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Dartmouth-Area Friends to Hold 3-Day Open House
To celebrate the Town of Dartmouth’s 350th, members from Smith Neck Friends Meeting and Allen’s Neck Friends Meeting will join together to hold a three-day open house at Apponegansett Meeting House. In 1664, many Quakers migrated to Dartmouth from Rhode Island and settled in Dartmouth, where they originally met in private homes. When the numbers increased, the first Apponegansett Meeting House was built in 1699. The original building was eventually taken down, and in 1790 the Meeting House which is there today was constructed.
On Friday, June 20, the Meeting House will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Public welcome; bring a picnic lunch, enjoy a walk down to the Paskamansett River or create a rubbing from one of the antique gravestones.
Saturday, June 21 enjoy an art show and open house on the grounds at Apponegansett Meeting House. Local artist Susan Cabral is organizing the art show. The Meeting House is open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. At 2:00 p.m., enjoy music with the Occasion singers, featuring a quartet and a pianist. The Occasion Singers are an elegant vocal quartet specializing in special event engagements and will bring their musical skills and versatility of styles for an afternoon of music suitable for children and adults. Cassandra Morgan, organist and choir director at the First Congregational Church of Marion, Massachusetts, has been their teacher.
Sunday, June 22, Apponegansett Meeting House will be open beginning at 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. for unprogrammed worship in the Quaker manner. The open house and art show continue from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. featuring local artists organized by artist Susan Cabral. At 2:00, Rev. Bill Comeau will lecture on “The Mission Continues,” about the artistic work of Sister Mary Corita Kent. He will talk about the many art pieces Rev. Comeau collected while working with her during the early 70s. His personal collection is an eclectic array of Sister Kent’s paintings. He will have various prints of her paintings on hand to sell.
The Meeting House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. During all three days, members of the meeting will be there to talk about early Quaker history and point out interesting facts concerning the building, the grounds and the cemetery. The public is welcome, and there is no charge. Light refreshments will be available.
Apponegansett Meeting House is on 856 Russells Mills Road, S. Dartmouth. The Meeting House is handicapped accessible with ample parking. For further information, please call 508-999-3526 or log on to our website www.snfm.org.