Calendar of Events

  • 5/5/19

    Garden Faire

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

    Welcome long awaited Spring at Garden Faire. Purchase some plants, explore the craft show, dance a Maypole dance, try your hand at croquet and have a scrumptious lunch. Returning this year, the cultured game of croquet will be demonstrated in the barn green.

    Visit 45 craft vendors and the Friends of Fort Hunter Plant Sale. And of course there’s tasty food available for purchase, Ikebana and Bonsai exhibits, Maypole dances, Victorian music and cake walks, as well as The Paxtang Art Association’s show and sale. Fort Hunter Mansion tours will include viewing the Needle Arts Exhibit.  Many thanks to the Pennsylvania Bakery for donating the favorite Teapot Cake for the cakewalk. Craft vendors can download the application for our 2019 event here.      Free

    Schedule of Events
    Throughout the Day
        Café   
       Food Stand 
       Dirt Therapy
       Needle Arts Exhibit
       Bees, Natives and Rain Gardens
       Friends Plant Sale
       Ikebana International and Bonsai exhibits  
        Paxtang Art Show and Sale
        Mansion tours
       Vendors/crafters                                                               
        Victorian displays
    Garden chats                                                    12- 2 p.m.
    Children’s activities                                        12-4 p.m.
    Victorian Dance Ensemble 
         & Susquehanna Travellers                       12 & 1:30 p.m.               
    Cakewalks                                                         12:30 & 2 p.m.
    Cemetery Walk with Dr. Donald Koones   1 p.m.
    Croquet Demonstration                                 2:30 p.m.
    Maypole Dance                                               1 & 2:15 p.m.

     

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  • 5/5/19 to 6/16/19

    Needle Art Exhibit

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

    View the handiwork of local needle artists from  Molly Pitcher Stitchers, Susquehanna, York White Rose and  Nittany Valley chapters of the Embroiderers Guild of America.  The needle works will be on display from May 5 through June 16 and can be viewed on a tour of the Mansion, during museum hours, regular admission charged.  Discounted group tours are available and can be arranged by calling 717-599-5751. For information on other local needle works opportunities visit halfmoonhandwerks.com.

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  • 5/11/19

    "Hit the Road Educational Tours" Hillwood Estate and the Washington National Cathedral Bus Trip

    Time:
    7:00 AM - 8:30 PM
    Location:
    Centennial Barn

    Join the Friends of Fort Hunter’s “Hit the Road Educational Tour” on a bus trip to Hillwood Estate and Museum and the Washington National Cathedral featuring Dr. Donald Koones narration.

    Departing the Fort Hunter Centennial Barn parking lot promptly  at  7 a.m. (boarding begins at 6:45 a.m.), Dr. Koones will regale participants with juicy history and stories of Marjorie Merriweather Post during the trip.

    Arriving at Hillwood, home of Marjorie Merriweather Post,  guests will participate in a guided tour of the formal gardens and pristine mansion full of 18th and 19th century French art and incredible Fabergé eggs.  Savor an afternoon tea in the midst of this grand estate.

    Back on the bus, get a head start on the behind the scenes fun facts of the National Cathedral, such as the 215 stained glass windows and 112 gargoyles, whose cornerstone was laid in 1902 and completed in 1990.  Participate in a guided tour highlighting the history, architecture and mission of this national treasure and enjoy some free time to visit the outstanding Gift Shop.

    On the way home, a dinner stop at Mountain Gate Family Restaurant, with dinner on your own,  will complete the day.  Plan to return to Fort Hunter around 8:30p.m.

    Tea at Hillwood:                                                                                                 Tea Sandwich Assortment -Garden Herb Chicken Salad, Traditional English Cucumber Sandwich, Cambridge House Smoked Salmon                                                                                                                  Miniature Pastries – Duo of Tartlets, Assorted Scones with housemade preserves, whipped honey butter, Lemon Lavender Short Bread                                                                                                                                   Opera Cake – espresso-soaked almond sponge cake, chocolate ganache, coffee buttercream                                                               Artisan Hot Tea Selection,  iced tea available on request.

    Non-member – $140, Member – $126  Seating is limited, deadline for reservations is April 22Click here for tickets. To enjoy the discount Become a member of the Friends of Fort Hunter.

    Ticket price includes: transportation by Cross Country Coach, admission at Hillwood and the National Cathedral, Afternoon Tea with gratuity at Hillwood and talks by Dr. Donald Koones. Gratuity for the bus driver and dinner at Mountain Gate are not included.  All sales are final, no refunds will be issued.

     

     

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  • 5/11/19

    The Small Glories

    Time:
    7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    Location:
    Centennial Barn

    Folk powerhouse pair The Small Glories are Cara Luft and JD Edwards, a dynamic Americana duo planted on the Canadian Prairies. Straight out of the gate these two veteran singer/songwriters built a buzz around their tight harmonies, authenticity, visceral live performances and equally well-matched guitar prowess that doesn’t come around often. Visit the Susquehanna Folk Music webpage for additional information or to purchase tickets online.  Tickets $24, members $20, students $10.

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  • 5/12/19

    Susquehanna Folk Music Jam Session

    Time:
    1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Location:
    Centennial Barn

    SFMS Jams are enjoyable afternoons of homemade acoustic music. We welcome everyone who loves making music or listening to it, regardless of age, talent or training. We get together for the joy of the company and making music.  Visit Susquehanna Folk Music for more information.  Free

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  • 5/19/19

    Mrs. Reily's Tea

    Time:
    1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    Location:
    Fort Hunter Mansion & Park

    Enjoy an afternoon dessert tea, an illustrated talk and a tour of Fort Hunter Mansion and the needle art exhibit.

    Begin the afternoon with award winning journalist and author Diane McCormick as she takes us on a pub crawl of 12 Pennsylvania taverns with rebellious pasts, where the stakes were high and the rum was flowing. Meet the scalawags and insurrectionists of the American Revolution, Whiskey Rebellion, the boozy Fries Rebellion, the tumultuous Canal Era, the Underground Railroad, the Battle of Gettysburg (and the making of the movie!), the Molly Maguires, and Prohibition.

    Then switch gears for the more refined art of Tea, featuring homemade fancy cupcakes, homemade scones, homemade chocolate mousse, fresh fruit, savories and unending cups of tea.

    The afternoon will conclude with a walk through the Mansion and the Needle Arts Exhibit.  For more information, contact Julia Hair, jhair@dauphinc.org or 717-599-5188, ext. 2116.

    $30 non-members/$25 members    Click here for tickets.

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  • 6/7/19

    Movies in the Park: Mary Poppins Returns

    Time:
    8:30 PM - 10:30 PM
    Location:
    Centennial Barn

    Every Friday night in June Dauphin County Parks and Recreation shows a free movie outside under the stars. Enjoy the popular and current, Mary Poppins Returns  this Friday evening.  Bring blankets and chairs; no alcohol is permitted at Fort Hunter Park. Light refreshments are available for purchase to benefit the Friends of Fort Hunter. In case of rain, the movie will be shown in the Centennial Barn.  Also view Trolls, Disney’s Christopher Robin and A Dog’s Way Home on following Friday evenings.  Free

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  • 6/8/19

    Dauphin County Music & Wine Festival

    Time:
    4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Location:
    Fort Hunter Park

    Enjoy great country music all weekend long and try free wine samples from among some of Central Pennsylvania’s top wineries. View a fine gathering of craft and food vendors. Bring your lawn chairs and picnic baskets. Outside alcohol is not permitted. Wine is available for purchase at the event.  Gates open at 3PM.           Weekend Passes: $35 in advance | $45 at the door    Click here for entertainment line-up, participating wineries and tickets.

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  • 6/9/19

    Dauphin County Music & Wine Festival

    Time:
    4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Location:
    Fort Hunter Park

    Enjoy great country music all weekend long and try free wine samples from among some of Central Pennsylvania’s top wineries. View a fine gathering of craft and food vendors. Bring your lawn chairs and picnic baskets. Outside alcohol is not permitted. Wine is available for purchase at the event.  Gates open at 3PM.           Weekend Passes: $35 in advance | $45 at the door    Click here for entertainment, participating wineries and tickets.

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  • 6/14/19

    Movies in the Park: Trolls

    Time:
    8:30 PM - 10:30 PM
    Location:
    Centennial Barn

    Every Friday night in June Dauphin County Parks and Recreation shows a free movie outside under the stars. Enjoy the popular and current, Trolls  this Friday evening.  Bring blankets and chairs; no alcohol is permitted at Fort Hunter Park. Light refreshments are available for purchase to benefit the Friends of Fort Hunter. In case of rain, the movie will be shown in the Centennial Barn.  Also view Disney’s Christopher Robin and A Dog’s Way Home on following Friday evenings.  Free

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