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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.

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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

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.

By Elizabeth Palmer, Gettysburg Festival PR/Marketing Intern

This year’s culinary event Chocolate Sinema brings something new to the Festival. For the first time in the Festival’s four-year history, a culinary event has been designed in conjunction with a classic film. Festival-goers will be able to savor the heartwarming story of Vianne Rocher in Chocolat while being tempted by the promise of a chocolate reception upon the film’s conclusion. Chocolate Sinema is the first culinary event to feature a menu designed entirely around my favorite part of a meal—dessert!

From Halloween to Valentine’s Day, ice cream to cookies, mousse to candy bars, I am crazy about chocolate. While I have always been a chocolate lover, I have never realized its health benefits. Since chocolate is made from plants, it contains many of the same nutrients as dark-colored vegetables, including flavonoids. These are compounds that can lower blood pressure and balance certain hormones in the body. Flavonoids may also act preventatively against cancer: they can help reduce cell damage that could potentially lead to tumor growth. Additionally, flavonoids act as antioxidants, which prevent heart disease and the effects of aging. Antioxidants are especially prevalent in dark chocolate, which contains almost eight times the antioxidants of strawberries!

Dark chocolate also contains many other health benefits. Studies have shown that enjoying one small dark chocolate bar a day can lower cholesterol by 10%. Not only does dark chocolate carry with it physical health benefits, but also emotional benefits. Consuming dark chocolate stimulates the body’s production of endorphins, which release feelings of pleasure and well-being. Dark chocolate is also full of serotonin, which acts as an anti-depressant. Eating chocolate will certainly elevate your mood and keep you happy!

Chocolate cheesecake

For those of you concerned about the fat content of chocolate, place your worries aside. Dark chocolate is composed of three types of fats: oleic acid, stearic acid and palmitic acid. While this seems like a lot, studies have shown that only one of these fats, palmitic acid, has negative effects on the body.  Stearic acid is a saturated fat with a neutral effect on cholesterol and oleic acid is an example of a healthy monosaturated fat. If fat content is still a concern, avoid chocolate containing nougat or caramel in favor of more natural ingredients such as orange peel or nuts. This will help cut back on excess sugar and fat.

Chocolate mousse

While chocolate has been given a bad reputation, many studies have determined its wide range of health benefits. My personal favorite is a study proving that chocolate may have a positive effect on math skills. In 2009, a study at Northumbria University in England concluded that people count backwards better after drinking hot chocolate containing 500mg of flavanols. This is because chocolate improves blood flow to the brain. Who knew chocolate could improve your mathematical abilities? It seems like there is a health benefit in dark chocolate for everyone—in case anyone needed an excuse to indulge in this decadent treat.

Chocolate Sinema will be a great opportunity to put these benefits into use. The reception has been designed to feature a bounty of chocolate-themed delicacies, including artisan chocolates, pastries, fondue, petit fours and even martinis and coffees infused with chocolate. Chocolate Sinema will leave you feeling satisfied—by the richness of Chocolat and by the chocolate confections themselves.

By Miriam Grinberg, Gettysburg Festival Visual Arts Intern

Beech Springs Farm in Orrtanna, PA

On Sunday, June 12, the Gettysburg Festival invites culinary enthusiasts and quilters alike to attend “An Old-Fashioned Sunday Supper” at the beautiful (and local!) Beech Springs Farm in Orrtanna, PA. Designed as a nostalgic, farm-fresh dinner harking back to simpler times, this “Sunday Supper” features stunning summer views of Beech Springs as guests are seated at one long table overlooking the landscape. Accompanying the supper are a group of plein air (open air) painters creating works of art on the spot, along with traditional bluegrass music provided by the Friends Creek Pickers of Maryland.

An array of quilts designed by the "Peep Show"

Another unique aspect enhancing the traditional flavor of this event is an heirloom quilt display in Beech Spring’s 1860s-era barn. The quilts featured in this exhibit were all handmade by a group curiously called the “Peep Show” – or, as they describe themselves, “5 quilters, 5 friends, 5 peeps.”


Together, the five women of the “Peep Show” are Barbara Dombrowsky, Jill Coleman, Patsy Hartnett, Annette Ehly, and Judy Sorensen. These friends have quilted together weekly for almost 20 years and together have a combined 150 plus years of quilting experience. 

The Peeps’ talents range from traditional to innovative quiltwork, featuring everything from functional bed coverings to spectacular wall art and everything in between.  Their techniques include, but are not limited to, hand and machine quilting, piecing, and applique with both cotton and wool.  Each quilter designs and produces her own quilts,  but the constant interaction and support from the group adds both helpful inputs and challenges.


The Peeps combined their efforts for the Adams County Breast Cancer quilt of 2009.  Their work has been displayed at numerous quilt shows in Pennsylvania and at a special showing in 2010 at Harrisburg Area Community College.

An advanced "double wedding ring" quilt pattern

For more information on An Old-Fashioned Sunday Supper, please visit the Gettysburg Festival’s official website or call us at (717) 334-0853 for details. Tickets are in limited supply for this unique culinary (and quilting!) event, so order yours today!

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!