Many thanks to the Cultural Alliance for their grant. Our entertainment was substantially subsidise by this wonderful organization. Please support this group and their efforts to bring the arts to York County.
Thanks also to Peoples Bank for their support for Leviathan Week and Saubels Markets for their support during the New Freedom Fest. Their donation was critical to the success of this wonderful event.
Dr. Duke Thompson as Lincoln
Dr. Duke Thompson has been playing Lincoln shows for the past four years. On why he started playing Lincoln, Thompson said, “At that time I got interested in developing this show for the stage because Lincoln’s love for music is perhaps the strongest of any president in U.S. history.” He will be joining us this spring and over the 4th of July week-end.
Dr. Thompson is an accomplished pianist who holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance from Arizona State University. In addition to playing piano, Dr. Thompson was also a college professor for 17 years.
Terry Bluett as Josiah Gitt
Josiah Gitt was a dry goods merchant from Hanover, Pennsylvania who owned a farm in York County. He, along with other farmers throughout the region suffered greatly in June 1863 as passing soldiers took animals and other supplies from the surrounding countryside. Gitt and others later sued the federal government for the damages done to their properties. Lawsuits (of this sort seeking c=recompense for Civil Ear property damage) were filed well into the early 20th century. In December, Terry will talk about what a Victorian Christmas was like.
Kent Courtney is an entertainer, educators and living historian. Mr. Courtney is a nationally recognized authority on the Civil War and railroad history.
In Smoke and Fire News, Matt Merta said of Kent Courtney "For many years he has released tapes and CDs of period music that can be ranked as some of the best and most authentic interpretations… Courtney does strive for authenticity in his work and with Garryowen, he is probably the best at it today.
As a producer and director, he has worked on "The Sabers and Roses Civil War Reality TV Show" and dozens of commercials and hundreds of live productions. Join him for an excursion to remember.
Jeff Greenawalt is a Civil War era musician. Enjoy an afternoon of his guitar and a bit of goober peas as he entertains our visitors on the train. Jeff has an extensive background performing Civil War ear music and a good bet you will want to hear him again and again.
The Great Train Robbery Duo
The Great Train Robbery has been together for the past two decades. The original band released 8 albums and has played for over 5,000 colleges, corporate events, festivals, fairs and night clubs.
We are happy to have two of the band members who have opened for the Allman Brothers, the Marshall Tucker Band, Charlie Daniels, and Blue Oyster Cult to name a few.
Freedom Lies Just North, the story of the Underground Railroad - Deb McCauslin
Before the Civil War African Americans worked with Quaker neighbors to bring more than a thousand slaves to freedom. Deb McCauslin will bring local Underground Railroad history to life, her bank of information on local history seems endless. Deb’s will communicate this story with passion that will touch your senses.
For more information on other packages that Deb has to offer, go to: http://www.gettysburghistories.com/
James Hayney as Lincoln:
What Halbrook did for Mark Twain and James Whitmore did for Will Rogers, James Hayney does for our greatest President. William Kiesling, former Chief of Staff for PA Governor's office
Mr. Hayney helps us understand Lincoln's values and attitudes, which were the foundation of his successful efforts to maintain the union of states and to free the slaves. Al Holliday, publisher, Pennsylvania Magazine.
Mr. Hayney will join us in November. He is legendary and very popular with our riders
Steam Into Christmas Past will entertain your children with Christmas music, story time and Santa. Ride to Glen Rock listening to Twas the Night Before Christmas, Santa will great the children with his elf and deliver a gift to each child. After returning to Glen Rock visitors will receive hot chocolate and cookies. It will be a festive day for all. Our coaches have heat for a cozy and comfortable trip.