Date(s) & Time(s)::
August 9, 2013 at 6:00 PM until 9:30 PM
Location: Embassy Theatre, located 125 W. Jefferson Boulevard in downtown Fort Wayne
Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site will hold Gene's 150th Birthday Gala and Film Festival on Friday, Aug. 9 from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at the historic Embassy Theatre, located 125 W. Jefferson Boulevard in downtown Fort Wayne, Ind. The gala is a fundraiser and all proceeds will go toward continued conservation of the Historic Site.
The evening will begin at 6 p.m. with a VIP cocktail reception to include Gene Stratton-Porters' descendants, hors d'oeuvres and music provided by Mark Linehan. During the evening, guests will be treated to selections performed on the theatre's 85 year-old Grande Page Pipe Organ followed by a screening of the 1940 version of "Laddie," Gene's most autobiographical work, which celebrates 100 years in 2013.
"There are only two copies of this film in existence. One resides in the Library of Congress and the other has been restored by Eric Grayson of Indianapolis," said Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site Manager Dave Fox. "He is partnering with the Gene Stratton-Porter Memorial Society, Inc. and the Indiana State Museum to share this film with guests."
Admission to the Gala is $75 per person and includes hors d'oeuvres, the film screening and VIP reception. A single ticket to the film screening is $10 and may be purchased in advance or at the door. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. for the film screening with an 8 p.m. showtime. Attendees must be 21 or older for the gala. Seating is limited to 200 guests. Reservations are required. To reserve a seat, please call the Historic Site at 260.854.3790.
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