PHOTOS: Viewpointe Winery Celebrates Downton Abbey Series Finale

Saturday March 5th, 2016

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Fans of the British drama, Downton Abbey were treated to a themed dinner at Viewpointe Estate Winery Saturday evening, the evening before the show’s finale.

“There’s so many fans, it’s just amazing,” said Viewpointe Estate Winery event planner, Esther Reaume. “Guests came out totally dressed and really into the series, which was so much fun, so everybody took part. As well, we have the Ghost Light Players, local acting troop, that are portraying six of the Downton Abbey cast and they are fabulous. They stay in character the whole time and mingle with the guests and so on, it’s fun. “

The evening began with a screening of an episode in the winery’s lower level, also known as the great space. Attendees paired the show with a glass of sparkling wine, and then followed the screening with dinner in the winery’s upstairs reception room which overlooks the lake.

“A lot of Downton Abbey takes place around the table,” said Reaume. “It is about a grand house in England, starting before World War I and ending in the ‘20s. It is about that type of lifestyle where there was an upstairs, downstairs and a lot of the show is about the life of the family and the downstairs service. Because it is about the wait staff and the servants as well as the family, a lot of it takes place around the dining room and it is just tremendous scenery and attention to detail, very authentic. All of that kind of suits what it is we’re doing because we’re able to set the tables up to look like Downton Abbey too.”

Reaume said the first event they held sold out quickly. The second round gathered about 65 guests, not nearly as many as the initial round but still a great group. She explained with all the weddings in the summer, having events like these in the winter helps bring guests to the winery all year round.

“In the winter we always look for events that would be fun for guests to come out to the winery for,” said Reaume. “It’s been fun, it is like a Downton Abbey fan fest. Everybody is so enthusiastic and it’s been a pleasure.”

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