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Veritas Academy in Lancaster is a K-12 Christian School with a classical education methodology. The classical model focuses on a three-stage process for the students, a pattern known as the trivium. The early years of school are spent in learning and memorizing facts. In the middle grades, students develop critical thinking skills by exploring the relationship between the facts and learning how to debate and form their own opinions. In the senior years, they learn to express themselves, with an emphasis on writing and speech, culminating in a 50-page Senior Thesis that is defended orally in front of a panel of experts.
In the 7th grade students begin a program called the Omnibus, which combines history, theology and literature. While reading a great work of literature, students also study the history of the times in which it was written, and explore the moral questions raised by the work, comparing it to Christian teachings.
Out of this approach, Veritas has developed a fun evening event based around medieval and renaissance feasting traditions. At the Veritas Madrigal Feast, the students assume the roles of Lords and Ladies of a court, and present a five course dinner with medieval-themed entertainment such as music, dance and a comedy masque.
This year’s Madrigal Feast takes place on Friday, November 30 and Saturday December 1 at St. John’s Episcopal Church at 321 W. Chestnut Street in Lancaster. The dinners begin at 6 pm, and there is also a children’s matinee at noon on Saturday which offers a box lunch in place of the five-course feast. Tickets are available at the Veritas Academy at 717-556-0690.
Below you can hear our audio feature on the Madrigal Feast.
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