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P.O. Box 366, 3328 Franklin Avenue
Millbrook, New York 12545

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Blessing our Sacred Places

April 29, 2018 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Innisfree Garden
363 Tyrrel Rd
Millbrook, NY 12545
Blessing our Sacred Places @ Innisfree Garden | Millbrook | New York | United States

Join leaders and members of various faith traditions for a spring interfaith celebration.

The event will include music, readings and a blessing of fields and seeds. (Bring your own seeds to be blessed.


The third annual Blessing Our Sacred Places service at Innisfree Garden will begin at 10:30 am. and last about an hour. Walking is required. Parking is free for the morning and food will be available following the service at Farmers and Chefs Food Truck and chef John Lekic—or bring your own lunch and eat at the picnic tables on the beautiful grounds of Innisfree, one of the great gardens of the world. This event is co-sponsored by the Food/Farm/Faith Initiative of Grace Episcopal Church in Millbrook and Innisfree Garden in Millbrook, Kate Keerin, curator. “Blessing Our Sacred Places” is free and open to the public. Donations are encouraged to support the wonderful work of Innisfree Garden and the Dutchess Interfaith Council.

Participating Faith Community Leaders (a partial list)

  • Rev. Albert Ogle, St Peter’s, Lithgow
  • Rev. Dr. Matthew Calkins, Grace Church, Millbrook
  • Dr. Umar M. Ahmad and Imam Hafiz Badar Usman, Mid-Hudson Islamic Center, Wappingers Falls
  • Jessica Berlin, Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center, Falls Village
  • Donna Coane, Leader and Healer, Schaghticoke First Nations
  • Lama Depa and Lama Lhardrun, Kagyu Thubten Choling Monastery, Wappingers Falls

Farmers and gardeners are invited to participate in the blessing of seeds.

Music will be led by Nancy Vanderlee of St Peter’s Lithgow and Denise Bassen of Grace Millbrook.

Chef John Lekic’s “Farms and Chefs Food Truck” will have lunch available for purchase.

Picnicking is also encouraged; picnic tables are available overlooking the Garden.

This event is a part of the Food/Farm/Faith Initiative (F/F/F), spearheaded by Grace Church, Millbrook. This initiative seeks to grow community, nourish dialogue, and plant the future by connecting members of various food, farm, and faith communities in New York’s Hudson Valley through events and partnerships. To learn more about The Food/Farm/Faith Initiative and to pursue possible collaborations, please contact coordinator Abby Nathanson at and visit

Questions?  Contact the Rev. Dr. Mathew Calkins at or at (845) 677-3064.