On Jan. 9, members of Wittenberg’s faculty and staff donned vintage clothing, partook of a merry feast and performed before a crowd of 200 during Covenant Presbyterian Church’s annual event, “A Boar’s Head Madrigal Feaste.”
“It’s been very successful,” said Jane Otten, music director and producer, and wife of Terry Otten, professor of English. “We’re usually sold out.”
First started at Covenant Presbyterian in 1991, the Boar’s Head Madrigal Feaste celebrates the Epiphany. As part of the feaste, the church transforms into an English Manor house where the Lord and Lady of the Manor wait to greet their guests.
Once inside the sound of lutes, recorders and krumhorns transports guests to the 15th and 16tth centuries. Renaissance and medieval singing, juggling, tumbling and dancing also entertain guests as they enjoy delicacies from the Manor House menu.
The event serves “as an alternative to the commercialized productions that we see at Christmas time,” Otten said.