An excerpt from the St. James Historical Calendar
Thank you so much for being a part of a St. James Renaissance! Our unique and special town has an auspicious history - but it has so much more. It has spirit and pride and a desire to look back while looking forward. It has young and growing families, valued seniors, those who have been here for generations, and those who have just chosen to live and work in our wonderful hamlet because of who we are and what we stand for.
Our treasures are many as "St. Jamsers". We are a living history community. Buildings still stand, as you will see in our commemorative calendar, and are a reminder today of the blessings of small town life and the importance of preserving our heritage. We were the go-to "most happening" town in the early 20th century. Vaudeville lived alongside serious theatre and the New York political scene came to St. James along with artist, architects, playwrights and authors, musicians and composers.
Happily, in the year 2017, the town has become energized. Activities and events were planned and the town showed its spirit and support once again as the new civic association was born. Through their efforts, Celebrate St. James: Past - Present - Future was founded as a not for profit entity. It's mission is to "preserve and celebrate St. Jame's rich history and inspire an appreciation and knowledge of the arts in our community."
Your support of the keepsake calendar is the first of many endeavors to bring forth our illustrious history. We will tell the St. James story to our children and grandchildren and they will tell it to theirs. We will learn together, joyfully, and experience the past in ways that will enable us to look back in wonder as we look forward in a world where our town is truly a precious jewel - a place in which we are fortunate to live and work.
So here's to new beginnings and wonderful adventures into the past - and many thanks to our generous sponsors for making the printing of this calendar possible. Won't you join us - with your donations - your ideas and involvement - and your participation in coming events. Here's to St. James!
~ Natalie Weinstein, Co- chair