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Festival of Joseph of Arimathea, August 28, 2010

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Original website for this event: http://www.wurmwald.org/arimathea/


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The Shire of Wurm Wald invites you to

The Festival of Joseph of Arimathea

Thanks to everyone who attended the Festival. Here is the promised link to the feast menu with all the ingredients. Enjoy!

Lost and FOUND –> Camera found at feast site.  Email to shirewurmwald@gmail.com

Google Map of the Illini Union day site

Feast site:
Google Map of the feast site

Site fee:
Feast fee:



About the Festival

So…why hold a festival called Joseph of Arimathea?

Joseph of Arimathea was venerated during the Middle Ages, especially in Britain — where (according the British scholars of the Middle Ages) he supposedly had his followers send the Holy Grail. Over time he was celebrated with his own feast-day across Europe. Different European cultures chose differing times of year to hold this celebration, but we are holding ours at the end of August because it’s just a really convenient time for us to get our event site and welcome newcomers to our local group.

Also, far be it from us to deny anyone in the Society for Creative Anachronism the opportunity to go to an event where they can quote Monty Python and the Holy Grail all day long, if they want. Of course, we’re all about the history and scholasticism of the holiday here.

Whether you are new to the SCA or a seasoned card-carrying member, we are hoping that you will enjoy this festival as a day of fun, food, and history as we recreate the culture of the Middle Ages — at least, the good parts. If you want to recreate something like beheadings, you’ll have to go to the Castle of AAAAaaaaauuuuuggghhh







Accommodations for the Traveler

The journey is long and the King’s highway dusty. Pilgrims to the festival may need to stay the night.

Here find news and information on overnight accommodations. The list is not exhaustive and we offer no guarantees but here they are.

The Illini Union – The day site
The Illini Union, 217-333-3030, 1401 W Green St, Urbana IL has 40 rooms blocked for the `SCA @ UIUC’ for Friday and Saturday evenings, August 27 and 28. The smaller rooms will cost $99/night for one person with an additional $7/night for each additional person. These rooms will no longer be saved for the event after July 28. People reserving rooms after July 28, if they are available, will be charged about $10/night more each night. People staying at the hotel will get very good parking spaces.

We hope those who attend will partake of our feast the day of the event. For those other meals here are a few other establishments.

Courtyard Champaign by Marriott
1811 Moreland Boulevard
Champaign, Illinois 61822 USA
Phone: (217)355-0411

Quality Hotel

302 East John Street

Champaign, IL 61820

(217) 384-2100

Illini Inn On the 4th Inc


Champaign, IL 61820-6115

(217) 344-0372

Hampton Inn


1200 West University Avenue, Urbana, IL‎

(217) 337-1100

Motel 6 Ubrana 
1906 North Cunningham Avenue
Urbana, IL 61802
(217) 344-1085

Crash space coordinator

Crash space coordinator Aleator, 217-722-9120

Local Food

In addition to the Illini Food Court for lunch and the Feast for Saturday night Champain-Urbana offers a rainbow of alternatives. Here find reviews from Wurm Walders



All telephone numbers are area code 217


401 E Green St. 344-4600

Mia Z’a
629 E Green St. 352-2697


Antonio’s 619 E. Green St 365-9500

Papa Del’s 206 E. Green St. 359-7700


IHOP 308 E. Green 351-6972

Panera Bread 616 E Green St. 344-2528

Potbelly Sandwich Works 501 E. Green 344-5601

Middle Eastern

Niro’s Gyros 301 E. Green 365-9271

Jerusalem Cafe 610 S. Wright St. 398-9022

Zorba’s 627 E. Green St. 344-0710


Chipotle 528 E. Green St. 244-0466

Qdoba 617 E. Green St. 384-9002


BoBo China404 E. Green St. 352-2272

Bombay Indian Grill 403 E. Green St. 344-3380

Empire Chinese 410 E. Green St. 328-0832


Smoothie King 616 E. Green St. 337-5555

Starbucks 501 E. Green St. 344-8613

Miko Restaurant
407 West University Avenue
Urbana, 367-0822

“On University across from Carle Hospital. They have a VERY nice sushi bar and hibachi/tepanyaki tables. The prices are somewhat up there, but the show is well worth it.” – Review by a local Wurm Walder mikorestaurant.com


Coldstone Creamery 505 E. Green St. 367-5555

Insomnia Cookies 502 E. John St. 328-0203




  • Rockin like it is 999Armored and Rapier combat

  • Arts and Sciences classes

  • 10th-Century Anglo-Saxon Feast featuring 16 items

  • Dancing





Classes are free of charge. Some classes may offer optional printed handouts or supplies for a small cost. This schedule is still subject to change.

Time Class Room Fee
11:00 – 12:00 Meet the Musical Instruments of the Middle Ages –  Lady Heregyth Ketilsdottir



11:00 – 12:00 Field Guide to the SCA — Baroness Alzbeta Michalik
The first half of the class we will go over the different ranks within the SCA and the sumptuary customs associated with those ranks (what the fancy hats and belts mean). The second half of the class we will “go on safari”, looking for examples of the different ranks we have discussed.
406 $2.00
11:00 – 12:00 Free Period 407
12:00 – 1:00 Intro to the Arts & Sciences in the SCA — Lord Orry de Guerrin
An overview of arts and sciences represented in the SCA, learning a craft, and how to enter a project into an SCA A&S competition.
12:00 – 1:00 Webministering 101 — Lord  Kenneth mac Donald
Webministering for the first time webminister. How to do it with no experience, training, or skills. (Bring laptop if you have one)
12:00 – 1:00 Introduction to Spinning — Elizabeth of Wurm Wald
This class is exactly what it sounds like. Learn how to spin; no hula hoops required. Drop spindles and wheels will abound. Spin with wool. Fee applies for wool to spin with.
407 $2.00
12:00 – 1:00 A Recipe for 10th-Century Saxon Sausage — Lord Aleator
This hands-on class will go step-by-step through the whole sausage-making process. Meet at the Asian-American Cultural Center (AACC) building, 5 minutes away from the Illini Union. Maps will be available at Troll.
1:00 – 2:00 Middle English for reading & recitation — Lady Sofya Chyudskaya Smolyanina
This class will cover two dialects of Middle English, the London dialect (as heard in The Canterbury Tales)and the Northwest Midlands dialect (Sir Gawain & the Green Knight).
1:00 – 2:00 Working Kumihimo on a Disk –Lady Jonet of Keyth
Learn the very easy art of Japanese cord braiding, known as kumihimo, whose modern uses include lacings, cords, site tokens, and, at higher levels, belts and trim. We will learn how to set up the disk for 8 strand and (time allowed) 16 strand cords. There will be examples of patterns available. When the class is complete, the student should have a keychain-length of cord completed. $3 for a disk, cord, and handouts (limited to 15, but anyone is welcome to observe).
406 $3.00
1:00 – 4:00 Dancing — Mistress Alphia
A variety of period dances may be taught over the course of the afternoon. Drop in for a few lessons or stay for three hours!
2:00 – 3:00      
2:00 – 3:00 How to Prepare an SCA Camp Kitchen — Lady Katrina
This class is for people who are inexperienced campers or cooks. Learn what you need to know if you want to cook meals the next time you go camping at an SCA event.
3:00 – 4:00 Beginners’ Illumination — Lady Ellen of the Scholars 
Learn how to illuminate manuscripts!
3:00 – 4:00 MoAS Meeting 406



Site Information

Click the link below for a local map and parking guidelines. When you arrive at the Illini Union, you can pull into the circle drive to unload gear before moving your vehicle to all-day parking. We will have someone on hand to assist and watch your items until you return.

2010Parking Map

If you have been to Festival of Maidens in the past two years, you are already familiar with the day site. The feast site will be located a couple blocks away.Google Map of the feast site

Please note that the 10th-Century Sausage class and Feast prep will be in a different building on campus, the Asian-American Cultural Center (AACC). This is about a 5-minute walk from the Illini Union. The small parking lot next to the AACC is accessible via the alley off of Oregon St. and is free all day Saturday.
1210 West Nevada Street, MC-149
Urbana, Illinois 61801

Click here for local accommodations and restaurants.

This site is bone dry.


The Feast of Arimathea

Feast Fee: $11

The feast is expected to start at 6pm and dancing at 8:30pm. Feast entertainment will feature performances by the Wurm Wald Music Guild.

Google Map of the feast site

This feast will be a sumptuous early period repast. A dazzling feat of gastronomic arts of such refinement that those of more common tastes should use caution when sitting down to partake of this feast. It is as follows:

Use caution! This menu is as of 27 June 2010. Items may change without notice and the Autocrat reserves the right to substitute items due to availability or cost. Links are to ingredients as of 27 June.

Appetizers and dishes available through out evening

  • Sage Tea
  • Anglo-Saxon Rye Bread
  • Flavored Butter
  • Cottage Cheese with Almonds and Honey
  • Herb Cheese (buying herb cheese from supermarket)

1st Course

  • Pasty Beef with Bacon, onion, cumin, and sage
  • Legacy Carrots

2nd Course

  • Tri-colored beef sausages
  • Bed of Pearl Barley with Onions and Garlic

3rd Course

  • Kaliis
  • Simmered Mushrooms


  • Apple Fritters
  • Cherries in Honey
  • Gingerbread
  • White Mush with strawberries or blueberries



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