– Our Heritage –
The seaside towns of Arundel, Kennebunk and Kennebunkport are rich with beauty and history. The fact that much of the history and stories of previous generations can still be enjoyed by current residents and visitors is due to the intentional preservation of buildings and documents that attest to the past. Many of these artifacts and buildings no longer function in their original intent but yet we recognize their historical value so we preserve them in hopes to keep the stories alive for future generations.
– Our Organ –
We believe that the Hook Organ in our small sanctuary located in Kennebunkport, ME is unique and special in not only accompanying the human voice in singing hymns and beautiful music, but also because of the stories it tells of the past and the history that it represents. Over 150 years since its creation, virtually in its original condition, this organ is still being used to make music today. Like restoring an old car that can’t be replaced these organs were built with a different level of personal care, concern and artistry versus modern mass production factories and assembly lines. We believe that with the proper investment, this organ will continue to tell stories through music for another century.
Originally built in 1854 by E.&G.G. Hook of Boston for the Second Parish Church of Kennebunkport (South Church), this was the 177th organ produced by the company. Having been transferred to our ownership years ago, we have grown to sincerely appreciate the craftsmanship of previous generations and the fact that this organ wasn’t meant to be disposable. This is why we are passionate about the Organ Restoration Project at First Congregational Church of Kennebunkport.
We’ve reached our goal!
Our little church has raised enough money to restore this beautiful instrument and preserve a piece of Kennebunkport history. We are so grateful for the dedication, focus, and positive spirit of the members of First Church and the generosity of our wider community that led to this great success. It will surely be part of Music Director Joyce Painter Rice’s lifelong legacy to music! Thank you all. – Organ Restoration Committee
– Donate –
Donations are still being accepted and will benefit a music fund for future concerts and continuing maintenance of our 1854 Hook organ and our 1906 Steinway piano.
Friday, June 7, at 7:30 p.m. KEVIN BIRCH, organist, presents the first concert on our recently restored E. & G. G. Hook organ. Dr. Birch is a member of the music faculty at the University of Arts in Orono. Since 1992, he has served as music director at St. John’s Catholic Church in Bangor, Maine, where in addition to choir training and service playing, he directs the St. John’s Organ Society – www.hookopus288.org – an organization didicated to the preservation and stewardship of E. & G. G. Hook’s Opus #288 built for St. John’s Church in 1860.