A Christmas Carol at the Grange

Cover of "A Christmas Carol (Gollancz chi...

A Christmas Carol (Cover via Amazon)

This Sunday, December 18 at 6:00 PM the Whallonsburg Grange Hall and the Depot Theatre present a staged reading of Charles DickensA CHRISTMAS CAROL with John Christopher Jones as Ebeneezer Scrooge, Shami McCormick as narrator and a cast of thousands (almost). Musical direction by Kenney Greene.

Come at 5:30 for carols, hot cider and cookies baked in the Grange’s new kitchen. Admission is non-perishable food items and toiletries for the ACAP food shelf. Come one; come all. Young children are more than welcome. They can help
bake cookies downstairs in the kitchen during the show if they want.

This is the third year in a row for this community reading of this Christmas favorite. Don’t miss it!

Good Night, Irene

Square dance and community dinner to benefit Whallonsburg flood victims of Hurricane Irene

Square dance and community dinner to benefit Whallonsburg flood victims of Hurricane Irene

Come help our neighbors hurt by Hurricane Irene!
5:30 Spaghetti Dinner and 7:00pm Square and Contra Dance. Donation: $10 (more if you can). All proceeds go to families affected by the flooding. Sponsored by Whallonsburg Civic Association. Can’t make it? Contributions can be sent to WCA Irene Relief, PO Box 54, Essex, NY 12936.

Dreaming of Timbuctoo: Exhibition, Education, Engagement

Dreaming of Timbuctoo

The history of the North Country is rich, complex and has a special place in the events that shaped America. As we mark the 150th anniversary of the opening of the Civil War, the Whallonsburg Grange Hall and John Brown Lives! are hosting an exhibition from July 3-9 that shines light on a little-known part of that history during the political battle against slavery that led up to this irreconcilable conflict.

Magpie at the Whallonsburg Grange Hall

Magpie at the Whallonsburg Grange Hall on July 9, 2011

Dreaming of Timbuctoo tells the story of Black homesteaders who came to the Adirondacks in the mid-1840s with grants of land from Gerrit Smith, a wealthy abolitionist who owned several hundred thousand acres here. The plan was a step toward allowing free Black New Yorkers to meet the discriminatory property requirement in order to be able to vote.

This “scheme of justice and benevolence” brought John and Mary Brown and their family to North Elba to help the settlement there, called “Timbuctoo,” to survive and set down roots. What happened to the people and the land, and the plan’s impact here and beyond, is the subject of the exhibition, told through documents, photographs, letters and words.

Since Dreaming was first shown at the Adirondack Museum in 2001, new research on these settlers has brought out some interesting and surprising information. Libby MacDonald, who owns a house on Merriam Forge Road just south of Whallonsburg, uncovered one local connection. In looking into the history of her place, Libby found evidence that it had been owned by a free Black man who worked at the forge, and may have been given the land by Gerrit Smith. He married a young white woman from Crown Point, an abolitionist, and their sons served as white soldiers in the Union Army.

The Whallonsburg Grange Hall

An opening Reception and Program will be held on Sunday, July 3 at 6:00pm. Amy Godine, historian and curator, will speak at 7:00. Exhibit hours are Monday through Saturday from 12-6pm.There is a full schedule of programs in conjunction with the exhibit on the struggle for the right to vote, the archeology dig at Timbuctoo and other topics. Go to the Grange Special Events web page for details.

And don’t miss the closing concert on Saturday, July 9 at 8pm with Magpie, an extraordinary duo who sing and play music to thrill the heart and stir the soul. Tickets are $7; under 12, $3.

Dreaming of Timbuctoo: Exhibition, Education, Engagement
Whallonsburg Grange Hall, July 3-9, 2011

Midsummer Mixer at The Whallonsburg Grange Hall

Whallonsburgh Grange Hall (image courtesty adirondackalmanack.com)

Mixing It Up with Raucous Farmers at the Grange

The Greenhorns, a national nonprofit organization led by a self described “raucous posse of America’s new generation of farmers,” will host a grange hall mixer at the historic Whallonsburg Grange Hall on the shores of Lake Champlain this Saturday, June 25th beginning at 10 am… More than 150 aspiring, young, beginning and veteran farmers from the Hudson Valley, Champlain Valley, Capital Region, Adirondacks, and even some Vermonters are expected to attend this inaugural event… Attendees to this free event will be treated to a farm fresh dinner including pig and hogget roasted on a custom-welded spit. Dancing, beers, and mingling by bonfire will be to music from We Are Jeneric and a puppet show by Justin Lander and Rose Friedman of Modern Times Theater… (via Adirondack Almanack)