Renaissance pageant wraps up the holidays

Dec 28, 2012
The Christmas sprite carries the light of redemption to the world at the conclusion of the Boar's Head and Yule Log Festival.

Rockland — The eighth annual Boar's Head and Yule Log Festival will be presented over the weekend of Epiphany — Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 5 and 6 at 2 p.m. — at Rockland Congregational Church, 180 Limerock St. Remaining tickets are $15 for reserved seating, $10 for general admission, available by calling the church office at 594-8656. A festive reception and petting zoo await the audience following each performance.

The Boar's Head banquet recalls the ancient wintertime tradition of bringing in the slain boar's head as the first dish served at great Roman feasts. In Norman England, the boar was the sovereign of the forests, causing terror to all and the symbol for evil. By the 12th century in England, the serving of the boar's head at Christmastide had become symbolic of the triumph of Christ over Satan and was associated with Epiphany, which celebrates the manifestation of the Christ child to the Magi. The Yule log, a fresh log lighted by last year's embers, represents the continuance of human life and from earliest times, symbolized the rekindling of love and so of Christ's love incarnate.

Featuring a cast of more than 45 amateur performers from Newcastle and Union to Lincolnville and Port Clyde, including live animals such as llamas, sheep, geese and the donkey Noelle, the pageant offers a lavish medley of elegant costumes, traditional Christmas songs, liturgical dancing by the Rockport Dance Conservatory and playful young dancers from the Rockland School of Ballet in a meaningful closing to the holiday season.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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