"Lincoln Lite," a dinner theater presentation featuring favorite songs and stories of President Abraham Lincoln, will be offered at the Historic Farnsworth House Inn, 401 Baltimore St., at 8 p.m. on Thursdays, June 21, July 19, Aug. 23, Sept.20, and Oct. 25.
Tom Fontana, a correspondent for the Gettysburg Times, will retell Lincoln's humorous stories and witty remarks as recalled by his friends, family and associates from throughout his life. (Lincoln once advised a congressman, "It's better to be silent and seem like a fool than to speak and remove all doubt.")
Several traditional American folk songs and hymns hummed by Lincoln will also be featured, such as "The Blue-Tailed Fly," "Home Sweet Home," and "Amazing Grace." (Lincoln often requested to hear bawdy songs soldiers sang in camp.)
Audience members will be invited to join in the singing, as well as participate in a recreation of the knee-slapping, hee-hawing scene from "Our American Cousin," the comic play that amused Lincoln at Ford's Theater the night he was assassinated. (That play is best described as "Downton Abbey meets Gomer Pyle.")
Ticket price for the one-hour show in the Farnsworth House dining room is $15.95 per person. Food and refreshments can be ordered separately from a full menu.
Families and groups of all ages are welcome. For reservations, call the Farnsworth House Inn at 717-334-8838.