MVCC and the Arts
Mont Vernon Congregational Church and the Arts
Here are some connections between MVCC and the arts:
Architecture: Our current sanctuary was designed in 1895 by Boston Architect, G. Wilton Lewis, a Civil War veteran who lost a leg in the war. Its exterior is rustic, with a tower, simple cedar shingles and a fieldstone studded entrance and portico. These stones were collected by members and friends of the church from their homes across the Mont Vernon, and incorporated into the building. Its interior features a stunning vaulted ceiling and warm wood highlights and columns. The Kokomo stained glass windows are impressive, and both the curved chancel and Round Room also feature stained glass panels. Lewis’s design features near-perfect acoustics. Mont Vernon historian Charles Smith described the sanctuary as one of the loveliest in the country.
Here are photos of the exterior and interior of MVCC, courtesy of Mont Vernon resident Arthur F. Rounds.
Photo of MVCC exterior
MVCC has hosted an annual Messiah Sing on the first Saturday and Sunday of December for thirty-one consecutive years. This production features volunteer soloists and chorus numbering up to one hundred singers, supported by a mini-orchestra of professional musicians, including players from The Boston Pops. Current Messiah Sing Director is Dr. Heidi Welch, Director of Music Education at Castleton University in Vermont. The audience, which is filled to overflowing for virtually every performance, comes from across New England.
Photo of MVCC Messiah Sing:
Round Room Coffee House:
For twenty-six years, musicians from across the region have gathered on the the second Saturday of the month at 7 PM at MVCC for The Round Room Coffee House. Again, thanks to its unusual architectural design, this space also is nearly acoustically perfect. A folk singer or folk group is featured every month, plus a time for communal singing. The public is welcome. Admission is $5.
Photo of the Round Room Coffee House: