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The 1844-built South Eaton Meeting House now hosts one service a year, in November. (TOM EASTMAN PHOTO)

EATON — Come Sunday, the 19th century setting of the non-denominational South Eaton Meeting House will come alive for its Thanksgving service, to which the public is invited to reflect upon their blessings while enjoying some music, light refreshments and some old-fashioned community good cheer.

The picturesque, 1844-built meeting house located in South Eaton at the corner of Towle Hill and Burnham Roads, just south of Purity Spring Resort off Route 153, also holds a fair every August, and occasionally a concert or program or two, but the Thanksgiving service is now its one and only faith-related observance of the year.

“We used to also do a Christmas service, but this is it now,” said Catherine Lovequist, secretary for the non-profit’s board of directors. “It’s always about community, which is what the meeting house is all about.”

The service will be led by the Rev. Mary Edes, and is set to take place at 3 p.m. Edes — pastor of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Eastern Slopes in Tamworth and an accomplished vocalist — also will sing, accompanied by organist Shana Aisenberg, who will play old-fashioned hymns of thanks.

“We will do the traditional fare (‘Come, Ye Thankful People, Come/We Gather Together’),” said Edes.

Aisenberg will perform “Prelude on Ash Grove,” which she noted is also the melody for the Thanksgiving hymn, “Let All Things Now Living,” She also  will perform “Postlude on Forest Green,” also known as “All Beautiful the March of Days.”

The Silver Lake Singers are also scheduled to perform.

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