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Cool Jazz In A Soon-To-Be-Cool Church


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Ema Mitrović (top left), who has served as Holy Spirit’s cantor during the pandemic, will perform with Allan Bezama (guitar), Bill Moring (bass) and Tim Horner (drums).

You know what’s cool? How about a jazz concert on a summer Sunday afternoon?

The Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit on Gould Street is celebrating the success of its fundraising campaign to air-condition the church with a “Stay Cool Jazz Concert” on Sunday, July 18 at 4 p.m. Join us in person (with COVID-19 protocols observed) as Ema Mitrović, who has served as cantor during the pandemic, Tim Horner (drums), Bill Moring (bass) and Allan Bezama (guitar) dazzle your ears, mind and heart. Tickets are $35 per person or $60 per couple and can be purchased online (select Jazz Concert) or via Venmo (put “concert” in comments) or at the door.

Most Veronans probably have been in the building at some point – perhaps volunteering at the monthly Food Pantry, attending one of the countless pancake suppers and social events in the lower level, or dropping off a child at Creative Beginnings Preschool, which has operated in the church building since 1996. You also may have attended a church service, wedding, or funeral during the heat of summer, with nothing but a fan or paper bulletin to cool yourself off. Fortunately, that’s about to change.

In 2019, the congregation launched a capital campaign to finance split A/C units to cool the sanctuary (the main church building) during the summer months. While the plans to install the units were put on hold due to the pandemic, financial support from the congregation, as well as local businesses and residents, has continued. In May, the church’s leadership voted to accept the bid of Harmony Heating Company in Randolph, and installation of the air conditioning units is expected to begin in mid-July.

“We’re tremendously grateful for the support not just from our parishioners, but also from ‘friends of Holy Spirit’ who have helped make our desire for a more welcoming space a reality,” said the Father Jerry Racioppi, rector of the church. “And we’re excited to celebrate with our community and gather for a fun afternoon of music.”

Will the A/C be in place in time for the concert? You may have to attend to find out!

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