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.

Conflict on the Susquehanna – Pontiac’s Rebellion

Guest Speaker – Stephen Runkle

Fri., Jan. 16, 2015, 6:00pm

Learn about the deadly struggle between dispossessed Native Americans and the area’s exploding population of European settlers. Explore the causes of the Native American Rebellion lead by the Ottawa Chief Pontiac against the English colonies and during 1763 and 1764, and how these events in and around the Susquehanna River Basin shaped the future settlement of our area. 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 $38/Person;

Non-Members $42/Person.  (BYOB permissible to enjoy with the meal).

Conflict on the Susquehanna – Crimes Against Nature

Guest Speaker – Chad Eyler

Fri., Jan. 30, 2015, 6:00pm

For many years, waterfowl on the Susquehanna and the Chesapeake Bay were decimated by hunters with many a conflict arising between them. Explore these and additional “crimes against nature” and why in 1895 the Pennsylvania Game Commisson was established to not only protect wildlife, but solve conflicts and lead conservation efforts on our waterway and throughout Pennsylvania. Chad is a former Shank’s Mare staff member, and currently with the Bureau of Wildlife Protection, Pennsylvania Game Commission. His interesting and information presentation will give you a new appreciation of the conservation efforts throughout our state. 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 $38/Person;

Non-Members $42/Person.  (BYOB permissible to enjoy with the meal).

Conflict on the Susquehanna – The Revolution on the Susquehanna

Guest Speaker – Stephen Runkle

Fri., Feb. 6, 2015, 6:00pm

The most critical year of the American Revolution was from July 1777 to June 1778, and the Susquehanna once again was front and center in our nation’s history. Learn about the events that led to the Continental Congress fleeing Philadelphia, crossing the Susquehanna, and establishing itself in York.  Visit notable characters of the time including Marquis de Lafayette, Benedict Arnold, Molly Pitcher and more.  As always Steve Runkle will provide a colorful evening of history.  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 $38/Person;

Non-Members $42/Person.  (BYOB permissible to enjoy with meal).

Conflict on the Susquehanna – The Shad Wars

Guest Speaker – Hollis Bedell

Fri., Feb. 20, 2015, 6:00pm

The American Shad were an important food source and tremendous harvest of fish from the Susquehanna. It’s hard to believe that there would be conflict revolving around fish, but in the late 1800’s and into the 1900’s the Susquehanna provided a stage for just that. Hollis Bedell will present a fascinating program around the causes of this conflict and the eventual disappearance of the American Shad from Susquehanna waters.  Begin your evening with dinner in The Rookery followed by dessert and coffee.  Reservations required by calling 717-252-1616.

Program Fee – includes presentation and dinner – Members - $38/Person;

Non-Members $42/Person (BYOB permissible to enjoy with meal).

Conflict on the Susquehanna – The Civil War…around and on the Susquehanna

Guest Speaker – Scott Mingus, Sr.

Fri., Apr. 10, 2015, 6:00pm

The Susquehanna River region was of critical importance to the Union war effort during the Civil War. Area railroads and canals moved troops and vital supplies, including huge quantities of coal for the US Navy, and the massive covered bridge between Wrightsville and Columbia figured prominently in both Union and Confederate plans during several threatened or realized invasions. Author Scott Mingus will discuss the attitudes of the residents of the river region toward President Lincoln and his policies, the troops (black and white) which hailed from the area, the defense of the river region during the Gettysburg Campaign, and the efforts to keep supplies moving once the bridge was destroyed. Dinner in The Rookery with presentation over coffee & dessert. BYOB welcome.  Please call 717-252-1616 for reservations.  Consider joining Scott and Shank’s Mare for a Civil War Hike & Hot Lunch program on Sat., April 18, 2015.

Program fee – includes presentation and dinner – Members $38/Person; N-M $42/Person

 

 

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Our Theme for 2015 – “Conflict on the Susquehanna”

Shank’s Mare is pleased to present our “Dining & Learning Series” for the 2015 winter season.  This year’s theme is

“Conflict on 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.

But all of this did not take place without

conflict…between the Native Americans and early

Europeans, between the settlers themselves, and

over a variety of issues.  Our expert speakers will

present interesting stories about these various conflicts and how the result of them has shaped the region to this day.  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 - 4:00pm

Sunday

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Phone: 717-252-1616

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