25th Elegant Progressions Promises “A Sterling Evening!”
Dec 2 and 3 on “the Far Reaches of the Yellow Breeches”
Three spectacular country estates in Bowmansdale on the Yellow Breeches Creek comprise the venue for the 25th edition of Elegant Progressions, the acclaimed black-tie progressive dinner that has been a partnership project of The Historic Harrisburg Association and The Kidney Foundation of Central Pennsylvania since 1992.
Seatings are offered on the evenings of Friday, Dec. 2 and Saturday, Dec. 3. Transportation is being provided and sponsored by Unique Limousine, Central Pennsylvania’s leading provider of luxury transportation services. Guests will be transported throughout the evening to the respective stops for hors d’oeuvre and aperitifs, formal dinner and, to cap off the evening, a grand dessert buffet.
Hors d’oeuvre and aperitifs will be served at the Steve and Susan Symons residence, whose evolution from simple farmhouse to grand estate reflects the evolution of Bowmansdale itself. Built of fieldstone in 1858, in the 20th century it became the summer residence of Judge Bowman (of the Bowmansdale Bowmans), who eventually lived here year round. Under the Symons ownership, the home has been restored and expanded in keeping with its historic architecture and craftsmanship.
The setting for our formal candlelight dinner is “Chilton,” the spectacular Georgian-style estate of Robert and Susan Mumma. Built as a summer residence in 1929 for Gertrude and Spencer Nauman Sr., of Harrisburg, Chilton was designed by William Lawrence Bottomley, a celebrated architect renowned for designing Georgian manor houses on Long Island and in the Virginia horse country. Chilton and its surrounding farmlands have been meticulously preserved by the Mumma family.
Guests will conclude their evening with a sumptuous dessert buffet at the sprawling country residence of Peter and Alison Ballantine, built five years ago as a contemporary version of an Old World villa. Set on 40 rolling acres of fields and woodlands, the Ballantine property includes a recently completed barn in the traditional Pennsylvania bank barn style.
Serving as Co-chairs of Elegant Progressions 2016 are Corinne Rebinski and Dimitri Zozos, assisted by Joan Line, executive director of The Kidney Foundation of Central Pennsylvania, David Morrison, executive director of Historic Harrisburg Association, and a team of more than 35 volunteers.
Sponsorship packages and individual tickets may be purchased on line at www.elegantprogressions.org. or by phoning 717.233.4646.