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Yuletide Feaste


The history of our Feaste celebration began in 2011 when Dr. Michael Martin wanted to re-create the Feaste celebrations he celebrated at Kent State University. Working with permissions secured by Kent's former director, the event was able to take place in December, 2011. Costumes were created and coordinated with the help of Ruth Minor and the Gilbert Theater. With a blast of the herald trumpet, Methodist University began their own Feaste celebration!! It continues, as a joint venture of Friends of Music at Methodist and the Methodist University Music Department. Taking its participants and audience back to the time of Queen Elizabeth I, the Feaste is a Renaissance-style dinner engagement featuring an elegant four-course meal, a festive banquet hall setting, a large cast of costumed characters straight out of Tudor England, and MU students singing carols appropriate for the Christmas season.

The Court

This season represents our third season presenting Feaste with each year becoming more special and diverse. This year will feature:

  • Queen Elizabeth's court (The Methodist University Chorale)
  • The Methodist University Chamber Singers
  • Trumpet Fanfares by Jamario Covington
  • Early music provided by our partnership with the Musik Grouppe from UNCP
  • Feats of magic and juggling by "Just Joey"

The Feaste

Of course, our meal is coordinated through our own Methodist University Catering services provided by Aramark.

  • Dates: December 5 and 6, 2014
  • Show: 7:30 pm - doors open at 7 pm
  • Place: Hay Street United Methodist Church
  • Price: $35 per person


Persons wishing to attend should call Linda Volman at 630-7100, Rhonda Harris at 630-7023, or send a check to Brian Harris at PO Box 64515, Fayetteville, NC 28306, payable to Friends of Music at Methodist University, writing December 5  or December 6 on the memo/for line to indicate the preferred evening.  In the event of a sellout, the checks of those for whom no seats are available will be promptly returned

The Evening Festivities

UNC-P Musik Grouppe Ensemble

The Opening
Dudley / Herald / Steward

The Greeting
Herald / Steward
The Procession of the Court
Song: "Masters In The Hall"
The Procession of the Queen
Steward / Queen Elizabeth I

The Wassail
Song: "The Wassail Song"
Toast to the Queen

The Feaste
Song: "Lord, for Thy Tender Mercy's Sake"
Wassail Bowl Processional
Song: "The Boar's Head Carol"

  • First Course: Wassail, bread, butter
  • Second Course: Mushroom soup with assorted cheeses and fresh fruit
  • Third Course: Boneless chicken breast stuffed with gouda cheese, spinach, and sun-dried tomatoes;  side dishes will include rice pilaf, roasted root vegetables, and French-style green beans (Vegetarian plate available)

The Dessert
Song: "We Wish You a Merry Christmas"

  • Fourth Course: A flaming figgy pudding with custard sauce

The Post-Feaste Toasts
Courtiers present toasts

The Entertainment
MU Chamber Singers
Just Joey - Juggler and Magician

The Conclusion
Queen Elizabeth
"My Friends We Must Now Leave Thee"
The Queen invites guests to stand and sing the last two verses of "Silent Night."