Touch of royalty with Boar’s Head Feaste

A former Springfield tradition rooted in a centuries-old tradition is about to return with a blast of trumpets and royal fanfare.

The Boar’s Head Feaste will bring 15th Century English manor pageantry of lords, ladies and their subjects for consecutive weekends, 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, then Jan. 24 and 25 at the Springfield Masonic Temple, 125 W. High St.

The event is being presented by the Springfield Civic Theatre in association with Covenant Presbyterian Church.

Bradley Campbell, who is producing and directing the revamped Boar’s Head Feaste, said he grew up with this as an annual event. The last was around a decade ago and he’s prepared to restore the former glory.

“What we’re creating is an engaging event for the community, different from what they’re used to,” said Campbell, who spent the past few years in the arts in New York.

The Boar’s Head Feaste celebrates the Feast of the Epiphany, a medieval tradition celebrating the fruits of the harvest. Campbell added it is also an extension of the holiday season as it also celebrates the birth of Christ.

Campbell said the Springfield Masonic Temple is a perfect setting for the Feaste as previous events were there. The event will take place under candlelight.

“The Masonic Temple is a great facility to showcase it with its great hall,” said Campbell. “It’s a facility that needs showcasing. There are a lot of spaces outside of what people may normally think of in Springfield.”

Attendees will receive an evening’s worth of fun and entertainment including music from Wind in the Woods, a group of Wittenberg and Wright State professors, and also mummers, dancers, jesters and madrigal singers.

A five-course meal, catered by Seasons Bistro, will include salad, soup, chicken breast, roasted pork loin and red potatoes and bread pudding.

Following the meal, the Oxfordshire St. George play, first presented in 1360, will be performed.

For the special title of Lord and Lady of the Manor, Springfielders Marty and Maureen Feagans were selected.

“The Feagans were chosen by suggestion for their support of all things Springfield,” said Campbell.

About 70 people from all over Clark County as well as Greene and Miami Counties are helping produce the event.

Tickets will only be sold in advance and not at the door. They are available noon to 3 p.m. at Covenant Presbyterian Church or online.

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