Friday, August 14, 2015

Save Our Steeple

We ran across an article in the local paper here in Camden about a benefit that was being held at the Chestnut Street Baptist Church. The entertainment was a delightful couple who sang mostly blue grass and some gospel, They are the LaClaires. Here is a short video of one of their performances some time back.

Now the real reason I want to bring all this to your attention is the reason for the benefit. Since 1837, the tall white spire of the Chestnut Street Baptist Church has been a focal point of downtown by land, sea and air. Home to the Camden town clock since 1868, it's been keeping the time for generations. Countless photos have been taken of Camden and its stately image appears in many of them.

Recent inspections have found this iconic Camden landmark to be leaning and in need of extensive repair. The congregation has chosen to not remove it, but to work to raise the funds to restore it. The church first began meeting at the site in 1808 when Thomas Jefferson was president. You can see the spire here closest to the harbor, the view from Mt. Battie. There is a better one on their website.

This is a collage of photos from inside the church the evening of the concert.

Just in case you might want to check them out and even make a donation, here's the site where you can go for a secure donation: Save our Steeple. We had such a nice time and met some very interesting folks, determined to get their landmark repaired.

Have a really special Friday. We have just one more day in Maine, then start our trek back across the states.

Linda Kay
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