Rebecca Guild Learns Fun Cathedral Facts

In January, the Rebecca Guild met in the Parish Hall to watch The Stone Carvers, a 1985 Academy Award-winning video documentary about the Italian stonecutters who carved the gargoyles, statues, and other sculptures inside and outside the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. It was a fascinating inside look at the close relationships among the carvers and their love of their work. After the documentary, Dorothy Quimper told us about her memories of the Cathedral when her family moved from England to Washington, D.C. in 1930. At that time, the Bethlehem Chapel had just been completed. She was at the Cathedral when the bells were rung for the first time. It was the same day her uncle died, and whenever she hears the bells, she thinks of him. Dorothy sang in the Cathedral Choral Society for several years. She and her husband came down from their summer vacation in Maine to attend the opening of the Cathedral in 1990.

Mtr. Leslie rounded out the meeting by telling us some facts about the Cathedral. Its total weight is 150,000 tons, and the heaviest single stone weighs 5½  tons. The total cost of its construction was $65 million.

The Rebecca Guild’s next meeting will be on Thu., Feb. 27 at 1 PM. Once again, Mtr. Leslie will be teaching one of her popular watercolor classes! Please bring $5 to cover the cost of materials. And…please RSVP to Judy Andrews so we will have ample materials.

–Jill Kern

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