Church cooks up an idea to pay for organ

August 05, 2008|By MARLO BARNHART

BOONSBORO - It is perhaps a sign of the times but the new cookbook compiled by members and friends of Trinity Reformed United Church of Christ will include recipes for "green" cleaning products that can be made at home.

"There will also be kid-friendly recipes and some vegetarian dishes," said Kelly Crenshaw, pastor of the historic church at 33 Potomac St., which dates to 1750.

The church is taking pre-orders for Kitchen Artistry II, which contains more than 700 recipes, including many of the original recipes from Kitchen Artistry - published in 1980 - as well as some additions. Each book sells for $20. Proceeds benefit the organ restoration fund.

Hopes are that cookbook sales will offset the $86,000 restoration project under way on the church's 1908 Moller Tracker organ, Crenshaw said.


"We got a $30,000 grant from the Sinnesen Foundation and some private donations," she said. The organ is being worked on by former Moller craftsmen at the Lawless-Johnson Organ Co. in Pennsylvania.

The church also is offering yard sale spaces for rent during Boonesborough Days,m which is Sept. 6-7. Outdoor spaces will rent for $10 a day.

Indoor spaces, in the air conditioned fellowship hall, will rent for $15 a day. Each person will be responsible for bringing tables and/or chairs for their own use. Some tables may be available for rent, at an additional charge.

Cookbooks also are available from any church member or by calling the church office at 301-432-2247.

The 1908 Moller Tracker organ was removed from the sanctuary to undergo an extensive restoration process. It is expected to be returned in time for Boonesborough Days.

"We are told that this instrument is the only remaining Moller Tracker Organ of its size and generation. It is a true treasure in the Boonsboro community," Crenshaw said.

A centennial anniversary celebration in honor of the organ is planned for December.

"Tentatively, it is set for Dec. 7, and it will be big and splashy," Crenshaw said.

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