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‘Tis the Season at Mount Hope Estate and Winery Mansion

In Manheim Pa.  at the Mount Hope Estate and Winery Mansion (home of the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire) the Poe Evermore show comes to life.  The show takes place during fall Oct. 31 through Nov. 15.  Tickets for the show are $19.95. per adult for weekend shows Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and $17.95 for weekday shows.

The year is 1849 and you have been invited to tour an Asylum in the South of France.  Upon your entrance you are greeted by nurses handing out “medicine” (hot brewed holiday wine for those 21 and up).  Dressed in period attire, your hosts of the Mount Hope Asylum are to say the least “a few ants short of a picnic.” The Mansion is Victorian and decorated like an Asylum with doctors equipment, unevenly hung pictures, leaves covering the floors, and tattered clothes hanging from the ceiling in order to create a perfect picture of insanity.

Originally the Mount Hope Mansion was used as the summer residence for the Lancaster Grubb Family in the 1800’s, the Grubb family were wealthy American iron masters. The mansion is Victorian-esque with gold gilded ceiling high mirrors, a ballroom, and ceilings with frescos and stained glass.

The winery at Mount Hope began in 1980.  Inside the Asylum guests are invited to purchase a glass of one of the many Mount Hope wines while moving from room to room to listen to the works of Edgar Allen Poe. Stories and poems featured are “The Raven”, “Bernice”, “The Tell Tale Heart”, “The System of Dr. Tarr and Professor Fether”, and others.

Coming Up At Mount Hope Estate and Winery:

Coming up for winter at the mansion is “A Dickens of a Christmas” and “New Year’s Eve Gala.”

“A Dickens of a Christmas”  starts on Nov. 28 through Dec. 28.  Stories and entertainment included are,  “A Christmas Carol”, “The Gift of the Magi”, “A Child’s Christmas in Wales”, and The Twelve Days Show. Tickets for “A Dickens of a Christmas” are $19.95 per adult for weekend shows, $17.95 for weekday shows and $9.95 for children on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. A buffet dinner and Show are available Dec. 10, 11, 17, and 18 for $39.95.

On Dec. 31 you can ring in the new year at Mount Hope Estate Mansion at the “Victorian New Year’s Eve Gala.”

A warm glow from the fireplace and flickering candles sheds light on a tantalizing feast of sumptuous heavy hors d’oeuvres, carving stations and gourmet desserts, while Mount Hope Wines and Swashbuckler Ales, available at the open bar, are a delicious way to wet your whistle between dances.. You’ll succumb to the sway of the tunes, sweeping across the ballroom floor through charming dances from a more genteel and chivalrous time.”

Enchanting music from the 19th century will be provided

– From www.parenfaire.com

For more information about tickets and “A Dickens Christmas” and “New Year’s Eve Gala” please see, www.parenfaire.com