Editorial: A House Deserving of Worship

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There may be no other structure more unique and iconic to Sag Harbor Village than the Old Whalers’ (First Presbyterian) Church on Union Street, which on Sunday, at 11 a.m., will hold a special service celebrating the 175th anniversary of its dedication.

The looming Egyptian Revival building, a national landmark, is home not only to its congregation but an important meeting space for the community at large. The Sag Harbor Food Pantry calls the Old Whalers’ Church home, as does the Hamptons LGBT Center.

The Old Whalers’ Church also has long been a venue for live music of all styles, has hosted community gatherings like its annual Strawberry Shortcake celebration and the Lions Club St. Patrick’s Day corned beef and cabbage dinner — complete with live Irish music. In the past, it has even hosted political debates.

The Old Whalers’ Church has helped define Sag Harbor for 175 years and it deserves a good turnout at its anniversary celebration this Sunday.  Moving into its next chapter, it also will need the support of a community that cherishes it — whether for worship, for community or for the sheer pleasure of its presence.

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