Downton Abbey Party in Lebanon

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So, did you see my original post on Highclere Estate and This Downton Abbey Party?

Here is the update from September’s Downton Abbey Gala in beautiful Historic Downton Lebanon, Ohio! Lebanon also does an AMAZING Horse Parade. Over 130 different species of Horse Drawn Carriages decorated with lights (yes, even the horses) the first weekend in December each year. Not to be missed. I’ll do a post soon on the upcoming parade. See the bottom of this post for 2 amazing photos from the 2012 Lebanon Horse Parade!

Back to the party:

This party was actually held in the lovely home shown below.  It is the home of Gerry Miller of Lebanon and of Interior Designer to the Stars fame. Mr. Miller’s clients included Ann Margaret and Kathy Hilton. Kathy Hilton now designs gowns and actually I think they are very pretty. Many photos of celebrities grace the interior of this home.

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The “PILLARS”. The venue for the Downton Abbey Gala

Chatti Patti is ready to go. Downton Abbey Party is just a few minutes ride away!

Chatti Patti is ready to go. Downton Abbey Party is just a few minutes ride away!

Drivers on hand to escort all guests to the Miller Manse in style, not necessarily Downton Abbey era, but awesome none the less!

Drivers on hand to escort all guests to the Miller Manse in style, not necessarily Downton Abbey era, but awesome none the less!

Peek from the back seat of our private car.

Peek from the back seat of our private car.

We arrive to the sound of a live bag-piper. Actually the sound could be heard for miles as we heard it well before the drive up the long driveway to the stately location.

We arrive to the sound of a live bag-piper. Actually the sound could be heard for miles as we heard it well before the drive up the long driveway to the stately location.

First there was a social hour where we met and mingled with other guests, most dressed for the occasion.

First there was a social hour where we met and mingled with other guests, most dressed for the occasion.

More drinking and talking, Drinking.

More drinking and talking, Drinking.

Friends of Gerry Miller (HOST) pose for a photo. One of my favorite clients is in the front row but I won't embarrass you Nancy!

Friends of Gerry Miller (HOST) pose for a photo. One of my favorite clients is in the front row but I won’t embarrass you Nancy!

So glad Violet, The duchess of Grantham showed up.

So glad Violet, The Duchess of Grantham showed up. Excuse me, The Dowager Duchess of Grantham.

I spotted the  most handsome gent at the party!

I spotted the most handsome gent at the party! He later took me home!

Lovely centerpieces adorned the tables under the great tent~

Lovely centerpieces adorned the tables under the great tent~

The musicians were wonderful and were local from Lebanon, Ohio.

The musicians were wonderful and were local from Lebanon, Ohio.

Poolside. I don't think I've seen such a lovely pool at Downton Abbey.

Poolside. I don’t think I’ve seen such a lovely pool at Downton Abbey.

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More costumes. 🙂

Live Auction

Fund raising begins with a live auction with proceeds to benefit the Lebanon Ohio Conservancy Foundation and word has it that they did indeed raise enough money to save a historic home in downtown Lebanon from being destroyed. So thankful that people VOLUNTEER to take on such a task and I enjoy supporting such endeavors.

Evening came to a close and waiting in the drive was a Rolls Royce Silver Shadow.  Eat. Your. Heart. Out.

Evening came to a close and waiting in the drive was a Rolls Royce Silver Shadow. Eat. Your. Heart. Out.

Wait, here's a better picture of the  Rolls Royce. :-)

Wait, here’s a better picture of the Rolls Royce. 🙂

Thanks for stopping by Chatti Patti Talks Design as well as chats about other things, but primarily design! It was at a Designer’s home!

Here’s a sneak peek at the Annual Historic Downtown Lebanon Horse Parade.

Horses come in all sizes and you will see them at this event. Pray for nice weather. I had a front row seat last year. Press.

Horses come in all sizes and you will see them at this event. Pray for nice weather. I had a front row seat last year. Press.

Love this big guys, they come at the end of the parade. and guess what?! The OFFICIAL BUDWEISER CLYDESDALES ARE COMING THIS YEAR! WOOT!

Love this big guys, they come at the end of the parade. and guess what?! The OFFICIAL BUDWEISER CLYDESDALES ARE COMING THIS YEAR! WOOT!

ALL PHOTOS BY PATTI JOHNSON.

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Downton Abbey Gala in Historic Lebanon Ohio

Downton Abbey in Lebanon, Ohio? Really?

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The infamous Downton Abbey or Highclere Castle at Highclere Estate

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The Highclere Estate

Highclere Castle has become incredibly well known as one of England’s finest historic houses, but the landscape in which it sits is renowned for its beauty and is well worth exploring.

The estate is situated in varied topography and lies within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Farming and forestry have always been important part of the estate.

“Highclere Castle is one of England’s most beautiful Victorian Castles set amidst 1,000 acres of spectacular parkland. The Carnarvon family has lived at Highclere since 1679, and the current Castle stands on the site of an earlier house, which in turn was built on the foundations of the medieval palace owned by the Bishops of Winchester for some 800 years.”

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The cast of the British Drama Downton Abbey

“Longstanding friend of the Carnarvon family, Julian Fellowes had Highclere Castle in mind as he wrote Downton Abbey. He often commented he wanted a house which spectacularly testified to the confidence and soaring optimism of the Edwardian period.

The success of Downton Abbey took everyone by surprise from the first nervous apprehension whether anyone would like the first episode or stay with it for the second or third… the series has become a phenomenon with appreciative viewers all around the world.”

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“The Pillars” ~ Lebanon Ohio

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Socialize with neighbors and meet new friends!

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Enjoy the terrace and stroll through the lovely gardens.

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Enjoy an appetizer from the staff…

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Dine with friends on gourmet food catered by Kohler Catering

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There will be music…

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Pose for a photo with your favorite stars of Downton Abbey…

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View some classic vintage luxury automobiles…

This event is being sponsored by The Lebanon Conservancy Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of historical homes.

All proceeds will benefit local preservation.

The Lebanon Conservancy Foundation

Rus Kindrick, President

27 N. Mechanic Street

P.O. Box 893

Lebanon, Ohio 45036

For Ticket information:

 (513) 228-1810

High Acres becomes DPVA’s 2013 Designer’s Show House and Gardens

Welcome to High Acres, the Rike Estate

2013 DPVA Designer’s ShowHouse and Gardens

A discernible hush has settled on the estate since my last visit.

The expected hustle and bustle had cleared for the present to accommodate the photographer taking pictures for the DPVA ShowHouse and Gardens Program Book. A sneak peek around the house and behind a few closed doors revealed spaces waiting patiently for their fixtures. Darkened rooms accompanied by white dust covers draped teasingly over the fine upholstery arouse feelings of anticipation to see it all come together! A few more touches here and there, a light fixture to hang, towels to add and High Acres will proudly receive its guests for tour. You do not, I repeat, do not want to miss this one!  It is the grandest and best showhouse that the DPVA has sponsored and they have been producing show stopping show homes and gardens for quite some time…

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The marble Conservatory. Lovely.

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2013 DPVA ShowHouse Sneak Peek Master Suite

It’s located in the lovely area of Oakwood and here’s a little background info on both Oakwood and the beginnings of Rikes Department Stores.

Oakwood History

Oakwood was officially incorporated in 1908. It was initially farmland, but after a disastrous flood that destroyed most of downtown Dayton, the property of Oakwood was largely advertized for real estate investment. Growth took place rapidly and by 1930, the population of the village topped 6,000. In 1908, Oakwood was incorporated as a city. Orville Wright was one of the city’s early inhabitants, and his home, Hawthorn Hill, is still present.

Rikes became Lazarus, Lazarus became Macy’s. A biographical sketch from Wright State University Library.

Biographical Sketch of Rikes…

On March 9, 1853, “Gideon G. Prugh, James J. Joice and David L. Rike announced that “Prugh, Joice & Rike.. Third Street opposite the Methodist church..are now receiving and opening, direct from New York and Philadelphia, dry goods…in the room formerly occupied by Gebhart’s.” It encompassed only 2,500 sq. ft. and employed four sales people.”

In 1868 “Incorporated as D.L. Rike & Company with R.I. Cummin and Samuel E. Kumler, Mr. Rike’s brother-in-law, as partners.” In 1870 “Rike’s began to expand, opening a “suburban” store at 235 Fifth Street under the name of Rike, Hassler & Company.” In 1977 Rike, Hassler & Co. moved to new, larger quarters at 417-419 E. Fifth where it continued in business into 1894 (the year after the parent firm opened its new store.)” In 1893 Rikes opened a new building at Fourth and Main Streets. The building was designed after the Exposition Building at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair.

By 1912 Rikes had moved to Second and Main. 1913 saw the Flood of Dayton ruin the main floor and basement. In 1915 an addition for men’s wear was added. 1918 saw Rike’s join eight other independent stores to form the Associated Merchandising Corporation.

In 1938 an eight floor was added. The addition included air-conditioning and four elevators. 1950 saw the formation of the Rike’s 20 Year club. The Rikes parking garage was opened in 1959. During this time Rike’s became a Division of the Federated Department Stores. Rikes opened up branches in 1963 and 64 in Salem and Kettering. (Information from Box 6 File 1 125th Anniversary)

After the death of D.L. Rike, his son, Frederick, became the company’s president. The business continued to thrive and expansion again became necessary. Rike’s continued to grow and David Rike, Frederick’s son, eventually took over as president of the firm.

Rike’s celebrated its 100th anniversary in 1953 and 125th in 1978. In 1982 the company merged with Cincinnati’s Shillito’s Department Store and became Shillito-Rikes. In 1986 that corporation became Lazarus.

In 1999 the Rikes Building was destroyed to make way for development. Today a performance arts center stands where the Rikes building was located.

That’s all for now, see you soon with more pics! Thank you for stopping by Chatti Patti Talks Design!

You can get more information on the DPVA Showhouse, events, parking and hours here.