I wish I could give this less than a "one". The whole evening started badly and went downhill from there. We were told to arrive at 6:30 and we did. The rest of the audience, however, had obviously arrived well before that time and most of the dinner orders had been taken. We were truly embarrassed and we never got the tour of the house that other reviewers have mentioned. My husband enjoyed his steak, but I thought the chicken and biscuits were watery and there was only a tiny portion of the vegetable serving.
This dinner and show is incredibly overpriced -- We spent over $100 for the food and the show without any alcoholic drinks. The Inn automatically adds a gratuity of which we were unaware beforehand. Charging any gratuity is laughable because the service was extremely poor. I had to go back into the kitchen and find a waitress to refill our drinks. The couple at the next table did not receive their food and had to chase it down. And there is no ballroom. We were squeezed into a downstairs hallway, while a party took place in the enclosed area -- a party that received most of the serving staff's attention.
The performer, the so-called "Professor" Kerrigan, gave a bad amateur performance, straight out of a child's "how to do magic tricks" book. It was easy to see how it was done. He lost most of his audience's interest when one of the card tricks failed. And he went on and on and on in some type of fake accent, feeling the need to lecture us about magic and illusion rather then letting us see for ourselves. To make bad matters worse, he had trouble with the sound system and music throughout the performance. And no one from the Inn appeared to help him fix it. So he stumbled through. If this guy is part of the ownership of the Inn, then he needs to quit performing and go back to fixing some of the problems with the management and service. If he is a hired performer, then the Inn needs to find another performer. Better entertainment is certainly available in the Gettysburg area, perhaps someone who can tell ghost stories without amateurish illusion and magic. A bad experience!
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