WISCASSET

On Friday evening, lovers of music and classic architecture alike are encouraged to join the DaPonte String Quartet and St. Philip’s Church for a night of entertainment. The quartet will perform at the church at 12 Hodge St. in Wiscasset at 7:30 p.m.

First, the audience will be treated to Prokofiev’s String Quartet no. 2, Opus 92. Written and performed in the early 1940s, the piece is comprised of 3 movements structured around of the Russian Caucasus.

During intermission audience members and musicians are invited to mingle while snacking on treats provided by St. Philip’s bakers. Also during intermission, a hat will be passed for donations, with all proceeds going toward meeting the Church’s half of the matching grant to the restore its steeple.

Guests can also view the hand-made quilt and other raffle options available at the event, and purchase tickets to win. Tickets are one for $1, or six for $5. The second and third prizes are a cord of wood and a $50 gift certificate to the Daily Catch fish market.

Rounding out the evening’s performance, the quartet will perform Mozart’s String Quartet in F, K. 590. Third of the Prussian Quartets, it was written in honor of the King of Prussia, Friedrich Wilhelm II who was himself an amateur cellist.

The steeple of St. Philip’s is the oldest and tallest on the Wiscasset sky line. Since 1857, it has presided over weddings, baptisms, funerals, Sunday services, Strawberry Festivals, Christmas fairs, as well as a busy food pantry, AA meetings, and a Bargain Basement selling second hand items.

A few years ago, however, the steeple was showing signs of serious debilitation. A grant from the Maine Steeples Fund, a component fund of the Maine Community Foundation, will provide $14,848 to the project if St. Philip’s can raise the same amount.

Those who cannot attend the event are encouraged to send a contribution to St. Philip’s Church, referencing the “steeple fund.” Checks may be mailed to St. Philip’s Church, 12 Hodge St., Wiscasset, Maine 04578.

Funding the restoration

A GRANT from the Maine Steeples Fund, a component fund of the Maine Community Foundation, will provide $14,848 to the project if St. Philip’s can raise the same amount. Please help make the match by contributing a gift of any amount.



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