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The Thirty-eighth Year

Michaelmas Feast -- Winter's Gate

October 11, 2003 (AS XXXVIII)

University Community Presbyterian Church,
Fairbanks, AK

From The Page (September, 2003):

Come join Winter's Gate for a harvest feast in the celebration of Saint Michael before the mountain passes close for the winter. Come delight in the offerings of our wonderful cooks as they create marvelous German dishes to fill our bellies. The site will be open 10 am till midnight, with the feast to be held at 6 pm. There will be a children's solar held at 3 pm on the making of marzipan subtieties for the feast tables.

Site info: University Community Presbyterian Church (address omitted), Fairbanks AK (near the corner of University and College Rd.) Note: the site is DRY. Site fee is $15.

Autocrat: Margery Garret (contact info omitted).

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"In Winter's Gate we gathered for a most wonderful Harvest Feast. The hall was decorated with leaves and banners and various fruits of the harvest. We delighted in the offerings of our wonderful cooks as they created marvelous German dishes to fill our bellies. Most recipes came from a mid-14th Century cookbook, Das Buch von Guter Spise. The Menu was:

On the Table:
Bread and savory butters
Marinated Mushrooms
Cheese and Bacon Pasty

First Course:
Chicken with Bratwurst
Fava Beans in Caraway Sauce
Heathen Cakes

Between Courses:
Ruzzige Cake and Spiced Cider

Second Course:
Good Food of Salmon
Red Cabbage
Roast of Pork with Sauces

Pears in Red Wine Sauce
Apple and Walnut Tart

There were children's activities held at the event, including mask making and making marzipan subtleties for the feast tables. There was also a side room that doubled as the children's "dragonlet's lair" with many games available, as well as room to just run. There was a fighter's practice held outside at her Highness's request and since there wasn't any snow (very unusual!) they had a good time that wasn't too cold.

The one on-site autocrat's whim competition was on the most harvest themed table setting. This was won by their Excellencies Baron Bjarni and Baroness Annora of Eskalya.

Since his Highness had his birthday just a few days before the event, we presented him with a multitude of mushroom dishes (his favorite) as well as a birthday cake decorated with a castle (we tried to find one "Viking-style" but there weren't any) on fire and pillaged.

The evening wound down with a simple court followed by a book discussion and clean-up. It was a wonderful event." -- Margery Garret, Event Host

Description of this event (if any), taken from The Page, or from memory of at least one person who attended the event.

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