Iowa Lakes Community College Music Department Announces The 20th Annual Elizabethan Madrigal Feaste

(Estherville, Iowa) The Iowa Lakes Community College Music Department is proud to announce the 20th Annual Elizabethan Madrigal Feaste. This year’s festivities will be held at the Estherville Campus SERT Building on Saturday, Dec. 7, with performances held at noon and 6:00 p.m.

The Elizabeth Madrigal Feaste pays tribute to the Christmas Feaste that was an annual custom in early England. This custom originated from the celebration of the New Year and was an extravagant display of rejoicing and toasting of the twelve days of Christmas.

The 20th Annual Elizabethan Madrigal Feaste is a recreation of some of the most important traditions like the procession of the boar’s head, the jester’s hijinks, strolling carolers, Wassail toasts, flaming pudding, and a special royal dessert. Renaissance costumes will be worn by the performers, and are optional for those attending as guests.

There will be a delicious five-course meal served with the opportunity to participate in some hilarious comedic entertainment and to listen to the beautiful sounds of the season.

Performers for this year’s event include the Royal Iowa Lakes Chamber Choir, My Lady of the Lakers Handbell Ringers, The King’s Brass Ensemble and Her Majesty’s Recorder Consort.

Tickets are $20 per person, with limited seating available. Reservations must be received in the Music Department and paid in full by Wednesday, Nov. 13 via cash, check (payable to Iowa Lakes Music Department), or credit card. Credit card reservations may be made by phone or via email. No refunds will be issued after this date.

Start your holiday season off right by celebrating the gallantry, beauty, and simplicity of the true meaning of Christmas!

For more information or to reserve tickets, contact the Iowa Lakes Music Department at 712-362-8345 or

For More Information:

Rachelle Gewecke, music department assistant, at 712-362-8345