Genetti Hotel Celebrating Its 90th Anniversary
Williamsport — Members of the community will soon have a chance to step back in time as they celebrate the 90th anniversary of the historic Genetti Hotel, located in downtown Williamsport. With food and drink in abundance, the grand celebration is to be held on Friday, November 30, from 6:00 until 9:00 pm. In the spirit of the evening, guests are encouraged to arrive in costume reminiscent of the 1920s-1930s, but it is not a requirement. As guests arrive, vintage automobiles will be parked outside the hotel, supplied by the Antique Automobile Association of America. Hotel tours with costumed docents will highlight newly-refurbished areas. Obtaining a password, guests will gain access to the authentic ‘Speakeasy’ in the bar.
Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served, beginning at 6:00 pm in the Garden/Terrace Ballroom, with music provided by the Uptown Music Collective Jazz Ensemble. Decadent desserts served with coffee and/or cordials will be served in the Grand Ballroom, beginning at 7:30. Ragtime music of the period will be performed by the WAHS Millionaire String Quartet. At 8:30, guests are encouraged to gather in the ballroom for remarks by Mr. Gus Genetti, owner of the Hotel, and General Manager Marc Schefsky. Serving as Master of Ceremonies for the evening will be radio personality Ken Sawyer. A highlight of the evening’s festivities will be a film documentary on the history of the Genetti Hotel. Located at 200 West Fourth Street, the Hotel opened its doors in 1922 as the Lycoming Hotel and has served as a gathering spot for Presidents, visiting dignitaries, and entertainers.
Following the film, guests will have an opportunity to participate in the ‘Prince Farrington’ Black Jack Tournament, which will be held in the ‘Speakeasy’ with the hosts for the evening, Gus and Val Genetti.
Tickets are $35 per person, and may be purchased by sending a check, money order or credit card information to: Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce, 100 West Third Street, Williamsport, PA., 17701. However, please note that checks should be made payable to the Lycoming County Historical Society. Ticket sales will directly benefit the Thomas T. Taber Museum of the Lycoming County Historical Society. Reservations are limited and should be placed by November 23.
For further information, please telephone or visit the website of the Genetti Hotel at (570)-326-6600 (www.genettihotel.com); the Williamsport-Lycoming Chamber of Commerce at (570)-326-1971 (www.williamsport.org) or the Thomas T. Taber Museum at (570)-326-3326 (www.tabermuseum.org).