Calendar of Events

  • 7/30/21

    Sunset Series - Gamut Theatre featuring an Evening of TMI Improv

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

    Enjoy a free Gamut Theatre presentation featuring an Evening of TMI Improv, outside, under the stars in beautiful Fort Hunter Park. Rain Date: August 1 

    Teaming up with Capital BlueCross and Renewal by Andersen, the Sunset Music & Movie Series is expanding to 13-weeks, highlighting local performing arts organizations and including the family summer movie series.

     
    *pack a picnic basket or purchase from Grappling Crab Shack or Scoop O Dough food trucks opening at 5:00 pm
    *bring your blankets and lawn chairs 
    *no alcohol is permitted at Fort Hunter Park
     
    Admission: Free
     
    Get involved in your community by supporting “Dauphin County Gives Back!” with donations to the Gamut Theatre this evening. 
     
    Visit Dauphin County Parks and Recreation  for the complete listing of the summer’s free concerts and movies.

     
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  • 8/6/21

    Sunset Series - Movie Night - The NeverEnding Story

    Time:
    8:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    Location:
    Centennial Barn

    Enjoy a free viewing of The Neverending Story, outside, under the stars in beautiful Fort Hunter Park. Rain Date:  Sunday, August 8.

    Teaming up with Capital BlueCross and Renewal by Andersen, the Sunset Music & Movie Series is expanding to 13-weeks, highlighting local performing arts organizations and including the family summer movie series.

     
    *pack a picnic basket or purchase from Blazing Swine BBQ food truck opening at 6:30 pm
    *bring your blankets and lawn chairs 
    *movie concession stand sponsored by the Friends of Fort Hunter
    *no alcohol is permitted at Fort Hunter Park
     
    Free
     
    Get involved in your community by supporting “Dauphin County Gives Back!” with donations to the American Literacy Corporation this evening. 
     
    Visit Dauphin County Parks and Recreation  for the complete listing of the summer’s free concerts and movies.

     

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  • 8/13/21

    Sunset Series - Open Stage of Harrisburg presents An Evening of  Broadway Cabaret 

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

    Enjoy An Evening of Broadway Cabaret with Open Stage of Harrisburg, outside, under the stars in beautiful Fort Hunter Park.  Rain Date:                                          Sunday, August 15

    Teaming up with Capital BlueCross and Renewal by Andersen, the Sunset Music & Movie Series is expanding to 13-weeks, highlighting local performing arts organizations and including the family summer movie series.

     
    *pack a picnic basket or purchase from Shreddrrz and Sarah’s Creamery serving Penn State Ice Cream opening at 5:00 pm
    *bring your blankets and lawn chairs 
    *no alcohol is permitted at Fort Hunter Park
     
    Free
     
    Get involved in your community by supporting “Dauphin County Gives Back!” with donations to the Open Stage of Harrisburg this evening. 
     
    Visit Dauphin County Parks and Recreation for the complete listing of the summer’s free concerts and movies.
     
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  • 8/15/21

    Farm to River IV

    Time:
    4:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    Location:

    Join the Friends of Fort Hunter for their much anticipated annual fundraising farm-to-river experience. Attendees will enjoy locally-sourced, homemade dinner offerings, along with local brews, wines and live acoustic music.

    Socially distanced, on the front lawn of the Fort Hunter Mansion overlooking the river, as the warm summer day winds down, dinners by Healthy You Café will be served individually boxed.  Floral arrangements are provided by Jeffrey’s Flowers. Enjoy a cash bar (free to Patrons) with local brews from Boneshire Brew Works and wines from Nissley Vineyards. Enjoy acoustic music by RiverRat Jenkins and sleight-of-hand tricks by Daniel Clemente .

    Patrons will be hosted, prior to the meal, at 4:30 p.m., enjoying hors d’oeuvres and a signature drink.

    Guests are  encouraged be creative and bring festive table decorations to compete for the “Best Dressed” table prize.

    A gift card raffle will be available for $20 per ticket.

    Would you like to be a Sponsor of this event? Sponsors levels and benefits differ, learn more here.

    Patrons are recognized in the invitation and at the event and may attend the exclusive reception prior to the dinner.  Consider supporting the Fort by becoming a patron.

    In the event of inclement weather, all guests may gather their meals and depart to the safety of their vehicles.

                        Menu

    Charcuterie meats & cheese in a Cooler (Patrons) 
    Appetizer Box:
    Melon ball skewer (watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew with (honey mint lime glaze)
    Corn salsa with toasted baguette 
    Feta whipped stuffed cucumber 
    Loaded popper pepper
    Entree box:
    Herbed ricotta zucchini quiche with fresh fruit kabob
    Roasted seasonal vegetable panzenella salad 
    Cilantro lime chicken thigh
    Homemade Desserts
     
    Patrons: $150
    Dinner Only – $75
    Reservations are required, click here for tickets.
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  • 8/20/21

    Sunset Series - Movie Night - The Bee Movie

    Time:
    8:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    Location:
    Centennial Barn

    Enjoy The Bee Movie, outside, under the stars in beautiful Fort Hunter Park. Rain Date: Sunday, August 22

    Teaming up with Capital BlueCross and Renewal by Andersen, the Sunset Music & Movie Series is expanding to 13-weeks, highlighting local performing arts organizations and including the family summer movie series.

     
    *pack a picnic basket or purchase from Stocks on 2nd food truck opening at 6:30 pm
    *bring your blankets and lawn chairs 
    *movie concession stand on movie nights sponsored by the Friends of Fort Hunter
    *no alcohol is permitted at Fort Hunter Park
     

      Free

     
    Get involved in your community by supporting “Dauphin County Gives Back!” with donations to the Central PA  Beekeepers this evening. 
     
    Visit Dauphin County Parks and Recreation for the complete listing of the summer’s free concerts and movies.

     
     
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  • 8/27/21

    Sunset Series - Susquehanna Folk Music Society presents Colebrook Road

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

    Enjoy a concert with Colebrook Road, outside, under the stars in beautiful Fort Hunter Park.  Rain Date:  Sunday August 29

    Teaming up with Capital BlueCross and Renewal by Andersen, the Sunset Music & Movie Series is expanding to 13-weeks, highlighting local performing arts organizations and including the family summer movie series.

     
    *pack a picnic basket or purchase from Shreddrrz or Sarah’s Creamery  featuring Penn State Ice Cream food trucks 
    *bring your blankets and lawn chairs 
    *no alcohol is permitted at Fort Hunter Park
     

      Free

     
    Get involved in your community by supporting “Dauphin County Gives Back!” with donations to the Susquehanna Folk Music Society this evening. 
     

    Visit the Dauphin County Parks and Recreation website for the complete listing of the summer’s free concerts and movies.

     

     
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  • 9/19/21

    Fort Hunter Day

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

    Fort Hunter Day ushers in fall with a free celebration of the old-time way of life. Sponsored by M&T Bank, visitors will find arts and crafts, children’s games and activities, historic demonstrations and exhibits, entertainment, a bake sale, festival food and more.

    View a butterfly habitat, visit with the PA Honey Queen, see old farm implements and learn about antique clock repair.  Learn about native foods – pawpaws, persimmons, hickory and shagbark hickory nuts and sassafras. Visit Heckton Church for entertainment throughout the day:  Jim Thorne playing Americana music from 2 – 4p.m. View antique tractors, a 1947 Mac fire engine and an antique hammermill from private collections.

    Throughout the day enjoy musical entertainment on the corncrib stage in partnership with the Susquehanna Folk Music Society.

    Click here for craft vendor application.

    Sincere thanks to event sponsor M&T Bank for their support of this fun, family day.

     

    Free

    Highlights

          Butterfly Habitat Demonstration
          Arts and Crafts Show
          Honey Bee Queen
          Dairy Cow
          Antique Tractors, Fire Engines, Old Time Wagon and Tools
         Children’s Hands-on Activities
         Heckton Church Concerts – Jim Thorne
         McAllister Cemetery Walking Tour, 1 pm
         Hay rides,  Pony rides
         Children’s Games and Play Area
         Archaeology Excavation and Interpretation
         Pretzel Purveyors
         Craft Demonstrations – native foods demonstrationapple butter making, spinning and weaving,
         quilting, needlepoint, soap making, woodworking, bee keeping, chair caning, home canning
         Mansion Tours – $3.00
         Quilt Exhibit – African-American Quilters Gathering of Harrisburg
         Children’s Crafts
         Exhibits – Old Time Native Foods
         Corncrib Stage Entertainment –Susquehanna Folk Music Jam Session
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  • 9/22/21

    Virtual Lecture: The One Room Schoolhouse and American Society

    Time:
    7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Location:

    Join the Friends of Fort Hunter for an illustrated presentation examining the role that the rural school played in American education and  the daily life of the rural student of the period.  Retired educator William Murray, shares insights gained from over thirty interviews with students that attended a one room schoolhouse, numerous newspaper articles, and school board reports of the era.

    William Murray is a retired educator currently serving as the Archivist / Historian for the Mechanicsburg Area School District.

    The lecture is free but you must register to receive the link to view the virtual, illustrated talk. An email will be sent during the week prior to the lecture with instructions on how to join the virtual lecture.

    Click here to register.

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  • 10/6/21

    Virtual Illustrated Talk: Harrisburg Homefront in WWII with Rodney Ross

    Time:
    7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Location:

    Join the Friends of Fort Hunter in a virtual illustrated talk with author Rodney Ross as he reveals the trials of life on the homefront in Harrisburg during World War II.

    Municipal offices, churches, schools, clubs, hotels, and industries side by side with the USOs, the YMCA and the YWCA, did their part. Citizens enlisted for bond, Red Cross, scrap, foreign aid, and blood drives. Hollywood sent stars for promotions.  Federal programs required teamwork. For the most part, local officials cooperated with conscription, internal security, civil defense, rationing, and public health.    The Harrisburg military district harbored military bases and war industries, drawing service personnel and migrant labor. The influx aggravated housing, traffic, crime, and vice. Authorities had their hands full.  Wartime challenged the status quo.

    Rodney J. Ross is a Harrisburg native. He attended Forney Elementary, Edison Junior High School, and John Harris High. He is a 1962 Shippensburg State Teachers graduate. He earned a master’s and a doctorate at the Pennsylvania State University. Before retiring in 2017, he taught seven years in the Harrisburg School District and forty-seven at the Harrisburg Community College. He has authored academic articles, book reviews, and encyclopedia entries.

    The lecture is free but you must register to participate.  An email will be sent during the week prior to the lecture with instructions on how to join the virtual lecture.  Click here to register.

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  • 10/25/21 to 11/16/21

    Online Greens Sale

    Time:
    8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    Location:
    Centennial Barn

    Moving to an online order format, decorative, handmade greens such as topiaries, boxwood trees, kissing balls, door baskets, sprays, arrangements, decorative glass blocks and live plants may be ordered online.  Made by Friends of Fort Hunter members, arrangements are decorated with berries, dried flowers, etc. and created in wet oasis to be long-lasting.

    Greens arrangements will be sold online and picked up in person at the Centennial Barn this year.  Check back for selections and prices and to place your order.

    Orders due by November 16.

    Pick up days and times, at the Centennial Barn, will be selected at the time of order.
    Sunday, November 28, 1:00-3:00 pm
    Monday, November 29, 4:00-6:00 pm
    Tuesday, November 30, 9:00-11:00 am
     

    Greens will be sold in-person at the Centennial Barn on Saturday, December 4.

     

     

     

     

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