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Teddy Roosevelt to celebrate Honeywell’s birthday

Posted: Friday, January 11, 2019

The president is coming to the Honeywell House and you’re invited! The 26th commander in chief, Theodore Roosevelt, portrayed by Hoosier native Gib Young, will be on hand to help celebrate Mark Honeywell’s 149th birthday on Friday, January 18, at 6:30 p.m. Guests will have the opportunity to mingle with the president and enjoy an intimate candlelit dinner.

A life-long admirer of the man who uttered the words “speak softly and carry a big stick,” Young made the decision to portray the exuberant president after a teacher convinced him to present as Roosevelt for a fifth grade class. The challenge and fun of that small event led Young to engage an in-depth study of the historical figure that resulted into what is now a professional career.

As President Roosevelt, Young has appeared at the White House, Mt. Rushmore National Memorial, Devils Tower National Monument, Jewel Cave National Monument, Washington’s Mt. Vernon, Lincoln’s Boyhood Home in Indiana, Lincoln Home National Historic Site in Springfield, Illinois, U.S. Grant’s home in St. Louis, the Ottawa Ohio Wildlife Refuge, the JFK Library, the Smithsonian’s American History Museum and Ft. Caspar in Wyoming. Young has also appeared at hundreds of historical societies, libraries, schools, retirement homes and festivals.

Executive Chef David Ericsson will serve an exceptional menu for this birthday dinner that features vichyssoise, herb-roasted chicken with wild mushroom reduction, mashed sweet potatoes, braised Brussels sprouts and baked Alaska.

Reservations are required and may be made by calling (260) 563-2326 ext. 1. Tickets are $40 per person (includes tax and gratuity) and may be purchased online at Attending guests are welcome to don period dress.