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Festival of Maidens Volunteer Spots and Teaching Opportunities

Teaching  Opportunities

If you’re interested in teaching a class at the Festival of Maidens, please fill out our teaching interest form before January 1, 2017.

Our class guidelines:

  • We’re open to a wide range of classes – make a proposal!
  • We’re particularly interested in youth classes and scribal classes for two theme tracks.
  • No alcohol or fire, please.
  • If your class could be messy, please note that in your submission and we’ll see if we can work out a site-compatible option.

Volunteer Spots

If you’d like to volunteer to help out, sign up at our site. Just an hour or two of your time will make everything run more smoothly!


Schedule – Festival of Maidens 44

Friday, January 20, 2017
7:00 pm – Illini ABC open for heavy combat lists set-up and merchant set-up
10:00 pm – Illini ABC locked for night

Saturday, January 21, 2017
7:30 am – Merchants set up
8:30 am – Troll opens and authorizations for rapier begin (See Rapier Schedule)
9:00 am – Authorizations for heavy begin (See Heavy Combat Schedule)
9:00 am – A&S activities begin (See A&S Activities Schedule)
1:00 pm – Youth Room open with parental supervision
2:00 pm – Troll closes
3:00 pm – Youth Room closes
3:30 pm – Heavy combat ends
4:30 pm – Rapier ends
4:30 pm – Merchants close
5:00 pm (or at TRMs’ leisure) – Court begins
7:00 pm – Feast begins
8:00 pm – Event day site closes; Illini ABC is locked for the night
10:00 pm – Feast site closes

Sunday, January 22, 2017
8:30 am – Illini ABC opens
9:30 am – A&S Activities begin
10:00 am – Fighter Practice begins
2:00 pm – Fighting ends; begin clean up
3:00 pm – Site closes

Nearby Restaurants

The Illini Union offers the following restaurants inside the building, as well as multiple vending machines.

Nearby Restaurants
(At the request of the site owners, no outside food may be brought into the Union.)

In the Union:

First floor: Jamba Juice, Starbucks, Vending Room
Basement: Einstein Bagels, Sbarro, Wendy’s, Qdoba


Italian / Pizza:

Mia Za’s 629 E Green St  217/352-2697  11AM – 10PM
Antonio’s 619 E Green St  217/365-9500  10AM – 3AM (might be closed?)
Papa Del’s (legendary!) 206 E Green St  217/359-7700  10:30AM – 1:30AM


Panera Bread 616 E Green St  217/344-2528  7AM – 10PM
Potbelly Sandwich Works
501 E Green St  217/344-5601  11AM – 9PM
Penn Station
605 S. 6th St. 344-9050
(Hon. mention: The Black Dog in Urbana – needs driving, one of the top 5 BBQs in the US!)

Middle Eastern and Indian:

Jerusalem Middle Eastern Cuisine 601 S Wright St  217/398-9022  11AM – 10PM
Zorbas 627 E Green St  217/344-0710  10AM – 3AM
623 E. Green St.  217/328-1600  11 AM – 4 AM
Bombay Indian Grill
403 E Green St  217/344-3380  1130AM – 10PM


Chipotle 528 E Green St  217/344-0466  11AM – 10PM
60 E. Green St.  217/355-6400  11AM-11PM


Cravings 603 S. Wright St.  217/328-2538
Empire Chinese
410 E Green St  217/328-0832  10:30AM – 11PM
Mandarin Wok:
403 E. Green St.  217/337-1200
Sushi Ichiban 619 S. Wright St.  217/954-0493
Sushi Rock
621 E. Green St.  217/337-4285  12-3, 5-9
Koto Ramen 508 E. Green Street
Sakanaya 403 E. Green Street
A-ri-rang 607 S. Wright St. 355-5569
Spoon House
616 E. Green St.
Flat Top Grill 607 S. Sixth St. 344-3200

Coffee and tea

Dunkin Donuts 607 E. Green  217/384-3375
Espresso Royale
Inside the Union or 602 E. Daniel  217/328-1112
501 E Green St  217/344-8613  6AM – 9PM


Cocomero Frozen Yogurt 709 S. Wright St.  217/328-3888
Coldstone Creamery
505 E Green St  217/367-5555  Noon – 11PM
Dunkin Donuts 607 E. Green  217/384-3375
Insomnia Cookies
502 E John St  217/328-0203  6PM – 2:30AM

Of course, don’t forget that we are offering a delicious one-of-a-kind FEAST at McKinley Presbyterian Church and Foundation!

Maidens Directions & Parking


To the Illini Union

To McKinley Presbyterian Church & Foundation


Parking options are available all over campus, though we’ve tried to find the closest and best spaces for you. This Google map shows the area around the event sites, with the Illini Union, McKinley Presbyterian, and nearby parking lots labeled for you.

When searching for your own spaces, it is imperative that you read the large blue signs at all University parking lots. Some parking lots are metered 24/7, and some are not available to the public at all (like the Illini Union Hotel lot). Our map (linked above) identifies which parking lots are best for your purposes.

We will have bagged spaces at the front of the Union for loading and unloading only, and five designated handicapped spaces. Please unload your belongings quickly, then move your vehicle so that others may do the same. Parking is strictly prohibited in the Fire Lane, and vehicles will be ticketed and towed if left there. If you expect to need one of the handicapped spaces, please let us know when you arrive onsite.

Maidens Hotel Accommodations

The Illini Union – The Site
Hotel information:

The Union Hotel (Event site)
1401 West Green St
Urbana, IL 61801

Doubles: $99
Queens: $104
King: $109
Tax is additional and there is a $7 extra person charge after the second person.

The Thieves of Hearts are staying at Eastland Suites1907 N. Cunningham Ave, Urbana, IL 61802

The Thieves of Hearts are staying at

Urbana Landmark Hotel (formerly Lincoln Hotel)
210 S. Race St.
Urbana, Illinois 61801
Phone: (217) 384-8800

Courtyard Champaign by Marriott
1811 Moreland Boulevard
Champaign, Illinois 61822 USA
Phone: (217)355-0411

Quality Hotel
302 East John Street
Champaign, IL 61820
(217) 384-2100

Ramada Inn
902 West Killarney Street
I-74 & Lincoln Ave at Exit 183
Urbana, IL 61801 USA
Phone: (217)328-4400

Maidens Site Information

Hotel Accommodations

Directions & Parking

Nearby Restaurants

The Union is a beautiful neo-French deco building with plenty of space for everything while easy to navigate and find your way. The building is fully wheelchair-accessible, has lots of hotel rooms available on-site, and is in the heart of campus, so plenty of restaurants to try. It is a dry site.  As per Illinois law, this public building is smoke-free, and we ask that all participants step no less than 50 feet from any door if they decide to brave the cold for a smoke.

Please note that the site requests that all outside food be eaten in the basement food court.

Please feel free to contact the Event Steward with any questions you may have.