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