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Penfield to host event

IRONVILLE - The Penfield Museum will host its 45th annual Heritage Day Sunday, Aug. 15.

Activities will get under way with a church service at 9:30 a.m.

The annual Heritage 10K road race will begin at 10 a.m.

A craft fair and flea market will be held 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The traditional chicken barbecue will begin at 1 p.m. Tickets, $9 each, can be reserved by calling 597-3804. The menu will include a half chicken, baked potato, beans, corn and roll.

The church service will make note of the history of the Congregational Church of Crown Point.

"Almost 190 years from the time that the Rev. S.L. Herrick, pastor of the First Congregational Church of Crown Point, began holding services in a rural portion of the community known as Ironville, current members and the pastor of First Congregational Church, Crown Point, will join with the Penfield Historical Society and all those in attendance, in a Heritage Day service at the old Second Congregational Church meeting house," said the Rev. David Hirtle of the First Congregational Church.

"The church records show that at a special meeting of the Congregational Society in 1846, the Second Congregational Church of Crown Point, was formed," Hirtle said. "Congregationalism, inheritors of the free spirit of the Separatists that left England aboard a tiny vessel called The Mayflower in 1620, came together as a Christian community to build a church home where all would feel welcome, where all had a voice in the path they believed God was directing them.

"The faith of those early settlers carved out of the wilderness of the Adirondacks a church building in 1845 and dedicated in October of that year," he continued. "The building cost $1,600 and boasted a basement used for the education of it's members and the community. It was a focal point of that small, growing community. It provided not only a place of worship, but a communal center for meetings, times of joy and of loss, and great struggle during the early days of this area."

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