As a retreat center, the DeKoven Center has a full kitchen and a staff who knows how to put the "comfort" back in "comfort food". As WMAW's on-going home, we've also taught them that martial artists eat BIG. Forget about cold-cuts and old danishes, and think of pancakes, scrambled eggs, sloppy joes and macs & cheese that would make your grandma proud!
As an attendee at the Workshop, admission includes a hot, buffet-style breakfast and lunch each day of the workshop, served in Taylor Hall's dining room.
While the attendance fee does not include a dinner plan there will be on site "pay as you go" cook-outs, Wisconsin style, on Thursday and Friday nights. In addition there are a wide variety of restaurants accessible by car and a list of delivery places available at the event desk.
The Western Martial Arts Workshop is much more than just another martial arts workshop! Since its inception, WMAW has been meant to be a join all present in a fellowship celebrating the resurrection and preservation of our Western martial culture, as well as an honor to the memory of those Masters of the Art who have gone before. (Considering how rowdy the after-hours festivities can get, it's not exactly a reverent remembrance, but we think that the old masters would have liked it that way!)
The social centerpiece of the Workshop is Saturday night's celebratory feast, which will again be a traditional pig-roast. The menu includes:
The feast is a "dress your best" occasion; of course, as a celebration of 700 years of documented western martial arts, what qualifies as "your best" can vary a fair bit! Medieval gowns, Renaissance doublets, 19th century nattiness, modern dress duds or your best Hawaiian shirt have all made their appearance, and lends an air festivity.
In addition to the fellowship of the feasters themselves, we're planning a variety of entertainments, including a return of the popular exhibition/demonstration matches showcasing the breadth and depth of the Western martial tradition.
(Our advice: beware of smiling Germans with large burlap sacks… Don't know what we're talking about? You'll just have to be there to find out!)
Note: There is an additional charge for the Saturday night feast.