The Brichets, who came from France for the event, dance at the Columbus Ball, this year on October 5.
The tour season saw a full slate of special events at the Boal Mansion focusing on art and country. It began in April and will culminate at the upcoming October 5 Columbus Ball at the Boal Mansion where guests will enjoy champagne, abundant hors d’oeuvres, dancing and a living heritage event mid-evening.
Here is a list of special events so far this season:
1) A lecture on the national origins of Columbus in early April 2) “Music at the Boal Mansion,” the spring concert/reception with Penn State School of Music faculty 3) Civil War battles interspersed with food, music and crafts on Memorial Day 4) A mini-concert in mid-June with two Russian classical musicians who performed the same program the next day in Moscow 5) A garden party with a reading of the Declaration of Independence by local professors and elected officials, a French viscount descended from the Marquis de LaFayette and a professor who marched on Washington in 1963. The reading took place first at the Boal Mansion and then at the Independence Day 4thFest at Beaver Stadium.
Rounding out the year will be the Columbus Ball on October 5 and the Boalsburg Heritage Birthday Festival on October 6. For details on attending those, click here.
A talent of musicians from the Penn State faculty of the School of Music performed at the May "Music at the Boal Mansion."
Bringing the Declaration of Independence to life are patriots of all persuasions, including (from right) Museum CEO Christopher Lee ( a descendant of Richard Henry Lee who proposed and signed the Declaration in 1776), Prof. David Saxe portraying Revolutionary War Colonel James Potter, Prof. Charles Dumas, who was part of the March on Washington in 1963 and ran for Congress last year, State College Borough Council member Tom Daubert and French citizen Gauthier de Lachaise, whose ancestors served with Lafayette in the fight for American independence.
At "Music at the Boal Mansion" the spring concert/reception, musicians and guest mix and mingle. From the left, pianist Cecilia Dunoyer, Museum docent John Wainright and his wife Linda, and Jenni Evans of Boalsburg.
Before thousands of viewers, North and South conduct a Civil War battle on the Boal Mansion lawn on Memorial Day.
Maggie Loukachkina, piano, and Nikita Borisevich, violin, of the Peabody Conservatory performed a mini-concert in the ballroom in June.
The Bellefonte Community Band performs at the Boal Mansion on Memorial Day.