|26th Annual Boar's Head Festival
January 9th & 10th 2016
First Church of Winsted will present the 26th Annual Boar’s Head
Festival on Saturday, January 9th at 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. and Sunday,
January 10th at 3:30 p.m. at 95 North Main Street in Winsted. The
Festival is “An Ancient Processional Celebrating Epiphany.” It takes
place in true medieval fashion complete with period costumes, live
animals, and grandeur worthy of welcoming the King of Kings and
Lord of Lords! The Festival features continuous music with full choir,
madrigal singers, organist, and brass ensemble. There are also a
number of tooters, whistlers, fiddlers, pipers, dancers and drummers.
The featured musical selections include Rutter’s "Gloria," Adam
Dressler’s “O Holy Night,” and Morten Lauridsen’s “O Magnum
Mysterium” along with many traditional carols.
Laurel City Singers under the direction of Adam Atkins is the featured
festival choir with organist Christopher King. Also appearing will be
The Boar’s Head Carolers, Scottish Sword Dancer Karen LaVallee-
Tente and Highland dancer Krysten McGhee with piper Ken Storrs.
Proceeds from the performance benefit the Sharon Lewis Memorial
Scholarship Fund and the Open Door Soup Kitchen.
Tickets are $15 Adults, $12 Senior and $9 Child 12 and under and
may be purchased by calling 860-379-8966, or mail your payment
and seating requests to: First Church of Winsted, ATTN: Boar’s Head
Festival, 95 North Main Street, Winsted, CT 06098. Make checks
payable to: First Church of Winsted. Groups of 20 or more may
deduct $3 from each ticket price. Doors open one half hour before
An Ancient Processional
Musical Celebration of Epiphany
Medieval Pomp & Royalty
Woodsmen & Peasants
Good King Wenceslas & his Page
Shepherds & Their Sheep
The Holy Family & Donkey
The Three Wise Men
Laurel City Singers
The Boar’s Head Brass Ensemble
The Boar’s Head Carolers
Commerford Farm, Goshen, CT
Donkey & Goats
The King Family
Prize winning laying hens!
Excitement mounts as the townspeople prepare the hall
for the arrival of the Beef-eaters with the Boar’s Head.
Greeting their guests are the nobleman and his lady.
The Festival officially begins as a tiny sprite brings into
the darkened Hall a lighted candle symbolizing the
coming of the Light into the world. Representing the
Church, the Friar receives the Light. From this tiny
flickering flame, the Christ Candle is lit, illuminating the
altar, spreading light throughout the hall.
A piper calls the assembly to order and the Herald
announces the entrance of the royals with a brass
fanfare. The procession officially begins with The Boar’s
Head Carol, ushering in Beef-eaters, carolers, sword
dancer, and the Boar's Head served up on a platter. King
Wenceslas with his page, the woodsmen with the Yule
Log and its rider. Next come the monks singing with
anticipation, O Come Emmanuel, prophecy fulfilled, the
choice of a maiden and our Lords blessed birth. The
shepherds and animals come in search of the Christ
child, followed by the three kings bearing their gifts of
gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
When all have assembled, they kneel in adoration of the
King of Kings, Lord of Lords as the hall is darkened and
the Epiphany star shines over the altar. After the
assemblage has recessed, the sprite returns, and with
the Friar, takes the light of the Christ candle forth into the
world, leaving the spark of hope with all assembled. All
are invited to take the light and hope with them as they
leave this place;
the Light to illuminate their paths for the coming year, and
the Hope for Peace on Earth ~ Goodwill Toward Men!