietta and Joe Giordano, Jean Haggenburger, Kathy Longworth, Nancy McCarty, Gail  and Jim Thompson, Alicia Stapleton, and Amanda Norris  Click here to see pictures of the kitchen staff and wenches hard at work.

Artists: Linda Grice, Joyce Morris, and Jeanne Pamilla

Publicity: Steve Morrissey and Susan Collins

Costumes and Props: Barbara Price, Kathy Longworth, Charles Alter, Tony Alter, and Tusculum College Arts Outreach  Click here to see the Castle de Notre Dame before the guests arrived.