Wedding Express: Gettysburg Lincoln Railroad Station Ceremonies

If you spend any time looking at wedding magazines, you’ll see they’re full of unique, outdoor venues for ceremonies in every conceivable place from beaches to lakesides, gardens to bridges, barns, backyards, and pergolas. But have you ever considered the drawbacks? No shade, chance of rain, no electricity for ceremony music, renting the extra chairs… there is so much to consider.

Here at the Gettysburg Hotel, we’ve got you covered with a unique outdoor venue that releases you from all the worry and stress. Enjoy a ceremony in downtown Gettysburg at the historic Gettysburg Lincoln Railroad Station, just two doors away from the Gettysburg Hotel. Guests will be welcomed into the gated pavilion and can find a perfect seat to experience your wedding day I Do’s.

The Pavilion is covered, which offers shade for your guests and protects them from any chance of showers. And when you rent the pavilion through the Gettysburg Foundation, your rental covers the use of our banquet chairs when you book your reception at the Gettysburg Hotel! It’s also ideal for your DJ or other live entertainment because there is electricity available at no extra fee.

The preferred DJs, photographers and florists of the Gettysburg Hotel have extensive experience in this space and know how to make it magical. And don’t worry about accidentally seeing your almost-spouse. Our attentive wedding coordinator will make sure you stay separate until the moment you walk down the aisle.

After the ceremony, we will usher your guests back to the Gettysburg Hotel via a tree lined path so they can enjoy your cocktail hour while you stay and have your first photos taken as newlyweds!

In case you’re choosing Gettysburg for the historic aspect, this train station is where Abraham Lincoln arrived when he gave the Gettysburg Address. Join President Lincoln in making your mark in history at this gorgeous and one of a kind venue!

For more information on having your wedding ceremony and reception at the Gettysburg Hotel, contact April Rose, Catering & Events Manager, at arose@hotelgettysburg.com or 717-338-5408.

 

Photographs provided by Martin Reardon Photography, Creative Force Photography, and Leer Photography.

Candy and Fudge and Elephants… Oh My!

Candy, candy, candy… oh, wait, fudge too? And elephants? And an enchanted forest? Who knew an outing to Mister Ed’s Elephant Museum and Candy Emporium would be an adventure the whole family could love? In fact, that’s their main goal! I recently sat down with Nicole Bucher, co-owner of Mister Ed’s along with her husband Isaac, to get a little history!

It all started 50 years ago with a wedding gift from Mister Ed’s sister-in-law. It was a simple elephant and while he found it strange, she was quick to assure Mister Ed that it was meant for good luck. While on the honeymoon in Williamsburg, Virginia, his fascination with this pachyderm began to blossom and he purchased a few more. Before he knew it, the collection had grown to mammoth proportions, purchasing another everywhere he went. Miss Pat, Mister Ed’s wife, reached a limit when their home was overrun with the collection and told him he needed to find a place to keep his treasures. At the time, Mister Ed was working as a store manager at a Giant Foods in Virginia and thought it was the right time to become his own boss. After a few businesses including some restaurants, they decided a move to Pennsylvania was in order. It was 1975 when that they opened Mister Ed’s: The Territory’s Most Unusual General Store located just down the road from its current location. 9 years later, they moved the store to where it currently stands. While elephants had always been a part of the experience, they didn’t become the focus until the move. At that time, the combination of elephants and candy made for a truly unique destination, perfect for the whole family to enjoy. Over the years, the business has adapted to become what customers want, a wholesome environment for children to dream and explore.

Three years ago, Nicole and Isaac purchased the business of which they’d been a part for a decade. Since then, business has boomed. They’ve added a variety of items to the store, most notably, in my opinion, the truffle case. I can say from personal experience that these are by far the most delectable, mouth-watering truffles I’ve ever sampled and with the most unique varieties. With lots of liqueur flavors including amaretto and champagne, fruit flavors such as cherry and orange, the most popular flavor, hazelnut and a wide variety of white, milk and dark chocolate, it would be impossible not to find a flavor you love.

When you go in the shop, the elephants and sheer volume and variety of candy are admittedly the first thing you see, but their biggest seller is what’s kept behind the counter. That’s right… the fudge. With over 100 varieties, they produce between 1,000-2,000 pounds per week. That’s not a typo… per week! And the crazy part is that it’s all made on property. Cheryl, their fudge master and creator, uses two mechanized machines, which enable her to make 72 pounds of fudge per hour. The fudge is proudly sold all over Gettysburg and is made with only the finest ingredients. All of the cream comes from Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia based dairy farms, making them one of the few Pennsylvania Preferred fudge manufacturers.

I asked Nicole what trends she’s seen over the last few years and while I expected the answer to be candy buffets, it’s not. The growing trend is a shift from candy buffets back to individually boxed favors. For this, they offer both fudge and truffles, which are, in most cases, more economical than creating a candy buffet from scratch. “The fudge and truffles have a bigger ‘wow’ factor,” remarked Nicole. “They’re more elegant.”

I asked what the best sellers are and “Fudge!” was the answer without hesitate. Specifically, peanut butter fudge. After that, Goetz caramel creams and root beer barrels come in second and third.

In regards to the most rewarding part of the job, it’s when they can make a personal connection with someone and help to bring joy to a family. “For us, it’s the warm fuzzy. We want to take people back to a time where you can have fun without technology and connect the generations.”

My favorite part of our conversation was a story she told me about how the community rallied behind them when the building burned down on July 5, 2010. They lost over 2,000 elephants, but they received tremendous support from our community and in one afternoon, they had over 100 volunteers gathered together, scrubbing fire damaged elephants with toothbrushes. The community also began donating elephants to help replace and rebuild the museum displays. Today, they have over 25,000 total.

And as if everything they offer weren’t enough, each year they host an enormous Easter egg hunt, summer music in the gazebo, a Great Pumpkin Party and Santa’s arrival. The events are always free and are always geared for children. Look for changes in the coming years to include both the addition of peanut brittle, Nicole’s specialty, as well as a new collection in Miss Pat’s Teapot Museum! I can’t wait to see what they’ll think of next!

Keep up to date with all things Mister Ed’s by following them on Facebook.

Gettysburg New Year’s Eve

It’s Almost Time to Ring in the New Year!

 

NewYearsXSmall183x108jpgThat’s right!  December is here and it’s time to make your plans to celebrate the arrival of 2017!  Join us on December 31st for a night you’ll remember long into the New Year.

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New Year’s Eve Dinner Menu

Our gourmet, five course dinner includes:

  • Jumbo lump crab and smoked cheese fritter on Yukon gold potato served on lobster and pancetta succotash with citrus burr blanc.
  • Hotel Gettysburg New Year’s Eve Salad of exotic greens, cinnamon spiced butternut squash, candied pecans, gorgonzola cheese and roasted shallot vinaigrette
  • Roasted breast of duck with saffron and brussel sprout potato gnocchi
  • Pan seared coriander rubbed veal rib-eye with an exotic mushroom au poivre, sweet potatoes and cognac reduction
  • Assorted mini desserts

Live Entertainment

Live entertainment will be provided by Soul House Quartet, a classic rock, R&B, jazz and blues band brought in from Hershey Pennsylvania.

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Drinks

Your package includes two drink tickets per person and a champagne toast at midnight.

New Year’s Fireworks

Don’t forget to step outside a few minutes before twelve to experience the fireworks display in the square.  The fireworks are launched off the roof of the parking garage located directly behind the hotel and your view from the square will be the best seat in the house!

Hotel Accommodations on New Year’s Eve

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Upscale accommodations for two are included in the package, accompanied by complimentary late checkout on New Year’s Day at noon.

Formal seating will being at 6:30pm and dinner service will begin promptly at 7:00pm.  Stay all evening.  The party goes until 1am!

Traditional Room – $369.95 (per couple)
Premier Room – $399.95 (per couple)
Luxury Suite – $439.95 (per couple)
Deluxe Suite – $469.95 (per couple)

All packages include taxes and service charge.

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Gettysburg Holiday Events

A rundown of everything related to the holiday season in Gettysburg. Gettysburg is the Place to be this Holiday Season!

 

If you’re still looking for a way to bring a little more magic to the holidays, look no further.  Gettysburg is offering a wide variety of events, sure to please our visitors and townsfolk alike!

First Friday Cookie Walk

December 2, 2016 from 5:00-7:00pm

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Treat yourself to Santa’s favorite treat, Cookies and Milk, in One Lincoln on December 2nd from 5:00-7:00pm.  Don’t let the name fool you though.  This is a little stronger than what Santa is used to.  Cookies and Milk is our featured beverage on First Friday’s Cookie Walk.  The $7 dink consists of vodka, Kahlua and Bailey’s Half & Half.  The appetizer featured that night is our Blackened Salmon Risotto with Granola Crunch, only $5.  If you enjoy the Cookies and Cream, be sure to come back throughout December because we are featuring that beverage all month.  After visiting us in One Lincoln, don’t forget to stop by the front desk and enjoy a Christmas cookie.  Then, join the “Cookie Walk” and sample other holiday treats at participating vendors.

Breakfast with Santa

December 3, 2016 from 7:30-11:30pm

Don’t forget to join us bright and early on December 3rd as we welcome Santa to the Gettysburg Hotel for our 13th Annual Breakfast with Santa!  Tickets are $5 per person at the door.  Kids under 3 eat free!  Mrs. Claus will be joining him, as well as his most trusted reindeer, Rudolph.  Get your picture taken with Santa while you’re here and be sure to bring him your Christmas wish list!  The photo is included with admission and will be sent to your mom or dad.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Greens Wreath Class

December 3, 2016 from 1:00-3:00pm

The Greens Wreath Class at the Adams County Winery Farm location is back by popular demand.  They have once again partnered with Ashcombes Farm and Greenhouse to bring you a beautiful selection of fresh assorted greens with which you’ll make a stunning wreath to adorn your entryway.  If you’re intimidated by the idea of making your own wreath, cast those concerns aside.  Andrea Bitzel, with Ashcombes Fram and Greenhouse, will be there to instruct you every step of the way.  Adams County Winery will be featuring a selection of their most popular wines that afternoon and you’ll have the opportunity to sample a glass, included in your package.  Guests under 21 are more than welcome.
The class is $45 per person and reservations are required.  Call to reserve your seat today.  (717)334-4631

Olde Getty Place Christmas Parade

December 3, 2016 at 7:00pm

old-guard-fife-and-drum-corps-webThe 2016 Olde Getty Place Christmas Parade is coming to town.  Bring your mittens, a thermos of cocoa and a comfy seat and join us as we enjoy seven floats, baton twirlers, musicians, youth groups, local radio stations, a live nativity and much more.  Mayor and Mrs. Streeter will be there to help you usher in the holiday season.  And this year, it is Gettysburg’s honor and pleasure to welcome the United States Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps to our small town to lead the parade!  And what Christmas Parade would be complete without an appearance by Santa Claus himself, escorted by the Gettysburg Fire Department!

Unwined & Relax

December 4, 2016 from 1:00-5:00pm

After a busy week of cooking for Thanksgiving, putting up the Christmas tree and getting your early bird shopping in, you deserve a break.  Head over to the Adams County Winery Farm Location and take their free essential oils class, presented by doTerra, from 1:00-2:00pm.  The class is free, but reservations are required for planning purposes.  After the class, enjoy time to shop at a variety of vendor booth for purses, clothing, jewelry, mini manicures by Grace Kelly Salon and much more.  Other vendors include LuLaRoe and Mary Kay, just to name a few.  The vendors will be there from 2:00-5:00pm to help you  “unwined & relax”.  Call to reserve your seat today.  (717)334-4631

 

16th Annual Adams County Arts Council’s Masquerade Ball

Calling All Superheroes (And Evil Villains) on October 21st!

colgan-hirsh-photoacac-round-logoThe Gettysburg Hotel is proud to host the 16th Annual Adams County Arts Council’s Masquerade Ball, sponsored by Danny Sebright and in partnership with the Gettysburg Community Theatre.  This year’s theme is “Comic Zone!!!”, so come in disguise as your favorite superhero, evil villain or comic book character.  Not the costuming type?  You’re still welcome to come in formal attire with a mask and show off you superhero style on the dance floor, rocking the night away to the music of the eight-piece Colgan-Hirsh Band with the Slammin’ Horns.

This year’s entertainment doesn’t stop there.  Check out the silent auction featuring artwork, culinary items, event tickets, jewelry and a whole lot more!  The Conga Line Costume Contest will be judged by Heather Entwistle Roberts and a team of local attorneys and the Editor of the Gettysburg Time, Alex Hayes, will act as Master of Ceremonies.  As an added bonus, get a sneak peek at the Gettysburg Community Theatre’s upcoming production of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” when they steal the dance floor, led by Founding Executive/Artistic Director Chad-Alan Carr.

gagasDinner includes a delectable duet plate of pepper spiced shoulder tenderloin of beef with grilled salmon medallions, served with pesto au gratin potatoes and seasonal vegetable medley, prepared by our Award Winning Executive Chef, Joseph Holmes.  Dinner begins promptly at 7pm, followed by the party at 8pm.

  • Dinner & Party Option: $75 per person
  • Party Only with Reserved Seat:  $30 per person
  • Party Only without a Reserved Seat:  $20 per person

Tickets can be purchased at the Arts Education Center at 125 S. Washington St., Gettysburg, online at adamsarts.org, by calling 717.334.5006 or at the event for the party only.

The Adams County Arts Council would like to thank the following major sponsors:  Fresh Boutique, Grace Kelly Salon, L & H Services Group Inc. and Wellspan Gettysburg Hospital.

All proceeds from the Masquerade Ball will help the Adams County Arts Council achieve its mission of creating an arts-rich community and offering arts education programs at the Arts Council’s Arts Education Center.

 

 

New Year’s Eve Fireworks, Dancing and Dining at the Gettysburg Hotel

Party, dine and stay in the center of it all this New Year’s Eve at the Gettysburg Hotel on Lincoln Square in the heart of Gettysburg. 

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New Year’s Eve Fireworks in Gettysburg over the Gettysburg Hotel.

Be there when the festivities kick off in Gettysburg and enjoy the night to its fullest! Our 2014/15 New Year’s Eve Package is now bookable online making it quick and easy to reserve your spot in Downtown Gettysburg for the big night.

Our guests receive the one thing that can’t be found anywhere else – simply the best location in the area to participate in Gettysburg’s New Year’s Eve festivities. Our New Year’s Eve Package includes Gettysburg Hotel accommodations for two with late checkout, a five course dinner in our grand ballroom and all the festivities needed for a grand celebration event!

In addition to the five course meal, the NYE package includes a pair of drink coupons for each guest, party favors, a midnight champagne toast with fireworks over The Square and of course entertainment & music to dance the night away provided by DJ Great Scott!

Enjoy the party to its fullest knowing your room is only steps away. The late checkout will make the first day of 2015 a relaxed and stress-free one.

New Year’s Eve Menu

First Course
Sweet Seafood Cake of Cold Water Lobster and Jumbo Lump Crab with a Three Onion Confit, Whole Grain Mustard & Citrus-Infused Mascarpone Cream

Second Course
Spinach & Romaine Salad with Gorgonzola Cheese and Candied Pecans with our House Fig Vinaigrette

Third Course
A Basil-Crusted Dayboat Scallop with a Manchego and Applewood Bacon. Soft Polenta

Fourth Course
A Grain-Fed, Center-Cut, Herb-Rubbed Filet of Beef with a Langostino Stuffed Prawn and Chive Mashed Potatoes with a Red Wine Demi Glace

Dessert
Chocolate Dipped Berries with Assorted Mini Desserts

Seating begins at 6:30 p.m. with dinner being served promptly at 7:00 p.m. The celebration will continue throughout the evening with the festivities ending at 1:00 a.m. Seating in the Grand Ballroom is assigned in tables of ten.

Traditional Room – $ 364.95 / couple
Premier Room – $ 394.95 / couple
Luxury Suite – $ 434.95 / couple
Deluxe Suite – $ 464.95 / couple

All packages include taxes and gratuities

Book your Gettysburg New Year’s Eve Package online at hotelgettysburg.com

 

First Friday, Gettysburg Style

firstfridayOn the first Friday of each month, Gettysburg businesses offer special events and refreshments during extended hours. Approximately 45 businesses throughout Historic Gettysburg participate by hosting special receptions, guest artists and authors, sales and later business hours.

When visiting, look for the First Friday banner at participating Gettysburg area shops, galleries and restaurants.

Upcoming Gettysburg Hotel & One Lincoln First Friday Specials

March 7th 2014

Theme: March Into Spring

For march Chef Holmes is thrilled to be presenting Tossed Spring Greens, Garden vegetables, spicy pecans, and honey dressing to signal the impending beginning of spring. In addition, a tasty libation by all accounts. the Bay Breeze (2 oz. vodka, ½ cranberry, ½ pineapple juice) will be featured during the First Friday events.

April 4th 2014
Theme: Baseball

With April comes the quintessential springtime rite of passage, MLB Opening Day! Our salute to the national pastime on April 4th’s First Friday includes hot dogs & toppings, Cracker Jacks & peanuts as well as ice cold beer!

Learn more about Gettysburg’s First Friday program on the Gettysburg Area Retail Merchants Association website. http://gettysburgretailmerchants.com

The Gettysburg Story at the Majestic Theater

Filmmaker Jake Boritt used aerial drone cinematography, helicopter-mounted cameras, motion-control time lapse and 3D animated maps to bring the story of the Battle of Gettysburg to life in a way that has never been seen before.

Narrated by Stephen Lang (credits include Avatar, Gettysburg, Gods & Generals), this hour-long documentary gives viewers a perspective to the Gettysburg National Military Park that most have never before experienced to give context to the events surrounding those fateful days in 1863.

The Majestic Theater will offer two viewings (6:30pm and 8pm) of the Gettysburg Story on November 20, 2013 as part of the 150th Celebration.

Tickets are available for in-person purchase only at the Majestic Theater box office at at a cost of $7.50 per person.

For a taste of the documentary, I direct your attention to the trailer below:

The Gettysburg Story – Trailer #2 from Jake Boritt on Vimeo.

Welcome to Gettysburg: A Living History Through Town

For anyone who came to town this summer, the festivities and events commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg were pretty exciting. There was lots and lots happening all through downtown and out towards the National Military Park.

There’s another 150th Anniversary just around the corner – the 150th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address on November 18th. First-person historians will greet visitors at several museums throughout downtown at at the American Civil War Wax Museum. President Lincoln will arrive at the Historic Gettysburg Train Station at 6pm and will be met by David Wills before being escorted to Lincoln Square at 6:45pm. The President’s Own Band will perform.

Following the presentation of President Lincoln on the Square, continue down Baltimore Street to the Shriver House Museum. Talk with visitors from the past to learn about their excitement as they prepare for the dedication the following day and the opportunity to see President Lincoln.

A few doors down, the Rupps invite you to their home as they, too, prepare for the following day. Learn how the town faced war and the aftermath in this free interactive walk-through experience.

Stop by the Jennie Wade House for a meet and greet and hear “firsthand” the big event from their perspective at the home located so close to the activities of November 19th, 1863.

Continue to Steinwehr Avenue, where you will meet the Rev. and Mrs. Dobbin at the Dobbin House. Visitors will also find General and Mrs. Meade, as well as a Confederate Soldier demonstration and medical hospital encampment at the American Civil War Wax Museum. Gen. and Mrs. Anderson will greet you at Gen. Pickett’s Buffet. You will also have the opportunity to meet Ralph Lincoln, the great, great, great, nephew of President Abraham Lincoln, at the Lincoln Train Museum.

Gettysburg Weekend Roundup, November 8 – 10

The weekend is here! If you’re ready to kick off and enjoy yourself, I have the latest roundup of special events, art exhibitions, and more. As always, if you attend any of these events, drop me a note in the comments and let me know how it was.

Friday, November 8
Boy Scout Memorabilia at Civil War MuseumThrough December 31, visitors to the Museum Complex will get a chance to view some Boy Scout memorabilia on loan from Andrew Chernak, including uniforms and insignia over the lifetime of the organization and 50th and 75th Anniversary memorabilia from the Battle on loan from local collector David Loose. he museum is opening daily through the end of December, 9am – 5pm. Admission is $6.95 for adults and $3.95 for youth (6 – 17). Children aged five and under get free admission.

Vietnam Era Helicopters on Display
Three Vietnam Era helicopters are on display at the Outlets at Gettysburg through Saturday, November 9.

Eisenhower in Gettysburg Gettysburg’s claim to fame is not just the Civil War. Join us for a weekend focusing on President Eisenhower in Gettysburg.

Learn about Camp Colt and the World War I tank training camp that first brought Eisenhower to Gettysburg. Visit the Eisenhower Institute at Gettysburg College, tour the Eisenhower home, and ;earn about the world leaders who visited Ike on the farm in Gettysburg including Khrushchev and De Gaulle.

The seminar will be lead by Gerry Eak, Historian; Retired Judge, State of New Jersey; U.S Regular Army Veteran, Former Capt., Judge Advocate General’s Corps; Former Adjunct Assistant Professor, Ocean County College(NJ).

Tickets are $75.

Saturday, November 9
Eisenhower in Gettysburg Gettysburg’s claim to fame is not just the Civil War. Join us for a weekend focusing on President Eisenhower in Gettysburg.

Learn about Camp Colt and the World War I tank training camp that first brought Eisenhower to Gettysburg. Visit the Eisenhower Institute at Gettysburg College, tour the Eisenhower home, and ;earn about the world leaders who visited Ike on the farm in Gettysburg including Khrushchev and De Gaulle.

The seminar will be lead by Gerry Eak, Historian; Retired Judge, State of New Jersey; U.S Regular Army Veteran, Former Capt., Judge Advocate General’s Corps; Former Adjunct Assistant Professor, Ocean County College(NJ).

Tickets are $75.

Sunday, November 10
The Gettysburg Seminary Ridge Museum will present “The Civil War and America’s Culture of Death,” part of the museum’s new History Conversations Film Series (in partnership with WITF) at 1pm in the Valentine Hall Auditorium (next door to the museum). Suggested donation is $5, and advance tickets are here.