A Rich Past, A Promising Future
Join us at 2 p.m. on Sunday December 10 in a Christmas songfest to kick off the holiday season. We will be led by local musicians John Hall (piano), Christopher Hall (violin) and Doug Handforth (viola) and will be featuring a choral group from the Harmony Lounge in Napanee. Song sheets will be provided. Please bring non-perishables as a donation to the Morningstar Mission in Napanee, which is combatting food insecurity by serving as many as 1,000 meals a week.
On November 11, friends and neighbours gathered at our Remembrance Day ceremony to honour those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. Guest speaker Warrant Officer James Brown, CD, spoke on the topic of "service," drawing on anecdotes from his operational tours to Bosnia, Kosovo and Afghanistan.
Thank you to the many people who joined us on November 5 for the launch of The Windows of St. Alban's -- A Century of Illumination. This beautifully photographed book details the history and artistry behind the extensive stained glass windows in St. Alban's. It explains the making of the windows and tells the stories of the people who inspired them. All proceeds will go toward the preservation of the architectural, artistic and cultural heritage of St. Alban's. All are welcome! Refreshments will be served.
The energy and enthusiasm of young musicians created a festive atmosphere at St. Alban’s Centre on August 27th during an event to support the Harmony Music Lounge. Harmony Lounge is an after-school music programme in Napanee that aims to eliminate financial barriers for young students interested in music. Solo performers and rock bands from the charitable organization entertained the crowd. They bill included The Switzerville Sound, Sara Lalande, Kayleigh Beattie and Julia Clair, Jade Peters, Duncan Smith, Adam Chadwick, Hannah Clancy, PlaceHolder, and Nate The Nobody.
More than 130 people enjoyed the New Zealand blue cod from Mundell's at the sold-out fish fry on July 23. Thanks to all participants for making this one of the best community events of the summer.
The annual UEL service celebrates the landing of the United Empire Loyalists in Adolphustown beginning in 1784. This year's event, held on June 18th in collaboration with the UEL Heritage Centre and Park, was a huge success. It included re-enacted battles, a church service - with keynote speaker R. Donald Maracle, chief of the Mohawks of Bay of Quinte - and afternoon tea.
Our membership drive through July boosted our numbers by 20 per cent, giving us more than a hundred "Friends of St. Alban's." Welcome to all and thanks for getting the word out.
St Alban's hosted a group from Seniors Outreach Services for lunch, a tour and some live music on July 27. Thanks to John McCormack at the Loyalist Parkway Commission for organizing and to Bill Peters on the piano.
Thanks to all who came to browse, buy and mix at our annual community sale on Mother's Day weekend. Money raised will help support the operation of St. Alban's and restoration of the historic building.
The used bookstore is open all summer and includes some wonderful titles.
Author Jean Rae Baxter launched her new book Battle on the Ice, at St. Alban's on June 24. The seventh novel in her "Forging a Nation" series, it tells the story of 14 year-old Dory Dickson who unwittingly becomes entangled in the Rebellions of 1837.