Boar's Head and Yule Log Festival celebrates 38th year

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Celebrate the 38th anniversary of the Boar's Head and Yule Log Festival at the University Christian Church on Jan. 4-5.

At 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. each day, patrons will have the opportunity to watch the pageant performance for free.

Below is a brief description of the performance as described in a press release from the church:

The pageant is based on an old legend, that of an Oxford student who kills a wild boar when it interrupts his studies. When the church adopted the Festival, it gained a new, Christian significance: the wild boar, symbolic of evil, is overcome by good through the teachings of Christ. Marching companies, in beautiful authentic costumes of Renaissance England, sing the ancient songs of Christendom, as they carry in the gaily-bedecked head of the wild boar, which is conquered by the innocent goodness of the Christ Child. The triumph of light over darkness is made graphic in the Christ Candle through its light and through the carvings on the wooden candleholder in our production.

The second part of the program features the original Christmas story, as shepherds and Wise Men travel to Bethlehem to bring gifts to the Christ Child, according to the church’s press release. The entire Chancel and Altar portions of the Sanctuary will be restructured for the pageant.

Randol Alan Bass will conduct the Fort Worth Civic Orchestra at this year’s festival. Mr. Bass, the original composer of the festival music, said he has worked for the past year to add depth to the orchestra, organ and choral pieces. Bass originally composed the music in 1977.

A limited number of seats went on sale for purchase beginning December 2 for $15. Free seating is first-come, first-serve. Standing room is available in the back balcony. It is recommended by the church to arrive early.

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