Susquehanna Stories

Shank’s Mare’s Dining & Learning programs feature guest speakers offering a range of subjects mostly geared to the Susquehanna River’s  ecological features, historic places, and the interesting people who have made their homes here for centuries.  The programs begin with a delicious dinner in The Rookery, followed by the presentation during dessert and coffee.  Reserve a table for friends or family, or come on your own.  There’s always something interesting to hear during our Dining and Learning series as we unfold

the wealth of Susquehanna Stories.

 

All programs require Pre-Registration and Pre-Payment.  Please call 717-252-1616 to make reservations.

River Rogues – The Canal Builders, Captains & Families

Guest Speaker – Stephen Runkle

Fri., Jan. 17, 2014, 6:00pm

Canal captains and their families were responsible for moving goods up and down the Susquehanna-Tidewater Canal (located directly in front of Shank’s Mare) from the 1830’s to the 1890’s.  In addition to learning about the canal families, you’ll also get an overview of the hearty group of laborers who built the canal.  Through an amazing collection of photographs, recordings of canal songs, and actual demonstrations of some of the gear that was used, you’ll get an entertaining picture of these “river rogues”.  Begin your evening with a delicious dinner in Shank’s Mare’s banquet room, The Rookery, with the presentation during dessert and coffee.  Advance reservations required by calling 717-252-1616.  BYOB is welcome.

Program fee – includes presentation and dinner – Members $37/Person;

Non-Members $41/Person.  (BYOB permissible to enjoy with the meal).

River Rogues – The Ironmasters

Guest Speaker – June Evans

Fri., Jan. 24, 2014, 6:00pm

The anthracite iron industry along the river was definitely established by some industrial pioneers.  Enjoy an illustrated lecture on the industry and the men who pioneered it in the Susquehanna Valley in the 19th century.  The story is closely tied to the canal system that was present on the Lancaster side of the river, since that was the way the anthracite coal that fired the furnaces was brought downriver.  These “river rogues” began an industry that in its modern form is still in operation today in the river towns of Marietta, Columbia & Wrightsville.  Begin your evening with a delicious dinner in The Rookery with the presentation during dessert and coffee.  Advance reservations required by calling 717-252-1616.

Fee – includes presentation and dinner – Members $37/Person;

 Non-Members $41/Person. (BYOB permissible to enjoy with the meal).

River Rogues – The Lumberman and Lumber Rafting on the Susquehanna

Guest Speaker – Stephen Runkle

Fri., Feb. 7, 2014, 6:00pm

The timber that was harvested in northern Pennsylvania and shipped downriver on the Susquehanna was used to build the great boom of housing in the major cities on the East Coast. But who were the men who moved this tremendous amount of material on the Susquehanna? Stephen Runkle will introduce us to this hearty lot of lumberman and show us how these hardworking, innovative men used lumber rafting to move huge lots of timber downriver to the lumber mills in our rivertowns and to the big city markets on the East Coast. Enjoy a delicious dinner in The Rookery with the presentation during dessert and coffee. BYOB welcome.  Please call 717-252-1616 for reservations.

Program fee – includes presentation and dinner – Members $37/Person;

Non-Members $41/Person.  (BYOB permissible to enjoy with meal).

River Rogues – The Paxton Boys & the Conestoga Indian Massacre

Guest Speaker – Jack Brubaker

Fri., Feb. 21, 2014, 6:00pm

On two chilly December days in 1763, bands of armed men raged

through camps of peaceful Conestoga Indians. They killed twenty

women, children and men, effectively wiping out the tribe. These murderous

rampages by Lancaster County’s Paxton Boys were the culminating tragedies

in a series of traded atrocities between European settlers and native tribes.

Lancaster journalist Jack Brubaker gives a blow-by-blow account of the

massacres, examines their aftermath and investigates how the Paxton Boys

got away with murder. Begin your evening with dinner in The Rookery followed by dessert and coffee, and this chilling presentation by the author of the book “Massacre of the Conestogas”, Jack Brubaker.  Reservations required by calling 717-252-1616.

Program Fee – includes presentation and dinner – Members - $37/Person;

Non-Members $41/Person (BYOB permissible to enjoy with meal).

River Rogues – The Underground Railroad Operators

Guest Speaker – Scott Mingus, Sr.

Fri., Mar. 28, 2014, 6:00pm

The town of Wrightsville was a major crossing point for the Underground Railroad.  Our guest speaker, Scott Mingus Sr., will tell us the story of the many anonymous (and a few known) operators on the Underground Railroad and the dangers they were in as they moved slaves up the “lines” from the South. This story leads up to an integral part played by black militia from Columbia and eastern York County  in the burning of the Susquehanna River bridge and the defense of the town of Wrightsville during the days leading up to the Battle of Gettysburg.  Enjoy a delicious dinner in The Rookery as you listen to this fascinating presentation during dessert and coffee.  BYOB welcome. Please call 717-252-1616 for reservations.

Program fee – includes presentation and dinner – Members $37/Person;

Non-Members $41/Person.  (BYOB permissible to enjoy with meal).

 

 

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Our Theme for 2014 –

“River Rogues - Wild & Innovative Pioneers of the Susquehanna”

Shank’s Mare is pleased to present our “Dining & Learning Series” for the 2014

winter season. This year’s theme is River Rogues…Wild & Innovative

Pioneers of the Susquehanna. The Susquehanna settlers were a unique

group who impacted our region with the commerce, invention, and hard work

that make our area what it is today. Our expert speakers will present

interesting stories about our “rogues” and the footprints they have left

on our region over a hundred years later.  The Dining & Learning Series

takes place in Shank’s Mare’s banquet room, The Rookery, and includes

a delicious dinner with the program presented over dessert and coffee.

BYOB is welcome. Reservations are required by calling 717-252-1616.

Enjoy a 10% discount when you register for two or more of the programs in this series.

 

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Saturday

10:00am - 5:00pm

Sunday

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Phone: 717-252-1616

Email:

info@shanksmare.com

 

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