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Boar's Head and Yule Log Pageant Celebrates History, Christmas
Posted on December 15, 2011 at 4:55:11 am by Lauren C.
What are your favorite aspects of the Christmas season? Recognizing the birth of Christ? Taking in the splendor of the lights? The beautiful music? You'll find all of these things (and more) at the Boar's Head and Yule Log Festival at Plymouth Congregational Church in Fort Wayne. Volunteers have committed countless hours to make this event happen for the past 36 years. Specifically, 152 cast members, 75 musicians (including a choir and orchestra), and a crew of 65 are a all part of the performance. Behind the scenes folks, like seamstresses, are also instrumental in making the night a reality.
Over the years the pageant grew to include lords, ladies, knights, historical characters, cooks, hunters, and pages. Later, shepherds and Wise Men were added to tell the story of the Nativity. Before long the performance was enhanced with carols, customs and other special touches to become what we know it as today. Locally, Plymouth Congregational Church presents this festival as a gift to the people of Fort Wayne. You can catch a performance Dec. 28, 29 and 30 at 5:30 and 8 p.m. For ticket information, call the church office, (260) 423-9424. The pageant blends pagan and Christian traditions. In ancient times the pagans believed the boar was king of the forest and considered man's enemy. At Roman feasts, boar was the first dish served and later a staple of medieval banquets. When Christianity became the predominant religion in Europe, the presentation of a boar's head became synonymous with the triumph of the Christ Child over sin.