MANCHESTER - Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning will host a Summer Ball in the style of Downton Abbey, on Friday, Aug. 2, at Hildene in Manchester. This event will be their biggest gala fund-raising event in its 12-year history.

The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception on the terrace overlooking the formal gardens. Then at 7:45 there will be dinner and dancing under the event tent with music provided by High Definition. A Scottish bagpiper will lead guests to the tent.

"In addition to raising funds for Green Mountain Academy, we are creating a night to be remembered and encourage guests to celebrate the style and grace of the Downton Abbey family or their household staff by recreating the era with their own versions of period dress, evening gowns, riding attire, black tie, white tie, 'tea gowns', and even a footman's or hand maid's uniform," said event Chair Judy Livingston.

The Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning will be holding a "Downton Abbey" themed summer ball on Aug. 2 at Hildene. Period dress is
The Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning will be holding a "Downton Abbey" themed summer ball on Aug. 2 at Hildene. Period dress is optional. (Michael Ellenbogen Photo)

While period dress is encouraged, creative costuming is not required to attend.

"We have been incredibly fortunate to have such a passionate and energetic committee," said committee member and Green Mountain Academy's Executive Director Gloria Palmer. "Thanks to their creativity we will all be able to share a magnificent experience at Hildene."

Additional members from the Man chester area include Honorary Chair, Gail Williams, Chair, Judy Livingston, Co-chairs Lisa Helm holz-Adams and Elena Atwill together with Nan Bambara, Catherine Booth by, Sarah Hadden, Georgine Holman, Julane Irvin-Ware, Lisa La berge, Tina Long, Judi McCor mick, Judie Robbins, Fran Sirak, Rocco Maggiotto, and Renee Bornstein.

Summer Ball tickets are $125 per person. Raffle tickets are also available in advance for $25 each, three for $50, or seven for $100. Event tickets may be purchased online at www.greenmtnacademy.org or event and raffle tickets may be purchased by calling Gloria Palmer at (802) 366-1820. Join the conversation and other fans on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GreenMountainAcademy and stay up to date with new details of the event as they develop.

Vermont Public Television, WJJR Mix 98.1, The Manchester Journal, and Eons Creative are sponsoring the marketing and media initiatives. Luxbrush Painting Company has made a capital contribution and will provide a One Day House Painting service for the brief live auction valued at $5,000. Rocco Maggiotto and Kathleen Fisher, Manchester Consulting Group, and a Weston Playhouse Theatre Company Board member are the first corporate, organizational and individual sponsors in the event.

Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning, a non-profit organization based in Manchester, Vermont, is a vital community resource that is enriching the cultural and intellectual life of the community by offering lectures, courses and events.