Scioto Society to Close 2017 Season with Bourbon Dinner, Nov. 10

The Scioto Society, Inc, producers of the Outdoor Drama Tecumseh! will close their 2017 season on Nov. 10 with a bourbon dinner at the Christopher Conference Center.

The organization launched an aggressive education program in 2017, including a trunk show which is currently on tour at local schools.  The trunk show tells the legend of Tecumseh and the Galloway family in more depth than the Outdoor Drama is able to.  Five actors were hired to stay on after closing night at Sugarloaf Mountain to mount and tour the show.  Over 20 schools were visited this fall.

Additionally, all students in Pike, Ross and Pickaway Counties were provided tickets for free to attend the drama this past summer.  That ticket giveaway will continue in 2018 and represents nearly $200,000 in donated tickets to local students.

Scioto Society CEO Brandon Smith said “The tour was a pretty expensive program for us to launch. Fortunately, we were the recipients of grant dollars from the Ohio Arts Council which helped to defray those costs.  But that’s a one-time grant, so we’re establishing a couple of fundraising programs for the fall season which we hope will support these programs in perpetuity…or at least for the foreseeable future. Our young education programs are of vital importance in our overall long-term strategy to keep the company viable and to continue bringing tourist dollars to our communities.”

The largest and most visible of those fundraising programs will be a bourbon dinner on Nov. 10th at the Christopher Conference Center in Chillicothe.  The world’s leading bourbon expert, Tim Knittel, will lead attendees through a five-course meal each paired with a world class bourbon.  Five additional rare bourbons will be available for tasting and two very rare bourbons will be available in a small silent auction. 

“We’ve got a couple of spectacular bottles which I would gamble to say that no one in attendance will have tasted, and we’ll show you some new ways to use old favorites.  Tim will also spend some time talking about how to serve and feature bourbons at your upcoming holiday meals and gatherings.” Said Smith.

Tickets for the dinner are $50 per person and include 5 courses and 5 tastings.  Additional tasting will be available.  For further information or to purchase tickets call The Scioto Society at 740-775-4100 or visit

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