PBS to hold early Downton Abbey Premier and gala

Downton Abbey enthusiasts participate in a party celebrating the series in Montreal, Quebec in 2012.

Downton Abbey enthusiasts participate in a party celebrating the series in Montreal, Quebec in 2012.

— For the adoring fans of the period drama, Downton Abbey, the wait for the first episode of the season will come a little bit sooner! The pre screening will be celebrated with a character inspired gala on Dec. 14.

The event, “A Downton Abbey Gala and Premiere” will be held at the West Side Ballroom, 253 New York Road.

Downton Abbey, the international hit series from writer and creator Julian Fellowes, is a British period drama television series. The series, set in the Yorkshire country estate of Downton Abbey, depicts the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in the early 1920s. The show depicts the family’s lives through great events in history having an effect on their lives and on the British social hierarchy. The series begins with the sinking of the RMS Titanic and later the outbreak of World War I, the Spanish influenza pandemic and the formation of the Irish Free State in the third series; and the Teapot Dome scandal in the fourth series.

The evening will be a celebration of fans all over the North Country and a chance to get out of the regular and go back in time. The event was inspired by the success of a smaller Downton Abbey party thrown by Mountain Lake PBS in 2012. But this year Janine Scherline, Director of Fundraising & Business Development for Mountain Lake PBS, said the new development team is excited to try something new and fun for the Downton enthusiasts of the North Country.

The evening begins with a cocktail hour and silent auction followed by a formal dinner featuring a menu inspired by the show and the early 1920s, high society aristocratic taste.

The menu will be themed around the Downton time period and include: Cream of Tomato & Basil Soup, choices of Chicken Breast with Caper Cream Sauce, Broiled Haddock, Pork Tenderloin stuffed with Dried Fruits, or Roasted Acorn Squash stuffed with Cheese Tortellini for the main course, and for dessert sweet British pudding.

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