325th Celebration Almost Here!

We’re 325!—Important Dates Reminder

As announced in this month’s Focalpoint, preparations for the celebration of First Parish’s 325th birthday are well underway. The UU adult education course with the film series “Long Strange Trip,” the story of Unitarian Universalism, began on Thursday, October 5, but you can still join in on Thursday evenings, popcorn provided.

Three major events:

Thursday, November 9, 5-9 p.m.: Reception for “Historical Exhibition: First Parish Turns 325.” Lexington historian Sam Doran will lead a Question and Answer session at 6:00, and will give a lecture on the history of First Parish and the town at 7:30, both in the sanctuary. Colonial-style refreshments will be available. No tickets required.

Thursday, November 16, 7:30-9:00 p.m.: George Washington and James Madison Dialogue on the Issues of Church and State. Featuring nationally known experts on these two past presidents. The event is free but seating is limited, so please make a reservation at the church office. You can also pick up tickets at Wales Copy Center.

Sunday, December 3, 12:00: Colonial Lunch. Catered by Chris Bateman of Lexx.

       2:00 Bell-Ringing at the old Belfry and Procession to the Church.

       3:00:  “325 and Counting: A First Parish Historical Drama” Written by First Parish member and playwright Don Cohen. With colonial-era music, and a flying overview of significant events in our history since then. Tickets for lunch-and-program package, for members and friends of First Parish, are $20 for adults and $10 for children and youth, and will be available at the church office. Tickets for just the program will be $10 for adults and $5 for children.

Congregants can participate in these activities in various ways, such as bringing refreshments for the exhibition reception, bell-ringing, ushering, serving lunch, costume-making, acting, taking tickets. Please think about how you would like to take part. Specific volunteer requests and sign-up sheets will be available on-line soon.

Costume-makers: Anyone who would like to help make a few very simple costumes for the dramatic presentation on December 3 should contact Don Cohen <doncohen@rcn.com> or 863-1729.