Here’s a look at our 2018 edition of Elegant Progressions
Friday, November 30, 2018 and Saturday, December 1, 2018
The McCormick Riverfront Library – Hors d’oeuvres and Aperitifs
Hors d’oeuvres and aperitifs will be served at the meticulously restored McCormick Riverfront Library, completed in 1914 on what had been the garden of Sara Haldeman Haley who lived next door. Her trustees donated the garden for the construction of this edifice, originally known as the Harrisburg Public Library. Georgian Revival in architectural style, the building’s interior now unveils its original fireplaces, vaulted ceiling and traditional wood library furniture and bookcases, creating a setting reminiscent of an elegant private club.
The J. Donald Cameron Mansion – Formal Dinner
The setting for our formal candlelight dinner is the venerable J. Donald Cameron Mansion. Built in the Second Empire architectural style in 1863, the home was purchased in 1870 by J. Donald who served as U.S. Senator, Secretary of War under Ulysses S. Grant and was the son of Simon Cameron. Grant was known to have visited the property while President. This landmark’s beautifully restored parlors exhibit high Victorian ornate detailing and ambience now serve as home to the Cameron Mansion Supper Club.
The William Griffith Mansion – Dessert Buffet
Guests will conclude their evening with a sumptuous dessert buffet in the Greek Revival-styled William Griffith Mansion on the Front Street campus of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Cathedral. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, this house was built in 1840. The house features distinctive entrance portico Ionic columns and third-floor “eyebrow windows,” typical of the Greek Revival style. The massive front door opens into a hall graced with a magnificent three-level oval staircase. The stately twin parlors retain all of their original design features and are furnished with museum-quality antiques.