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Upcoming Events

Trip to the Estey Organ Museum in Brattleboro, VT

This will be a full day trip.  The Estey Organ Company was the largest builder of organs in the United States in the nineteenth century.  They were principally known for reed organs, but beginning around the turn of the twentieth century manufactured large pipe organs as well.  Several of the best examples are in Brattleboro’s churches.
The schedule for the day:
9:00 - Leave the Berkshires by car pool:

Southern County.  Meet David Hosford at the parking lot of the Big Y in Lee, adjacent to the entrance to the Mass. Pike. Northern County.  Meet Ed Lawrence at the First Congregational Church in Williamstown.

11:00 - Arrive in Brattleboro.  Tour of the Museum by Phil Stimmel.  Displays of reed organs, chance to play several.
12:30 - Lunch in downtown Brattleboro.
1:30 - First Baptist Church in downtown Brattleboro.  A large pipe organ built by Estey, demonstrated by Phil Stimmel. Methodist Church.  Estey Op. 1.  Largely untouched.
3:00 - Return to the Berkshires.
For the carpooling to work, we will need to know ahead of time whom to expect.  We want to be sure we have enough drivers, and we don’t want to leave anyone behind.  If you plan to leave from Lee, contact David Hosford dhosford@andromeda.rutgers.edu, 413-229-0076.  If you would like to start in Williamstown, contact Ed Lawrence elawrenc@williams.edu, 802-442-8772.