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The Gettysburg Experience magazine, a publication exploring the Gettysburg of yesterday and today. We offer an array of interesting articles – most of which have a direct relation to historic Gettysburg from the Colonial era through the turn of the 21st century, often with an emphasis on the famous battle that occurred in the summer of 1863.

The Gettysburg Experience also offers a comprehensive Events Calendar (for those who want to know what special happenings to attend when they visit – any time of the year), delicious recipes, Gettysburg trivia, profiles of people and area businesses.

Having served the Gettysburg area since 1997, The Gettysburg Experience now extends our magazine to a wider circulation of readers, offering a glimpse into one of America’s most fascinating towns.

Events are subject to change without notice. Please call numbers or visit websites listed with the event you wish to attend in case of changes or cancellations.December



FebruaryFebruary



Saturday, February 28 An Evening With The Painting. A closer, more personal look at the historic Gettysburg Cyclorama. At the Ford Center, Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center, 1195 Baltimore Pike. 5-6:30 p.m. Presented by The Gettysburg Foundation. Call 877-874-2478 for ticket information.

MarchMarch

Sunday, March 1 Special Film Presentation: “The General”. This silent film from 1926, starring Buster Keaton, will be presented at the Gettysburg National Military Park Visitor Center, at 1195 Baltimore Pike as part of the Winter Lecture Series. Presented by The Gettysburg Foundation. Film begins at 1:30 p.m. Call 717-338-1243 for ticket information.

Sunday, March 1 Harriet Beecher Stowe: A Spiritual Life. Lecture by author Nancy Koester. At the Seminary Ridge Museum, 61 Seminary Ridge Road. 3 p.m.
Call 717-339-1300 for more information.

Sunday, March 1 Music, Gettysburg! Featuring tenor Jeff Fahnestock and guitarist James Hontz. At the Lutheran Theological Seminary Chapel, 147 Seminary Ridge Road,
4 p.m. Free to the public. Call 717-338-3000, ext. 2197 for details.

Monday, March 2 Cumberland Township Historical Society Evening Presentation. At the Church of the Brethren, 1710 Biglerville Road, Gettysburg. 7 p.m. Featuring a presentation of The Evergreen Cemetery – 160 Years of History. Free to the public. For more information, contact by email at cumberlandwphs@gmail.com.

Tuesday, March 3 Adams County Arts Council Annual Meeting. At the Arts Education Center, 125 South Washington Street. 7 p.m. Mayor William Troxell will receive an Applause Award. There is also a silent auction and music by guitarist Charlie Fry.
Call 717-334-5006 for details.

Thursday, March 5 The Church Basement Ladies. The popular church ladies from 1979 are back. At The Majestic Theater, 25 Carlisle Street. Two performances are offered at
2 and 7:30 p.m. Call 717-337-8200 for ticket information.

Friday, March 6 First Friday. Sponsored by the Gettysburg Area Retail Merchants Association. Includes receptions, book signings, demonstrations, musical entertainment, special sales and later business hours (until 8 p.m.) Look for the First Friday banner at participating Gettysburg area businesses.

Friday, March 6 Lenten Fish Fry. At the St. Francis Xavier Center, 465 Table Rock Road. From 5-7 p.m. Held every Friday during Lent. Call 717-334-4048 for details.

Friday, March 6-Sunday, March 8 Reenactor Appreciation Weekend. Held at various Gettysburg venues, including the Daniel Lady Farm, 1863 Inn of Gettysburg, and The Gettysburg Heritage Center. Featuring reception on Friday, seminars and fashion shows on Saturday, and Military Honors Dance Saturday night. Call 717-338-1776 or 717-334-6245 for more information.

Friday, March 6-Sunday, March 8 Through the Garden Gate Pennsylvania Flower Show. At the Memorial Hall, 334 Carlisle Avenue, York. Call 717-642-9776 for various times and details.

Saturday, March 7 Dinner with Robert E. Lee. At the Fairfield Inn, 15 West Main Street, Fairfield, 6 p.m. Call 717-642-5410 for reservation information.

clockSunday, March 8 Daylight Savings Time Begins.

Sunday, March 8 WWII Era Church Service. At the Gettysburg Heritage Center,
297 Steinwehr Avenue. 10 a.m. Free to the public. Call 717-334-6245 for details.

Sunday, March 8 Winter Lecture Series: Admiral David Farragut and the End of the Civil War. At the Gettysburg National Military Park Visitor Center, 1195 Baltimore Pike. Lecture begins at 1:30 p.m. Call 717-338-1243 for ticket information.

Sunday, March 8 Baker’s Knob Trail Hike. At the Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve,
1537 Mount Hope Road, Fairfield. Hike begins at 2 p.m. Call 717-642-5840 for more information.

Sunday, March 8 Altan. Traditional Irish musicians will perform at The Majestic Theater, 25 Carlisle Street, at 3 p.m. Call 717-337-8200 for ticket information.

Thursday, March 12 Land Conservancy of Adams County Annual Dinner. At The Gettysburg Hotel, One Lincoln Square. Call 717-334-2828 for details.

Saturday, March 14 Victorian Tea. At Gettysburg Emporium, 421 Baltimore Street.
1 p.m. Reservations required. Period dress encouraged. Call 717-338-0000 for details.

MarchTuesday, March 17 St. Patrick’s Day.

Tuesday, March 17 Historic Gettysburg/Adams County Monthly Meeting. At the GAR Hall, 53 East Middle Street. Doors open at 7 p.m., meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. Featuring “Pedals Toward Progress” about the early days of the bicycle. Free to the public. Call 717-334-8312 for details.

Saturday, March 21 John Scott Adams Seminar Series. At Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, 1195 Baltimore Pike. Pre-registration required. Featuring Pickett’s Charge 1922: The Marine Maneuvers at Gettysburg. Led by licensed battlefield guide Rich Kohr. Held also on March 28. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 717-339-2148 or contact the website at aswade@gettysburgfoundation.org for registration or additional information.

Saturday, March 21 Mountaintop Community Fair. At the Blue Ridge Fire Hall,
13063 Monterey Lane, Blue Ridge Summit, PA (located about 15 miles west of Gettysburg via Route 16). Call 717-642-5645 for details.

Saturday, March 21 National Quilt Day Quilting Bee. At Simply Stashing,
1897 Hanover Pike, Littlestown. Call 717-359-4121 for details.

Saturday, March 21 An Evening With The Painting. At the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center, 1195 Baltimore Pike. Program begins in The Ford Center at 5 p.m. A more personal look at the historic Gettysburg Cyclorama, presented by The Gettysburg Foundation. Call 877-874-2478 for ticket information.

Saturday, March 21-Sunday, March 22 “Soldiers of the Civil War Spring Training.” At the Daniel Lady Farm, 980 Hanover Road. A Living History event, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
$10 fee. Call 717-338-1776 for details.

Sunday, March 22 Historic Conversations Book Series. At the Seminary Ridge Museum, 111 Seminary Ridge Road. Featuring Brian Matthew Jordan, author of Marching Home: Union Veterans & Their Unending Civil War. Presentation begins at 3 p.m. Suggested donation for entry is $5. Call 717-339-1300 for more information.

Sunday, March 22 Music, Gettysburg! The Metta Ensemble. At the Lutheran Theological Seminary Chapel, 147 Seminary Ridge Road. Performance begins at 4 p.m. Free to the public. Call 717-338-3000, ext. 2197 for more information.

Sunday, March 22 Ballroom Dancing. At the Gettysburg American Legion, 528 East Middle Street, 7-9 p.m. Featuring live, Big Band era music by the Gettysburg Big Band.
Call 717-845-4277 for more information.

Wednesday, March 25 Ailey II. At The Majestic Theater, 25 Carlisle Street. Performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Includes classical dance and new innovative works. Call 717-337-8200 for ticket information.

Friday, March 27-Saturday, March 28 Midnight Adventure Tours. At Ghostly Images, 778 Baltimore Street, 8 p.m. Call 717-334-6296 for details.

Sunday, March 29 Easter Festivities. At The Outlet Shoppes, 1863 Gettysburg Village Drive (located at the junction of Rts. 15 and 97). Includes a visit with the Easter Bunny, Easter and spring crafts, and carriage rides. From noon until 2 p.m. Call 717-337-9705 for details.

Sunday, March 29 Music, Gettysburg! The Gettysburg College Choir. At the Lutheran Theological Seminary Chapel, 147 Seminary Ridge Road. Performance begins at
4 p.m. Free to the public. Offerings accepted. Call 717-338-3000, ext. 2197 for more information.

AprilApril

Friday, April 3 First Friday. Sponsored by the Gettysburg Area Retail Merchants’ Association. Featuring receptions, book signings, demonstrations, musical entertainment, special sales and later business hours (until 8 p.m.) Look for the First Friday banner at participating Gettysburg area shops, galleries, restaurants and other business establishments.

Friday, April 3 First Friday Artists’ Reception. At the Blue Parrot, 35 Chambersburg Street, 4-6 p.m. Call 717-337-3739 for details.

Saturday, April 4-Sunday, April 5 Living History Encampments Begin at Gettysburg National Military Park. Free to the public. Encampments are usually held at the Pennsylvania State Memorial and Pitzer Woods. These encampments will be held on weekends through the spring, summer and fall seasons. For updates, check the website at nps.gov/gett.

Easter BunnySunday, April 5 Easter Sunday.

Thursday, April 9 Bells Across the Land. In commemoration of the end of the Civil War at Appomattox Court House 150 years ago on this date, the National Park Service has issued an invitation for towns across the nation to ring church and public building bells for four minutes beginning at 3:15 p.m. – one minute for each year of Civil War.
Call 407-350-9243 for details.

Friday, April 17-Sunday, April 19 Annual Spring Muster. Sponsored by Friends of Gettysburg. Held at Gettysburg National Military Park, 1195 Baltimore Pike. Must pre-register. Includes battlefield walks, lectures by renowned historians and more.
Call 717-339-2148 for more information.

Sunday, April 19 Historic Conversations Book Series. At the Seminary Ridge Museum, 111 Seminary Ridge, Gettysburg. Featuring Stephen L. Longenecker, author of
Gettysburg Religion. Presentation begins at 3 p.m. Suggested donation of $5 per series.
Call 717-339-1300 for details.

Saturday, April 25 An Evening with the Painting. A closer, more personal look at the historic Gettysburg Cyclorama. Presentation begins at the Ford Center, Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center, 1195 Baltimore Pike, at 6 p.m.
Call 877-874-2478 for details.

Saturday, April 25-Sunday, April 26 Victory in Sight Living History Event. At the Daniel Lady Farm, 984 Hanover Road, Gettysburg. This historic Civil War era farm will host this World War II event from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 717-338-1776 for more information.

Saturday, April 25-Sunday, April 26 the 150th Anniversary of the Capture of John Wilkes Booth. At Belle Grove Plantation, Port Royal, Virginia. Includes Union and Confederate Civil War encampments. For more information, contact the website: bellegroveplantation.com.

Sunday, April 26 18th Annual Art Auction. At the Blue Parrot Bistro, 35 Chambersburg Street. Featuring art by local artists and highly collectible Americana items. Doors open at noon, auction begins at 1 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Land Conservancy of Adams County, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of rural lands in Adams County, Pennsylvania. Call 717-334-2828 for details.

MayApril

Friday, May 1-Saturday, May 2 Historic East Berlin Antique Show. At the East Berlin Community Center, 405 North Avenue, East Berlin, PA. Presented by the East Berlin Historical Preservation Society. From noon until 6 p.m. on Friday, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Call 717-630-2468 for details.

Saturday, May 9 World War I Encampment. At the Eisenhower National Historic Site, Gettysburg. Featuring U.S., British and French encampments and displays, with emphasis on Gettysburg’s historic Camp Colt, which was commanded by Dwight D. Eisenhower during WWI. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center, 1195 Baltimore Pike. Buses run at regular intervals to the historic site from the Visitor Center. Call 717-338-9114 for additional information.

Friday, June 12-Sunday, June 14 8th Annual Gettysburg Fest. Held at Gettysburg College. Includes many musical and family friendly events, art exhibits and culinary delights. Contact the website: GettysburgFestival.org for more information.

Friday, June 12-Sunday, June 14 18th Annual History Meets the Arts. A festival of history and art at historic Gettysburg. Featuring the visits of dozens of nationally acclaimed artists and artisans at participating Gettysburg galleries. Held in conjunction with Gettysburg Fest. Call 717-334-7950 for more information.

Friday, June 19-Tuesday, June 23 2015 Civil War Institute. At Gettysburg College. Featuring the topic The War in 1865. Conference includes an overnight stay in Richmond and Petersburg, Virginia. Pre-registration required. Call 717-337-6590 for more information.

Wednesday, July 1-Friday, July 3 152nd Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. This annual commemoration marks many battlefield walks, living history events, author and historian lectures, book signings, artist appearances and more. Call 717-334-1124, ext. 8023 or visit the website: nps.gov/gett for details.

Friday, July 3-Sunday, July 5 152nd Anniversary of Gettysburg Battle Reenactment. Presented by the Gettysburg Anniversary Committee. Featuring live mortar demonstrations, reenactment battle scenes, living history tents and more. Contact the website at: GettysburgReenactment.com for tickets and additional information.

Saturday, November 21 Remembrance Day. This annual Gettysburg event includes a Civil War parade at 1 p.m., wreath laying ceremonies on the battlefield, and an annual illumination at the Soldiers’ National Cemetery at dusk. Call 717-334-1124, ext. 8023 for additional information.


If you have an item for our Calendar of Events, send it to us (be sure to include place, time of event and a phone number for information):

The Gettysburg Experience
P.O. Box 4271
Gettysburg, PA 17325

Or email us at loski@TheGettysburgExperience.com

For special events only. Information must reach us by the 10th of the month which precedes the month of your event. Complete info MUST be sent to us-do NOT simply refer us to a Facebook page or website-for your event to be published in our calendar.

 

 

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