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Beech Springs Farm is one of the most picturesque corners of Adams County – and on Friday, May 18, it will be transformed into Provence for an evening. In partnership with gracious hosts Jayne and Bill Shord, Walter Scheib, former White House Chef, designed and will host this glorious evening, featuring an exquisite French-inspired menu, live music and a one-of-a-kind auction. The Festival’s premier culinary partner, Chef Claude Rodier of the Wyndham Gettysburg, drew on his French training and heritage to create the evening’s exquisite menu, which will be served alfresco in the lush gardens of Beech Springs Farm. The menu includes such mouthwatering delicacies as:

  • Pissaladiere Nicoise
  • Heirloom Tomato Salad with Tuna in Olive Oil and Nicoise Olives
  • Steamed Mussels with Fennel and Saffron
  • Roasted Herb Crusted Rack of Lamb with Rosemary Jus
  • Whole Roasted Free Range Chicken with Rosemary and Citrus
  • Roasted Baby Potatoes with Garlic, Thyme and Rosemary
  • “Petit Farcis Nicois” Small Stuffed Vegetables

The desserts, of course, will be heavenly, including Chocolate “Pot De Crème”, Seasonal Fresh Fruit Tart, Authentic Napoleon, Lemon Tart from Menton, and the unusual Swiss Chard Tort with Raisins and Pine Nuts. Beer, wine, and signature cocktail are included in the ticket price of $125 per person and $200 per couple. An auction will enliven the evening, while raising funds to support the celebration of American arts and culture. Culinary items on the block will include White House Dinner for 10 with former White House Chef Walter Scheib; Eastern Shore Dinner for 6 with Gettysburg College President Janet Morgan and Ed Riggs; Wine Tasting for 8 at the home of Monica Oss and Jay Mackie; Italian Dinner for 6 with Edie Jardine and Dan Mangan; and a Cooking Class for 6 at The Stone Kitchen. With so many great artists associated with the Festival, there will be a feast of visual art available for bidding:

  • Art Lover’s Package, including Alum House, original art by Plein Air Artist Ann Crostic, two tickets to the Edible Art Tour and a copy of Pleasure Palaces, the Art and Homes of Hunt Slonem.
  • “Winter’s Warriors”, an original colored pencil drawing by Amy Lindenberger, rendered in a range of French Grays and depicting  a portion of the monument of the 13th Massachusetts Volunteers, and behind the monument, an old oak tree.
  • “Lincoln Riding the Circuit”, an original oil painting by Lincoln artist Wendy Allen. Lincoln spent most of his legal career in the saddle, riding the Eighth Judicial Circuit, covering thousands of prairie miles and watching thousands of sunsets over vast open landscapes.  Lincoln always said these were the happiest years of his life.
  • “Floral Study in Azure and Violet”, First Edition Photograph by Dan Mangan. This faux color, impressionist pastel of wild florals was filmed in late October stimulating the senses with its soft colorization. This signed, limited edited photograph is on canvas, framed, and measures 26̎ x 18̎ wide.
  • Handmade Braided Rug by Catharine Roth, a native of Orrtanna who learned the art of rug braiding from her mother and various mentors.  She is a musician, viticulturist and writer, and is presently a gardener at Beech Springs Farm, which was her family home for many years.  Catharine’s hand braided rugs are constructed from recycled materials, primarily woolens.  The dimensions for the rug donated by Catharine are 3′ x 4′ and the primary colors are maroon, black and gray.

Supporters will also be able to bid on a Philadelphia Getaway, a Weekend Package in New Oxford, and two V.I.P. tickets, including two orchestra seats and a meet and greet with Lily Tomlin on Sunday, May 12, 2013 at 3 p.m. at the Majestic Theater in Gettysburg. This event is sure to be an unforgettable evening – concluding with a spectacular sunset view. Tickets are still available, and all of funds raised support the wonderful Festival programming, more than half of which is free!

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If You Decide to Go…
Sunset Garden Party
Beech Springs Farm, Orrtanna
Friday, May 18, 2012
5:30 – 8:30 pm
$125 pp/$200 couple

RSVP by May 11. Dress is business/casual, but in true “garden party” style, ladies are welcome to wear hats.

For more information on Gettysburg Festival events including tickets:, 717-334-0853.