From Tavern Yard to Tourney Field, to a feast fit for kings; Stroll through time in the Courtyard Faire, where children's laughter rings; Where merchants fine display proud wares, the Craftsmen build and the Jongleur sings; 'Round the campfire, or in the Hall, we'll listen to stories told Of Ages past and distant lands, of Heroes strong and bold.
The Shire of Quintavia, in partnership with our neighboring Baronies of Bergental and Carolingia, would like to announce the Crossroads at Canterbury event, to be held September 14-16, 2007, at Camp Marshall (Worcester County 4H Center, Inc.), located at 92 McCormick Road, Spencer, MA 01562.
Inspired by those famous tales of Chaucer's, we shall craft an event worthy of our Current Middle Ages. For 48 hours, Pilgrims from *all* times and places shall be invited so sample succulent tidbits from the Canterbury Tales, as we offer them a warm, hospitable environment for camping, feasting, fighting and play (and let's not forget shopping!).
Site opens at 4:00 pm Friday and closes at 12:00 noon on Sunday.
As much as possible, we would like to enable our participants to experience the flavor of Chaucer's England. As this is an SCA event, it is open to anyone willing to make an attempt at medieval clothing and no one will be turned away for not having the correct kit for the time period. However, you will enjoy it more if you do a little research. Becaue the SCA is participatory, we are all adding to the atmosphere for one another so your contribution to the whole experience helps. We've organized our resources into the following major areas:
- Chaucer and the Canterbury Tales
- Daily Life (what to wear, eat, do, think...)
- What's going on in England in the 14th century
Classes and Workshops
There are some excellent classes on 14th century and Chaucerian topics at the upcoming Bergental Novice Schola., including clothing, music, embroidery, historic events, and how to interpret Chaucer. Check out the schedule!
Any questions contact the webmaster at canterbury (at) latourdulac.com
Directions to Camp Marshall
Camp Marshall (Worcester County 4-H Center, Inc.)
92 McCormick Road
Spencer, MA 01562
Due to the central location of our site, there are a number of ways a person could reach it; however, some of these ways are only recommended for the truly adventurous, or those who know the area well.
Our recommended route is the ‘cleanest’ method of approach, involving the least amount of time spent navigating backroads and small highways (and the only route likely to feature SCA signs).
From areas East, North, Northeast and Southeast of Spencer, MA: Take your best route to I-90 in Massachusetts (the Mass Turnpike, portions toll). In Massachusetts, this could involve Hwy 146, I-495, I-95 or I-385, I-290, I-190 or I-93. Take I-90 West to Exit 9 (Sturbridge, MA). After exiting the toll booth, take the exit for Route 20 East. ** Follow below directions.
From areas West, Southwest and Northwest of Spencer, MA: Take your best route to I-90 in Massachusetts (the Mass Turnpike, portions toll). In Massachusetts, this could involve I-91, I-291. Take I-90 East to Exit 9 (Sturbridge, MA). After exiting the toll booth, take the exit for Route 20 East. **Follow below directions. From areas South of Spencer, MA: Take I-84 East to Exit 3A (Route 20 East). **Follow below directions..
**(Mileage given is approximate). Take Route 20 East to Hwy. 49 North. Turn left at the light onto Hwy. 49 North. Stay on Hwy. 49 North until it ends in a T-intersection with Route 9. Take Route 9 East .3 miles to the first stop light (West Main Street in Spencer, MA). You will see a sign that says “To Route 31 North, Paxton”. Turn left onto West Main Street. After .3 miles, stay straight and the road becomes Meadow Road. After 1.2 miles, turn left onto Route 31 North. After .9 miles, turn right onto Cooney Road. After .8 miles, turn left onto Hastings Road. After .3 miles, bear right at the fork onto Gold Nugget Road. After .3 miles, turn left onto McCormick Road. Camp Marshall will be on the left after 1.9 miles (contrary to what most internet map systems might say).
Shire of Quintavia (Spencer, Massachusetts)