This holiday season, Methodist University invites you to go back in time for a Renaissance celebration filled with festive food and merry music.
The University’s Fine & Performing Arts Division and Friends of Music will host its 10th annual Yuletide Feaste on Friday, Dec. 2, and Saturday, Dec. 3 at the Haymount United Methodist Church New Life Center. While seating begins at 7 p.m. each night, the Yuletide Feaste officially begins at 7:30 p.m.
Taking its audience back to the time of Queen Elizabeth I, the Renaissance-style dinner will feature an elegant three-course meal, festive banquet hall setting, a large cast of costumed characters straight out of Tudor, England, and current Methodist University students singing carols appropriate for the Christmas season.
“Every year, we try to build on the success of the last Yuletide Feaste,” said Dr. Michael Martin, professor of music and director of choral activities and music education at MU. “Since it’s our 10th event, I expect some of our alumni will come back and perform.”
The 10th season of the Yuletide Feaste will also spotlight MU’s Chorale as Queen Elizabeth’s court, MU Chamber Singers, trumpet fanfares, and the Greensleeves Consort.
Guests will be treated to preset centerpieces of charcuterie boards with small salad plates followed by an entrée of grilled chicken over wilted spinach with smoked gouda and sun-dried tomatoes cream sauce (vegetarian option available upon request). The evening’s meal will wrap up with a wassail and figgy pudding with custard sauce.
“All the proceeds go to the Friends of Music to benefit the University’s Music Department,” Martin added. “On behalf of Friends of Music and the MU Music Department, I would like to thank our friends at Haymount UMC for the use of their beautiful facilities.”
The Yuletide Feaste is open to the public and costs $35 per person. Tickets must be purchased in advance on the University’s website. Although the events are a few weeks away, reservations must be made by Nov. 22.