Mountain Lake PBS to Host Downton Abbey Gala and Premiere

Plattsburgh, NY – 10/14/2015 – The sixth and final season of Downton Abbey will premiere in January of 2016 and Mountain Lake PBS will be celebrating with Carnival Films in a Holiday Gala inspired by Downton Abbey. On December 5th, 2015 at the Plattsburgh Elks Lodge Mountain Lake PBS will be hosting a cocktail hour that will be followed by a dinner featuring a menu inspired by Downton Abbey. The evening will culminate with a screening of the first episode of the upcoming final Season, which premieres on Mountain Lake PBS on January 3rd 2016.

“I’m so excited about this gala – Downton Abbey has meant so much to PBS stations around the country and we’re thrilled to celebrate it’s last hurrah.” said Erik Nycklemoe, President and CEO of Mountain Lake PBS.

The event, being held at the Plattsburgh Elks Lodge, will begin with a cocktail hour in the bar area styled as the Grantham Arms Pub followed by a formal 3-course dinner inspired by Downton Abbey. The evening will culminate with a screening of the first episode of the final season, 4 weeks before the broadcast premiere of Downton Abbey Season 6!

Guests are encouraged to wear either period or formal attire to celebrate the evening. Individual tickets with open seating are only $85.00, $160 per pair of tickets, and a reserved table of 8 is $650.00.

Viewers can expect to follow plot threads left dangling from last season, in an interview the show creator, Julian Fellowes revealed that the main theme for most episodes this season will be able ?resolution.? ÿTake that as you will, this season will be nothing but entertainment that will bring many questions and plots to a conclusion. ÿ

Downton Abbey is the most watched drama in PBS history, and episodes have streamed more than 12.6 million times, and Season 5 was seen by 25.5 million viewers. Carnival’s Managing Director and Executive Producer of Downton Abbey Gareth Neame said, “Millions of people around the world have followed the journey of the Crawley family and those who serve them for the last five years. Inevitably there comes a time when all shows should end and Downton is no exception. We wanted to close the doors of Downton Abbey when it felt right and natural for the storylines to come together and when the show was still being enjoyed so much by its fans. We can promise a final season full of all the usual drama and intrigue, but with the added excitement of discovering how and where they all end up?”

Season 6 kicks off in 1925. Around 6 months after the events of season 5. The upcoming season promises more drama, infused with the prospect of happy endings for its lead characters. Fans have witnessed ups and downs in the lives of the members in the Crawley family with much curiosity. But as season 6 brings the beloved show to an end viewers can suspect that they will be pleased with how everything comes together. Season 6 promises drama and plenty of emotion for its big finale.

“Downton Abbey has become an indelible part of the popular culture,” Julian Fellowes, writer and creator of Downton Abbey, said, “The Downton journey has been amazing for everyone aboard. People ask if we knew what was going to happen when we started to make the first series and the answer is that, of course we had no idea. Exactly why the series had such an impact and reached so many people around the world, all nationalities, all ages, all types, I cannot begin to explain. But I do know how grateful we are to have been allowed this unique experience. I suspect the show will always be a principal marker in most of our careers as we set out from here, and if so, I consider that a blessing and a compliment.”

Whet your appetite for Downton Abbey, Season 6 and join us for this Holiday Gala. Tickets are available online at


About Mountain Lake PBS

Mountain Lake PBS produces high quality programs for local and worldwide audiences, reaching over 3.9 million viewers in New York, Vermont, Quebec and Ontario. The station also provides a host of education and outreach services for learners of all ages and devotes at least eight hours a day to programming for children.

Mountain Lake PBS’ mission is to celebrate and strengthen the civic and cultural life of the Mountain Lake region by providing distinctive telecommunications programs and services that inform, educate, involve and entertain.