Artisans’ Day

Saturday, September 14, 2019

(***Event Information Update 8-18-19*** – Lodging, Class List, Lunch Menu, Salon List)

A fun-filled day of education and enjoyment of the arts & sciences.

Lake Villa Township Community Center
37850 N. IL. Route 59
Lake Villa, IL 60046
Less than a quarter-mile south of IL Rt 132 pointer

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Site opens at 8:30 AM and closes to attendees at 6:00 PM for cleanup and breakdown
If you are in either building at 6:01 PM or later you may be handed a broom or garbage bag and will be expected to use it

Event Steward
Dame Marie la Fauconniere (mka Nita Lewis) (preferred) or 847-452-2032 after 6:00 PM

Lunch, performance, and B&V activities will be at the adjacent Church of the Holy Family, 25291 W Lehman Blvd, Lake Villa, IL 60046

Both sites are mobility-accessible

Alcohol is permitted ONLY in the B&V room – the rest of the site is BONE DRY. IDs will be checked at the Gate

No motel blocks have been arranged for the event. Several motels in varying price ranges are available in Gurnee (I-94 at Grande Avenue/Rt 132), approximately 30 minutes from the event site.


Site Fees:

Adult 21+                                                                  $15.00

Adult Member                                                          $10.00

Ages 10-21                                                                $5.00

Under Age 10                                                 No Charge

Family Cap: 2 Adults + 2 or more Ages 10-21     $35.00

Preliminary Schedule in PDF

Classes: We welcome all sorts of classes, especially (but not limited to) those focusing on preparing to enter or to judge in Regional A&S Faires. Classes will be scheduled between 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM. (Please note that we do not have facilities for hands-on cooking classes.)
Among the classes to be offered:

  • Chinese History
  • So, You Want To Enter the A&S Faire?

This list will be updated regularly

Class coordinator: Baroness Kristiana of Arden (mka Kristine Petroshius) or call (847) 921-6229

Lunch: A ploughman’s lunch is included in your site fee:

  • Meat – Turkey, Ham, or Hard-boiled Eggs
  • Cheese – Swiss or Cheddar
  • Fruit – Grapes, Banana, or Apple
  • Bread
  • Sweet
  • Mayo, Mustard, and Pickles
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly upon Request

You may choose to bring your own meal as well. There is also a small sandwich shop across the street.

Salons: What’s a salon? In pre-Revolutionary France, intellectuals and artists (and those who aspired to be known as such) were hosted by the social and cultural elite at gatherings known as salons. People of ideas and ability used these gatherings to network, exchange knowledge, and read from, perform, or otherwise show off their latest creations.

Our afternoon at Artisans’ Day (from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM) will offer a variety of themed salons: time and space to gather with others who share your interest, to work on your own projects and share your knowledge, research, and resources. These are not structured, nor are they workshops – there’s no defined outcome or goal, other than the camaraderie of shared time and space working with others who have a common interest.

Salon themes may include Instrumental Music, Dance, Hand-Tool Woodworking, Cold-Metal Arts (chasing, coining, etc.), Scribal Arts, Costuming, and so on. We have six indoor spaces with tables planned, and (weather permitting) can set up outdoor shades, where appropriate, for the subject matter.

Contact the Event Steward if you are interested in hosting a salon!

Salons currently scheduled:

  • Fiber Arts: hosted by THL Metylda of Ravenslake, and themed around spinning, weaving, and other yarn/thread arts
  • Papermaking: hosted by THL Oswyn of Badon, an outdoor demonstration and discussion of Period papermaking techniques
  • Period Dance: hosted by Mistress Isabell Beatrice de la Rosa
  • Bardic Arts
  • Brewing and Vintning: Contributions to taste are welcome. Must be 21 years or older to enter the salon (IDs will be checked at the Gate and your site token must be visible at the salon)

Combat: There are no combat activities planned for the day. However, if weather permits and you bring your own marshal, there is plenty of space on the lawns for pickup fighting.