About the Fort Miller Meetinghouse
200 Year Old Fort Miller Meetinghouse Announces 2017 Schedule of Events
The 200 year old "newly formed" Fort Miller Meetinghouse has announced its schedule of events for the remainder of 2017. The Meetinghouse is part of the historic Fort Miller Reformed Church complex located in Fort Edward, NY and now serves as the church's meticulously restored and historically intact sanctuary. In 1816, it was originally built as a community meetinghouse and for six years hosted both church and non church related meetings. Then in 1822 the Sanctuary came under the Reformed Church of America where it remains to this day with weekly services held on Sundays at 10:30 am.
During the planning of the building's 200th anniversary celebration that took place last October, both church and community members began discussions about utilizing both the sanctuary and the fellowship hall for a variety of community events and in a sense returning to its original roots as a community meetinghouse to serve all. The concept was consistent with the church's philosophy of being an "all welcoming church".
During the winter of 2016 and into the spring, a group of interested church members and area residents began meeting to solicit feedback, plan programs and determine how to move forward. Interest was keen and a robust schedule of events quickly took hold. The 2017 schedule has now been firmed up and kicks off with the Battenkill Conservancy's Annual Meeting & Speaker Series featuring "A Journey Down the Hudson with Doug Vincent" on Sunday, Nov 5 at 2pm. The following Saturday on Nov 11, the church's popular Roast Pork Dinner under the guidance of long time church member and master dinner organizer, Tine deJong takes place from 4:30 to 6:00pm. A four week session of "gentle-moderate yoga" will begin on Wednesday, Nov 15 at 8:30 am. Then on Nov 23rd, the annual Turkey Waddle takes place at 9am for all those looking to build up an appetite for their Thanksgiving Dinner later in the day. Proceeds raised during the Turkey Waddle will go towards helping the Drake Bay Elementary School on Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica. The Meetinghouse's final event of 2017 takes place on Saturday, December 16 at 5:00 pm featuring a "A Festival of Carols" with refreshments and a sharing of people's personal nativities and holiday memories.
The Meetinghouse and the events that will take place there have a common goal - to serve the community in a variety of ways through sharing knowledge, food or a fun activity and connecting people in what has been a special place for the past 200 years.