Fare and fic­tion at Lea­cock Mu­seum

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Win­ter is com­ing — to the Lea­cock Mu­seum.

Fans of the Game of Thrones tele­vi­sion show, and the se­ries of fan­tasy nov­els from which it was adapted, will get to ex­pe­ri­ence the go­ings-on of Wes­teros and Es­sos, though in a much more re­laxed and safe set­ting than that of those fic­tional con­ti­nents.

Feast of Thrones will take place Satur­day at the mu­seum.

“We hope peo­ple have an au­then­tic ex­pe­ri­ence that feels like the show for them, and the books,” said Alex An­drews, pro­gram as­sis­tant at the mu­seum.

At­ten­dees will en­joy live mu­sic, a sword-fight demon­stra­tion, arm-wrestling com­pe­ti­tions and more.

And, as the name of the event im­plies, there will be food.

The menu for the three-course din­ner will be in­spired by the fic­tional re­gions in Game of Thrones.

“We’ve been try­ing to stay true to the book,” An­drews said of the evening’s events.

Feast of Thrones is the in­au­gu­ral event in the mu­seum’s Eat­ing Their Words se­ries, an idea that came to Jenny Mar­tynyshyn fol­low­ing last year’s Ode to Harry Pot­ter, held dur­ing Chil­dren’s Day as part of the Lea­cock Sum­mer Fes­ti­val.

“We thought, ‘Why can’t we do it for the grown-ups, too?’” said Mar­tynyshyn, the mu­seum’s ad­min­is­tra­tive co-or­di­na­tor.

She plans to re­visit the Harry Pot­ter theme — but geared to adults — next year for the mu­seum’s sopho­more ef­fort in the Eat­ing Their Words se­ries. Mar­tynyshyn has some other ideas for fu­ture themes, in­clud­ing Out­lander and James Bond, but those are not yet con­firmed.

The se­ries, she said, “gives peo­ple the op­por­tu­nity to leave re­al­ity for a while and live their favourite books.”

Satur­day’s event, which will start at 6 p.m., is rec­om­mended for those 18 and older.

Cos­tumes are en­cour­aged but not manda­tory, though there will be prizes for the best cos­tumes.

Tick­ets cost $45, which in­cludes the meal and a sou­venir photo with dragons on a green screen pro­vided by the Oril­lia Pub­lic Li­brary.

Mer­chan­dise from Dr. Comics and Man­ti­core Books will be avail­able for pur­chase at the event.

Prizes are be­ing do­nated by a num­ber of lo­cal busi­nesses.

Tick­ets are avail­able un­til Wed­nes­day at 3 p.m. through the Oril­lia Opera House box of­fice by call­ing 705-326-8011 or vis­it­ing oril­lia­op­er­a­house.ca. They can also be pur­chased un­til end of day Thurs­day by call­ing the Lea­cock Mu­seum at 705-329-1908 or vis­it­ing Man­ti­core Books on Mis­sis­saga Street East.

NATHAN TAY­LOR/THE PACKET & TIMES

The Lea­cock Mu­seum will host its Feast of Thrones event Satur­day. Pic­tured with two of the Game of Thrones-in­spired ban­ners that will be up dur­ing the event are Jenny Mar­tynyshyn, ad­min­is­tra­tive co-or­di­na­tor, and Tom Rose, com­mu­nity li­ai­son as­sis­tant.

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