Church of St. John in the Wilderness
PO Box 180
261 Route 344
Copake Falls, NY 12517

Copake Falls, NY.  November 30, 2011

Bells Ring Out to Support Bell Tower Fund at Church of St. John in the Wilderness, December 11, 2011, 3:30pm

The Bell Choir from the Congregational Church of Salisbury, CT will present a candlelight concert at Church of St. John in the Wilderness to benefit the Bell Tower Fund.  St. John’s is raising funds for its $45,000 project to repair the church’s historic Bell Tower designed by famed architect Richard Upjohn in 1852. 

Mary Davidson, director of the Salisbury Bell Choir, said that “our bell choir is looking forward to helping out St. John’s by presenting this concert in such a beautiful historic setting. The program will be mostly Christmas music and we will also have audience participation with a few old familiar carols.”  Mary mentioned that former Pastor John Hay brought down from Mt. Washington a set of handbells in 1977 lent by Adelaide Jefferys Garrett (mother of St. John parishioners Cope and Harry Garrett) to try.  Church members loved playing the bells so much that they eventually bought their own set, to form the Bell Choir at the Congregational Church of    Salisbury, CT.  The Choir is highly regarded in the community and is booked well in advance at other area venues.

Tickets are suggested donation of $10 at the door with children 12 and under free.  A festive candlelight reception will follow the concert.  Holiday cookies, baked by famed St. John bakers and housed in festive boxes and tins, will be for sale as part of the benefit.  Gifts to the Bell Tower Fund will be gratefully received and can be sent to Church of St. John in the Wilderness, P.O. Box 180, Copake Falls, NY 12517.

The Church of St. John in the Wilderness (Episcopal) is in Copake Falls, New York at the northern end of the Harlem Valley Rail Trail.  The Rev. John P. Thompson is Rector.  The church has 70 members and serves eastern Columbia County.  The church is located at 261 State Route 344 in Copake Falls, on the road to Bash Bish Falls.

Contact: Lucy Eldridge 518-329-0510 or Wendy Langlois, 518-329-0262.