The South Eaton Meeting House will hold its annual Thanksgiving worship service on Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 3 PM. William Abbot, the Executive Director of the Upper Saco Valley Land Trust, will be in the pulpit speaking on “This Land we call Home.” Ray Stineford will be playing the George Wood reed organ.

William Abbott grew up on an avocado farm in Carpinteria, California, on land his great-grandmother had purchased at the turn of the last century. He grew up in the same house his father had grown up in, and his mother grew up on the farm next door (more rare in California than it is here!) Land, and stewardship of land, and tracing identity to land, were all part of his psyche growing up. He has switched coasts, and now lives with his husband, David Merrill Paige, their two children, Orion (2 1/2) and Wrenna (1), dog Bella, and a scattering of chickens on the Amos Merrill Homestead on West Side Road in Conway. (David is a descendent, 8 generations back, of the settlers of that farm). The sense of stewardship continues for both of them, and is a welcome obligation.

William has a BA in English from Wesleyan University, a Masters in Botany from the Field Naturalist Program at the University of Vermont, and also worked for the Chewonki Foundation in Wiscasset, Maine, in the early 2000s. He was the Conservation Director for the Land Trust for Santa Barbara County before becoming the Executive Director of the Upper Saco Valley Land Trust in 2012.

The meetinghouse is located at 402 Burnham Road at the corner of Towle Hill Road, the continuation of Horseleg Hill Road off Rt. 153 in East Madison, just south of Purity Spring Resort. Light refreshments will be served after the service. All are welcome.

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