Monday, December 22, 2014

Our Christmas Traditions by Candlelight Thank You!

Sotterley Christmas Traditions by Candlelight Common Lives, Shared Sentiments was a lovely event which ended a seven night run last Saturday evening. Entering each room of our 1703 Plantation House and into a five different time periods of Sotterley's history spanning from 1727 through 1955, guests were enchanted by the actors in this year's interactive living history event.

Our sincere thanks to the following for their commitment to Sotterley and making this such a memorable event:

Writer, Producer, and Director 
Jeanne Pirtle

Stage Manager
 Dawn Lopez

Set Decoration
 Leslie Burgess

Technical Assistants
Ashley Morgan
Phillip Scassero

Cast in Order of Appearance
Margaret Knott ~ Emily Fox
India Knott ~ Lisa Zimmerman
Jeannette Briscoe Thomas ~ Helena Fondeur
Emeline Briscoe ~ Shannon Ivanchev
James Bowles ~ James J. Mathe
Rebecca Bowles ~ Robyn Mathe
Entry Hall Servant ~ Craig Tyer II, Jared Mathe

Guides, Musicians & Dining Room Cast
Gregory Belvin
Julia Belvin
Shemika Berry
Deborah Curtis
Anna Maria Fondeur
Alyssa Fox
Phoenix Spalding Ivanchev
Katelyn Kovach
Dawn Lopez
Colin Maher
Jared Mathe
Jeanne Pirtle
Elizabeth Prather
Craig Tyer II

Our Sincere Thanks to:
Harry Burgess
Jeanne Davis
Wesley Thomas
Patuxent Voices

Costumes provided by:
St. Mary’s College of Maryland
The Sotterley Players

Sotterley Volunteers
Betsy King
Cindy Gianacopolos
Kim Curry
Lynn Fitrell
Sharlene Chiu
Tammy Parsons


The Sotterley Staff
Nancy Easterling, Executive Director
Ginger Askew, Museum Shop Manager
Joe Goldsmith, Farm and Facilities Manager
Kim Husick, Office Manager
Eileen Miller, Marketing Manager
John O'Rourke, Restoration Manager
Jeanne Pirtle, Education Director
Nathan Ryon, Development Manager
Arleen Strider, Finance Manager 
Stacey Svendgard, Membership/Volunteer Coordinator
Mellanie Teed, Events Manager

and to the following
who made Members' Night such a fabulous evening:

Sotterley Garden Guild
for the beautiful greens and decorations

Premiere Choral performance by:
Chopticon High School

Fabulous fare provided by:
Bear Creek BBQ
Café des Artistes
Days Off Deli
Hardesty Haven
Lenny’s Restaurant
Maryland Country Caterers
Sunshine’s Catering

Historic Sotterley Plantation is grateful to
The Sotterley Players
 for sharing their talents, for dedicating their time and efforts, and for making this a wonderful and memorable event! Those involved with The Sotterley Players strive to entertain, educate, uplift, challenge, enlighten, and enrich their audiences.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Memories Made & Shared!

Thank you, thank you, thank you to so many amazing people and organizations for making Family Plantation Christmas 2014 such a spectacular and memorable event for the guests to Historic Sotterley Plantation last Saturday! The day was bright, the mood was light, and the merriment so right! The first stop for many was Breakfast with Santa in our Historic Barn - a serious spread of delicious foods complete with the grand entrance by Santa and Mrs. Claus! The day continued with a horse-drawn carriage rides, tractor rides, pony rides, a petting zoo, a carol sing, crafts and face painting, letters to Santa, the Elves Mall, Santa's Secret Shop, a blacksmith demonstration, and more visits with the jolly old soul and his lovely wife.
We are very grateful to the following for their help in making this such a fabulous day:
Sotterley Volunteers
Afton Hauer
Allen Hicks
Andrew Thompson
Charlotte Cassity
Charlotte Jameson
Cindy Gianacopolos
Dana Sabit
Donald Barber
Emily Morse
Emma Teed
Gloria Koehler
Hazel McMullin
Jacob Dronenburg
Jan Briscoe
Janet Rowland
Jason Denton
Jeanne Davis
Jerri Mundie
Joseph Husick
Kat Jolie
Lee Siciliano
Loretta Fields
Lydia Fowler
Mark Rickson
Melissa Hislop
Miriam Bonk
Nancy Warren
Paula Moroz
Robin Wyvill
Rosa Rangel
Rose Monan
Sarah Shurtleff
Scott Teed
Towanda Ganges
Tyler Myrick
Leslie Burgess
Girl Scouts of America (St. Mary’s County)
Great Mills High School Choir
Hardesty Haven Catering
Leonardtown High School Choir
Troy & Chris Riggs
Sotterley Garden Guild
Sotterley Staff
Sotterley Volunteers
Suttler Post Farm
Frank Trossbach
Chris Roper, Yellow Dog Forge
Ellen Zahniser

Proceeds from this event directly support 
Sotterley’s important educational programming.