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Upcoming Events - 05/29/2014

Thursday, May 29, 2014 - Updated: 1:08 AM

-- Fifth reunion of Crum Creek Church Preservation Society May 30-June 1

ST. JOHNSVILLE -- In observance of the fifth annual reunion of the Crum Creek Church Preservation Society, Inc., an “Old Home Days” weekend celebration will take place at Crum Creek Lutheran Church, 110 Co. Hwy. 108, St. Johnsville, from May 30 through June 1.

Events for the “Old Home Days” reunion weekend will begin with an ice cream social to be held at the church from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 30, with music provided by the local group “Just Us”.  The ice cream and toppings will be donated by Stewart's Shops.

Saturday, May 31, is “Old Home Days” with an open house at the church, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The original church record books will be on display dating back to 1853 and will include baptisms, confirmations, marriages, deaths, minutes and much more information.

The record books will soon be permanently transferred to the Lutheran Seminary Archives in Philadelphia since the church has been closed by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Synod. There is a wealth of interesting information about the church such as Sunday School, Children’s Mission Band (1889-1904), Young Peoples’ Society for Christian Endeavor (1894-1911) and other items about the community contained in these records.

This event is being planned so people will have a unique opportunity to view these records one last time. Anyone having a past association with the Crum Creek area will very likely find family information within these books.

In addition to the church records, there are binders and scrap books containing information about the church and the community. There will be brochures with historic information about several farms and families in the Crum Creek area and local historians with whom to chat. Local authors will be on hand with their books about the Adirondacks, the Oppenheim/Crum Creek area, and more.

A mini yard sale, cookie sale, some activities for the children, hot dogs and beverage, will round out the day.  

Sunday, June 1, the fifth annual reunion service will begin at 1 p.m. followed by a brief annual meeting of the Crum Creek Church Preservation Society and a special reception.                                                           

The church at Crum Creek, which was built in 1853 and moved to its present location after renovation in 1906, will be the focal point for the events. It was incorporated in 1853 as the Oppenheim and St. Johnsville Union Society. Prior to that time, some of the Crum Creek people had attended the Minden Church in Fordsbush which is the current site of the Fordsbush Bible Church where today there is a plaque commemorating the earlier Lutheran Church.  

In 1882, the Crum Creek Church was re-incorporated to become the Evangelic Lutheran Church of Crum Creek, Fulton County, as part of the Franckean Synod. When the church was renovated, and moved in 1906, the name of the church was changed to St. Mark’s Evangelic Lutheran Church. Subsequently the name reverted back to the original “Evangelic Lutheran Church."

There was association with various local churches throughout the years. Inghams Mills shared a minister with Crum Creek at some points in earlier years and the Inghams Mills Quartet sang occasionally at the Crum Creek Church. This church for many years shared a minister with St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in St. Johnsville, and in later years, with Little Falls and Dolgeville churches.

Many familiar names were associated with the early Crum Creek Church -- Allen, Bellinger, Christman, Claus, Groff, Handy, Hayes, Hyde, Johnson, Mosher, Reese, Schuyler, Smith, Snell, Timmerman, Van Deusen, Youker, Youran, Zimmerman and many more.

This event is open to the public. Everyone is welcome to attend.

-- Lasagna dinner raising money for Fort Plain flood victims May 31

FORT PLAIN -- An annual lasagna dinner, with partial proceeds benefitting Fort Plain flood victims, will be held at the Salem United Methodist Church, 1254 Stone Arabia Road, on May 31 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Cost is $8.50 for adults and $4.50 for children.

-- The Brahja Waldman Jazz Quintet to perform May 31

CHERRY VALLEY -- Cherry Valley Artworks presents the Montreal based jazz consortium at The Star Theater, 44 Main Street in Cherry Valley on May 31 at 8 p.m. when they will release their new album Sir Real Live. The group, which consists of Brahja Waldman, alto sax; Adam Kinner, tenor sax; Damon Shadrach Hankoff, piano; Martin Heslop, bass; and Daniel Gelinas, drums, has performed at The Montreal International Jazz Festival and venues throughout the Northeast. 

Tickets are $10 and are available at the door. For more information, visit www.cvartwork.org.

-- Fort Plain-Canajoharie Drama Club to present "Yearbook" June 13 and 14

FORT PLAIN -- The Fort Plain-Canajoharie Drama Club will present a middle school play, “Yearbook” on June 13 and 14 at the Fort Plain Jr./Sr. High School.

A yearbook shows the positive side of school that we all want to remember. A yearbook shows the entire school community as a cohesive unit, from the principal to the students to the cafeteria staff. Life is not always perfect for kids, but for many, life can be a positive adventure, a roller coaster of ups and downs filled with excitement, learning and maturing.

“Yearbook” will feature Canajoharie and Fort Plain students, ranging in age from fourth through ninth grade. The show features: Eliza Cechnicki, Zack Rogers, Vikki Wilday, Morgan Hurd, and Luke Doxtater.

They are supported by Marcela Rivenburg, Barry Yerdon, Sarah LaComb, Sophia Rogers, Matthew Travis and Rachel Zuppardi.

Rounding out the strong cast are: Cameron Brownell, Keagan Ford, Zavia Allen, Emily Hurd, Molli Bates, Hannah Briggs, Hailey Hogan, and Kaylee Sanders.  Playing the roles of teachers and parents are Canajoharie High School students Noah Watson and Cassie O’Connor.  

“Yearbook” is directed by Lauri Broady, with assistance from Michael Broady and Student Director Noah Watson. Club Costumer Lisa Hill provided hand-designed t-shirts for the cast, featuring the different clubs and teams of fictitious Springdale High School. Kenny Travis provides technical support.

Admission is $2 per person. The show will begin at 7 p.m. both nights.

-- 18th Annual Rhubarb Festival to be held June 1

ST. JOHNSVILLE -- The 18th Annual Rhubarb Festival will be held at the 1747 Nellis Tavern, St. Johnsville, on Sunday, June 1, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Musical entertainment will begin at 1 p.m. A rhubarb pie baking contest will take place at Noon. Prizes will be awarded at 1 p.m. All kinds of rhubarb delicacies will be available for sale throughout the day. A light lunch will be available. Admission is free, but, donations are always welcome. Proceeds go toward the continuing restoration and preservation of the 1747 Nellis Tavern. Tours available. For further information, call Mary Davis at (315) 866-2619.

     

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