Wendy Allen, "Lincoln 125" - of Gettysburg's Lincoln into Art Gallery

By Alice Estrada, Festival Executive Director

Abraham Lincoln once said: “I am a success today because I had a friend who believed in me.”   

I invite you to become a Friend of the Festival for the upcoming 2011 season, and support arts & culture in Gettysburg. 

Hopefully you have had the opportunity to experience the Festival personally by attending musical or theatrical performances, strolling through art galleries, or enjoying unique culinary experiences.  More than half of the Festival’s annual events are absolutely free and open to the public.  As planning is launched for the 2011 Festival, we are asking two favors of you: 

  • First, please save the dates and join us at the 4th Annual Gettysburg Festival, June 10-19, 2011. 
  • Second, please support arts and culture by joining the “Friends of the Festival” for the upcoming 2011 season. 

Children's events at Gettysburg Festival: designed to stimulate a life-long appreciation for the arts

Your Gettysburg Festival membership helps transform the Gettysburg community, building on the following success:

  • Nearly 200 FREE concerts, performances and art exhibits over the past three years.
  • More than 2,400 artists, musicians and performers…from James Earl Jones narrating A Lincoln Portrait to former White House Chef Walter Scheib creating culinary masterpieces in unique Adams County settings. 
  • Support of the Festival’s community compliment, the Fringe Festival, offering nearly 125 events over the past three years, more than half of which were FREE and provided a showcase for local artists/businesses.
  • Enriching, educational opportunities for all ages, from FREE Children’s Arts Fairs to conversations with top chefs, conductors and choreographers.
  • Economic benefits and improved quality of life to the greater Gettysburg community.

Capturing Gettysburg's Lincoln Square on canvas: the Festival's Artist Colony, June 2010

Click here for more information about the various levels and benefits of Festival Friendship.  Your tax-deductible donation directly benefits the non-profit Gettysburg Festival and ensures the future of accessible, quality arts programming.  Please know that ticket sales for Gettysburg Festival, as is the case with most festivals, cover only one-third of all operating expenses.  Therefore Friends of the Festival play a critical role in the Festival’s sustainability. 

One of the keys to a healthy community is its support of the arts.  According to a recent article in Parade magazine, “Happy people usually have access to art—painting, film, sculpture, theater, music.”  Gettysburg and central Pennsylvania have a wonderful resource for the arts in the Gettysburg Festival.   Join us as a Friend today and hope to see you in June.