St. John’s Episcopal Church

St. John's Episcopal Church in Essex, NY

St. John's Episcopal Church in Essex, New York

“St. John’s began with occasional services in the home of Judge Ross (on the hill above the present church) led by a priest from Keeseville in 1849. Incorporated in 1853 as part of the diocese of New York, the congregation moved into its present building in 1881. The church was the remodeled private school house built by Judge Ross in 1835. It had been built with the idea it would eventually become an Episcopal church… Although occasional Episcopal services were held in Essex as early as 1800, it was not until 1849, when Essex’ population had risen to over 2,000, that there was worship here on a regular basis.” (via www.stjohnsessexny.com.)

St. John’s Episcopal Church
PO Box 262
4 Church Street
Essex, NY 12936
stjohnschurch@willex.com
518-963-7775
www.stjohnsessexny.com

Old Dock Opening July 1

The Old Dock Restaurant in Essex, NY undergoing renovations for the summer of 2011

The Old Dock Restaurant in Essex, NY undergoing renovations for the summer of 2011.

I stopped by The Old Dock Restaurant on Thursday to catch up with Steve McKenna who was pruning hedges and getting the parking lot ready for their July 1 opening date. Really? Really!

Despite totally record breaking Lake Champlain flooding, McKenna has worked around the clock for weeks to revitalize this Essex, NY landmark. I can’t begin to guess how many times I’ve been asked about the Old Dock this spring. It’s one of the iconic Essex buildings on the waterfront, and for many the images of the entire restaurant, parking lot and pier submerged for almost two months seemed an insurmountable challenge. And yet, miraculously, the Old Dock is back on her feet and promises to be better than ever.

I look forward to a frosty libation and a perfect sunset soon… Who’s coming?

Pantouf’s Celebrates Summer with Beautiful Glassware

Pantouf's handcrafted glass jewelry and gifts in Essex, NY

Pantouf's handcrafted glass jewelry and gifts in Essex, NY

Yesterday I visited Helen Goetz at Pantouf’s in Essex. If you’ve never seen her beautiful glass work, now’s the perfect time to swing by before she gets swarmed with visitors. This charming boutique situated in an historic country doctor’s office is located just north of the Essex Post Office and Premises architectural offices.

Hand made glass work at Pantouf's in Essex, NY

Hand made glass work at Pantouf's in Essex, NY

In addition to showing me her colorful glass serving platters and pitchers, Helen graciously toured me through the home, explaining how it had been configured and functioned when occupied by the Essex town doctor. Summer after summer Helen’s gardens attract local and visiting photographers, so remember to bring your camera when you go shopping at Pantouf’s!

The Old Dock Restaurant

The Old Dock Restaurant

The Old Dock Restaurant is a seasonal restaurant and bar located in the Historic Hamlet of Essex, New York. Guests arrive by automobile, private boat or on the Charlotte-Essex… Slips are available for our guests who arrive by boat. Passengers on the Charlotte-Essex ferry have the option to leave their automobiles in the free parking lot at Charlotte and when they arrive in Essex stroll a few feet to the Old Dock. Parking is available on site for those guests who arrive by automobile. (via The Old Dock Restaurant)

Essex Inn on the Adirondack Coast

Delevan's Tavern at the Essex Inn on the Adirondack Coast in Essex, New York

Delevan's Tavern at the Essex Inn on the Adirondack Coast in Essex, New York

The Essex Inn on the Adirondack Coast has undergone a total renovation that has transformed this nearly 200-year old landmark into the crown jewel of the Lake Champlain region… Opening in mid-June, Delevan’s Tavern – designed & handcrafted by talented Adirondack artisans – will offer fireside dining, as will the adjoining room, while the garden patio and front porch will provide additional seating in the summer and shoulder seasons.

Two private dining rooms – one, just off the Main Street entrance , the other, a charming board room framed by a 19th Century Dutch fireplace — both offer a special setting for rehearsal dinners and corporate retreats. Think Essex Inn for romantic getaways, weddings, board meetings, holiday parties, family reunions or just a memorable dining experience. (via Essex Inn on the Adirondack Coast)