August 2023, Lively Arts Events

There is still some summer left to enjoy arts events in the great outdoors as well as in the dark and cool of a theater. Grab a friend and some chairs and enjoy taking in some of the plentiful offerings in our wonderful small town.

Wednesday August 2 at 7:30 pm – Summer Classic Movies                        Majestic Theater

rec park amphitheater

Filmed in 1973, The Sting reunites acting legends Paul Newman and Robert Redford in an Oscar-winning comedy-crime caper. Free raffle of Celebrity Series tickets before the show! Rated PG   Tickets $8.

August 4-13 – “Much Ado About Nothing”                                       Gettysburg Community Theatre

A playful comedy layered with all the rich complexity that comes with Shakespeare’s work.  This play is a snappy, surprisingly timely meditation on gossip, gender roles, and the follies of romance.  Suitable for ages 10+. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door, if any are available.  Check the website for dates and times.

Saturday, August 5 at 7:30 pm – “Songs and Stories of a Civil War Hospital”     Christ Lutheran Church

Free and open to the public, songs begin at 7:30 in front of this historic church that served as a field hospital during the Civil War battle.  At 8 pm, the program moves inside the sanctuary and visitors hear the stories that occurred during and after the battle inside this sacred space. Bring your friends to experience this historic, informative, and enjoyable event.

Sunday, August 6 at 6:00 pm – Cormorant’s Fancy                           United Lutheran Seminary Outdoor Pavilion

This Celtic band, featuring the Folkemer Family, will present acoustic music from Scotland and Ireland with special guest Irish step dancers. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets to sit upon in shady Schmucker Grove.   In case of inclement weather, the program will move inside to the ULS Church of the Abiding Presence.  There is plenty of free parking and freewill donations are accepted. This is the final outdoor concert at the Seminary stage this summer.

Sunday ,August 6 at 6:00 pm – GARA Music in the Park Series                   Rec Park Amphitheater

The Apple Core Band based in Biglerville presents a free concert of traditional band literature including marches, Broadway show medleys, and more.  The members of the band are your friends and neighbors, so come out and support them while enjoying a beautiful summer evening. Bring your lawn chair or blanket to sit on.  Plenty of free parking. Sponsored by GARA and Gettysburg Connection.

Wednesday, August 9 at 7:30 pm – Summer Classic Movies                                      Majestic Theater

Back to the Future II is a mad-cap sequel starring Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd as the time-traveling duo in their plutonium-powered DeLorean.  Who doesn’t love to watch these antics? Grab a friend and dress as a known time traveler for a free small popcorn.   Rated PG. Tickets are $8

Sunday, August 13 at 6:00 pm – GARA Music in the Park Series                               Rec Park Amphitheater

Join your friends and neighbors for the final concert of the season at Rec Park, featuring the Eric Mintel Quartet from Baltimore.  These first-class jazz musicians include Eric Mintel on piano, Nelson Hill on sax and flute, Jack Hegyi on bass, and Dave Mohn on drums.  Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the music outdoors one more time this season.

Wednesday, August 17 at 7:30 pm – Summer Classic Movies                                    Majestic Theater

Destry Rides Again, an early western filmed in 1939, is full of stars. A laidback sheriff (Jimmy Stewart) tames a wild west town including the saloon singer (Marlene Dietrich).  If you enjoy classic westerns, you will love this one!

Wednesday, August 23 at 7:30 pm – Summer Classic Movies                                    Majestic Theater

The final summer classic for this season is crowd favorite Dirty Dancing, filmed in 1987. A rich girl summering in the Catskills, played by Jennifer Grey in her film debut, falls for her working-class dance instructor, portrayed by Patrick Swayze. This film won the Oscar that year for Best Music and will have you dancing in the aisles!  Luckily, there is a dance contest before the show. Come and enjoy.           Rated PG-13  Tickets are $8

Gail Jones has enjoyed a twenty-five-year career as a music educator in Pennsylvania and Maryland public schools as well as teaching music education methods at Gettysburg College for over a decade. She has also served as a guest conductor, French horn player, and private music instructor.

Gail has a deep appreciation for live music performances of all genres and encourages Adams County residents to attend the many concerts offered in our community.

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