Special Events

Special Events

The Winters Tale
Sugarloaf Mountain Amphitheatre
5968 Marietta Road
Chillicothe, OH 45601
8:00PM, Sunday, July 21, 2019

The "tale" of The Winter's Tale unfolds in scenes set sixteen years apart. In the first part of the play, Leontes, king of Sicilia, plays host to his friend Polixenes, king of Bohemia. Suddenly, Leontes becomes unreasonably jealous of Polixenes and Leontes's pregnant wife, Hermione. Leontes calls for Polixenes to be killed, but he escapes.

Hermione, under arrest, gives birth to a daughter; Leontes orders the baby to be taken overseas and abandoned. The death of the couple's young son, Mamillius, brings Leontes to his senses, too late. Word arrives that Hermione, too, has died. In Bohemia, a shepherd finds and adopts the baby girl, Perdita.

Sixteen years later, the story resumes. Polixenes's son, Florizell, loves Perdita. When Polixenes forbids the unequal match, the couple flees to Sicilia, where the tale reaches its conclusion. Perdita's identity as a princess is revealed, allowing her and Florizell to marry; Leontes and Polixenes reconcile; and Hermione returns in the form of a statue, steps down from its pedestal, and reunites with her family.

Performed by the cast of Tecumseh!, Shakespeare on Sugarloaf is a major initiative of The Scioto Society, Inc. to provide free Shakespeare to Southern Ohio.

ALSO:  Join us for Sack It With Shakespeare at the Chillicothe Public Library North Branch on July 20 from 11-1 for a FREE discussion over lunch.  This event takes place at the Chillicothe Public Library Northside Branch lunch pavilion. Conversation moderated by Lance Mekeel from Ohio University Chillicothe. Bring your lunch with you!!

First Capital Bourbon Dinner & Old Rip Van Winkle Raffle
Christopher Conference Center
20 North Plaza Blvd.
Chillicothe, OH 45601
6:00PM, Friday, November 8, 2019

Join us for an evening of bourbon history, lore and of course, sampling!

Tim Knittel is a former Kentucky bourbon industry insider with over a decades experience in bourbon education. He is also a certified Stave & Thief Society Executive Bourbon Steward (often compared to a Bourbon Sommelier) which is the highest classification available for a professional bourbon educator. Tim will be serving up 4 straight bourbons, some which you're familiar with and some not, while the chefs at the Christopher Conference Center will be pairing each one with a course of food.  Dinner is served at 7.  This event WILL SELL OUT!

In addition to the tasting menu, several other bourbons will be available at the bonus tasting.  For just $10, sample 3 other bourbons!  Bonus tasting begins at 6PM.

A small silent auction of bourbons unavailable in our area will take place prior to the tasting.

Free cab rides home will be available that evening.

SPECIAL ROOM RATES AVAILABLE at the Christopher Inn, and the Quality Inn....both in walking distance of the event!  To get the special rate please call call the Christopher Inn at 740-774-6835 or the Quality Inn at 740-775-3500.  Rate not available online.

All proceeds benefit the education programs of The Scioto Society.

Old Rip Van Winkle Raffle

This is a bottle of the famous Pappy 10 year old. This wonderful bourbon is bottled as close to barrel proof as possible.  See a rich, copper color. Smell enticingly sweet, spicy, caramel-nut-fudge aromas. Enjoy a fruity, medium-to full-bodied palate with intense dried fruit and toasted nuts notes. Each sip finishes with a very long, bold wave of peppery brown spices, floral honey and charred barrel flavors that balance the weight of the alcohol. It’s a big, bold, aged bourbon that has great balance for its high proof and flavor.  Tickets for the raffle are $10 or 3 for 20 and a maximum of 250 will be sold.  Winner will be chosen at the bourbon dinner and you need not be present to win!  CLICK HERE to purchase raffle tickets.

Cead Mile Failte- Presented By Huntington Bank
St. Peters School
118 Church St.
Chillicothe, Ohio 45601
6:00PM, Saturday, March 14, 2020
($100 – $750.00)

Join the Drowsy Lads, Joe Moriarty from Riverdance & more as they bring the party to Chillicothe for this annual St. Patricks Day Party!

The Drowsy Lads thundered onto the Irish music scene in the US over 15 years ago and have become fan favorites at every turn. Sticking to traditional roots the Lads bring a fire and excitement that is quickly winning over audiences.  With the release of their 4th album, Everyone In, and the notable camaraderie and genuineness that flows from their live performances, the future continues to look bright for these Lads.

Ohio brothers John and Daniel McKewen, father and son Phil and Josh Franck, and lifelong friend Bryan Brookes bring to the stage a concoction of “we dare you to hold still” Irish dance tunes as well as a full emotional gamut of songs and good humor.  Their authentic approach and deep enjoyment of people is a refreshing surprise to both casual music-lovers and those steeped in hardcore Trad.

Besides packing out theaters, concert halls, clubs and pubs, the Lads are lighting up Irish festivals including Milwaukee, Dublin, Dayton, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, and Louisville.  They were also featured at Lakeside Ohio’s Chautauqua series for four years, the beautiful Murphy theater for three, and were guest artists with the Otterbein University Orchestra.   Each Lad is a multi-instrumentalist, and the combined lineup includes fiddle, button accordion, tenor banjo, flute, whistle, guitar, bouzouki, Uilleann pipes, 5-string banjo, concertina, and bodhran.

The Lads are fond of creating their own spirited arrangements and offering occasional original compositions, even mixing in some bits of Bluegrass or Classical.  But these never get in the way of their obsession with the pure old Irish tunes, songs, wit, and friendship that has defined Irish music for centuries.

Joseph Moriarty was born and raised in Pickerington, Ohio and started traditional Irish dancing at the age of seven. It was soon obvious he had a natural flair for dancing and within a couples of years was winning age group titles at the US Midwestern Regional and US National Irish Dancing Championships. Joseph progressed to competing at the World Championships and consistently placed in the top five.

Mr. Moriarty then joined Riverdance-The Show in 1997 at the age of 16, and was asked to train for a lead position shortly after. Joseph is to date, the youngest male ever to be given the principal role. He is the second North American male to be given the lead role in the history of the show. Joseph held the lead male role longer than anyone in Riverdance history and toured with the company for over 13 years. His career highlights include starring on Broadway, performing in the Peoples Hall of China and the Moscow Kremlin State Palace, as well as performances for the Empress of Japan, the President of Ireland and many others.

Mr. Moriarty now concentrates his time running his dance studio in Pickerington, The ML Dance Academy with his beautiful wife, Yulia. He is excited to be performing in Chillicothe!

The evening will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a cash bar, food, soft drinks, a silent auction and entertainment.

Tickets are $100 each or $750 for reserved tables of eight. Ticket includes dinner, champagne and the show. Limited tickets are available now by calling 740-775-4100. Cead Mile Failte is presented by Huntington Bank with support from G&J Pespi Bottlers and Classic Brands.

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