May 13

Thank you!

2017’s 4th annual Glensheen Gala was a huge success!

The continued support from the community and you are invaluable as we strive to maintain and restore the estate for generations to come.

Below are the details from our past Gala. Keep checking back for updates as we plan another great gala for 2018!

Accompany the Congdons on their French adventure of 1912.

Glensheen will be opening rarely-seen spaces as well as some not available to the public at any other time. For your enjoyment, there will be sensational cheeses, incredible bread and, of course, phenomenal wines from the visited regions of France.



Saturday, May 13

7pm – 10pm



“Don't miss Duluth's most decadent party!”

The Drinks

Compliments of the House

Enjoy a complimentary drink and tour the estate to find the two free “shots in the dark” locations.


No French tour would be complete without sampling wines from across the country.

Cash Bars

Back by popular demand, Glensheen will have cash bars dispersed throughout the estate. In an effort to ensure each guest is able to get the exact drink desired, each bar has been carefully positioned to ensure ease and access.

Coffee - Late Night Pickup

Stay energized throughout the night with some of Duluth’s finest roasts. Provided by Duluth Coffee Company, the Glensheen Gala coffee bar is the perfect complement to any of the night’s fine foods and desserts.

Hors D'oeuvres


It wouldn’t be a French event without an array of mouth-watering cheeses.

Station One

Vegetable Crudite – fresh & marinated vegetables with an assortment of aioli’s

Charcuterie Platter – an assortment of dry cured meats, sausages and pate’s

Station Two

Croque Madame – prosciutto, gruyere, French baguette and quail egg

Station Three

Steak au Poivre – beef tenderloin, cognac peppercorn sauce

Truffle Pomme Frites – fresh cut fries and remoulade

Station Four

Bouillabaisse – lake trout, salmon, mussels, court bouillon and noodles

Duck Confit Cassoulet – braised duck leg, white bean casserole

Station Five - Dessert

Petit Fours – and assortment of miniature confectionary

Crouquembouche – choux pastry bound with caramel

Explore the Estate

New & Rarely Seen

The Glensheen Gala is the only event allowing you to explore the second floor of the Carriage House, the famous Third Floor, and even take a peek inside the rarely-opened silver safe—all while enjoying the fun of Duluth’s most decadent party.

New Restoration

Have you seen the restoration done in Robert’s Room to unveil the hand-stenciled “Birds in Flight?”

How about the recently opened Gardener’s Cottage?

Even the Amusement Room’s golden wood floors have been renewed to reveal the true feel intended within the space.

See them all, and more, at the Glensheen Gala!


Live Music

No party would be complete without live music to energize the soul. This year will feature Tender Ness, a troupe sounding like jazz bossa nova with a French twist.

Lakeside Bonfires

When visiting a twelve-acre estate located on the shores of Lake Superior, a bonfire is almost a requirement. Grab your beverage and a small snack, listen to the crackling fire and enjoy the view!


Park offsite and ride the shuttle to Glensheen. The shuttle, running on a continuous loop, will bring guests onto the estate via the West Gate and main driveway.

Once the night is over, take the shuttle back to your car as a perfect way to end the evening.

Off-site parking will be at Ordean-East Middle School. 2900 E 4th Street, Duluth, MN 55812.

Ordean-East Middle School

Shuttle Parking Directions
Saturday, May 13
Starting at Glensheen, the Historic Congdon Estate
3300 London Road, Duluth, MN 55804

  • Take a right out of the parking lot onto London Road toward South 36th Avenue East.
  • Take a left onto South 36th Avenue East.
  • Take a left onto East Superior Street.
  • Take a right onto North Hawthorne Road.
  • Take a left onto East 4th Street.
  • Ordean-East Middle School will be on the left.

The shuttle runs on a continuous loop from 6:30 – 10:30


An event this spectacular can't be done alone. Please join us in thanking all of our kind sponsors.

Presenting Sponsors

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