boar’s head festivals Two area celebrations

St. John’s Episcopal Church: The church at 323 Wick Ave., Youngstown, will present the "Boar’s Head and Yule Log Festival” in two performances at 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Dinner will be served at 3:15. Tickets are $6; call the church at 330-743-3175. In 1960, the Rev. James Kirkhoffer and Ronald Gould, choirmaster/organist at St. John’s, discussed producing a Boar’s Head and Yule Log Festival. The two researched the event. The first festival at church took place in January 1961. It featured a costumed cast of 100, plus musicians. St. John’s bases its festival on one that began in 1892 at Hoosac Boys School in Hoosick, N.Y., an Episcopal institution. The history of the Boar’s Head dates to the Roman Empire. In Norman England, the boar was a symbol of evil. The serving of the boar’s head represents the triumph of Christ over evil.

Orangeville United Methodist Church: The “Celebration for Epiphany: The Ceremony of the Boar’s Head and the Yule Log” will be presented at 4:20 and 6:30 p.m. Jan. 13 at the church, 7511 Brockway-Sharon Road, Orangeville. Tickets are free and may be obtained by sending a stamped, self-addressed envelope to Susan Wolford, 5806 state Route 7, Kinsman, OH 44428. Indicate the number of tickets you want and which performance you prefer. Founding director Gordon Vujevic based the ceremony on the Tudor-Henry VIII era.

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