Friday, July 19, 2013

Save the Organ Fundraiser on April 26 was a success!

Save the Organ Fundraiser on April 26, 2014 was a success!

Thank you Cannon's Bakery
for donating two beautiful cakes, two years in a row!
 The Silent Auction & Dinner on April26, 2014 was a  success, raising $10,681.50! The balance in the restoration fund as of June 17, 2014, with the help of numerous donations, is $51,401.50.  In addition to the generous donations, we thank the many people that have donated in memorial of a loved one that has passed. 

Thank you to everyone who made the April 26 event a success, including the restoration committee, St. Anthony’s Society for cooking, serving and donating the food, the Sodality for serving desserts, those responsible for the beautiful presentation of appetizers and the music ministry for providing appetizers, the Knights of Columbus for donating everything needed for the bar, those setting-up and breaking down, musicians, Silent Auction committee headed by Jimmy Gambacorta, and countless businesses and people who gave their time and donated items for the auction. 

Thank you, again, for coming together as a strong community. 

Below are some pictures from the April 26 event.  A big thank you to Ray Stiles for being the "offiicial photographer" of the fundraiser.   


Appetizer tables prepared by Susan McLaughlin, Patti Moran, Tim Moran,
Marita Halko, John Gretchen, and Jo Singles



We only have one picture of the buffet being set up.  Thank you
members of the St. Anthony's Society for another incredible meal.
They have asked that they are not listed individually.


Pete Snow, all the way from Pennsylvania,
 wowed those in attendance
with guitar and vocals.

We were so fortunate to have
Andrea Arena, Mezzo Soprano,
as part of our entertainment
Julius E. Del Prado tickled the ivory
on the piano
Mary June Smith Peterson
Mary June Peterson also played
beautifully on the piano


Thank you to the Sodality for preparing such a beautiful
dessert table.  This is the only picture we have, so if you
have pictures please send them our way.
Thank you Joanne Episcopo, RiRi DiMenco, Teresa Young,
and Marita Halko.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

What is Save Our Organ?

St. Peter the Apostle Church, in Old New Castle, has a tracker pipe organ that was installed in 1883 by the Hook and Hastings organ factory (in the 1800’s the premier organ maker in the United States).

The picture above is the engraved name plate, found above the two keyboards.

The company made organs from 1827 to 1935 ranging in size from eight feet (the size of St. Peter’s organ) to 80 feet. Hook and Hastings organs can be found in some of the most famous cathedrals in the country, including The Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston, Christ Church in Old City Philadelphia, the Scottish Rite Hall and the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC.

Our historic organ was designed specifically for the size and acoustics of our church. Each component was made by hand, including the pipes and cabinetry. Its unique characteristics are atypical of most pipe organs of the time. The component pieces were transported by train and assembled once arriving to our church. Although still in functional condition considering its age, it needs to be completely restored as many parts are deteriorating and/or damaged. The organ will be completely disassembled, removed from the church and transported to North Carolina. Once the organ has been removed from the church, it will take about 6 months before it is returned.

While we certainly have the option of purchasing a new, electric organ, restoring this unique piece of Americana is preferable given the church’s role as part of historic Old New Castle, not to mention the rich heritage of the church itself.

In an effort to raise funds, we are having a Dinner and Silent Auction on Saturday, April 26, 2014. With your assistance and donation of items or services from your business, we hope to see this historic organ restored. We will gladly send you a letter for tax deduction purposes upon request.