Going to the Chapel – Highlands Current

Cold Spring restoration has full slate of writers, musicians

By Alison Rooney

The Chapel Restoration in Cold Spring, which over the summer was closed for a month to upgrade its electrical system and install air conditioning, returns with its culture cup running over.

The Greek Revival ecumenical chapel on the Hudson River will play host in October to a mix of musicians and writers. The chapel, which was constructed in 1833 by the West Point Foundry for its growing population of émigré Irish Catholic workers, this year celebrates the 40th year since it was rescued from ruin, restored and reopened in 1977.

The Chapel Restoration is located at 45 Market St., adjacent to the Metro-North train station, where parking is free on weekends.

A Gaelic celebration

On Saturday, Oct. 7, during a sunset cocktail hour, Nina Dryer (fiddle), Carl Radens (mandolin and cittern) and Margaret Vetare (Celtic harp) will perform traditional Irish music in homage to the Chapel’s origins. Tickets are $35. RSVP to [email protected]

Margaret Vetare will perform as part of a trio on Oct. 7. (Photo provided)

Matisse and jazz

On Sunday, Oct. 8, at 4 p.m. the Chapel will host a music, dance and art experience called the Matisse Jazz Project: Music and Culture in a Global Age.

Jazz was a huge influence on the artist, who published 20 of his paper works in a book called Jazz and who once wrote: “There are wonderful things in real jazz, the talent for improvisation, the liveliness, the being at one with the audience.”

Christopher Bakriges will perform on Oct. 8. (Photo provided)

Violinist Gwen Laster, a Beacon resident, and pianist Christopher Bakriges will perform, and Tess Dul of Philipstown will provide narration. The suggested donation is $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and students.

Mostly classical

Classical music, a Chapel mainstay, is on the schedule for Monday, Oct. 9, at 4 p.m., with Harvest Gratitudes, a pop-up concert to raise money to buy stage lights.

The performers are…

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