On August 15 at 7:30 p.m., members of the Glimmerglass Festival Orchestra will present the 10th annual Florence High Memorial Concert at the Pierstown Grange.
The National Grange, formed in the years following the American Civil War, is the nation’s oldest national agricultural organization, with grassroots units established in 2,700 local communities in 37 states. Individual Granges, like the one at Pierstown, provide service to agriculture and rural areas on a wide variety of issues, including economic development, education, family endeavors, and legislation designed to assure a strong and viable Rural America.
Florence High (1912-2002) graduated from Radcliffe College in 1934 and played cello with the Elizabeth Philharmonic, Westfield Symphony Orchestra and Florence Symphony Orchestra. She enjoyed playing cello and flute with many chamber groups; in addition, she attended the Metropolitan Opera weekly, sitting in the last row of the upper balcony at the old Met. Ms. High spent her summers on the lake at Cooperstown and was a dedicated member of the Pierstown Grange. Her daughter and son-in-law Sue and Don Drake, also active Pierstown Grange members, hope this Grange event honors the memory of a devoted music lover and community member.