Saturday, May 20, 2017

Jazz Vespers

Church of St. John in the Wilderness, Copake Falls, NY, will hold a Jazz Vespers, featuring John Myers, guitarist, on Saturday, May 20, at 4:30 pm as part of the annual Sacred Sites Weekend.  Since its beginning, the Sacred Sites program has assisted over 1,100 religious institutions in New York State with outreach services and technical advice.  The congregation of St. John’s joins over 650 houses of worship throughout New York State that have received more than $6.5 million in grants from the Sacred Sites Fund, supporting restoration and repair projects totaling over $500 million.  Grants from the Sacred Sites Program helped to fund the recent projects to restore the Bell Tower and to construct a new roof for St. John’s.

St. John’s, built in 1852 by the owners of the Copake Iron Works, is an outstanding example of American Gothic Revival church architecture.  In describing the simple elegance of the church, architectural historian William H. Pierson highlighted the importance of its bell tower by writing “This simple but exquisite open-timbered tower is among the most subtly composed to be found in the small Gothic Revival churches of America.”