The Wassail Tavern - A Green Mountain Yuletide Celebration

TRM will be in attendance

Hosted by Shire of Panther Vale - Barre, VT

Event date: December 30th, 2023

Event Last Modified: November 27th, 2023

Event details

Come traveler, sit and warm your weary bones, listen to the sounds of laughter and joy all around, and the take in the aroma and taste of good food.  These are the hallmarks of a good night at the Wassail Tavern!

Come join the Shire of Panther Vale and Mountain Freehold for the 2023/2024 yuletide celebration and experience the grand opening of The Wassail Tavern!
Join us on December 30th from 2pm to 9pm for a day of revelry and yuletide.  Classes, demonstrations, Bardic gatherings, and comfort of friends and chosen family help relieve the cold and sometimes dreary times the winter months bring.

The A&S Display this year will be a theme of Past and Present.  Bring a past project, either the project itself or images/documentation of the project along with anything you've been currently working on, incomplete or otherwise, to put on display.

As with tradition at these events, we'll be having the gift exchange table.  Bring clean, unwrapped items to place on the table.  One item means you get to choose something on your turn!
How it works:  You bring an item for the table.  Before the night is out, we'll have the gift exchange based on the number of years active in the SCA, starting with the newest and those in most need, finally working our way through the years until we reach those who were around when rocks were soft and trees were just twigs in the ground.

Adding on to this, we will be having a SEPARATE table for the younglings of the region.  Parents may bring an additional item, separate from the gift exchange table, that would be of use to a child under 12 and their parents.  This can be anything from garb that has been outgrown or tools, toys, or books a child may like or a parent may find useful.

Hotel Information:  We have arranged a block of rooms at Comfort Inn & Suites at Maplewood, 213 Paine Turnpike N., Montpelier, VT, 05602.  To book at the discounted rate you will need to contact the Hotel directly by calling (802) 229-2222 or use this link
There are a limited number of hotels in central Vermont, this has been made worse by the flooding we had over the summer so we encourage you to plan early and call ahead.  There are still more choices in Burlington/Waterbury, VT to the northwest and White River Junction, VT/West Lebanon, NH to the southeast.
Due to COVID and other circumstances the following are not recommend Hilltop Inn in Barre, EconoLodge in Montpelier, and Pierre Motel in Barre

Site Opens: 2pm
Site Closes: 9pm

Event Location

Barre Masonic Temple
2 Academy Street
Barre, VT  05641
Google Map


Make your best route to I-89 exit 7 in Vermont. 

From Exit 7: 
Once off I-89 at Exit 7, you'll pass the Comfort Inn hotel and the Exit 7 traveler's center (a 24 hr convenience store with gas/diesel/shower) as well as Electric Vehicle station.  Continue on Rt 62 passing the "mall".  At the Third light, with Hospital on left, be in the LEFT lane to go into Barre.  Follow Rt 62 all the way to Main street (Sharp turn, railroad tracks, followed by the 2nd light) and turn Right onto Main street.  Follow Main Street until the road forks slightly, stay left but in the Right lane to go straight.  Just as you start up the hill, take a left onto Academy Street.  Masonic building is on the left and road side parking is first come first serve along the sidewalks or around the edge of the park ahead, but not on Park Street.

Registration Fees

Registration fee is all encompassing.

Adult Non-member :  $20
Adult with member discount:  $15
Children and youth 0-17:  Free

Reservation deadline:  December 23, 2023

Dayboard included in site fee.

Make Checks Payable to: Shire of Panther Vale, SCA Inc.

Contact Information

Event Steward:

Lady Alienor Hathaway, OM
MKA:  Mariessa Dobrick
608-658-8941 5pm to 8pm

Deputy Stewards:
Lord Edward Talbot, OSC
802-793-3262 5pm to 8pm


Cody Carter

Send Reservations to:

Wassail Tavern Yule
c/o Judi Tazelaar
642 West Street
Brookfield, VT 05036

A PayPal invoice will be generated within 24 hours of the online preregistration information being submitted.  Online preregistration is not complete until the PayPal invoice has been paid.