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Susan Axelrod

Susan Axelrod's food writing career began in the kitchen; she owned a restaurant and catering business for 15 years before turning to journalism. By day, she is the social media editor for Portland Press Herald. To relax, she bakes, gardens and hikes with her husband and their two dogs, preferably followed by a cocktail or a Maine beer. Susan can be contacted at 791-6310 or On Twitter: @susansaxelrod

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Posted: November 4, 2013

‘Spamalot-meets-CSI’ at Franco Center’s Medieval Feast

Written by: Susan Axelrod

Contestants vie to be first to finish a plate of hot wings in the Dragon Wing contest, a regular feature of the Franco Center’s annual Medieval Feast. (Courtesy photo)

Eat with your hands, dress like a knight (or a damsel) and solve a murder-mystery at the Franco Center’s annual Medieval Feast on Friday, Nov. 8 and Saturday, Nov. 9 in Lewiston.

The no-utensils dinner menu includes soup and a dinner roll, a meat turnover, half a chicken and pumpkin pie.

To entertain you between courses, the Medieval Players, a group of volunteer actors, will stage an original play that unfolds over several acts. The plot is described by organizers as “Spamalot-meets-CSI, a comedy that centers around a mystery involving a murder at the royal court with its usual — and not-so-usual — suspects, including a gnome, death, and other archetypal characters.  The murder is investigated by one of the kingdom’s more incompetent investigative agencies as they set about the task of interviewing suspects, some of whom may include the feast’s unwitting patrons.”

But wait, there’s more! Included in the evening are Medieval-era “commercials,” the Dragon Wing-eating contest and a costume contest.

Tickets are $35 and can be purchased via, by calling 207-689-2000 or by visiting the box office between noon and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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