Express Staff Writer
the ladies of the court escorted by lords. Then came the wassail bowl with
the lord and lady of the manor not far behind.
and lady were the only members of the court who were not Carey students.
They were Carey residents Dusty and Brittney Simpson.
a teacher’s aide at the school.
Dusty toasted his guests, a huge boar’s head on a platter was carried
into the hall to the tune of "The Boar’s Head Carol."
weren’t at the Carey School on Thursday night, you missed all the
action, music and food of the school’s 13th Madrigal Dinner.
is a form of vocal chamber music that originated in Northern Italy in the
14th century. It caught on as a tradition in England in the 16th
guests came to the "manor house" at the Carey School’s
gymnasium on Thursday night, despite the snow storm that kept Blaine
County schools closed the next day.
music teacher, Max Stimac, began the madrigal tradition at the Carey
School 13 years ago.
madrigal dinners in high school and then for five years at Montana State
University, so it just seemed natural to start up a tradition here,"
the Carey Concert Choir and Concert Band kept their professional cool
throughout the noise and bustle of fifth-graders serving dinner, and the
manor guests were generous with applause.
wassail toast by the lord of the manor, Dusty Simpson, at the beginning of
the event must have worked.
good health," he said, "be of good fellowship, and be of good