Sea Bright- When Councilman Charlie Rooney was working with the Sea Bright United Methodist Church to have them host the borough’s library after Hurricane Sandy, he was struck with the beauty of the chapel and especially the pipe organ that majestically rises behind the altar.
Rooney learned that an organ’s pipes will deteriorate if they are not played, and the church’s organ wasn’t being used much. To preserve organ and enhance the community, Rooney arranges for an organist to play for an hour on the first Saturday of every month. This Saturday, April 2, Jeff Cupp of Ocean Grove will be playing the organ from 11 a.m. till noon.
Rooney said that even though Cupp was an organist at the church during the 70’s and 80’s, that he will be playing more than chruch music this Saturday.
The public, from Sea Bright and beyond is welcome to attend. The library opens at 9 a.m. on Saturday, but don’t expect much quiet, as Rooney as also had the church’s chimes repaired and they will start serenading Ocean Ave when the libray opens until Cupp starts playing the pipe organ.
If the program is popular, Rooney hopes to make it an every Saturday event this summer.
The Sea Bright Library is beautiful, as is the chapel. The team that built the wall between the chapel and the library did a remarkable job maintaining the character and beauty of the chapel.