December 9, 2019

In the Steps of Giants in Ivoryton Sept. 25


Samatha Talmadge, soprano from Ivoryton, will perform.

Music and walking on Sunday, September 25 at 2 p.m. will celebrate the lives and gifts of recently deceased Giants whose devotion have made gigantic differences to the community, to library programs, and to the archives of the Ivory Trade which gives Ivoryton its name.

Don Malcarne, Edith DeForest, Lausanne Glasener, and Ken Kells have provided the library leadership and service. Each gift has ultimately given us better understanding of our past and shown us how important it is to give.

Brenda Milkofsky, retired Connecticut Museum curator, will lead the walk from the Ivoryton Library, past several historically important homesteads, to the Ivoryton Congregational Church where Samantha Talmadge, an opera soprano, will sing accompanied by Betty Austin at the organ. They will perform favorites of the Giants: “Greensleeves,” “Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered,” “Once in Love with Amy,” “Could I have this Dance,” and music from Ragtime among many other pieces. Refreshments will be at the church.

The walk will include views and discussions of the homes of S. W. Shailer,  Samuel Comstock, and James Conklin.

Long before the Industrial Revolution ivory was considered among the most beautiful and exotic of all natural materials. Originally ivory combs were produced locally. After the Revolutionary War, factories developed and made not only ivory piano keys, but also keyboards, piano actions, and sounding boards.

Malcarne was the Essex town historian who wrote books about historic houses in Essex and Ivoryton that helped raise funds for the Ivoryton Library. DeForest, a Chester resident, was the curator of the Deep River Historical Society’s Stone House Museum. Glasnew and Kells were active in the Ivoryton Library Association.

The gifts of the Giants have helped make this history come to life.