Sacred Sites Open House
“Stained Glass: Windows on this World and the Next”
Saturday, May 20, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Sunday, May 21, 12:00 noon – 3:00 pm
The New York Landmarks Conservancy Sacred Sites Open House will take place Saturday, May 20, and Sunday, May 21.
St. Ann & the Holy Trinity is especially glad to participate again as this year’s theme is “Stained Glass: Windows on this World and the Next,” which provides us with a special opportunity to showcase our magnificent, historic Bolton windows, the first suite of figural stained glass windows created in the United States.
Visitors will be welcomed by St. Ann’s volunteers who will show them around the landmark church. In addition, they are invited to enjoy the following special offerings.
Saturday, 2:00 pm: Our own Jacqueline de Weever will lead a tour of the Bolton windows.
Sunday, 12:30 pm: St. Ann’s interim music director, Gregory D’Agostino, will offer a 30-minute organ recital on our famed E.M Skinner organ. The recital’s program and information about the organist can be found here.
Since 2011, congregations throughout the State have been invited to open their doors for Sacred Sites Open House of the New York Landmarks Conservancy so neighbors and tourists can experience first-hand the wonderful art, architecture and history of New York’s 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 help ensure the congregation’s future.
In 2016, a record 8,000 visitors enjoyed the 169 participating sites, 68 within New York City, that opened their doors.