Inauguration Events For Wolf, Stack Will Showcase Their Informal Style

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capitolShortly after Gov.-Elect Tom Wolf met with those entrusted to handle the inauguration ceremonies involving himself and Lt. Gov.-Elect Michael Stack, he said that aside from the official swearing-in ceremonies dedicated by tradition, in which he will be sworn in as the Commonwealth’s 47th Governor, the celebration would need to be a reflection of what he and his Lieutenant Governor were bringing to the table.

That celebration begins Tuesday at 8 p.m. at the Hershey Lodge, 325 University Drive, Hershey, Pa.

“Guests are welcome to dress however they feel comfortable to attend an evening celebration,” the Wolf Inaugural Committee announced earlier last week.

It’s seen as a necessary sharing of a victory, but not the all-important event it was for some previous administrations. The past few Governors have held their black-tie celebrations at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex.

Performers at the main stage in the Great American Ballroom include the YWCA York Temple Guard Drill Team, singer/songwriter Valerie Broussard, Philadelphia-based band Dreamtime, urban-rock violinist Damien Escobar and students from Milton Hershey School’s String Ensemble.

Even the menu is down-to-earth local fare. The evening’s Pennsylvania-themed menu will feature grilled kielbasa and soft pretzel bites, pierogies and Kennett Square mushroom brandy sauce, hunter’s elk meatloaf on potato rolls, grinder bites and a Lancaster County meat-and-cheese display.

For dessert, guests can taste petits fours, linzer squares, pecan diamonds, chocolate cream tarts, cannolis, cream puffs, macaroons, chocolate nut clusters, chocolate truffles and a variety of mousse cups.

And that’s not all. Classic late-night snacks like hot dogs, chips and ice cream will be available toward the end of the night.

The lounge will be a room for conversation and relaxation. Pennsylvania-made beer and wine, along with the night’s signature cocktail, “The 47,” will be served. In the ballroom, themed cocktails “William Penn” and “Mount Wolf” are available. Historical photos of York will be on display throughout the room.

Throughout the night, guests can pose for official portraits, take photos in front of backdrops featuring the state’s landmarks or snap a shot with one of the Pennsylvania sports mascots walking around the rooms.

“This night will be a celebration of Pennsylvania’s people, talent, cultural significance and history,” stated Reid Walsh, co-chair of the Wolf Inaugural Committee. “We’re excited to give Pennsylvanians the opportunity to welcome a new chapter of our shared history.”

The celebration begins at 8 p.m. and “celebratory attire” is encouraged. Tickets – $100 general admission and $50 for students and seniors – were still being sold at

Here’s today’s schedule of inauguration events:

Swearing-In Ceremony Of Lt. Gov. Michael J. Stack III
Tuesday, Jan. 20
The Capitol, Senate Chamber
Swearing-In: 10:30 a.m.
Event will be live-streamed.

Swearing-In Ceremony For Gov. Tom Wolf

Tuesday, Jan. 20
The Capitol, East Wing
Commonwealth Avenue, Harrisburg
Gates Open: 10 a.m.
Guests must be seated at 11:30 a.m.
Swearing-In: Noon
Open to the public. Tickets required.
Tickets to this event are free.

Inaugural Exhibit Of The Pennsylvania Arts And Children’s Program
Tuesday, Jan. 20
The State Museum of Pennsylvania
Museum Hours: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Children’s Program: 1 to 4:30 p.m.
300 North Street, Harrisburg
Open to the public. No tickets required.
Museum will be live-streaming inaugural events.

Open House Hosted By The Governor And First Lady
Tuesday, Jan. 20
The Governor’s Residence
2035 N. Front Street, Harrisburg
3 to 4:30 p.m.
Open to the public. No tickets required.
Shuttles to Governor’s Residence will be provided.

‘Let’s Get Started’ Inaugural Celebration
Tuesday, Jan. 20
The Hershey Lodge
325 University Drive, Hershey
8 to 11 p.m.
Tickets required.
Celebratory attire.

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