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Essex Community Church to try expanded concert schedule

— The Essex Community Church will be holding more concerts to see if there is a base for an expanded, year-round program.

Alison Hain, who organizes the concerts, said that the opening concert for a look into expanding the offerings of the Essex Community Concert Series will take place Saturday, Feb. 11, when soprano horn players Ann Ellsworth and Rachel Drehmann perform at 3 p.m. in the church.

“The winter performances are still pretty few, and we want to see how they do,” Hain said. “We will have the concert in February and then one on March 5 before we start having shows in June again.”

Hain said that the growing attendance at the well-established summer concerts coupled with the larger number of year-round residents in the area encouraged members of the concert board to sponsor an extended year-round concert series.

“We want to see if these concerts attract people to come out,” Hain said. “The summer schedule is full, as usual, and we want to see if we want to add to these additional concerts with a year-round schedule.

For the Feb. 11 event, refreshments will be served following the concert. Admission is $10 for adults.

Hain said that the concert is scheduled for people who live both in Essex and the surrounding communities, including across the lake.

“The ferry to Vermont leaves at 4:30 p.m. and the last one at 5:30 p.m.,” she said. “The Essex Community Church is within one block of the ferry.”

The next Winter ECC Concert will feature violinist Kevin Lawrence on Monday, March 5, at 7:30 p.m.

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