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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.

— “It’s going to be a really fun event, we hope people will dress in their fineries or period clothing and come for dinner and the premier,” Scherline said. “The fashion was before the flapper period. Mostly empire waist dresses for women and tuxedos for men.”

The gala fundraiser will begin at 5 p.m. with dinner and music. The dinner will cost $75 per person.

“We’re going to have a string quartet to set the mood and it is just a fun opportunity for fans of the show to connect and have a good time,” Scherline said. “The proceeds from the event go to help PBS be a presence in the community with unique stories and programming.”

Following the gala, the long awaited premier of the show’s fourth season will be open to all fans of the show. The first episode of the upcoming Season 4, premieres on Mountain Lake PBS on Jan. 5.

“The screening is free, but we ask that people call and register,” Scherline said.

The screening will take place at 7:30 p.m.

“The end of season three left a lot for people to wait for,” Scherline said. “There was a birth and a car accident which left off as a beloved character’s life is in jeopardy.”

“Downton Abbey is one of the most highly acclaimed programs on PBS in years,” said Alice Recore, President & CEO at Mountain Lake PBS in a press release. “Our audience can’t seem to get enough Downton, and we’re thrilled to build on the excitement around Season 4 with this gala.”

The new season will include a number of new cast members including Paul Giamatti and Tom Cullen. Shirley Maclaine will also return this season.

“The opportunity to see the first episode before it airs is one Downton Abbey aficionados won’t want to miss!” Scherline said.

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