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Event will feature a great variety of brews and hard ciders, plus a truly unique Gettysburg experience not to be missed!

GETTYSBURG, PA (November 6, 2013) – the Gettysburg Festival, Inc., is making plans for its inaugural Gettysburg Brew Fest, Saturday, August 23rd on the historic grounds of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg. Featuring an impressive array of local, regional, Pennsylvania and national brewers, the Gettysburg Brew Fest is a fundraiser for non-profit Gettysburg Festival, Inc.

The new event was approved unanimously by the Gettysburg Festival Inc. monthly board meeting on Monday, November 4th.

“This event is already proving to be one of the most highly anticipated events in the Gettysburg area” said Gettysburg Festival, Inc. Executive Director, Randy Prasse. “Just while soliciting feedback from locals businesses and residents over the past six months, it is clear to me that there is a high level of interest and strong demand from beer-enthusiasts throughout the region for an upscale brew festival in Gettysburg. 

Prasse added, “It further enhances and drives the magical “Gettysburg brand” to visiting consumers who may not otherwise visit the area as a result of interest in our history alone-particularly crucial as the entire region transitions to a post-150thcommemoration period in our existence.”

With spectacular views of the Gettysburg Battlefield and South Mountains, set against the backdrop of the newly opened Seminary Ridge Museum- arguably one of most historic and recognizable structures in Gettysburg- the event will deliver a distinctive sampling experience.

Initially offering one afternoon session-from 4:30pm to 8:00pm-the Gettysburg Brew Fest will not only offer an impressive array of brews and hard ciders from the immediate region and throughout Pennsylvania- but from around the U.S. as well.

According to Prasse, “We are launching this event as a one-day, single-session experience-but depending on market interest and demand, we will certainly consider expanding it”. Prasse, with 25 years of festival management successes of his own, is partnering with BrewFest Partners, based in Racine, Wisconsin. BrewFest Partners brings over 25 years of festival management experience, including over 10 developing and managing brew festivals in Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana.

$45 advanced and $55 private-session VIP tickets will go on-sale in April through the Gettysburg Festival, Inc. website and will be limited to 1,000 attendees to ensure a great experience will be had by all who attend.

For more information about the Gettysburg Festival, Inc.’s Gettysburg Brew Fest, please visit www.GettysburgFestival.org

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Pre-Festival Events Begin Friday and the Festival Will Be In Full Swing Saturday, With Over 75 Events
During the 10-Day Celebration

GETTYSBURG, PA (June 6, 2013) – The cross roads of history and culture come together this weekend for the 6th Annual Gettysburg Festival, held June 7-16th throughout downtown Gettysburg.   Offering more than 75 events – all celebrating American arts, culture and cuisine – the majority are free and open to the public and showcase talents on a local and national level. The full listing of events, as well as descriptions and links to purchase tickets can be found online at www.GettysburgFestival.org.

“No matter where you are in the world, when you say ‘Gettysburg’ people connect with the word and to the greatest battle in the Civil War,” explains Festival Executive Director, Randy Prasse. “We are a town proud of our rich history. We are also a town with a great well of talent. The Gettysburg Festival strives to celebrate both,  by  providing  access to  the  arts  and  presenting  family-appropriate and affordable entertainment and activities for every taste and budget.”

Gettysburg Festival’s Top 10 events for 2013 include:
1. The  Gettysburg Brass Band Festival combines the excellence of brass concerts with a picturesque location. The event takes place at the beautiful campus of the Gettysburg Lutheran Theological Seminary.

Musical performances spotlight some of the best brass groups from the mid-Atlantic region, including Rockfield Brass, Benfield Brass, Spires Brass, Federal City Brass, Chesapeake Brass, 11 Infantry Fife & Drum, Maryland Defense Force Band and closing out with a Taps tribute performed by renown bugler, Jari Villanueva.  Event Details: Saturday, June 8 the Lutheran Theological Seminary. Free, but ticket required. Bring your own chair.

2. Blues music and BBQ… an all-American combo! One of the Festival’s most popular events, Blues, Beer & BBQ will feature the U.S. Army Field Band Volunteers, legendary bluesman Big Jack Johnson’s backing band, the Cornlickers and PA’s First Lady of Blues, Octavia.  Event Details:  Saturday,  June  8 at 9:00pm @ Gettysburg College, Memorial Field. Tickets are $40 including the BBQ (4-7pm) and $10 for concert ticket only.

3. Striving to be an event for the entire family, Gettysburg Festival plays host to a great children’s program.  This year’s  Children’s  Art Fair  will  pay  tribute  to  the  agricultural  heritage  of  Adams  County  with  a program designed as a world market of creative ideas, with a focus on healthy living. Children will do various fun activities and leave with several unique take-home pieces of their very own, from lettuce plugs to plant to one of a kind craft items they’ve made themselves.  The afternoon will be rounded out by performances from the Gettysburg Community Theater and storyteller, Ann Griffith.

Event Details:
Sunday, June 9th
12:00-5:00pm @ Gettysburg College Penn Hall lawn.  Free and open to the public.

4. Hailing from Columbus, Ohio, Phil Dirt Presents: Surfs Up! A Tribute to the Beach Boys has been together for 20 years and gained a reputation as the nation’s hottest beach party band. Performing hits from The Beach Boys, Jan and Dean, The Hondells, Ronny and The Daytonas, and others will have the crowd on its feet, dancing and singing along.  Bring the whole family and join the beach party on Memorial Field!  Come decked out in your finest beach party attire. The best dressed beach bum will win a Pendleton board shirt in Beach Boys plaid, donated by Pendleton Woolen Mills at the Gettysburg Outlets!

Event Details:
Sunday, June 9 for provided seats or $10 if you bring your own chair.
7:30pm @ Gettysburg College Memorial Field. Tickets are $15

5. The  Aureole Trio  is  sure  to  be  a treat for the Gettysburg Festival audience!  This unique blend of instruments – consolidating the entire orchestral palette into its three essential components – performs with an infinite array of colors and sounds. The variety and scope of Aureole’s repertoire appeals to audiences of all ages and backgrounds. The trio has performed for the Saint Louis and Chicago Chamber Music Societies, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the National Gallery in Washington, DC, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, as well as on A&E Television Network’s “Holiday in New York”, on the Bravo Television Network, and has been interviewed and featured frequently on NPR’s “Performance Today.”

Event Details:
Tuesday,  June  11
Conservatory. Tickets are $20.

6. Attendees will depart History Meets the Arts: Edible Art Tour satiated and inspired after visiting five galleries throughout Gettysburg’s historic district, meeting world class artists and local top-tier chefs and enjoying both artistic and culinary masterpieces. Guests will have the first chance to view the 2013 History Meets the Arts galleries, meet the artists and enjoy culinary masterpieces at every stop. Gallery locations are: Adams County Arts Council, Gettysburg  Frame  Shop,  King  James  Gallery,  Lord  Nelson’s Gallery and Lord Nelson’s Satellite Gallery at the Gettysburg Fire Hall.  Participating restaurants include: Blue Parrot Bistro, Garryowen Irish Pub, Gettysburg Hotel, Inn at Herr Ridge, Wyndam Gettysburg and Fairfield Inn 1757.

Event Details:
Thursday, June 13
Tickets are $35.

7. Atlantic Records recording artist, Hunter Hayes, has made quite an impact on the music scene since releasing his debut album in October of 2011.  He was named the Country Music Association’s best New Artist of 2012, received multiple Academy of Country Music award nominations, won a Teen Choice award for Male Country Artist, has appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman, Good Morning America, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and The Ellen DeGeneres Show and toured as the opening act for Taylor Swift, Rascal Flats and Carrie Underwood.  And, now, Hayes is bringing his lifetime of music experience and prowess to the Gettysburg Festival audience… An event that is sure to please young and
old alike!

Event details:
Friday,  June  14
Gettysburg College Memorial Field. Tickets are $25.

8. Widely regarded as America’s most popular and respected author  of military fiction, master storyteller Jeff Shaara captivates audiences by bringing America’s vivid past to life in stories that span from the American Revolution to World War II.  Son of Pulitzer prize-winning author, Michael Shaara (The Killer Angels), Jeff wrote a prequel (Gods and Generals, 1996) and a sequel (The Last Full Measure, 1998) to his father’s classic work, followed by the creation of ten additional historical novels, every one a New York Times Bestseller.  Shaara is a renown speaker and will be bringing his lecture, “History through Storytelling, Jeff Shaara’s Journey Through the Legacy of his Father” to the Gettysburg Festival audience.

Event details:
Saturday, June 15
11:30am @Adams County Ag & Natural Resource Center. Tickets for this lecture and luncheon are $40.

9. One of popular music’s most romantic singing groups, The Lettermen are bringing their close-harmony pop songs to the Majestic Theater stage for Gettysburg Festival 2013!  In a career spanning over 50 years, the talented trio has given us iconic songs like “When I Fall in Love,” “The Way You Look Tonight,” “Sealed with a Kiss” and “Unchained Melody,” and is sure to be a crowd-pleasing favorite feature of the Festival. Come fall in love… Again! Event details: Saturday, June 15 are $52.50, $42.50 & $32.50 and can be purchased through the theater at 717.337.8200 or online at www.GettysburgMajestic.org.

10. Gettysburg Festival, in conjunction with Boritt Films and the Majestic Theater, is pleased to host the world premiere of “The Gettysburg Story.” Dramatically telling the history of the greatest battle fought in the Western Hemisphere, “The Gettysburg Story” was written, produced and directed by Gettysburg native, Jake Boritt and is narrated by actor, Stephen Lang (Avatar, Gettysburg).  Using cutting edge technologies – including high definition radio control aerial drone cinematography, motion control timelapse footage, dynamic digital geo-location graphic maps – and being granted unprecedented access to the 6,000-acre battlefield, “The Gettysburg Story” captures the unique and timeless piece of American history, telling it in a new way. Event details:  Sunday,  June  16  at  3:00pm  at  the  Majestic  Theater.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased through the theater at 717.337.8200 or online at www.GettysburgMajestic.org.

*All events, prices, personalities, venues, dates and times subject to change without notice.

Highlights For This Year’s Event Include “History of Taps” Seminar with Jari Villaneuva, Federal City Brass Band, PA Volunteer Infantry Fife and Drum, Maryland Defense Force, and More!

GETTYSBURG, PA (April 19, 2013) – Gettysburg Festival is pleased to present another stellar line-up for the Brass Band Festival during its annual 10-day celebration of the arts. Always a much-loved portion of the Festival, this year’s Brass Band event, held June 7 and 8 throughout downtown Gettysburg, will feature a seminar on the “History of Taps” with expert, Jari Villaneuva, Federal City Brass Band, 11th PA Volunteer Infantry Fife and Drum, Maryland Defense Force, the Wildcat Regiment Band, and more.
        While the Brass Band Festival is free, tickets are required to attend and can be obtained online at http://www.gettysburgfestival.org. Donations will be welcomed at the event to help cover costs of this free event. All who donate will receive a special commemorative button.
     The two-day brass extravaganza will kick off Friday, June 7th at 3:00pm with the “HistoryImage of Taps” seminar at the train station pavilion with Jari Villaneuva. A retired Air Force Band bugler, Villaneuva is the country’s foremost expert on military bugle calls. As a ceremonial trumpeter, Villanueva participated in well over 5,000 ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery and served as an assistant drum major leading The USAF Ceremonial Brass in funerals at Arlington. Villaneuva has been decorated with many accomplishments and awards, including induction into the Buglers Hall of Fame in 2007. In the program, Villanueva will discuss field music and it’s importance during the war and demonstrate
calls used in both camp and battle, with calls being played on an original Civil War bugle. The event will be bookended on Saturday, June 8th with a “Taps” performance at the Cupola of Schmucker Hall at Lutheran Seminary as the closing ceremony of the Brass Band Festival.
     Other performances throughout the weekend include Market Street Brass, Gettysburg Brass and the Federal City Brass Band on Friday evening at Lincoln Square and the Dobbin House patio and the Brass Band Festival on Saturday, featuring the Rockville Brass Band, Benfield Brass Band, Spires Brass Band and Chesapeake Brass Band. Saturday evening will bring performances from 11th PA Volunteer Infantry Fife and Drum and the Maryland Defense Force Band.
     “The Brass Band Festival is an important part of Gettysburg Festival as a whole for us,” explains Festival Executive Director, Randy Prasse. “This is a celebration of Gettysburg’s rich history and we are proud to welcome Jari Villaneuva, as well as all the bands and participants. We are also pleased to partner with Steinwehr Avenue Business Improvement District to provide Friday night’s performance at the Dobbin House and at the American Civil War Wax Museum on Saturday.” Additionally, many of Saturday’s performances will be held at the Hill-Unger Pavillion at the Lutheran Theological Seminary. For the full schedule of the two-day Brass Band Festival, including times and locations, please visit http://www.gettysburgfestival.org.
     The celebration of Brass continues the following weekend with a performance from the Wildcat Regiment, in service as the Regiment Band of the 105th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, on Saturday, June 15th at 2:00pm at the National Park Service Museum and Visitor Center and at 6:00pm for an evening concert at the Pennsylvania Memorial on the Battlefield. This modern re-creation of the Civil War band utilizes original instruments and reproduction hand-made uniforms.

ABOUT GETTYSBURG FESTIVAL
Celebrating its sixth year, the Gettysburg Festival (a 16-time IFEA Pinnacle Award winner) is a sought out event, which has grown to become a yearly tradition for the entire family with both area residents and tourists alike. With an average attendance of 23,000 people from 30 states and the District of Columbia, the Festival celebrates local talent within the community through its Fringe events in the areas of visual arts, culinary arts, theater, film, music and children’s events, as well as presenting world-renown experts in these categories. Past highlights include James Earl Jones narrating A Lincoln Portrait, comedy legend Bob Newhart, Kevin Eubanks of Tonight Show fame, former White House Chef Walter Scheib and the critically-acclaimed Boston Brass, to name a few. Ideally situated in historical central Pennsylvania and located within a day’s drive of 60% of the entire North American population, Gettysburg Festival 2013 will be held June 8-16th. The Gettysburg Festival is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

Highlight performances and activities for the 2013 Gettysburg Festival include: CMA’s “New Artist of the Year,” Hunter Hayes; iconic romantic trio, The Lettermen; New York Times best-selling author, Jeff Shaara; Phil Dirt presents: Surfs Up! A Tribute to the Beach Boys; and perennial favorites, Blues, Beer & BBQ; History Meets the Arts Edible Art Tour; and the Children’s Festival.
For more information about the Gettysburg Festival, the 2013 line-up or tickets to various events, please visit our website at http://www.gettysburgfestival.org. Up-to-the-minute details can be found on Twitter (http://twitter.com/gettysburgfest ) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/TheGettysburgFestival ).
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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!

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!

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!

By Karen Hendricks, PR/Marketing Director

In 1963, the all-girl band The Angels charted a number one hit that you probably recognize–“My Boyfriend’s Back.”  One of their follow-up 45s included the B-side “Thank You and Goodnight” which turned out to be a surprise hit.  Classic American 50s and 60s music is full of colorful and fascinating trivia!

But “Thank You and Goodnight” is exactly what we said to about 150 guests who attended the Festival’s recent Sock Hop at the Wyndham Gettysburg.  Chef Claude Rodier knocked the socks off our Sock Hop attendees with a fabulous menu, in cooperation with our beloved former White House Chef Walter Scheib, Artistic Director for the Festival’s Culinary Arts Events.

An All-American Classic: Cheeseburger Sliders by Chef Claude Rodier

The doo-wop group Chromed Classics also charmed guests and set the musical tone for the evening:

We also thank Battlefield Harley-Davidson for their generous gift of a shiny 2012 Harley-Davidson Dyna Bob, as many guests purchased raffle tickets to try their luck at winning this fabulous motorcycle.  Stay tuned, as the winner will be pulled during the June 9 Blues, Beer & BBQ event.

But perhaps the real star of the evening was the fabulous Hagerstown-based dance group, the Hub City Lindy Hop.  Entertaining DJ Bob Mathers was spinning toe-tapping tunes, and they did not miss a beat.

Thanks also go out to:  Mr. Ed of Mr. Ed’s Elephant Museum & Candy Emporium for his generous gift of nostalgic candy, including Mary Jane’s, and Mari Killian and friends from Just Shoot Us Now for bringing their unique photo booth.

We are especially thankful to guests who took time to write or call expressing their appreciation for the themed evening.  The following message is just one example:

“…a quick note to let you know how much we enjoyed the Sock Hop last Saturday night. From beginning to end, this was the best dance of its type that we have attended. The venue, the dance floor, the music, the food and the entertainment as a whole made for a perfect night of fun and dance. We hope that this event was a successful fund raiser for your organization and we look forward to your future events this summer.”

Again, “Thank You and Goodnight”—but only until our next Festival event, around the corner!  Save the date of May 18 for our next themed fundraiser event, a Sunset Garden Party, and of course save the dates of June 8-17 with plenty of fun programming made possible by generous contributions from Friends of the Festival and fundraising events, with the emphasis on FUN, such as the Sock Hop!

To enjoy a photo album from the Sock Hop click here.

The scent of gingerbread was in the air, as nearly 20 exquisite gingerbread houses were displayed at the 2nd Annual Gingerbread House Celebration, held December 1-3 at the Adams County Arts Council’s Arts Education Center, 125 South Washington Street, Gettysburg.  Many thanks to every one who attended and placed bids on these artful creations, including corporate sponsors.  Also, kudos to each and every gingerbread house creator.  All of the houses were truly unique, and your creativity and support is greatly appreciated for this fundraiser event.  Happy Holidays!

House #1

Sponsored by Mr. Ed’s

Elephant Museum &

Candy Emporium 

Created By: The Hamraps

House #2

Winning Bid $90

Created By: Rebecca Colpo

House #3

Awarded 3rd Place, $100 by Mr. Ed’s Elephant Museum & Candy Emporium

Winning Bid $125

Created By:  Gettysburg Radiation

Oncology Staff

House #4

Winning Bid $40

Created By:  Christine Heyser

House #5

Awarded 2nd Place, $250 by Bill & Sharon Monahan; also Awarded the People’s Choice Award of $100 by Property Management Inc (PMI) of Lemoyne

Winning Bid $200

Created By:  Team Robinson

House #6

Winning Bid $75

Created By:  Koney Island Konfections

House #7

Oops, sorry, this

gingerbread house

was unable to come

House #8

Winning Bid $40

Created By:  Linda Krut

House #9 

Winning Bid $60

Created By:  Kayla Myers and

Brandon Zorbaugh

House #10

Winning Bid $70

Created By: Gettysburg Day Spa

House #11 

Winning Bid $100

Created By:  Addie and Barbara Spicer

House #12

Awarded 1st Place, $500 by The Historic Gettysburg Hotel

Winning Bid $400

Created By:  Mary Elliott

House #13

Sponsored by Property

Management Inc. (PMI)

of Lemoyne

Created By:  Chelsea Walton

House #14

Winning Bid $50

Created By:  Donna and Teresa

House #15

Sponsored by Hendricks

Communications 

Created By:  Sarah Dutton

Holiday Centerpiece

Winning Bid $30

By Karen Hendricks, PR/Marketing Director

The Festival’s volunteers are quite simply “rock stars” in our book.

More than 100  generous people provided their talents, smiles and manpower to the Festival’s events this year and we couldn’t be more grateful.

Julie and Richard McGeary

I heard one of the most amazing volunteer stories during the Old-Fashioned Sunday Supper, in Beech Springs Farm’s 1860’s era barn, while surrounded by heirloom quilts and strains of bluegrass music.  Julie and Richard McGeary, a husband-and-wife volunteering duo, relayed to me how they learned of the Festival during its first year in 2008 and traveled from their suburban Philadelphia home to attend some of the events.  They enjoyed themselves so much that they returned for the 2nd Annual Gettysburg Festival in 2009, and the 3rd Annual Gettysburg Festival in 2010.

Volunteers Richard & Julie McGeary with Judy Leslie - on the June 16 Edible Art Tour

By this time, an idea had taken hold:  Since they enjoyed the Festival and the Gettysburg area so much, why not move here?  That’s exactly what the McGearys did, and six months later, they decided that rather than simply attending lots of 4th Annual Gettysburg Festival events, they would attend a select few but volunteer at many more.  We are so thankful to convert these Festival “veterans” into “volunteers.”

And we look forward to many more enjoyable events with what has become our “Festival family”—a fantastic network of generous, warm and friendly volunteers.  Kudos!

Volunteers at the June 11 Cajun-Creole Cookout / Mardi Gras Music

 

 

Tuba, anyone? At the All-American Brass Picnic

By Kirsten Sheahan, 2011 Festival Photographer

What more could a recent college graduate ask for than a job doing something that they enjoy?!  So you can understand my excitement and gratitude when I saw some of my photographs (taken during last summer’s Festival internship) in the Festival’s 2011 promotional materials and then, one day later,  receiving an e-mail from my former boss Karen Hendricks asking me if I would be available to return as a  photographer for this year’s event.  I immediately called my mom–yes, it’s true–and told her the news.  This would be my first “real” job opportunity and the ball was rolling.

Karen and I tag-teamed all of the Festival events and needless to say, it was a blast!  I was excited to be able to take on this photography assignment because, I not only loved taking pictures but I enjoyed having the opportunity to experience the Festival’s spectacular events.  This year was a step up from the last–if it’s possible–as the festival continues to grow and improve.  I was also thrilled to see familiar faces from last year–both volunteers and festival-goers.

RRRRRoar! At the Children's Arts Fair

I just adored this boy's colorful hat!

I can’t stop thinking about my favorite events– partially thanks to the hours I’ve spent staring at the pictures from them–such as the Edible Art Tour, the Children’s Arts Fair and No BS! Brass Band.  The food was delicious at this year’s art tour and the turn out for the Children’s Art Fair was incredible compared to last year entertaining more than 1,000 people.  I was lucky enough to take my parents to see No BS! Brass Band at the Attic and I think the three of us may have found a new appreciation for brass considering we stayed until they were finished—after midnight!

One of my Festival fav's: No BS! Brass

Last, but certainly not least, I have to applaud the artists who were highlighted this year because as an Interdisciplinary Arts major one of my favorite parts of the Festival is seeing all of the amazing pieces that were displayed in the galleries around town as well as the illustrious plein air artists whom I had the pleasure of interning with last year.

The Adams County Arts Council's Juried Art Exhibition

Capturing scenes of Lincoln Square: The Festival Artist Colony

History Meets the Arts: this sculpture (?) intrigued me

All in all the past two weeks were a huge success and I wouldn’t have wanted my first “big girl opportunity” to be anything less gratifying than working with people I was already comfortable and cheerful to work with.  Although my time here this year was short, it was an opportunity for me to lend a hand, brush up on my photography skills and I feel rewarded and rejuvenated.  I’m looking forward to taking what I’ve learned from the Gettysburg Festival staff the past two years to my prospective jobs when I make the move to California later this summer.

I can’t thank the Festival staff enough for allowing me to use and share my abilities and creativity with others and I wish them all the best with next year’s Festival!

This young fan was fascinated with "the big boys"

The U.S. Marine Corps Band of Quantico, VA