Calendar of Events

  • 4/30/16

    Ikebana and Bonsai Exhibits

    Time:
    11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Location:
    Centennial Barn

    Celebrate two forms of Japanese artistry at Fort Hunter this weekend.  The Harrisburg Chapter of Ikebana International will hold their annual Ikebana exhibition for two days in Fort Hunter’s Centennial Barn and the Susquehanna Bonsai Club will exhibit several specimens of bonsai in the 1810 Stable. The shows will be open Saturday from 11 am – 5 pm and Sunday, during Garden Faire, from 10 am – 4 pm. Admission is free.

    Ikebana is a disciplined art form in which nature and humanity are brought together. Ikebana often emphasizes areas other than the flower of the plant, such as its stems and leaves, and draws emphasis toward shape, line and form through minimalism.   Bonsai is an art form of miniature trees grown in containers.  The purpose of bonsai is primarily contemplation (for the viewer) and the pleasant exercise of effort and ingenuity (for the grower.)

    ikebanahbgMembers of Ikebana will present flower arrangements in the different styles of Ikebana and will be judged on the arrangements adherence to style specifications.  A ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 11 am on Saturday.

    Ikebana International is a non-profit cultural organization dedicated to the promotion and appreciation of Ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arrangement.   Ikebana International does not teach any singe style of Ikebana; rather, it encompasses many different schools.  The Harrisburg chapter of Ikebana International has been in existence for 56 years.

    bonsaiThe Susquehanna Bonsai Club, started in 1980, will be displaying their trees and will be on hand to answer any questions about the art of bonsai. They will also be demonstrating the techniques used to create these living works of art throughout the weekend. Members will also be available on Saturday to give advice on bonsai trees that are brought in by visitors.

     

     

     

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  • 5/1/16 to 12/23/16

    Downton’s Last Stand: A Reprise of the Fort Hunter Fashions of the Downton Abbey Era

    Time:
    10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    Location:
    Fort Hunter Mansion

    006To celebrate Downton Abbey’s last season, a selection of dresses of the Downton Abbey eras, from the Fort Hunter collection, will be exhibited. Costumes from 1912 through 1925 will be displayed during a tour of Fort Hunter Mansion.  Adults – $5, Senior Citizens – $4, Children – $3

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  • 5/1/16 to 5/15/16

    Fort Couture: Spring Dresses

    Time:
    10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    Location:
    Fort Hunter Mansion

    DSCN2023View the dress forms in one more season of attire. Dresses will be created with live and artificial materials to celebrate the coming of warm weather and garden flowers and will be on display in the Mansion during Garden Faire and guided tours of the Mansion through May 15.  Admission charged.

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  • 5/1/16

    Garden Faire

    Time:
    10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Location:
    Fort Hunter Park

    DSCN0398 Welcome spring with the Victorians! View Victorian exhibits, croquet demonstrations, dancing and music as well as Maypole dancing and cakewalks. Enjoy the Ikebana and Bonsai exhibits.  Browse through plants sales and craft tents, choosing among over forty vendors. Tasty food is available at the Café; an art show/sale is also offered, enjoy children’s activities and fly fishing demonstrations. Vote for your favorite Fort Couture on display in the Mansion. (admission.)  Free

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  • 5/15/16

    Classics at the Mansion

    Time:
    12:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    Location:
    Fort Hunter Mansion

    DSCN0484View classic Rolls Royce automobiles of the Rolls Royce Foundation as you tour Fort Hunter Mansion or stroll the grounds.   Free (admission to tour Mansion)  If the weather is inclement the Rolls Royce will not be on display and the music may be indoors where there is a nominal fee to tour the Mansion.  This is an informal event, concert seating is not available.

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  • 5/15/16

    Downton Abbey Tea

    Time:
    1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Location:
    Centennial Barn

    DSCN0390Be the first to view the last costume exhibit featuring Downton Abbey fashions. To celebrate the opening of the “Downton’s Last Stand: Fort Hunter High Fashions of the Downton Abbey Era”, the Friends of Fort Hunter host an afternoon tea, talk and preview exhibit tour.

    Join Dr. Donald Koones  for an energetic illustrated talk entitled “Hollywood’s Fashion Design Guru – Edith Head”.  Learn about the queen of fashion design, earning eight Oscars for movies such as A Place in the Sun, All About Eve, Sabrina, Roman Holiday, and The Sting.

    Following the talk, enjoy a High Tea consisting of tea sandwiches, homemade scones, clotted cream, jam, homemade cookies and unlimited tea as MaryAnn Guerrisi provides soothing tunes on the violin. Then walk to the Mansion to view the dresses that were worn by Helen Reily (last resident of Fort Hunter Mansion) in the years 1912 – 1920’s, the years of  the six seasons of the television show.

    The cost for members of the Friends of Fort Hunter is $25, non-members $30.

    Register online or make checks payable to the Friends of Fort Hunter at 100 Fort Hunter Road, Harrisburg, PA  17110 and include an email confirmation address.  For more information, contact Julia Hair, jhair@dauphinc.org or 717-599-5188, ext. 2116.

     

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  • 6/11/16

    Dauphin County Music & Wine Festival

    Time:
    3:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Location:
    Fort Hunter Park

    music  wine logo 2010Relax and listen to the music of national recording artists along with Pennsylvania’s elite musicians. Sample some of Pennsylvania’s finest wineries. Bring a lawn chair or blanket.  $30 advance, $40 at the gate, one ticket two day pass.  Tickets and additional information at Dauphin County Parks and Recreation.

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  • 6/12/16

    Dauphin County Music & Wine Festival

    Time:
    3:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Location:
    Fort Hunter Park

    music  wine logo 2010Relax and listen to the music of national recording artists along with Pennsylvania’s elite musicians. Sample some of Pennsylvania’s finest wineries. Bring a lawn chair or blanket.  $30 advance, $40 at the gate, one ticket two day pass.  Tickets and additional information at Dauphin County Parks and Recreation.

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  • 6/15/16

    Juditz/Rubendall Volunteer Recognition Picnic

    Time:
    6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    Location:
    East Pavilion

    DSCN1767Volunteers are treated to a picnic dinner created by the Perry Valley Grange, followed by an award ceremony to recognize an outstanding volunteer of the year.  The evening concludes with a special presentation in the Centennial Barn.  By invitation only.  Many thanks to the Fort Hunter volunteers that make Fort Hunter events possible!  Free

     

     

     

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  • 6/18/16

    Civil War Days in Harrisburg Panel Discussion

    Time:
    9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    Location:
    Centennial Barn

    Join local experts George Nagle, Calobe Jackson and Cooper Wingert as they discuss Harrisburg’s African-American Community, with a panel discussion on the unique slavery, Underground Railroad, and U.S. Colored Troops connections which Harrisburg holds.  A brief walking tour of Fort Hunter Park will showcase the elements of rural/agrarian life in early Pennsylvania which will be discussed in greater depth during the panel discussion.  Free

    This event is part of “Civil War Days in Harrisburg” a new community-wide, 3-day experience of exhibits, presentations and reenactments from June 17-19. This weekend of family-friendly activities provides a focused and comprehensive perspective of General Lee’s Second Invasion of Pennsylvania, especially his desire to capture Harrisburg. An often-overlooked aspect of Lee’s Invasion that ultimately led to the Battle of Gettysburg, this event details the people’s response to the pending attack and presents the greater role Harrisburg played in the Civil War. Re-enactors, an encampment, narrated tours, panel presentations, a memorial church service, community social, Civil War music and dancing and much more make Harrisburg’s Civil War history come alive Hosted in-part by The National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg and many other local venues, “Civil War Days in Harrisburg” is funded in-part through a tourism grant from the Dauphin County Commissioners.

     

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