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!

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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!

In celebration of its fifth annual festival, the Gettysburg Festival is giving away FIVE (5) buy-one-get-one free tickets to the Blues, Brews & BBQ Featuring Shemekia Copeland.

Saturday, June 9

6:00 – 10:00 pm

Gettysburg Festival Main Stage

One of the Festival’s most sought-after tickets, this event combines the hottest cuisine along with sizzling blues singer Shemekia Copeland. Plus, enjoy a cooking show by the fiery “Biker Billy” and rub elbows with former White House Chef Walter Scheib who designed the entire event. A gleaming 2012 Harley-Davidson Dyna Street Bob FXDB, donated by Battlefield Harley-Davidson and valued at $12,999, will be raffled to one lucky winner.

The Details:

To enter to win a free ticket, write a comment here – before 9:00 am on Thursday, June 7, 2012 – describing why you want to attend the Blues, Brews & BBQ event. 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. This offer applies to General Admission only.

Return tomorrow to learn if you’re a winner!

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.

In celebration of the kickoff of the fifth annual festival, the Gettysburg Festival has developed a first-of-its-kind promotion. The Festival is giving away FIVE (5) buy-one-get-one tickets free to the Robert Cray Band concert.

Friday, June 8
6:00 – 10:00 pm
Gettysburg Festival Main Stage

A five-time Grammy Award winner, Robert Cray is credited with carrying America’s blues tradition into the 21st century. Inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2011, Cray has based a successful career spanning 35 years upon his soulful voice, creative guitar work and songs bridging the gaps between blues, rock, soul, gospel and jazz.

The Details:

To enter to win a free ticket, write a comment here describing why you want to attend the Robert Cray Band concert before 9:00 am on Tuesday, June 5, 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. This offer applies to tiers 2, 3 or 4 only.

Return tomorrow to learn if you’re a winner!

Jayne and Bill Shord opened their beautiful gardens at Beech Springs Farm to Friends of the Festival for the Sunset Garden Party on Friday, May 18th. Former White House Chef Walter Scheib and Wyndham Gettysburg Chef Claude Rodier prepared an exquisite menu, served al fresco in the evening light of the setting sun.
The Roasted Herb Crusted Rack of Lamb with Rosemary Jus and Quiche with Sundried Tomato and Goat Cheese were favorites with the guests. A full array of Appalachian Brewing Company beers and Yellowtail wines stocked the bar.

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The live auction was a great success, thanks to the Festival’s loyal supporters. Even if you didn’t attend the event, you still have a chance to contribute. Four major pieces of art – by Wendy Allen, Dan Mangan, Amy Lindenberger and Mel Shull – are available for auction. Supporters can bid by email (info@gettysburgfestival.org) or phone (717-334-0853) until June 17th.

Expect more “Redheads” to be walking the streets of Gettysburg after the Red Molly performance on Saturday, June 16, as that is what fans of the trio are called. This popular group performs gorgeous a cappella ballads, bluegrass-tinged folk and a touch of jazzy western swing all done up in three-part harmonies.

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A show of this authentic Americana, folk, bluegrass-influenced music always feels like a gathering of old friends sharing favorite songs and good times.  Between knocking out audiences from coast to coast, the trio found time to record three albums including 2008’s Love and Other Tragedies, which spent ten weeks in the Top 15 on the Americana Chart, and 2010’s James which logged four months in the Top 40 on the Americana Chart, peaking at #4, and landing at #23 in the year’sTop 100.

Opening for Red Molly will be Voxology, from our very own central PA region. A shining example of the contemporary folk tradition, the band has performed at festivals in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, Arkansas, Virginia, West Virginia, Florida and Utah, where they performed during the 2002 Winter Olympics.

The show starts at 8pm, and tickets are $20/$26/$32. Reserve yours now at GettysburgFestival.org.

Hosted by the Eisenhower Institute, special guest Susan Eisenhower will share her memories of the White House during her grandfather’s administration at the White House Dinner on Saturday, June 16th. Guests will enjoy an extraordinary dinner and fine wines – made up of favorite recipes from Scheib and Eisenhower’s years in the White House.

Susan Eisenhower is the Eisenhower Institute’s Chairman of Leadership and Public Policy Programs. She was a founding director and the first president of the Eisenhower Institute, where she became known for her work in the former Soviet Union and in the energy field. Eisenhoweralso serves as President of the Eisenhower Group, Inc., which provides strategic counsel on political and business projects.

Eisenhower has served on several blue ribbon commissions, most recently the Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future, in addition to the Baker-Cutler Commission on US funded nuclear nonproliferation programs in Russia. In 2011, Eisenhower was appointed to the Dept. of Energy’s Nuclear Energy Advisory Committee. Previously, she worked on the NASA Advisory Council and the National Academy of Sciences’ standing Committee on International Security and Arms Control. Eisenhower has been a Fellow at Harvard’s JFK School of Government’s Institute of Politics and a Distinguished Fellow atthe Nixon Center. She currently sits on the boards of the Nuclear Threat Initiative, the Energy Future Coalition, and the MIT Energy Initiative, and is an advisor to the US Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for 21st Century Energy.

At Gettysburg College, Eisenhower offers he rundergraduate program, Strategy & Leadership in Transformational Times, which highlights the vital intersection between strategy and leadership while emphasizing the truly transformational times we are living in today.

Reserve your tickets at GettysburgFestival.org.

On Friday, June 15th, Broadway’s Next H!T Musical will create a full-fledged Broadway style musical, completely off the cuff using suggestions from the audience. This group of master improvisers will gather made up, hit song suggestions to 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.

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The opening act is the Rodney Mack Philadelphia Big Brass, playing your Broadway favorites to set the scene. The Rodney Mack Philadelphia Big Brass is composed of some of America’s top brass musicians and has appeared on the world’s most prominent stages with such groups as the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Canadian Brass, Boston Brass and many others. The evening’s performance is a prelude to their full performance the following day as part of the free All-American Brass Picnic at Festival Main Stage.

Following the show, guests can cap off the night with the decadent Chocolate on Broadway reception, featuring artisan chocolates to pastries, petit fours to fondue, and even coffees and martinis infused with chocolate. It’s the “icing on top of the cake,” putting a delicious finishing touch on the evening’s entertainment.

Tickets for this evening, sponsored by OPEN MINDS, are $28/$35/$44 for Broadway’s Next H!T Musical and $25 for Chocolate on Broadway. Learn more about this events – and reserve your tickets – at GettysburgFestival.org.