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Jamesport Meeting House 10th Anniversary Celebration
November 17, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pmDonations Appreciated
The Jamesport Meeting House will celebrate its 10th anniversary as a community resource with a film event created by video artist Cliff Baldwin Saturday, November 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Mr. Baldwin says the show, titled “Jamesport Meeting – A Cinematic Exploration of the Building in Pictures and Sound” will be projected on the building’s century-old tin walls.
A gala reception will follow featuring a Meeting House cake baked by Junda’s Pastry, Crust & Crumbs and wine from Jamesport Vineyards.
Admission is free but donations will be appreciated. This program is the final even in the Meeting House’s 2018 Harvest Arts Festival, made possible by a generous grant from the David Robert Lion Gardiner Foundation.
Mr. Baldwin, a video artist whose work has been featured at the Parrish Art Museum, the Kitchen and Anthology Film Archives has composed music mixing 17th century American and English hymns, cast iron radiator sounds, church bells, violin and piano music from over 100 recordings all sourced from inside the Meeting House.
The performance will be live, with Baldwin sequencing film images from a laptop. He promises this “will be an unorthodox portrait but a very real one that exposes the details of the building and its character.”
It seemed almost impossible ten years ago that we would be able to purchase and preserve the 1731 building, which was for sale and faced the possibility of conversion into a shop or restaurant,” said Richard Wines, president of the Jamesport Meeting House. “We not only acquired it for the community, but also rehabilitated all parts of the building over the past decade, making it a venue for exciting concerts, lectures, theatrical productions and other community events.”
The Jamesport Meeting House, built in 1731, is the most significant historic structure in the town of Riverhead. It is not only the oldest building in Riverhead, but is also the oldest public building on the East End of Long Island. The Meeting House is a Riverhead Town landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Since 2008 when a group of local residents came together and arranged financing to buy the building, it has become a vital not-for-profit venue for a broad range of events: classical concerts, Broadway performances, bluegrass, folk music, Shakespeare, civic association meetings, lectures, community spelling bees and weddings.