Submitted by David Almond
Tours of the belfry of the United Church of Ludlow will be one of the free activities available to the public, at least for the physically nimble, at the Church's May 5 and May 6, 2011 Birthday Party, the 120th for the Church's building and the 220th for the Church's founding. The Church's 1,000 pound plus bell was cast in 1839, when Martin Van Buren was president and only 50 years after the Constitution of the United States became effective.
These tours and other activities will take place from 3 to 5 pm on Saturday, May 5th and from 2 to 4 pm on Sunday May 6th. The Sunday activities will coincide with an Ice Cream Social, when you will be able to make your own sundae from a variety of delicious ingredients. Another activity will include viewing and explanations of the "Early American Graffiti" in the hand-pumping chamber (mostly used prior to the electrification of the Church) of the Church's organ. Quite a bit of this graffiti was originated in the early part of the 20th century by boys and girls that later became leading citizens of the Ludlow area with many of traditional Ludlow families being represented and identifying the romances of the day. Other activities will relate to the more interesting and entertaining events associated with the Church's history, including portrayals of several individuals and explanations of certain historic events.
The Saturday activities will be followed by a dinner from 5 pm to 7pm having a traditional Church menu and traditional costs. The dinner will be priced to break even, with children 12 and under being admitted free and adults expected to pay from $3 to $5 dollars with the exact price depending on the estimated cost of the ingredients.
So save the dates and expect to have nice Spring weather with lots of balloons to dispel the winter blues. For additional information, call David Almond at 228-2414.