January 28, 2024 Celebration

January 28, 2024 Celebration

On this page, you’ll read a recap of our gathering on January 28, 2024. Also, you can view the production of Our Church: 175 Years in the Making! and keep scrolling to view a video of the time capsule contents that we also opened.

To see pictures from the morning, you can click here.


On Sunday, January 28, Fair Street celebrated 175 years

of ministry and being in the hands of the Potter.

In the fall of 2023, several Fair Streeters shared their first memory, most vivid memory, and something no one knew about them. These memories and stories were then compiled and shared with Playwriter, Casey Kurtti who spent countless hours meeting with and talking with many Fair Streeters to learn more about the lives of the church. Casey took our stories and turned it into the production you see below: Our Church: 175 years in the Potters Hands.

What a fun and delightful morning of worship! Below is the performance of Our Church, the beginning includes the scripture reading, some opening thoughts, the hymn of preparation all just before the sharing of our stories. We hope you will enjoy!

Following worship, everyone gathered for a lunch in the Parish Room, and opening of the time capsule. Check back here on this page soon for pictures of the gathering, and of the 25 year old time capsule that was opened.

Taken from the January 28 insert:

In 1849, a group of folks stepped out in faith to begin gathering as the Second Dutch Reformed Church, eventually becoming the Fair Street Reformed Church. 175 years later, and we are still here, worshipping, serving, and living into God’s call for our lives!

This morning, during worship, the hymns that have been chosen are ones that offer a reminder of the saints that have gone before us. It is quite possible, that the saints we remember sang these very songs as they sat in the pews, we find ourselves in today: The Church’s One Foundation, and A Mighty Fortress is Our God. And in singing For All the Saints, we do so as we remember the many who faithfully worked to lay the foundation for us to be here 175 years later! It is from this place that we move forward in love, as we live, pray, walk, work, and serve alongside one another – sharing God’s love and welcome with the neighbors around us, both near and far. 

The prayer of dedication is taken from the 100th Anniversary liturgy and lightly adapted for present day.

The prayer for the church, written by Rev. Dr. Ed Seely, Pastor Emeritus, is also taken from the 100thAnniversary liturgy.

A note about the special playwright this morning: “Our Fair Street: 175 Years in the Making.”  Last fall, many of you shared your stories and memories of your time at Fair Street. This morning, these memories and stories come to life! Over the past couple of months, we have been truly blessed to welcome and work alongside Playwright Casey Kurtti, who has worked hard to take these memories and bring them to life! It is truly an honor to have Chris, Casey, and Maggie here this morning to help us celebrate our anniversary! While we are grateful to God for the past 175 years, this morning we pause to give thanks to God for being at work through our memories and stories during the era we have found ourselves in. We hope you enjoy this morning’s special service! 

A special word of deep, deep gratitude to the following folks for the time and energy that was given to make the morning so amazing:

Chris Silva is a theatre producer and director. He founded the Eureka Theatre in San Francisco in 1972, The Westside Theater in New York City in 1980 and since 1994 has been executive director of the Bardavon in Poughkeepsie and UPAC in Kingston. He has produced, directed, or presented thousands of plays and concerts and has collaborated on many projects with Casey Kurtti since 1984.

Casey Kurtti is a playwright and Emmy nominated screenwriter (HBO, CBS, PBS). Her plays include Three Ways Home which has been performed all over the country and Catholic School Girls, which has been translated into Spanish and French and performed all over the world. She also created Bardavon’ s Young Playwrights Festival which she ran for 18 years and has totally enjoyed putting together this 175th anniversary event.

Maggie Low is an award winning, accomplished actor and acting teacher in New York City where she has performed widely Off Broadway and in regional theatre. She was in the original cast of Casey Kurtti’s Catholic School Girls, taught acting for 15 years at NYU/Tisch Playwrights Horizons Theatre School and currently teaches at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She is a lifetime member of the Actors Studio. 

A special thank you to:

Chris Silva, Casey Kurtti, and Maggie Low for their hard work in helping us celebrate our anniversary this morning!

Ann Kalmbach for her creative work with props, and support to Casey during the writing and production of the play.

Cathy Maletta, Gay Janssen, and Richard Dunn who served as consultants.

Terri Bouyea and the Handbell choir. 

Rich Maletta on camera and sound.

Kathy Burns who is playing above and beyond a normal Sunday morning at the piano and organ!

Valerie Percy, the children of Fair Street, Bev Lastig, Roy and Lynda Anderson, Sonia Natoli, Elaine Martin, Mary Cook Ferraro, Peggy Ploss, Tim Johnson, Jim Stoothoff, Chris Cahill, Linda Ziwich, Sharon Amorelli, and Pastor Kendra.

Thank you to everyone who shared your stories with us! It is our goal to put all these stories into written form to be made available by the final celebration in late summer of this year.


TIME CAPSULE

Also during the luncheon that followed, we opened the long awaited time capsule that was put together in 1999. It was a time capsule that was put together by children of Fair Street, with each Sunday School Class submitting a class photo, roster, and either come curriculum or notes. Below is a video with all the items that have been put into a binder and will be in the narthex for further viewing. There is no narration, but three songs that are taken from Songtime Kids, Bible Songs, and Longtime Kinds, Sunday School Songs, both published in 1999. The Songs in order are: Jesus Loves Me, Jesus Loves all the Little Children, His Banner Over Me is Love, and This Little Light of Mine.

Enjoy!