Guests were greeted by costumed actors donning Civil War era threads and escorted up the marble staircase into the Library to the sounds of the eight-piece Excelsior Cornet Band. The band was featured in the recent flick, Lincoln.
Once inside, guests could visit Mary Elizabeth’s Chocolate Shoppe and exchange their wooden nickles for a piece of chocolate made exactly to Mary Elizabeth’s 1863 recipe by Lune Chocolat, a confectionery based in Manlius (if you missed the event and are looking for some of the chocolates, visit the OHA gift shoppe!) Exhibits were set up in a room overlooking The Mission Restaurant, which many people don’t know was the site of the Emancipation Jubilee, an 1863 celebration of the signing of the Proclamation. The former Syracuse Wesleyan Methodist Church was also a stop along the Underground Railroad.
Tapas by Parisa (one of our new favorite downtown eateries) were served on tables made from vintage doors, and the citron and navy decor gave a modern feel to the historical event. Our “Page Out of History” centerpieces tied in the theme of the event, while the fun mini vases added a sassy, modern pop. Later in the evening guests ventured to the dance floor and showed off their 2013 dance moves to the smooth sounds of Soft Spoken.
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