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Organization’s Yearly Fundraising Event to Benefit Local Non-profits, Gettysburg Festival and Survivors, Inc. Submissions for Entries in All Categories Being Accepted Now

GETTYSBURG, PA (September 4, 2013) – Gettysburg Festival, Inc., is gearing up for its 4th Annual Gingerbread Celebration & Holiday Mart to be held Friday and Saturday, December 6 and 7 at GBlogoFullthe Gettysburg campus of Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC). Featuring an exhibit of gingerbread houses and gingerbread men made by area residents and businesses, the Gingerbread Celebration is a fundraiser for non-profit organizations, Gettysburg Festival and Survivors, Inc. Free and open to the public both days, this year’s event will feature new entry categories with prizes, “People’s Choice” voting, a live auction of gingerbread houses and a ticketed reception from 5-7 Friday evening. The Gingerbread Celebration will also play host to the popular Holiday Mart, featuring vendor booths from area artisans and crafters, where attendees can purchase unique, holiday-themed gifts. “The Gingerbread Celebration and Holiday Mart promises to be bigger and better than ever this year” said Gettysburg Festival Executive Director, Randy Prasse. “The Holidays are already an exciting time around the Borough— with the Holiday House Tour and Tasting, First Friday, and the Old Getty Place Christmas Parade and Tree lighting—we believe our event will enhance these other great traditions and contribute to the overall Holiday appeal for visitors and residents alike.”
The Gingerbread Celebration will be accepting entries in the following categories: Families/school-aged children, amateur/home bakers and professional chefs. Area businesses are also welcome to gather co-workers together to submit an entry to win the soon-to-be highly-coveted traveling “Ginger Trophy” in the Business Challenge category. According to Prasse, “One aspect of this event that I am most excited about— because it involves local businesses and further engages them with the community’s Holiday celebration— is the newly introduced Business Challenge. It encourages employees of area businesses to team up to share Holiday cheer with their co-workers and do something the entire community can share in.” If the thought of designing a gingerbread house is too daunting, there is also an option to design a Gingerbread Man/Woman. Entry form submissions are being accepted through November 22nd. An announcement of prizes for each category will be forthcoming. Winners will be determined by “People’s Choice” votes submitted throughout the event. While the Gingerbread Celebration is free, there will be a ticketed reception on Friday, December 6 from 5:00-7:00pm, featuring culinary samplings from top area chefs and a live auction of the Gingerbread Houses. Tickets are $20 for individuals or $35 per couple, with proceeds going to non-profit Gettysburg Festival and Survivors, Inc. “We partnered with Survivor’s Inc. this year because, while domestic violence is a terrible environment to live in any time, the Holidays are an especially difficult time for families faced with it,” Prasse said. “Our collaboration with Survivor’s Inc. allows us to both produce a fun, family event for those who attend and make a lasting impact in the community where it truly matters— at the individual family level.” For more information about the Gettysburg Festival, Inc.’s Gingerbread Celebration or to download entry submission and vendor applications, please visit http://www.GettysburgFestival.org.

Below are the entry and sponsorship PDFs:

Gingerbread Entry Sheet

Sponsor Opportunities

Vendor Application

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GETTYSBURG, PA (August 7, 2013) – On the heels of a successful 2013 event, the Gettysburg Festival – the parent organization of the yearly Gettysburg Fest – has set wheels in motion for an even better 2014. The 7th Annual Gettysburg Fest will be held June 11-15th and debut its newly condensed 5-day format, featuring multiple stages to showcase a wider variety of regional and local talent, while still offering national level talent. Festival organizers commit to remaining true to the theme of celebrating music, arts and culture. The Fest will also build on its tradition of involving the entire community through its Fringe events and popular visual arts and culinary features, such as the Plein Air paint outs, Quick Draw competition and the History Meets the Arts: Edible Arts Tour.

Additionally, the Fest has slated Father’s Day weekend in Gettysburg, PA as the place to be, inviting families to bring Dad for a truly memorable experience he will always cherish – having already secured dates for 2015 (June 18-21) and 2016 (June 16-19). A partnership announcement for the venue for the newly revamped Festival will be forthcoming.

“Like in business, when producing a festival or event, it is critical that you listen to what your customers tell you,” Gettysburg Fest executive director, Randy Prasse explains. “The feedback we received from our vendors, artists and attendees universally told us they are looking for an action-packed weekend event with a traditional festival atmosphere, programmed morning, afternoon and evening. The enhanced 2014 Gettysburg Fest will deliver exactly what the customers ordered!”

Prasse continues, “The Gettysburg Fest showcases the region’s existing and emerging contemporary arts culture, always against the historical background of our iconic town. It is not only a celebration of our history and the well of talent in this area, but with events like 2013’s sold-out Hunter Hayes show, with a capacity crowd of 4,000 – the largest concert Gettysburg has experienced – the Fest proved its ability to attract a new and unique crowd to the area; one that is young and adventurous but very interested in their roots and American history. These folks are active consumers with expendable income to spread throughout the Gettysburg region.”

Video highlights from the 2013 Festival and information updates about Gettysburg Fest 2014 can be found on the website at www.GettysburgFestival.org. The social media community can be found online at www.twitter.com/gettysburgfest and www.facebook.com/TheGettysburgFestival.

The Gettysburg Festival is proud to announce the winner of the “Then Sings My Soul: Songs & Spirituals from the American Experience”  giveaway.

  • wolfcandy888: “Can’t wait to get there !!! <3″

Congratulations! Look for an email from the Gettysburg Festival with details of how to claim your prize.

As the fifth annual Festival comes to a close this weekend, we thank all of our guests and visitors, performers and artists, donors and volunteers, board members and staff for their unflagging support. We couldn’t have such a wonderful Festival without you!

To celebrate the conclusion of the fifth annual festival, the Gettysburg Festival is giving away FIVE (5) buy-one-get-one tickets free to the “Then Sings My Soul: Songs & Spirituals from the American Experience” performance.

Sunday, June 17
2:00 – 4:00 pm
Majestic Theater

Cheryse McLeod Lewis, an award-winning mezzo-soprano, presents the rich musical history of America through the notes of deeply-moving spirituals rooted in the Civil War era, as well as inspirational Broadway favorites. By sharing entertaining, historical narration between songs, she transports audiences on a musical journey sure to satisfy the soul. A special highlight of the afternoon’s concert is the assembling of a community choir comprised of members representing Gettysburg area churches, accompanying McLeod Lewis for three numbers including the spiritual “Wade in the Water.”

The Details:

To enter to win a free ticket, write a comment here describing why you want to attend Then Sings My Soul before 9:00 am on Friday, June 15, 2012.

At that time, an online random number generator will be used to select five commenters as winners. Each winner will be entitled to a free ticket of the same value of a new ticket purchased to the concert. Tickets are available at all price levels.

Return tomorrow to learn if you’re a winner!

The Gettysburg Festival is proud to announce the winner of the Red Molly giveaway.

  • Molly Shane: “I’ve never heard Red Molly, but it sounds like my kind of music, and I gotta love the name!”

Congratulations! Look for an email from the Gettysburg Festival with details of how to claim your prize.

Come back tomorrow for another ticket giveaway!

In celebration of the kickoff of the fifth annual festival, the Gettysburg Festival is giving away FIVE (5) buy-one-get-one free tickets to the Red Molly concert.

Saturday, June 16
8:00 – 10:00 pm
Majestic Theater

This New York-based trio is quickly gaining an ever-growing and devoted fanbase of “redheads” for their authentic Americana, folk, bluegrass-influenced songs. Their performances feature gorgeous a cappella ballads, bluegrass-tinged folk and a touch of jazzy western swing, all done up in their trademark three-part harmonies, signature dobro licks and inventive arrangements.

The Details:

To enter to win a free ticket, write a comment here describing why you want to attend the Red Molly concert before 9:00 am on Wednesday, June 13, 2012. At that time, an online random number generator will be used to select five commenters as winners. Each winner will be entitled to a free ticket of the same value of a ticket purchased to the concert. Tickets are available at all price levels.

Return tomorrow to learn if you’re a winner!

The Gettysburg Festival is proud to announce the winner of the Broadway’s Next H!T Musical ticket giveaway:

  • Caryl Lewis Schmitz: “it looks like a BLAST!!!!”

Congratulations! Look for an email from the Gettysburg Festival with details of how to claim your prize.

Come back tomorrow for another ticket giveaway!

In celebration of the kickoff of the fifth annual festival, the Gettysburg Festival is giving away FIVE (5) buy-one-get-one-free tickets to Broadway’s Next H!T Musical.

Friday, June 15
8:00 – 10:00 pm
Majestic Theater

Every song is fresh. Every scene is new. Every night is different. It’s all improvised and it’s all funny. The New York Times calls Broadway’s Next H!T Musical “Hilarious!” Time Out NY says “At last! A Musical of, for, and by the people.” The hysterical Broadway’s Next H!T Musical is the only unscripted theatrical awards show. Master improvisers gather made up, hit song suggestions from the audience and create a spontaneous evening of music, humor, and laughter. The audience votes for their favorite song and watches as the cast turns it into a full blown improvised musical – complete with memorable characters, witty dialogue, and plot twists galore.

The Details:

To enter to win a free ticket, write a comment here describing why you want to attend the Broadway’s Next H!T Musical performance before 12:00 pm on Monday, June 11, 2012. At that time, an online random number generator will be used to select five commenters as winners. Each winner will be entitled to a free ticket of the same value of a ticket purchased to the performance. This offer applies to all ticket levels.

Return Tuesday to learn if you’re a winner!

Using Random.org, the Gettysburg Festival is proud to announce the winners of the Blues, Brews & BBQ Featuring Shemekia Copeland giveaway:

  • George Queen: “Sounds like fun…”
  • Lana Bittle: “Love the blues and would love to hear her she sounds awesome!”
  • Luann Battersby: “I’m looking forward to Shemekia Copeland and houseguests on Saturday. And to my son’s graduation from high school on Friday!”
  • Lois Bittle: “Can’t have a summer with out hearing some blues, brews and some barbeque! Would love to be there!”
  • Diane Dudley: “What an excellent combination of events–Shemekia will ROCK the Battlefield with her epic blues. Throw the brews and BBQ in and it’s a FESTIVAL in Gettysburg! Hope to be there!”

Congratulations! Look for an email from the Gettysburg Festival with details of how to claim your prize.

Come back tomorrow for another ticket giveaway!

The Gettysburg Festival is proud to announce the winners of its first-ever ticket giveaway:

  • Gina Xenos,  whose husband “loves blues music (plays the sax and guitar) and would feel lifted to hear some music.”
  • Diana Trout – “I really want to see the Robert Cray Band!!!”
  • Mike0917 – “We’re planning on being there! BOGO free would be awesome.”
  • Sarajayn – “Blues moves my spirit, Rock fills my heart with “de je vu”, Soul feeds my emotions, Jazz energizes my body and Gospel speaks to history. I want to experience this sensational Blend with my hot date at the Robert Cray Concert.”
  • Blues Lovers – “My eight-year old son has West African paternal roots, and he loves blues music. As a single parent, I would love to take him to see the Robert Cray Band to inspire him to learn more about the history of the blues and to encourage him to learn how to play guitar.”

Congratulations! Look for an email from the Gettysburg Festival with details on how to claim your prize.