The Boar’s Head and Yule Log Festival Previewed

12/23/1967 |


The Courant published an article on the planned to be held at Asylum Hill Congregational Church on January 7, 1968. The event would take place as follows:

  • A tiny sprite will bear a lighted candle into the darkened church, presenting the candle to the minister.
  • The Boar’s Head Company will enter, announced by trumpet fanfare.
  • Next to enter, in order: the Waits, King Wenceslas and his page, the woodsmen with the Yule Log, the shepherds searching for Christ, and The Three Kings bearing their gifts.
  • The cast and the congregation will sing “In Deep Midwinter.”
  • During the Eucharistic hymn, “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence,” everyone will kneel, the church will be darkened, and the Epiphany star will shine over the communion table.

Trust But Verify

Asylum Hill Congregational Church records the first Boar’s Head and Yule Log Festival as having taken place in 1967, but so far, this article is the earliest reference to the festival that I’ve found.


McLaughlin, Suzanne, “Hartford church ready for 50th ‘Boar’s Head’ Festival,” Manchester Journal Inquirer, January 5, 2017 (accessed online 8/31/2020).

Unattributed, “Boar's Head, Yule Log, Hymns to Accent Ancient Festival,” Hartford Courant, December 23, 1967, page 15.

Asylum Hill Congregational Church


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