27th Annual Boar's Head
No Longer Taking Orders By Mail.

First Church of Winsted will present the 27th Annual
Boar’s Head Festival on Saturday, January 7th at 4:00
p.m. and Sunday, January 8th at 4:00 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 fiddler Dan Foster and 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 860-921-
8350 or mail your payment and seating requests,
form found above, 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 both days at 3:15 pm
with music by “Take a Seat my Dear.”


An Ancient Processional
Musical Celebration of Epiphany


Medieval Pomp & Royalty
Herald Trumpeters
Family Gentry
Woodsmen & Peasants
Good King Wenceslas & his Page
Shepherds & Their Sheep
The Holy Family & Donkey
The Three Wise Men
Laurel  City  Singers
directed by


The Boar’s Head Brass Ensemble
The Boar’s Head Carolers

Live Animals
provided by

Commerford Farm, Goshen, CT
Robert Commerford
Donkey & Goats

The King Family
Prize winning laying hens!

Sword Dancer

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

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!