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Written By: Michael Laughlin,  Gettysburg Festival Intern, Gettysburg College Class of 2010

I’m not sure that I have ever attended a festival of any type, let alone a fine arts festival. At least I can’t remember ever being at one. I say let alone a fine arts festival not because there is something wrong with the fine arts but because they were never really on my radar screen. Growing up I was always more interested in John Madden than Jean Valjean, Bruce Springsteen than Miles Davis and New York pizza than flambé. I was a product of the times perhaps.

So how does a Gettysburg College frat guy with no festival experience end up working for the fine arts Gettysburg Festival? Taking things a step further how could I possibly make a positive contribution? I guess the answer has more to do with serendipity, frat guys know big words too, than anything else. Checking emails one day I came across one about a marketing/pr internship with the Festival. Considering my mom had recently laid the guilt trip that I do nothing but hang out, waste my free time, and destroy my mind with video games/action movies, I decided to check it out. At least if I was involved with the Festival I could watch Die Hard in peace right? So after a phone call and a visit I began working at the Festival as an intern.

First day impressions –> I’m the only guy in the office but everyone is really nice and the work seems ok, I can handle this. Since the first day my impressions and experiences have changed dramatically. Now everyone yells at me and the chain they put on my ankle is really tight. Ok a poor attempt at humor but in all seriousness my experience has changed. I have had the opportunity to see the arts from a new perspective. I’ve been able to hear some jazz and see Lincoln artwork. Besides the exposure to new art I’ve been able to take a fresh look at what I’m already familiar with. For example instead of just focusing on Bruce I’ve started listening to Clarence Clemons. Clemons is the sax player in Bruce’s E-Street Band but has a solo rock/jazz/funk style of his own. Perhaps Miles Davis is the next step.

I’d like to think my internship has been mutually beneficial. In addition to other responsibilities I’ve played a large role in trying to bring a younger demographic to the Festival. I’ve had the opportunity to sit in on meetings and give input of my own. Input on what someone my age is probably interested in, how much they will spend on a specific event and what’s going to make them stop playing video games and come to the Festival. I’ve been focusing on event ideas that could bridge the gap between younger and older generations with something that appeals to both. Not an easy task. I think my input has been valuable for the staff in understanding what will and won’t bring the younger audience in. I’d like to expose some of the older attendees to some aspect of my generation and my experiences. The same way that my horizons have been broadened through the fine arts I feel others could have their horizons broadened by younger art. Even if they don’t consider it “art” right now. In the same process the younger attendees would be exposed, as I have been, to jazz, brass, theatre, culinary, and visual arts.

I think that is what the Gettysburg Festival is best at: exposing people to something new, blending old and new experiences for people of all demographics, and leaving them with a changed perspective. I’m happy that I’ve had the opportunity to both experience this firsthand and make a positive contribution in bringing it to others.

alice-estradaBy Alice Estrada, Gettysburg Festival Executive Vice-President

April 7, 2009


If you like exceptional cuisine in surroundings beyond description, then look no further to this one of a kind, extraordinary fundraiser brought to you by the Gettysburg Festival.  “An American Culinary Adventure” on May 30, 3009 will  be prepared by the master of all chefs, Walter Scheib (White House Executive Chef 1994-2005).  This exclusive event will feature multiple dining stations showcasing the best Pennsylvania has to offer, incorporated into delicious White House recipes.  As you wander around the magnificent estate of Utz potato chip magnets Jane and Mike Rice, not only will you enjoy fabulous food, but beautiful art and gardens, as well as enchanting entertainment.


This will truly be an amazing evening.  You will enjoy every moment, and we intentionally designed it so that you will be able to fully appreciate this one-of-a-kind home and socialize all evening with a variety of guests as you definitely will plunge into sensory overload.


Call our offices for ticketing information, 717-334-0853.  Hope to see you on May 30th for an adventure like no other!


By Buzz Jones, Gettysburg Festival Artistic Director for Jazz

March 26, 2009


 Are you a jazz fan? If so, Gettysburg is THE place to be in late June. Our artist lineup is almost complete for the 2009 festival.  


Of special note is the concert by legendary Ahmad Jamal and his quartet on June 27 at the Majestic Theater.  I thought it was particularly appropriate to invite Mr. Jamal to perform here since he is a Pennsylvania native.  Born in Pittsburgh in 1930, he is recognized as one of the most creative and influential pianists of the past two generations.  Miles Davis, Jack DeJohnette, and Keith Jarrett all cite Ahmad as a major influence on their playing.  Clint Eastwood used two selections from the seminal 1958 album But Not For Me in his film The Bridges of Madison County.  My favorite recording of Ahmad is on bassist Ray Brown’s 1995 CD Some of My Best Friends Are … Piano Players. Listen to what he does with W.C. Handy’s Saint Louis Blues… unbelievable!


Don’t miss the chance to hear one of the most revered improvisors in jazz history. More later on some of other featured artists and the Mason-Dixon Jazz Camp. 


By Chad-Alan Carr

February 12, 2009




I am honored to return to this year’s festival as the Artistic Director for Children’s Theatre and I look forward to seeing even more families out at the Festival Main Stage for our children’s programming/performances and all of our events this year for The Gettysburg Festival!


This year is certainly an exciting year for me as I am seeing my life dream coming true of opening my own children’s musical theatre company. The Adams County School of Musical Theatre is right here in Gettysburg with musical theatre classes and productions for ages 6 to 20 year round. I am thrilled at this new adventure in my career and look forward to our wonderful Premiere “Once Upon A Dream” 2009 Season which will include all-youth musical theatre productions of Disney’s High School Musical 2, Disney’s Sleeping Beauty, Pippin, School House Rock Live Jr., Santa’s Winter Wonderland and Seussical Jr.


I am also ecstatic about my new company having their premiere performances of Disney’s High School Musical 2 and Disney’s Sleeping Beauty this June at The Gettysburg Festival 2009! There is so much excitement going on but I am looking for one very important element for these productions for the festival…KIDS!!!


It’s not too late to sign up for the current show season!  Anyone ages 6 to 20 who likes to sing, dance, and act on a stage should stop by and visit us and consider joining in the fun. We accept everyone and every student is cast into our productions.

For more information check out my new website at


I look forward to seeing you—whether it’s in the show or in the audience—so we can help make this year’s Gettysburg Festival even bigger than the last, after all “We’re All In This Together!”


phyllis-netherland2January 21, 2009

By:  Phyllis Netherland, Coordinator of The Gettyburg Fringe Festival,

Held in conjunction with The Gettysburg Festival


Save the dates:  June 18-28, 2009 for both The Gettysburg Festival and The Gettysburg Fringe Festival.


I love being involved in the Fringe Festival because the event is designed to bring the community together through arts and culture.


The Gettysburg Fringe Festival provides opportunities for anyone, living in or outside the greater Gettysburg area, to produce artistic, cultural or historical events. These events could showcase art, theater, music, dance, children’s programming and anything else you could dream up and accomplish!


With so many genres scheduled during the main Gettysburg Festival and the Fringe Festival, there are selections for everyone and the variety makes the ten days of the festival exciting for all.


I think that sometimes the word “culture” scares people, but culture truly enriches all of our lives.  I love the aura and benefits that surround a community brought alive by arts and culture.  Whether people realize it or not, we are all touched by culture in our daily lives.


Anyone interested in participating in the Fringe Festival should please contact me at  Note: please have a venue for your event.  Also please note the Fringe application and other materials are posted on the website:


During the first Fringe Festival last June, the spectrum of events ranged from art exhibits at galleries, to events by non-profits such as Historic Gettysburg Adams County, to music on the square, to an open house showcasing the historical preservation of documents, to Battlefield Harley-Davidson bringing in the Batmobile and a stunt cyclist.  This year we look to expand the boundaries of the Fringe Festival to include many more participants in the community. 

I am already hearing from potential participants with very exciting ideas for the 2009 Fringe.  Ideas floating around include a historical home tour, a living history event with “Mamie Eisenhower,” and many more fun and artistic events.

My primary goal and expectation for the Fringe Festival is to enliven the community through the arts.  Please come, participate, and join us for the joy of the arts!



The Gettysburg Fringe Festival Committee, a dynamic group of community volunteers, is gearing up for a fantastic 2009 Fringe Festival!

The Gettysburg Fringe Festival Committee, a dynamic group of community volunteers, is gearing up for a fantastic 2009 Fringe Festival!