Held in the fall, the Friends Annual Reception is a terrific opportunity for the Friends to gather in fellowship and honor faithful members, dedicated volunteers and generous supporters. This intimate evening includes special entertainment, highlights of the past year’s achievements, light dinner and wine and/or beer bar. The event occurs from 6–8 pm and is complimentary to current members.
Non-members may attend for an additional cost (average $20 per person).
2012 Annual Reception Highlights
Celebrating Our Past... Looking to our Future
The 2012 Annual Reception, held on October 18th, had a record number of Friends and Partners in attendance. The evening began with greetings from Revolutionary War icon Private Joseph Plumb Martin and concluded with a special presentation recapping the Knox Covered Bridge Restoration Project. Presented by the Chief of Interpretation and Education, Rhonda Schier shared details and images of the restoration and the heartfelt and positive responses posted on Facebook from the online community who also value the bridge and adore its meaning.
Don Naimoli, Chairman of the Board, presented Nolan Painting a commemorative plaque to honor their hard work and generous donation that made the restoration project possible.
During the Annual Reception, the Friends announced the 2012 fundraising initiative which will assist the Park to rebuild one of the original redoubts, known as Ft. John Moore. Named for the farmer that owned the land, the deteriorating redoubt is currently located along Outer Line Drive near Muhlenberg Brigade. Fundraising efforts will help to restore the structure and develop it as an interpretive experience and educational site for 1.6 million individuals, families and school children that visit the Park annually.
Attendees also got the opportunity to view the redoubt diorama exhibit on display in the Visitor Center for the very first time. The diorama was built by a park volunteer about 30 years ago. It is the only visual representation of the type of earthen fortifications that the Continental Army built here in 1777 to fend off an attack from the British – a mere day’s march away.
Viewing of the redoubt diorama has been limited to the Education Center and is now fully accessible during Visitor Center hours. Please stop-by to view this new exhibit and learn about the construction of a Revolutionary War redoubt.