MICHAEL FALCO Publish Date: 23 July 2021
Several weeks ago, I made mention in the Column regarding as many as three, beloved churches, closing down in my section of mid-coast Maine. One of those church buildings has sold. The last two held final – farewell church services at the end of the month of June. It feels genuinely sad – to see church buildings, with all the human history that unfolded within, close down. Now, in the reality of all three church closings, and for ultimate reasons that are being played out seemingly all over the northeast in these beautiful United States, I can’t help but wonder how long beloved churches right here in Orange County, as we go forward, will be able to sustain aging, dwindling congregations? Let us pray…
The Best Small Town in Each State! Here’s an item that caught my attention this summer. With my time that is happily spent up in Maine I can understand the selection of Bar Harbor, Maine. Bar Harbor sits in the shadow of mountainous countryside on the eastern coast of Maine’s Mt. Desert Island. Locals and visitors chow down on millions of lobsters every year here and it’s customary to try the classic lobster roll and curious lobster-infused ice cream. When you aren’t thinking about your stomach, you can visit quirky bookstores or go on a whale-watching trip. Don’t miss: Hiking and boating in photo-perfect Acadia National Park, the only national park in Maine.
No doubt you’d like to hear the selections I noticed as being somewhat closer to our Orange County home. The village of Cold Spring, for New York State, and Cape May, for New Jersey!
Did you know? A Cornwall Teen Photography Contest – having begun on June 28th continues till August 31st. For grades 6-12! One winner will be chosen on September 3rd. The prize is a $25 Amazon Gift Card. Please visit the Cornwall Library’s online calendar for contest rules. www.cornwallpubliclibrary.org/events/teen-photography-contest-for-grades-6-12-2/
Have you heard? The Appalachian Trail (A.T.) Vista is a forum for the engagement of activities on and near the Appalachian Trail, offering hiking, educational, cultural, and historical learning programs, working with trail clubs, local communities, and nearby partner organizations. That said – the popular New York-New Jersey Trail Conference invites everyone with a love of trails to help celebrate 100 years of Appalachian Trail history during the inaugural A.T. Vista—a hybrid virtual/live event that will be held this summer on August 7 and 8. Enjoy hiking, workshops, and more! Of particular note; this year is the 100th anniversary of Benton MacKaye’s 1921 article, “An Appalachian Trail: A Project in Regional Planning,” which sparked the movement to build the trail. Trail conference volunteers built the very first section of the Appalachian Trail, through Harriman-Bear Mountain state parks in New York. For complete details visit atvista2021.org. The website also includes info on volunteer opportunities and other ways to get involved.
To quote festive Broadway song lyrics; ‘Then you may take me to the Fair…’ Yes, a beloved Orange County tradition, The Orange County Fair, opened last week and continues through August 1st. In 2021 the Fair is open four days each week; Thursdays through Sundays. As best as I understand, for over 100 years, the Orange County Fair has been entertaining families in the Hudson Valley and beyond. If you see me at the Fair, please give me a shout-out!
Cheers to the volunteers of STORM KING FIRE ENGINE COMPANY #2. The public is encouraged to step out and enjoy and join the 70th Annual Storm King Fire Engine Company #2 Firemen’s Fair from Wednesday, July 21st thru Saturday, July 24th. Live music each night and grand fireworks display on the final night Saturday July 24th. Enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of this classic old fashion summer carnival once again. Rides, culinary delights, games of chance and just plain old fashion fun for children of all ages! Location; directly behind the Cornwall-on-Hudson Elementary School, off Hudson Street.