Bridgehampton Organ Crawl

An organ crawl is something like a pub crawl
Those looking for a crawl that’s easy on the liver can tour and listen to several organs in Bridgehampton this weekend. Durell Godfrey

Following on the interest generated by the pipe organ that was recently installed in Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Bridgehampton, there will be an Organ Crawl to four pipe organs in that hamlet on Saturday.

An organ crawl is something like a pub crawl, but in this case participants will hop from one pipe organ to another after spending a bit of time at each. It is also an opportunity to “crawl” through or at least look into the pipe rooms and inner workings of some organs.

The event is for organists, pianists, musicians, and aficionados, as well as — or especially — those who are simply curious about pipe organs. Each organ is a complex, handcrafted instrument with hundreds or thousands of metal and wooden pipes, and intricate mechanical mechanisms. The instruments are by different builders and have varying designs and tonal palettes. The crawl will visit Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Church at 10 a.m., the Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church at 10:45, St. Ann’s Episcopal Church at 11:30, break for lunch at 12:15, and then move on to the Bridgehampton Methodist Church at 1. The four locations and places to eat lunch are within a half-mile of one another. At each location there will be a brief demonstration and explanation of the instrument, and an opportunity for those who wish to informally play it. People are welcome to join at any point along the way.

The organ crawl is free; lunch will be paid for individually. More information is available by contacting Thomas Bohlert at music@fpceh.org.