HOLLIDAYSBURG — Fort Roberdeau is making plans for an 18th century dinner inside a 21st century structure, hoping to sell enough tickets to cover the $5,889 cost.

The dinner, now scheduled for Sept. 22 at the Blair County Convention Center, has previously been held at Fort Roberdeau in Sinking Valley, as a fundraiser to support the Revolutionary War-era fort that the county restored in preparation for the nation’s 1976 Bicentennial.

In prior years, those attending the fort’s dinner were served as many as 10 nearly-authentic 18th century first-course entrees, accompanied by side dishes, soup and desserts.

Fort Director Glenn Nelson told commissioners Tuesday that because the fort can accommodate no more than 40 guests, alternative locations were considered with a goal of making the event a larger fundraiser.

Of the three locations contacted, Nelson said the fort’s association board settled on the convention center because it displays pictures of Fort Roberdeau and because the serving staff members will be dressing in period costumes.

In considering the request, Commissioner Amy Webster pointed out that when the dinner was held at the fort, the cost would have been considerably less.

But Webster, along with fellow commissioners Dave Kessling and Laura Burke, approved Nelson’s request to sign a facility event agreement with the convention center to host the event for $5,889.

Nelson told commissioners that the fort’s budget has money that could be transferred to help cover costs, but it’s hoped that ticket sales will be sufficient. He also said that if the event generates revenue beyond costs, then that revenue will be directed into the donations and contributions portion of the fort’s budget.

Mirror Staff Writer Kay Stephens is at 814-946-7456.

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