The recent premiere of "Downton Abbey" broke viewership records for PBS. The buzz is alive and well in Downers Grove, where special programs celebrate its return this month. (Photo provided)

In tandem with the season premiere of "Downton Abbey" on PBS this month, the Downers Grove Park District Museum, Downers Grove Historical Society and Downers Grove Public Library have teamed up to create programs in celebration of the returning television hit.
'Dining á la Downton'
Take a trip back in time and register for "Dining á la Downton" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, in the Recreation Center, 4500 Belmont Road. A trained head cook and an English butler are portrayed, transporting you to an early 20th century estate. Discover the ups and downs of their careers as you taste an authentic Edwardian dessert.
Legal landscape

Learn about the landscape designers, land ownership patterns, and inheritance laws at "Setting the Scene: Making of Downton Abbey" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, in the Recreation Center. Discover how they produced great estates such as Downton, and why radical changes were inevitable.
Registration is available at For more information, call 630-963-1300 or visit