Conkling Hall

One of the most enduring and popular musicals of the last half-century — and some think one of the most meaningful — will receive a 2016 treatment in a new production staged in Rensselaerville the next three weekends.

RENSSELAERVILLE — The future of Conkling Hall, a community gathering place for well over a century, hangs in the balance.

The historic venue for an annual chili contest and regular concerts in the hamlet of Rensselaerville may become more active with its administration controlled by a dedicated group, instead of the local church that owns the property.

RENSSELAERVILLE — A set of three short stories will be brought to life, narrated by three New York City actors in the historic Conkling Hall at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 15.

Sweet cakes, pies, and other treats made by community members will be proffered with coffee at the performance, titled “Shorts and Sweets.”

The fourth annual Festival of Writers, Aug. 15 to 18, will bring together artists with international reputations and a love for the region.

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