Disclaimer: in posting this, I feel like Sarah Hey at StandFirm did when she posted this gem: “I’m sorry. I was unable to resist.”
So with that out of the way we come to this, from the Shiny Sheet:
The 33rd annual Boar’s Head will have two performances at 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. Sunday at The Episcopal Church of Bethesda by-the-Sea, 141 S. County Road. The public is invited and a donation of $15 will be collected at the door.
The centuries-old pageant symbolizes the triumph of good over evil.
I always think of the homonym for the “Boar’s Head,” and that just leapt at me when I read this:
The late Rev. Hunsdon Cary, rector of Bethesda from 1968-81, introduced the festival to the church in 1978. The pageant has run every year since, except in 2000, when the church was having a new organ installed.
Dr. Cary was rector most of the time I was at Bethesda. Long before he started this festive occasion, the “Bore’s Head” was celebrated most Sundays.
And, sad to say, Bethesda wasn’t the last church where I celebrated the Bore’s Head on a regular basis…
P.S. The Church Mouse resale shop, today an institution in Palm Beach, was also started during Dr. Cary’s time at Bethesda, although his initial support was, to say the least, less than enthusiastic.