Gettysburg, located in Adams County in southern Pennsylvania, has historical significance as the battle site that changed the direction of the Civil War. Each year, thousands of tourists continue to visit Gettysburg battlefields, historical wax museum, train rides, re-enactments and ghost tours. Besides the traditional tourist draws, there is the Annual 10-day Gettysburg Festival that runs this year from June 10th ‘” 19th with more than 75 events held throughout the area.
The Adams County Arts Council has joined with the festival this year to hold its 8th Annual Juried Art Exhibition. Forty regional artists have been juried to display their work at the Gettysburg College Campus for the ten days of the festival. The artist chosen as “Best in Show” will receive $1,000, the second place winner will receive $750 and third place winner will receive $500. Admission to the exhibit is free.
Free exhibits will be held every day at the Gallon Historical Art Gallery and several other galleries throughout town. The Civil War Project 150, another free exhibit, will be held at The Civil War Fine Arts Gallery at 7p.m. on June 17th. Renowned historical artist, Keith Rocco, will have an exhibition at the Brafferton Inn. Admission is free.
Straight No Chaser, an all- male a cappella group formed over 10 years ago that appeared on YouTube will perform classic songs from the 1950s and 1960s on Friday, June 10th. Admission on the Gettysburg College campus is $20 for lawn seats, $38 for reserved seats and $55 for premium reserved seats. After Hours at The Attic, located on the college campus, will feature entertainment on the 10th and 11th, for which there is a coverage charge of $10.
A Cajun-Creole cookout will be held on campus grounds June 11th from 5-9 p.m. at a cost of $35/person. On June 15th, a showing of the movie “Chocolat” will be held on campus at 7:30 p.m. followed by a reception that includes artisan chocolates, petit fours, fondue, and chocolate infused coffee and martinis. Admission is $25 per person. An Edible Art Tour featuring Walter Scheib will be held in several select galleries on June 16th from 5-9 p.m. with admission cost of $35.
A unique event called “The Presidents of Mount Rushmore” will be held on June 17th. Historical re-enactors will portray the four presidents, giving a history of the U.S. Constitution and how it was viewed by each man. Dean Malissa, the official re-enactor at Mount Vernon, will portray George Washington; Bill Barker will portray Thomas Jefferson; Jim Getty of Gettysburg will portray Abe Lincoln; and Theodore Roosevelt will be portrayed by Jim Foote, who has portrayed Roosevelt for over 30 years. General admission is $25, although an exclusive ticket can be purchased for $125 which includes a pre-show culinary event ‘” Dinner with the Presidents ‘” with former White House Chef Walter Scheib.
Legendary comedian Bob Newhart performs at the Majestic Theater on June 18th. He’ll perform some of his classic and new routines. Tickets range from $65-$125. The $125 tickets include front row seats and a “meet and greet” following the show.
The Gettysburg festival will have performances by various types of bands, including country, jazz, Dixieland and the U.S. Marine Corp Band. The Blues Beer and BBQ will be held on the last day of the festival.
For tickets or further information, go to www.gettysburgfestival.org or call 717-334-0853.