Supper nets $11,000 for Brookevilles’s War of 1812 events -- Gazette.Net


The Madison Supper — part of the town of Brookeville’s celebration of its role in the War of 1812 — raised more than $11,000.

The event, organized by town resident Sandra Heiler and her War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission, was held Oct. 27 at the Inn at Brookeville Farms.

The Brookeville Town Commission heard the update during its monthly meeting on Monday.

In addition to a period menu, the evening featured a speech by a reenactor portraying President James Madison and a silent auction. Nearly 300 people attended, including Gov. Martin O’Malley. who arrived in period attire, portraying Gen. John Mason.

“In addition to the money we raised, it made a lot of people aware of Brookeville,” Heiler, who did not attend the meeting, said during a phone interview. “It was a lot of fun, and I think everyone had a good time.”

The money raised will be put into a general fund, most of which will be used for the large culminating event — the War of 1812 commemoration planned for Aug. 30-31, 2014. Heiler said the expenses will include costumes, visitor services, shuttles and interpreters.

Several events are planned leading up to the August event.

The Montgomery County Historical Society will include a War of 1812 track at its annual history conference at the Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus in Rockville on Jan. 25. Brookeville will hold its own seminar in March, focusing on the burning of Washington.

On May 3, the town will host an historic house tour as another fundraiser, and in June, The White House Historical Society will sponsor a play for local children.

A documentary about the events of Aug. 26, 1814, is also in the works.

Heiler said the town has been awarded several grants to help to pay for the commemoration events. The money raised at the supper and upcoming house tour will help offset additional costs.

Sharing holiday spirit

Town residents gathered for the annual holiday party on Dec. 7 at the Brookeville Academy.

“The party was another success,” Commission President Michael Acierno said. “The turnout was really good, and people seemed to have a good time.”

The holiday party has been a town tradition for many years.

Meeting change

Due to scheduling issues, the commissioners will hold their January meeting on Jan. 6 at 8 p.m. at the Academy.