Winter Nights East: a Performing Arts Challenge Event

Hosted by Barony of Carolingia - Groveland, MA

Event date: February 3rd, 2024

Event Last Modified: November 27th, 2023

Event details

A winter's night is made better by entertaining each other!  Please join us for Winter Nights East, where performers (storytellers, poets, singers, instrumentalists, dancers, actors, etc.; solo or as a small group) will perform, and will set performance challenges for each other.  Performers are encouraged to evoke the time and place where their story is told, and new performers are encouraged to participate.

In addition, their Excellencies of Carolingia will choose their new Court Performer during Winter Nights:  competitors will state their intent at the start of the event, so their Excellencies can judge their performances throughout the day.

Challenges will take place in rounds, the number of rounds depending on the number of competitors. 
* First round, please state who you are and where you come from, then perform a short (3-7 minutes) piece of your own choosing. 
* Second round will begin head to head challenges, now that we all know each other a little bit.  Challenge pairs will be organized by the MOL.  Pairs will issue challenges to each other (topics such as “revenge”, “true love”, “anything *except* Shakespeare sonnets”, etc -- be kind!), or if they’re stumped for a topic, we will have curated inspiration cards to use instead.  Each pair will have the length of the previous two performances to prepare to meet their respective challenges.  Rounds will continue until we run out of time. 
* Final round will be a subset of performers, based on both the judges of Winter Nights and the judges of the Court Performer championship.  The final round will also include (yet to be determined) participation by the current Court Performers of Carolingia, I Sebastiani (The Greatest Commedia del Arte Troupe in the Entire World).

Site Opens: 10 AM
Site Closes: 7 PM

Event Location

Veasey Memorial Park
201 Washington Street
Groveland, MA  01834
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Veasey Memorial Park (201 Washington Street, Groveland, MA) is nestled between I-95 and I-495, with many routes converging (including a route from Boston using I-93 and MA-125).  Detailed directions are available through your pocket cartographer.
Site has some accessibility limits.  Accessible entrance and parking in the back of the building, though the performances require climbing four stairs.  Please contact the event stewards to discuss details or arrangements.

Registration Fees

Site Fee Adult NONMEMBER:  $18
Site Fee Adult SCA Member:  $13
Site Fee Adult NONMEMBER with Student ID:  $13
Site Fee Adult SCA Member with Student ID:  $8
Site Fee ages 13-17:  $8
Site Fee ages 12 and younger:  $3

Dayboard Fee:  $7
Dayboard Fee ages 12 and younger:  free

Make Checks Payable to: SCA MA Inc., Barony of Carolingia

Contact Information

Event Steward:

Master Peregrine the Illuminator
(Michael F.  Moore)

Send Reservations to:

Deadline to pre-register is January 24.  Pre-registration is recommended, but not required.

Reserve online through PayPal:
If you pre-register via the online link, a PayPal invoice will be generated within 24 hours of the online preregistration information being submitted.  Click on the Payment button and pay either using your PayPal account, credit card or e-check.  Online preregistration is not complete until the PayPal invoice has been paid. 

Or reserve by mail to Lady Kara Irini bint Todori:
Bethany Stewart
36 Eldred Street
Lexington, MA 02420

Other Contact Information:

Deputy Event Steward
Lady Collwen Glynmes
(Mildred Cady)