The Preserving York blog is about informing its readers about the lessor-known tidbits of history that could be overlooked in everyday life. Take the 1946 train ticket shown below as an example. By itself it’s rather ordinary, but when you learn about the history of local rail transit, who held the ticket, and the reason for their trip, quite a story can be written.
Interest in seeing a Preserving York picnic has been growing, and planning has been underway for several weeks. This event is a way to celebrate the local history we all know and love. With that said, I’m happy to invite you all to…
The Preserving York Fundraising Picnic…
While planning this event, we decided to integrate a fundraiser that will support not one, but two local groups that are working hard to preserve the historic integrity of York County.
Where do you hold an event dedicated to York County history? There’s no better place than one of the most beautiful and unknown sites in the area…
The Historic Shady Lane Estate…
Owned by the Hake family in the 1700 – 1800s, the property was a thriving distillery prior to its purchase by York industrialist Frederick M. Small. During his ownership it sas used as a summer house where he would entertain his family, friends, and colleagues.
Many of the beautiful features he added are still present, such as the ice house, trolley building, greenhouse, garden house, tennis court, bandstand, and gazebo. A swimming pool was even built during the ownership of Mr. Small.
Shown below is the greenhouse, where history-themed displays will be present for guests to view.
To enhance your visit to Shady Lane, tours of the property will be given where you will learn about its many features and unique history. Make sure you bring a camera so you can take the experience home to share with others.
- The Preserving York Fundraising Picnic
Who is this supporting:
- Sunday, July 22, 2012 from 12:00pm until 5:00pm. In case of rain the event will be held on the following Sunday, July 29, 2012.
- A minimum donation of $10 per person (age 12 and over) is required to attend. Please RSVP as soon as possible. Children under 12 are free, but any donation for their attendance is appreciated.
- All donations are tax-deductible.
Food and Beverages:
- Food is being generously donated by The JDK Group. Their menu will include:
- 1/3 lb. Hamburgers
- Hot Dogs
- Assorted rolls and condiment bar (lettuce, tomatoes, onions, american cheese, ketchup, mayo, and mustard)
- Sweet Style Coleslaw
- Traditional Potato Salad
- Strawberry Fields Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette
- Fresh Baked Cookies
- Fresh Brewed Iced Tea and Lemonade
- NOTE: Photographs of some menu items are shown below. Photo credit goes to Thomas Beaman Photography.
- Water and soda will also be provided. BYOB is acceptable, but guests are asked to be responsible.
- We would love for you to bring at least one covered dish and/or dessert featuring York County cuisine to share with other guests. It wouldn’t be a York County event without its food.
- Tours of Historic Shady Lane
- Presentations given by:
- Farm and Natural Lands Trust spokesperson
- Friends of Camp Security spokesperson
- Jim McClure, local historian, blogger, and York Daily Record editor
- Visual displays highlighting local history
- We’d love it if local historic and preservation societies would supply a display featuring their area of expertise
- Want to feature a display showing your interest in York County history? We’d love to share your display as well.
- Door prizes
- Volleyball for those interested in playing
- The swimming pool will be available for your use.
- Tables, chairs, and a tent are being donated by Gotcha Covered Party Rentals.
We Hope To See You There
We hope you can join us for a day of food, fellowship, and York County history. Together, we can make this fundraiser a great success.
If you are unable to attend, please consider a modest donation that will support The Farm and Natural Lands Trust and the Friends of Camp Security.
In order for your donation to be tax deductible, please choose one of the following options:
- Write one check in the amount of your donation to either “Farm and Natural Lands Trust” or “Friends of Camp Security”. Add PY Fundraiser to the memo line of your check.
- Write two checks that total the amount of your donation, one to “Farm and Natural Lands Trust” and “Friends of Camp Security”. Add PY Fundraiser to the memo line of your checks.
We hope you will choose the second option and support both organizations. We apologize any inconvenience this causes, but it was necessary due to various tax laws that are in place.
Please RSVP as soon as possible. You are welcome to mail donations to the address below or wait until the day of the event to submit it in person. When you RSVP include the number of adults as well as number and ages of children that will be attending. Also include your contact information so we can send you a confirmation message (address, email, phone).
You may RSVP through the Contact Me page, Preserving York event page, or my personal Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ accounts. You are also welcome to call 717-487-1371 and if you’d like to send donations early, please use the address below:
Preserving York Fundraiser
c/o Blake Stough
6300 York Road
Spring Grove, PA 17362
Thank you for your continued support of Preserving York, and we hope that support will be shared with this fundraising effort.
I’d like to take the opportunity to thank Steve Kohr for offering his beautiful property, and to The JDK Group for donating their services for this fundraising effort. Their generosity is greatly appreciated.
- Want to see more photographs of Historic Shady Lane? Make sure you read the first story I wrote about this amazing property.
- Please consider joining us on the Preserving York group on Facebook where there is much interaction among members.
- If you are a business and would like to supply an item to be given as a door prize, please let me know.
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