The 8th annual New York Landmarks Conservancy Sacred Sites Open House takes place on May 5 and 6. St. Ann & the Holy Trinity is especially glad to participate again as this year’s theme is “Sacred Sounds and Settings,” which provides us with a special opportunity to showcase our magnificent historic Peabody Memorial organ! We’ll open our doors on Saturday, May 5, from 12 noon to 4:00 pm, and on Sunday, May 6, from 12 noon to 3:00 pm, with a 30-minute organ recital performed by our music director, Gregory D’Agostino, to begin at 12:30 pm (immediately following the 11:15 am Holy Eucharist).
The New York Landmarks Conservancy has invited congregations throughout the city to open their doors for the Sacred Sites Open House so neighbors and tourists can experience first-hand the wonderful art, architecture and history of these religious sites. Visitors can also learn about the crucial social and cultural programming these magnificent religious institutions provide their communities.
The annual Sacred Sites Open House has three objectives:
- To encourage sacred sites to open their doors to the general public. Inviting visitors is a great way to build broad community support for the ongoing preservation of historic institutions.
- To inspire residents to be tourists in their own town, introducing non-members to the history, art and architecture embodied in sacred places. New Yorkers tour religious sites around the world but may overlook those in their own back yard. Developing cultural tourism is key to the future of sacred sites.
- To publicize the many programs and services religious institutions offer their neighbors. The important work these sites provide benefits the entire community – not just the congregation’s members – and helps ensure the congregation’s future.