Come learn about medieval May Day customs as we sing and dance our way into spring! Watch performances of troubadour songs on period instruments, join in a sing-a-long, and learn about ancient dances featuring a special performance by the Central Illinois English Country Dancers. The program will be shown on the Urbana Free Library's Facebook page. Before the program, you can crown yourself May Queen or Green Man, with craft kits from The Urbana Free Library. Pick up a craft kit at the Library or call 217-367-4057 to schedule a Curbside Pickup appointment. Ask for a May Day Crown Kit. Kits will be available starting April 26. Available while supplies last.
Kelli McQueen is a PhD candidate in musicology and medieval studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her project “Traveling Troubadour: Medieval Music for the Modern World” at traveling-troubadour.com is part of the Humanities Research Institute’s fellowship for the public humanities. She enjoys playing fiddle, finger-style guitar, and other period string instruments like the lute, viola da gamba, and vielle. She is a long-time resident of Urbana and often performs with the Flatland Consort and at various small venues in the CU area.