Friends of the Quarry Chapel is holding a public concert Sunday, September 10th at 3:00pm. This concert is featuring If Ernest Tubb Could Sing.
IETCS is a three-member group inspired by the many streams of America’s rich musical traditions. Their repertoire spans classic country, rockabilly, early pop standards, contemporary singer-songwriter ballads, and Appalachian old-time stringband music. With musical roots in Ohio and Texas, the members have performed on college campuses and other venues throughout Ohio and beyond. Howard Sacks and David Suggs play guitar, Judy Sacks is on mandolin, and everybody sings.
The group’s name is a fond tribute to Ernest Tubb, country superstar of the mid-twentieth century.
Bring a lawn chair in the event that you cannot find seating in the chapel. This concert is free and open to the public with doors opening at 2:30.
In 1862 the stone masons building Kenyon College built Christ Church at the Quarry as a place to worship. By 1930 most of its congregation had moved away, joined other churches, or passed away. What is now known as Quarry Chapel was deconsecrated, abandoned and over time deteriorated.
In 1967, Harcourt Parish, with the approval of the Episcopal Diocese of Ohio, transferred ownership of the structure to College Township.
In 1972, the Knox County Historical Society formed the Quarry Chapel Restoration Society to oversee the Chapel's restoration.
The 1972 Restoration Society initiated the original project and achieved much. The 1972 Committee also initiated and received the historical marker designating Christ Church at the Quarry as a national historic landmark, see 1972 Restoration
Meetings began with interested parties again in 1998 about beginning a second stage of the restoration of the Quarry Chapel. In April of 2000, the College Township Trustees resolved to support the new Quarry Chapel Restoration Society in its ongoing maintenance and restoration of the chapel. After preliminary estimates, appraisals, and bids, work began in the spring of 2001, see 1998 Restoration.
The Restoration Society has now accomplished its mission and, beginning in 2009, the Friends of the Quarry Chapel have assumed the financial responsibility for the further restoration, improvement and maintenance of the Quarry Chapel.
The Quarry Chapel and the land upon which it sits are owned by College Township, which also owns the adjacent township cemetery.
The Friends schedules events at the chapel, raise funds, publicizes the chapel and acts as docents.