Gettysburg Festival begins today

June 19, 2008|By JULIE E. GREENE

GETTYSBURG, Pa. -- More than 20 brass bands, a ballet company, a chocolate fountain and a motorcycle daredevil are all part of the first Gettysburg Festival, 11 days of celebration of the arts that kicks off today.

The Gettysburg Festival encompasses two festivals, absorbing the annual Gettysburg Brass Band Festival and adding several other arts-related events during the accompanying Gettysburg Fringe Festival, said Karen Hendricks, the event's public relations and marketing director.

Many local artists, galleries, businesses and other groups wanted to participate in the brass festival -- this is its 11th year -- so the Fringe Festival was created to coincide this year, Hendricks said.

There is a variety of music, with most of the acts, including several local bands, British style brass bands and Dixieland bands, coming from the brass festival.


The lineup also includes screenings of four documentaries, a sculpture walk, cabaret shows and a musical review of the work of Broadway song-writing team John Kander and Fred Ebb.

The Suzanne Farrell Ballet will perform a tribute to George Balanchine, the father of American Ballet. Farrell was a student of Balanchine's, and the ballet company is the resident ballet company for the Kennedy Center.

If ballet and brass bands aren't your thing, check out one of the original Batmobiles or see whether motorcycle daredevil Bubba Blackwell succeeds or crashes.

Event highlights


· Gramercy Brass Orchestra of New York, featuring 28 brass and percussion instrumentalists, will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 22, at The Majestic Theater. $22 to $28.

Parties and receptions

· A jazz cocktail reception from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, June 22, at The Pub and Restaurant. Mingle with other jazz aficionados. $25, includes wine and cocktails. Order tickets through Majestic Theater or buy them at the door. The reception precedes the Bill Charlap Trio concert at 8 p.m. at The Majestic Theater.

· Unbridled Party on the Porch from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 26, at The Front Porch on Buford. Hosting happy hour with live music, food and drinks. Meet artists and see art demos. Call 717-334-0808. Free admission.


· Daredevil Bubba Blackwell will perform motorcycle stunts at Battlefield Harley-Davidson at 1 and 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 21, and at 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, June 22. Free. Bubba will sign autographs at the end of each show. Call 717-337-9005.

· One of the five original Batmobiles from the 1960s TV show starring Adam West will be on display at Battlefield Harley-Davidson. 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. today and Friday, June 20; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 21, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 22. Call 717-337-9005.


· Students of The School of Music & Dance in Hanover, Pa., will perform "Disney's High School Musical" on the festival's main stage at Gettysburg College. 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sunday, June 22, and Thursday, June 26. $5 at the door.

If you go ...

WHAT: Gettysburg Festival, which includes the Gettysburg Brass Band Festival and the Gettysburg Fringe Festival. Includes music, dance, theater, film and art.

WHEN: Thursday, June 19, through Sunday, June 29

WHERE: Throughout downtown Gettysburg, Pa. Venues include The Majestic Theater, 25 Carlisle St.; Gettysburg College campus; The Canary Cabaret at Blue Parrot Bistro, 35 Chambersburg St.; and Festival headquarters at the Historic Gettysburg Railroad Station, 35 Carlisle St.

COST: Many events are free. Others require tickets available through the Majestic Theater box office, 25 Carlisle St., Gettysburg, or call 717-337-8200 from noon to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 3 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday. There is a $3 per order service charge unless the tickets are ordered in person at the box office and paid for by cash or check. An additional $2-per-ticket service charge applies to online orders only.

CONTACT: For more information about the festival, go to or call 717-334-0853 or 866-994-8881.

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