St. John’s Episcopal Church to Hold Choral Evensong
East Poultney, Vermont – Celebrate East Poultney Day 2018 by joining St. John’s Episcopal Church on August 11 for a choral evensong. The service will begin at 4:00 PM at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Route 140, East Poultney, Vermont. This sung service will include music from the English Renaissance, including works by Thomas Morley, Thomas Ravenscroft, and Richard Farrent. The prelude will be played on the church’s circa 1830 William Nutting pipe organ, and the music will include compositions by Thomas Tallis, Matthew Locke, and Orlando Gibbons. The service will be led by a choir specially organized for this event. The service is curated by Dr. James Cassarino, director of the vocal, instrumental and Welsh heritage programs at Green Mountain College. Following the service, light refreshments and fellowship will be offered.
St. John’s Episcopal Church, which held its first service on May 27, 1832, sits on the historic village green in East Poultney, Vermont. St. John’s held regular Sunday services until 1931. In 2013, a group of concerned citizens took on the task of caring for this virtually untouched structure. The church features the original box-style pews, stenciled walls, oil lamps and a remarkable, intact mechanical organ, one of four remaining organs manufactured by the Nutting Organ Company of Vermont. The Church has no plumbing facilities, no furnace, and no electricity. Recent restoration efforts have included repair of the Church roof and steeple and a complete reconstruction of the front stairs, all under the guidance of a restoration architect.
For more information, please contact Reverend William Davidson of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Wells, Vermont by calling (518) 499-1850.