Save the Date: May Open House
Please join us for our Spring open house on Saturday, May 26 from 12 – 4 pm. Whether you are interested in hosting an event or simply want to peek inside our beautiful Chapel, we welcome visitors to enjoy what we hope will be a beautiful Spring day!
Other upcoming concerts:
June 10 at 3 pm
Bob Dylan and Us
Words and Music of Bob Dylan
Performed by Daniel Mark Epstein and Howard Sacks
Daniel Mark Epstein and Howard Sacks have been listening to and playing the music of Bob Dylan for over 50 years. Daniel, an award-winning author, explored Dylan’s life and music in his biography, The Ballad of Bob Dylan. Howard’s early experience of Dylan’s music prompted his own lifelong study, presentation, and performance of American folk music. Bob Dylan and Us celebrates the words and music of this visionary poet/musician whose many accolades include the Nobel Prize in Literature and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
July 10 at 3 pm
Goslee Reed and Kean
Sarah Goslee Reed and Kerry Kean are the duo Goslee Reed and Kean and like to pack as many instruments as possible onto a small stage, play them all and sing at the same time. Blending fiddle tunes, and many original songs with bluegrass/folk harmonies, they will bring you tall summer grass in Gillian Welch’s “Wichita”, immerse you in the ‘shorter days and longer sleeves’ of “October Sky” written by Kerry, and bring you into the glow of Sarah’s song about a town (and person) named “Yellowbud.”
In 1862 the stone masons building Kenyon College built Christ Church at the Quarry as a place to worship. By 1930 most of its congregation had moved away, joined other churches, or passed away. What is now known as Quarry Chapel was deconsecrated, abandoned and over time deteriorated.
In 1967, Harcourt Parish, with the approval of the Episcopal Diocese of Ohio, transferred ownership of the structure to College Township.
In 1972, the Knox County Historical Society formed the Quarry Chapel Restoration Society to oversee the Chapel’s restoration.
The 1972 Restoration Society initiated the original project and achieved much. The 1972 Committee also initiated and received the historical marker designating Christ Church at the Quarry as a national historic landmark, see 1972 Restoration
Meetings began with interested parties again in 1998 about beginning a second stage of the restoration of the Quarry Chapel. In April of 2000, the College Township Trustees resolved to support the new Quarry Chapel Restoration Society in its ongoing maintenance and restoration of the chapel. After preliminary estimates, appraisals, and bids, work began in the spring of 2001, see 1998 Restoration.
The Restoration Society has now accomplished its mission and, beginning in 2009, the Friends of the Quarry Chapel have assumed the financial responsibility for the further restoration, improvement and maintenance of the Quarry Chapel.
The Quarry Chapel and the land upon which it sits are owned by College Township, which also owns the adjacent township cemetery.
The Friends schedules events at the chapel, raise funds, publicizes the chapel and acts as docents.