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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 ( or phone (717-334-0853) until June 17th.

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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 From June 8 to 17th, the Gettysburg Festival brings more than 100 events – musical, culinary, artistic, and community – to this small town in Central Pennsylvania. How should you choose which events to check out? The Gettysburg Festival has made it easy for locals and out-of-towners alike, with this handy list:

Top 10 Must-Go Events

  1. Bridging the gap between blues, rock, soul, gospel and a touch of jazz, the Robert Cray Band is sure to light up the stage! Five-time Grammy Award winner Robert Cray brings the blues to Gettysburg on opening night Friday, June 8.
  2. Blues, Beer & BBQ featuring Shemekia Copeland makes for a perfect summer evening, full of smokey BBQ, cold beer and the sizzling voice of Shemekia Copeland. The June 9 party will start with a special cooking demo by the one and only ‘Biker Billy’, a vegetarian, Harley riding, entertainer who loves all things hot and spicy!
  3. FREE and open to all, the Art Market features two days of live music on the Festival Main Stage, along with a wonderful collection of artisans and crafters displaying and selling their work. Enjoy delicious Festival food from top local vendors and cold beverages from the Festival Bar.
  4. Kicking off History Meets the Arts on June 14, the Edible Art Tour is a Festival favorite. Tour local galleries to experience nationally known artists showcasing fine art and top area chefs showcasing fine food.
  5. ‘A Step Back in Time’ is this year’s theme for Children’s Arts Faire – a free, fun-filled day of crafts, music, games, art, magic and much more – for kids of all ages!
  6. Don’t miss Broadway’s Next H!T Musical – a fresh, creative improv troupe that creates a full-fledged Broadway style musical, completely off the cuff using suggestions from the audience. Cap off the fun with the decadence of a chocolate reception featuring artisan chocolates, pastries, coffees and chocolate martinis. Broadway and bonbons – a winning combination!
  7. The White House Dinner is sure to be remembered by all who attend! Hosted by the Eisenhower Foundation, special guest Susan Eisenhower will talk about her memories of the White House during her grandfather’s administration, then Walter Scheib, White House Chef for the Clinton & Bush administrations, will discuss his experiences in the President’s house while you enjoy a extraordinary dinner and fine wines.
  8. An exciting combination of traditional and contemporary brass bands, the All-American Brass Picnic this year will feature Athena Brass, an all-female band. Enjoy outstanding picnic fare from quality food vendors plus the Festival bar featuring beer, wine and other beverages.
  9. Become a “Redhead,” as the fans of Red Molly are called. On Saturday, June 16, this trio will combine gorgeous a cappella ballads, bluegrass-tinged folk and a touch of jazzy western swing all done up in three-part harmonies.
  10. Then Sings My Soul: Songs and Spirituals from the American Experience is an uplifting, glorious musical journey that will satisfy your soul. Featuring mezzo soprano Cheryse McLeod Lewis closes the festival on Sunday, June 17 with this event to honor America’s treasure trove of Civil War spirituals and inspirational Broadway favorites.

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Whether you love blues or brews, tunes or ‘tinis, the Gettsyburg Festival has something for everyone. Learn more about these events – and the 90 others scheduled for 2012 – at

By Alice Estrada, Festival Executive Director

Nothing better to get you in the summertime spirit than sipping margaritas and listening to some awesome reggae as you relax beside the tropical pool of the most beautiful estate in Central PA.  And you can do just that on May 21st at the Festival’s Key West Style Cookout, an amazing culinary/fundraiser event. Jane and Mike Rice are among the most gracious hosts you will ever meet. In spite of the grand surroundings one can’t help but feel relaxed and welcomed. Maybe it’s Jane’s hugs or Mike’s easy conversation (and of course a couple of margaritas don’t hurt), but you are guaranteed a chillaxing time.

And the best part of this party is that it is all for a good cause. This event raises significant funds for the Gettysburg Festival which in turn affords the Festival the opportunity to present many concerts and exhibits at a moderate cost or even for free. Not only are the arts good for the spirit, they are good for the economy too.

Scott & Barbara Hartman with White House Chef Walter Scheib

PA Iron Chef Mark Pawlowski

We are proud of the fact that the Gettysburg Festival displays Gettysburg’s appeal to a national audience, showcasing the great arts and culture that we have to offer.  Join us for a truly memorable event, support a great cause, and ohI almost forgot to mention─former White House Chef, Walter Scheib is back again and partnering with those handsome PA Iron Chefs to present the most exquisite Key West cuisine you will have anywhere . . . even in Key West!





PA Iron Chef David Stoltzfus

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!