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    Town Diary - April 2001

    Easter Sunrise Service at Beech Rock.

    Each year, congregations from three area churches combine for an Easter sunrise service at Beech Rock overlooking the Barkhamsted Reservoir.  On Sunday, April 15, 2001, members of the Barkhamsted Center Congregational Church, Pleasant Valley Methodist Church and New Hartford's North Congregational Church walked up the path to the ledge known as Beech Rock and watched a glorious sunrise and participated in a service led by Greg Dawson, pastor of North Church.  About 35 people attended this year's service.

    Photo -- sunrise at 6:25 a.m. at Beach Rock.  Ice still covers a portion of the reservoir.

    One person attending the service said she has been coming just about every year since 1947.  Beech Rock is located in central Barkhamsted, accessible by a short path through the woods from Beech Rock Road just above Saville Dam.  The walk to the top of the rock takes just a few minutes, but is on very uneven ground and can be difficult for older people.  For that reason, during some years the service is held in the parking lot at the east end of Saville Dam.

    Photo-Preparations for Easter sunrise service at Beech Rock.

    This year, those who made the short climb were rewarded with a spectacular sunrise and an inspirational service.

    Photo-Easter sunrise service on Beech Rock.

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