Saranac United Methodist “Church in the Hollow”
watercolor by Jane Brooks

We undertook a special project in 2012 in recognition of the 150th anniversary of the Saranac United Methodist Church. Built in 1862-63, the church is arguably the finest architectural specimen in Saranac. Its high ceilings, large opalescent leaded glass windows, and mostly wood construction render it a fine acoustical space. Hill and Hollow Music has been associated with the lovely historic “Church in the Hollow” since we began producing concerts there in 1995.

Lyon Mountain, view from Burnt Hill
oil painting by Patricia Reynolds

Our special project was to install track lighting on four ceiling beams in the “performance area” of the sanctuary: the choir, altar, and floor space in front of the pews. Better illumination greatly improves the scenario for concerts, as well as regular church functions. We worked closely with the church trustees and professionals from Champlain Valley Electric to achieve the best possible result: effective and attractive lighting which is also as flexible and unobtrusive as possible.

Salmon Weathervane atop Church Steeple

Thanks to your support for a worthy project, we raised $3,500 for the lighting fixtures, supplies, and installation. For every $25 donated you received the set of seven Saranac-themed note cards pictured here. These cards are “museum gift-store” quality: printed on high-quality coated cardstock, the colors rich and vibrant; all are blank inside with identification on the reverse; sizes are uniform (6.25″ x 4.5″) and A6 white envelopes are included.   We still have a plentiful supply of cards, and we will always need to replace light-bulbs, which are quite expensive!  Please consider making a gift of $25 or more – all amounts are tax-deductible.

Saranac River High Falls
acrylic by William Crosby

If you would like further information about our plans for continuing concerts at the church, do not hesitate to call us at 518-293-7613 or e-mail us at    Thank you for helping us accomplish a project that will undoubtedly enhance future concerts and the enjoyment of wonderful live classical chamber music in a wonderful acoustical and historical space!

Contemporary Stained Glass Window
designed by Jacques Duval

Sincerely, Angela Brown and Kellum Smith, and Hill and Hollow Music Trustees: Bruce Butterfield, Renate Erickson, Larry Kudrle, Kevin Roser, Carole Anne Slatkin, James Votraw, Mark White


Please send your check payable to Hill and Hollow Music to:

Hill and Hollow Music, Weatherwatch Farm, 550 Number 37 Road Saranac, NY 12981.

Hill and Hollow Music is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Federal ID# 14-1788915

Famed Redford Glassworks, ca. 1826
oil painting by unidentified artist

Collection of historic Redford Glass objects