Yuletide Feaste

Yuletide Feaste

Fayetteville180 Spotlights the 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 of Choral Activities, Dr. C.M. Shearer, 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 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 for the Christmas season.

Members of the Methodist University Chorale perform at the Yuletide FeasteThe Court

This season represents our eighth season presenting the Yuletide 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 Methodist University Brass Students
  • Early music provided by our partnership with the Early Musick Grouppe

The Feaste

  • Dates: Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, 2018
  • Show: 7:30 pm - seating begins at 7 pm
  • Place: Haymount United Methodist Church (Please note new location)


The ticket price is to be announced for the evening's festivities. In the event of a sellout, the checks of those for whom no seats are available will be promptly returned.

Payments will be able to be made in the form of Cash, Check, or Credit Card. Further inquiries can be made directly to Linda Lane, lvolman@methodist.edu, Dr. Michael Martin, mmartin@methodist.edu, or to Dwight House, 608 Merrick Court, Fayetteville, NC 28311. You may also call (910) 364-9710 or e-mail friendsofmusic.mu@gmail.com.


The Evening's Festivities


Early Musik Grouppe EnsembleEarly Musik Grouppe Ensemble

First Course: bread, butter, assorted cheeses and fresh fruit - served while guests arrive


The Opening

Dudley / Herald / Steward

Second Course: wassail, squash soup - served after guests arrive


The Greeting

Herald / Steward

The Procession of the Court

Song: "Masters In The Hall"

Song: “Make We Joy Now In This Fest”


The Procession of the Queen

Steward / Queen Elizabeth I


Members of the "Court" at the Yuletide Feaste

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"

Third Course: stuffed chicken breast with smoked gouda,** sundried tomatoes, spinach, wild rice pilaf, roasted root vegetables, green beans

** For vegetarians: grilled portobello mushrooms


The Dessert

Figgy PuddingSong: "We Wish You a Merry Christmas"

Fourth Course: Flaming figgy pudding with custard sauce

Beverages: water, iced tea, coffee


The Post-Feaste Toasts

Courtiers present toasts

The Entertainment

MU Chamber Singers

Early Musik Grouppe Ensemble


The Conclusion

Queen Elizabeth

Song: "My Friends We Must Now Leave Thee"

Song: The Queen invites guests to stand and sing the last two verses of "Silent Night."


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