September 1, 2014

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Annual Boar’s Head Festival presents medieval Christmas

By JOHN BENSON

Special to The Gazette

YORK TOWNSHIP — For that person looking for something different or who hasn’t upgraded their wardrobe in centuries — and we’re talking since the 13th and 15th century — the Buckeye Community Theatre has the perfect night out planned with its annual Boar’s Head Festival Dec. 6 in the Buckeye Elementary School gymnasium/theatre complex.

“It’s something we started to get our theater going,” said Sue Becks, Buckeye Community Theater president and Boar’s Head Festival executive director. “And it’s become our signature production. We’ve just had such a great response and so much fun with it that we’ve made it an annual event.

“So this is our third year for doing the Boar’s Head Festival, and every year we change it and make it different. It’s not the same event. It’s not the same storyline.”

This year, the lord and lady of the event have planned what is being described as an enchanting dining experience full of traditional entertainment and feasting.

With clockwork precision, legions of wenches and serfs will deliver three courses to hungry guests.

Guests will be entertained by costumed performers with music, dance and unique feats of medieval weaponry.

The latter, in the form of sword fighters, is new to the 2008 Boar’s Head Festival.

Basically an extension of the popular renaissance fairs, the Boar’s Head Festival has added a seasonal element that Becks feels helps the event attract anywhere from 200 to 250 people a year.

“I think it’s popular because it is a holiday tradition,” Becks said. “We infuse the holidays in it. We sing Christmas carols, at least a third of the people come dressed in medieval or renaissance clothing. And it’s a way that people can transform themselves from the present to the past for a few hours, just have a really good time and live out their imagination. Quite often we’ll get groups that come so they can all just revel and party together.”

Catered by Coppertop at Cherokee Hills, the food is truly the main attraction.

On the menu this year is chicken sop soup; roasted beef tenderloin with a burgundy demiglaze sauce or a vegetarian dish of hearty vegetable log roll ups with white sauce; seasoned spaetzle noodles; glazed carrots; herb-crusted bread; and apple and raisin cobbler with sweet biscuit topping for dessert. Children guests will be served castle chicken (chicken legs), along with all the sides.

So who actually would enjoy a medieval-themed Boar’s Head Festival?

“That’s the crazy thing, it attracts everyone from seniors to children since it is a wide variety of entertainment and fun,” Becks said. “And again, people for two-and-a-half hours like to pretend they’re not in 2008.”

Tickets to the Boar’s Head Festival at 5 p.m. Dec. 6 in the Buckeye Elementary School gymnasium/theatre complex are $30 for adults and $15 for children 13 and younger. For more information, call 330-725-7530 or visit www.buckeyecommunitytheatre.com.

Benson may be reached at ididhear@aol.com.