An 1868 His­toric Iron­mas­ter’s Wed­ding — and you can be a guest!

The Community Connection - - ENTERTAINMENT - From Mark Zerr

The Hay Creek His­to­ri­ans are hon­ored to an­nounce their most ex­cit­ing his­tor­i­cal reen­act­ment event for 2018!

The in­vi­ta­tion has been is­sued invit­ing area res­i­dents to the wed­ding reen­act­ment of the last Joanna Fur­nace Iron Works iron­mas­ter L. Heber Smith and Ella Jane (Jen­nie) Grubb of Lan­caster. This el­e­gant Vic­to­rian Wed­ding, din­ner and re­cep­tion will take place Satur­day, June 16, from 5 to 9 p.m. at His­toric Joanna Fur­nace, off Route 10, on Fur­nace Road, three miles north of Morgantown. Free park­ing.

The Hay Creek Val­ley His­tor­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion is proud to part­ner with Fe­cho Pro­duc­tions, LLC in co­op­er­a­tion with the Ge­n­e­sius The­ater of Read­ing PA, to bring a one-of-kind his­tor­i­cal the­ater/din­ing/danc­ing ex­pe­ri­ence that will honor the last iron­mas­ter of Joanna Fur­nace, L. Heber Smith and his bride, Ella Jane Grubb.

The­ater mas­ter, Lawrence Fe­cho, and an all-star pro­fes­sional cast will bring the Smith and Grubb fam­i­lies to life. Fe­cho is cur­rently the Artis­tic Di­rec­tor of Ge­n­e­sius The­atre, in Read­ing, Penn­syl­va­nia, where he be­gan his the­atri­cal ca­reer at the age of twelve. He started his pro­fes­sional ca­reer as a staff as­sis­tant for the late great Broad­way Pro­ducer, Alexan­der H. Co­hen, and con­se­quently worked on the 1977 Tony Awards. Mr. Fe­cho has directed, pro­duced and de­signed over fifty pro­duc­tions at Ge­n­e­sius The­atre and his com­pany, Fe­cho Pro­duc­tions, pro­duces the an­nual “A CHRIST­MAS CAROL IN WEST READ­ING,” mur­der mys­tery pre­sen­ta­tions, and cor­po­rate team build­ing games up and down the East Coast.

This will be an evening of in­ter­ac­tive his­tor­i­cal the­ater, an el­e­gant catered din­ner, wines by Starv­ing Artist Win­ery for a dis­crim­i­nat­ing au­di­ence. It all hap­pens un­der a wed­ding tent at His­toric Joanna Fur­nace Iron Works near Morgantown.

This en­tire event gives new mean­ing to the con­cept of din­ner the­ater. From the time the bride ar­rives in her el­e­gant two-horse Vic­to­rian car­riage, to the cer­e­mony, then the din­ner/ re­cep­tion and fi­nally the danc­ing, at­ten­dees will be­come par­tic­i­pants in an ac­cu­rately de­picted 1868 Vic­to­rian wed­ding. The horses and car­riage are from White Chim­neys Es­tate in Lan­caster County. Weather per­mit­ting, af­ter din­ner, at­ten­dees can have a car­riage ride for a nom­i­nal fee. Also, a pho­tog­ra­pher will be on hand to take pho­tos of the wed­ding guests in the Vic­to­rian par­lor. Pho­tog­ra­pher, Bill Swedas will then post files on­line and guests will be able to print out their pho­tos in a pe­riod genre.

Nine Pro­fes­sional ac­tors will take on the roles of the new­ly­weds and the Smith and Grubb fam­i­lies. To round out their 19th-cen­tury ex­pe­ri­ence, mem­bers of the au­di­ence will be given 1868 pe­riod iden­ti­ties.

Guests to this sum­mer so­cial will in­ter­act with his­tor­i­cal fig­ures from 1868 and be­come part of the show!

Fol­lowed the wed­ding cer­e­mony, be­fore the din­ner, but­lered hors-d’oeu­vres cre­ated by the HCVHA food ser­vice team, will be served. The ap­pe­tiz­ers in­clude puffed pas­try with crab, cheese salmon rounds and fruit skew­ers. A catered din­ner by Shady Maple Cater­ing will fol­low. The main cour­ses fea­ture herb baked chicken breast, slow roasted ten­der beef, green bean al­man­dine, pars­ley but­tered pota­toes, tossed salad with le­mon­ade, cof­fee then be served. A wed­ding toast to the new cou­ple hap­pens af­ter the meal.

Din­ner will be fol­lowed by the cut­ting of the beau­ti­ful Vic­to­rian Wed­ding Cake and then danc­ing as part of a tra­di­tional 19th-cen­tury wed­ding cel­e­bra­tion. The Vic­to­rian Wed­ding Cake is cre­ated by Shady Maple Bak­ery. The 19th-cen­tury cer­e­mony and dance mu­sic will be pro­vided by Beck’s Civil War Brass Band. The Civil War pe­riod dance styles will be pre­sented by the Civil War Dance Foun­da­tion. A dance mas­ter and floor man­agers will guide guests in danc­ing to the steps of the era. As an added ben­e­fit for peo­ple mak­ing reser­va­tions to at­tend this event, a free twohour work­shop will al­low all those in­ter­ested in learn­ing 19th-cen­tury dance styles. This free pre-event work­shop for reser­va­tion hold­ers will be held on Thurs­day, June 7, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Joanna Fur­nace.

In keep­ing with the his­tor­i­cal in­ter­pre­ta­tion stan­dards of the HCVHA, this event will be as ac­cu­rate as pos­si­ble to the so­cial con­ven­tions of the 1860s.

Tick­ets are re­quired to at­tend. Cost: $65 per per­son or $120 per cou­ple. To re­serve tick­ets or for in­for­ma­tion call, 610-286-0388 or email mz­err@hay­creek.org.

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