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Boar's Head Festival

Trinity Church will present its 37th annual Boar's Head Festival on January 10, 11 and 12, 2020. This annual Epiphany celebration commemorates a medieval festival from England, symbolizing the triumph of good over evil. The festival is preceded by a period of preparation as the audience arrives. During this period  there are opportunities for the audience to interact with the cast as the sanctuary is prepared for the festival.

The festival opens with a tiny sprite entering with a lighted candle to symbolize Christ as the light of the world and continues with the procession of townspeople, dancers, and musicians celebrating the possibilities of peace, hope, and reconciliation in anticipation of the birth of Christ. The celebration moves through the journey of the three kings, the shepherds, and animals, searching for the Christ Child, and concludes with the celebrants kneeling in adoration as the Te Deum stained glass window shines over the cathedral and blesses everyone with the Christmas story.

The music, dancing, costuming, and pageantry make this a "must see" Christmas event.  First time audience members will be awed by the appearance of chickens, geese, sheep, goats, a donkey, a horse, and camels during the Festival procession.  The photos below give a sampling of the pageantry of the Boar's Head Festival. However, photos cannot convey the power of the musical performances by Trinity's outstanding Boars Head Festival choir and professional soloists, accompanied by organ, flute, oboe, a brass quintet, harp, and percussion.

Tickets for patrons are now available and can be ordered by following the directions on the BHF Tickets 2020 page. Patron letters and order forms are available for download and can be mailed or delivered to the church office.

To learn more about the Boar's Head Festival, check out this interview with our musical director Becky Rosendahl Isaacson.

Below are images from the 2019 performances.  To view more images, visit Trinity's photo blog.