• Friday, December 4 at 7 p.m. Estebo Performing Arts Center, 100 George Ramseth Drive, Redwood Falls, MN
• Thursday, December 10 at 7 p.m. Carlos Creek Winery. 6693 County Rd 34 NW, Alexandria, MN
• Friday, December 11 at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Little Theater, 24 Central Ave E. New London MN
• Thursday, December 17 at 7 p.m. at the Mill Theater, 318 S. Main Street Milbank, SD
The events are free to Pioneer members on a first-come first-served basis, but tickets must be reserved online by visiting www.pioneer.org. A limited number of tickets will be made available to non-members who will be asked to make a voluntary donation to their local PBS station. In Alexandria, a special $50 a plate fundraising dinner is being hosted before the premiere event. For more information visit www.pioneer.org/carlos-creek-tickets.html
The events will feature a special showing of the first hour of the final season of Downton Abbey, an international television sensation created by Oscar winning writer Julian Fellowes. For the past 5 years, the program, (which airs on Sunday nights at 9:00 p.m. on Pioneer Public TV) has attracted a growing base of fans who tune in to watch the aristocratic Crawley family navigate a rapidly changing world in England during the 1920s and now the depression of the 1930s.
The show has inspired a nationwide interest in Edwardian era clothing and fashion, with top designers like Ralph Lauren offering gowns and tweed jackets based on the hit TV series. Audience members are encouraged to dress up for an informal "fashion show" that will be held as part of the evening festivities. Door prizes, Silent auction items and a Downton Abbey trivia quizzes are also planned for the events.
For those who can’t make the premieres, the Downton Abbey program will be broadcast on Sunday, January 3rd at 9 p.m. on Pioneer Public TV. Visit our Downton Abbey Fan Page.