Churches attract visitors for many reasons, typically for religious services, old Gothic architecture or the handcrafted stained glass windows. But Thursday hundreds bopped from church to church in St. Albans to recognize one thing.
"The first one I went to, it's like I died and went to heaven. Organs all day," said Marilyn Polson of Organ Historical Society.
You heard her-- organs all day-- historical pipe organs being showcased all over Vermont. The annual National Convention for the Organ Historical Society allows enthusiasts to take a journey to discover these old school gems.
"Vermont is the home to many, many historical pipe organs out in the countryside. And for the most part, they've remained unaltered because churches couldn't afford to change them. This is a real treasure; we're hoping to raise awareness for preserving those instruments," Polson said.
The convention is a weeklong tour of listening to the sounds of various pipes in the Green Mountains. More than 300 guests registered for the convention, traveling from as far as the UK, Germany, Singapore and Canada. Society members say it's wonderful to share a passion for these instruments.
"It's just sort of a gut appreciation," Polson said. "They sound, the late 19th century pipe organs, American pipe organs, have this all enfolding sound. They're not too shrill or too sharp or not too much in their face. It's just a wonderful wrap around sound."
Music to many ears appreciating an old craft in this day and age.
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