MANCHESTER - The television phenomenon that is "Downton Abbey" on PBS's "Masterpiece" has viewers relishing the Dowager Countess's every barb.

On Saturday, Jan. 5, and Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013, Vermont Public Television will hold a fund-raising event with the help of a generous group of area businesses and colleges.

The Essex Resort & Spa in Essex, Vt., is co-host of VPT's Experience inspired by "Downton Abbey" and the site where fans of the show will gather on the eve of the new season.

Eons Creative, LLC, of Manchester Center, Vt., is producing the event for VPT.

"Collaboration, participation and sponsorship are vital components of an event this size, and we are grateful for the support of the region's businesses and institutions," said Michael Ellenbogen, a founder of Eons Creative. "We love creating experiences like this one, where people can have fun and help VPT continue to broadcast 'Downton Abbey' and provide all the programs and services viewers treasure."

VPT welcomes additional companies to contribute sponsorship, advertising, or a product for the event's gift bag. Call (802) 768-8498 or michael@eonscreative .com.