Downton Abbey enthusiasts participate in a party celebrating the series in Montreal, Quebec in 2012.
For the adoring fans of the period drama, Downton Abbey, the wait for the first episode of the season will come a little bit sooner! The pre screening will be celebrated with a character inspired gala on Dec. 14.
The event, “A Downton Abbey Gala and Premiere” will be held at the West Side Ballroom, 253 New York Road.
Downton Abbey, the international hit series from writer and creator Julian Fellowes, is a British period drama television series. The series, set in the Yorkshire country estate of Downton Abbey, depicts the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in the early 1920s. The show depicts the family’s lives through great events in history having an effect on their lives and on the British social hierarchy. The series begins with the sinking of the RMS Titanic and later the outbreak of World War I, the Spanish influenza pandemic and the formation of the Irish Free State in the third series; and the Teapot Dome scandal in the fourth series.
The evening will be a celebration of fans all over the North Country and a chance to get out of the regular and go back in time. The event was inspired by the success of a smaller Downton Abbey party thrown by Mountain Lake PBS in 2012. But this year Janine Scherline, Director of Fundraising & Business Development for Mountain Lake PBS, said the new development team is excited to try something new and fun for the Downton enthusiasts of the North Country.
The evening begins with a cocktail hour and silent auction followed by a formal dinner featuring a menu inspired by the show and the early 1920s, high society aristocratic taste.
The menu will be themed around the Downton time period and include: Cream of Tomato & Basil Soup, choices of Chicken Breast with Caper Cream Sauce, Broiled Haddock, Pork Tenderloin stuffed with Dried Fruits, or Roasted Acorn Squash stuffed with Cheese Tortellini for the main course, and for dessert sweet British pudding.
“It’s going to be a really fun event, we hope people will dress in their fineries or period clothing and come for dinner and the premier,” Scherline said. “The fashion was before the flapper period. Mostly empire waist dresses for women and tuxedos for men.”
The gala fundraiser will begin at 5 p.m. with dinner and music. The dinner will cost $75 per person.
“We’re going to have a string quartet to set the mood and it is just a fun opportunity for fans of the show to connect and have a good time,” Scherline said. “The proceeds from the event go to help PBS be a presence in the community with unique stories and programming.”
Following the gala, the long awaited premier of the show’s fourth season will be open to all fans of the show. The first episode of the upcoming Season 4, premieres on Mountain Lake PBS on Jan. 5.
“The screening is free, but we ask that people call and register,” Scherline said.
The screening will take place at 7:30 p.m.
“The end of season three left a lot for people to wait for,” Scherline said. “There was a birth and a car accident which left off as a beloved character’s life is in jeopardy.”
“Downton Abbey is one of the most highly acclaimed programs on PBS in years,” said Alice Recore, President & CEO at Mountain Lake PBS in a press release. “Our audience can’t seem to get enough Downton, and we’re thrilled to build on the excitement around Season 4 with this gala.”
The new season will include a number of new cast members including Paul Giamatti and Tom Cullen. Shirley Maclaine will also return this season.
“The opportunity to see the first episode before it airs is one Downton Abbey aficionados won’t want to miss!” Scherline said.
Tickets to the event are available online now at mountainlake.org/downton, or by calling 800-836-5700.
A variety of items will be available for bid at the silent auction during the cocktail hour and dinner.
Items include: A one-year subscription to Adirondack Life Magazine and Lake Champlain Book; a one-night stay at the Courtyard Mariott in Lake Placid; a Pottery vase from Jay Craft Center; a Battle of Plattsburgh Bay framed print from KeyBank; items from Kneucraft Fine Jewelry and Design; SSV Rhodium Diamond & Tanzanite Earrings; glassware from the Miner Institute; an autographed New York Jets football; an original Watercolor titled “A Highclere Castle Garden” from Small Fortune Studio; ski passes for Titus Mountain; United States Tennis Association presents two Upper Promenade tickets to the 2014 US Open; a V. Fraas cashmere scarf, Vermont Lake Monsters bobblehead and baseball cap; window dressings and a Chamila Bracelet with Mistletoe Charm.
Other auction items include gift certificates for Adirondack Vision Care; and gift certificates to ADK Cafe, the AuSable Inn, Curtis Lumber, Dartbrook Lodge, Dunkin’ Donuts, Taco Bell, KFC, A&W, Fledging Crow Vegetables, Noon Mark Diner, Pasquale’s Restaurant, Perrywinkle’s Fine Jewelry, La Quinta Inn, Maggy Pharmacy Inc., and Texas Roadhouse.