Upstater Destinations: Works by Dylan Thomas and Isaac Bashevis Singer in Cragsmoor

  |  December 19, 2013


Cragsmoor was our Town of the Week last week, but we’re still poking around the hamlet to see what’s on the horizon. Coming up this Sunday, December 22nd, at 3pm, Cragsmoor residents Tom Gale and Karen Wells will be reading “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” by Dylan Thomas and “Zlateh the Goat” by Isaac Bashevis Singer at the Cragsmoor Stone Church, 280 Henry Road (GMAP). The event is hosted by ArtsWAVE, a local group promoting artistic endeavors in Wawarsing and the village of Ellenville.

What do these two tales have in common? Both center around twelve year old boys, and both take place in the snowy climes of winter. Thomas’ story is set in Wales, while Singer’s story takes place in Poland. This is a great opportunity to not only hear these two classics read aloud by two talented and prolific Cragsmoor residents, but to catch a glimpse of the inside of the old stone church in Cragsmoor, otherwise known as the Chapel of the Holy Name. Built in the 1890s, the stone church is a gorgeous Gothic structure with stunning stained glass windows. And the views of the ridge are…well, we don’t want to ruin the surprise. Long story short, if this church doesn’t put you in the holiday spirit, we’re not sure what will.

The reading will include cookies and hot cider, and there’s a suggested donation of $8, which goes to the Cragsmoor Historical Society Building Restoration Fund. A worthwhile cause, indeed. For more information about the event, have a look at the event page on the ArtsWAVE website.

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Stone Church in Cragsmoor

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