Hometown Christmas Concert
December 23 @ 6:00 pm
A Hometown Christmas Concert returns to St. Paul’s Church in Franklin on Saturday the 23rd of December at 6 p.m.
Catskill Brass will play a selection of holiday music arranged by Ben Aldrich.
Since 1971, the Catskill Brass, under the direction of Carleton Clay, has performed hundreds of Christmas concerts throughout the Catskills and has tour New England and the Mid-Atlantic states. Prominent among those concerts have been their annual Hometown Christmas in the Village of Franklin.
For this concert, Catskill Brass will be Ben Aldridge and Carleton Clay on trumpets, Gregory Williams on horn, Dan Martin on trombone, and Michael DePauw on tuba.
Guest artists will include Johana Arnold, soprano, and her husband Kim Paterson on keyboard. They have been perennial favorites. Joining them this year will be their ‘home for the holidays’ daughter, Barbara Arnold Paterson, a fast-rising star of the operatic and concert stages in her adopted New Zealand.
For the second straight year, performing will be the renowned American organist and composer of church music, Alfred Fedak, who is Minister of Music and Arts at Westminster Presbyterian Church on Capitol Hill in Albany. He was recently called “one of the country’s leading church musicians” by The American Organist, Fedak has performed and lectured widely throughout the U.S.
At intermission, visit with old friends, make new ones, or view the architectural details.
Concert will conclude with the traditional sing-along of Christmas carols.
The historic St. Paul’s Episcopal Church at the corner of Main Street (Rt. 357) and Institute Street was designed in the Gothic Revival style by Richard Upjohn of New York City in 1865. St. Paul’s is on the National Register of Historic Places, as is the rest of the village of Franklin. Inside, chestnut timber trusts support the vaulted ceiling 40 feet overhead. From the ceiling hang the original whale oil lamps, lit for this concert — though not with whale oil. Along the walls are the 14 stations of the cross depicted in hand-carved scenes by local artist Ken Stalter.
This, the 20th annual Hometown Christmas Concert, is a gift to the community from Tom Morgan and Erna Morgan-McReynolds and Dan and Kathy Grasmeder in association with the Catskill Conservancy. Admission is free, but donations towards St. Paul’s restoration fund will be gratefully accepted.
Parking is available along Main, Institute, and Center streets and in the school parking lot off Center Street, which is behind Stone Hall.
In the village, dinners will be served at Ollie May’s Lunchbox and The Tulip and The Rose Café until 8 p.m. T&R will feature the Feast of the Seven Fishes.
- December 23
- Event Category:
- St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
307 Main St.
Franklin, NY 13775 United States + Google Map
- (607) 829-6404