By JOSHUA THOMAS
CANAJOHARIE — On Saturday, the lights dimmed at exactly 7 p.m. in the Upstate Chapel, the sanctuary bathed in deep purple light, as the pointed sounds of the second-story organ, played by owner Eric Stroud, punctuated the darkness, the organist’s hands and feet projected at the head of the chapel for the evening’s attendees.
And with Stroud’s opening number, “Toccata and Fugue, D Minor”, which climaxed with lightning, the Upstate Chapel’s second annual Halloween Recital was off to a spooky start. A grimacing jack-o-lantern, projected on the ceiling of the former Sts. Peter and Paul Church, watched over the evening’s proceedings, which featured season-appropriate songs and stories, including a performance of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Music of the Night” by Rachael Takacs, a dramatic reading of Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Raven” by Susan Crua, murder-ballads and terrifying tales by The Bard Rocks and the Valley Bog Players, both featuring Roland Vinyard; and numerous organ performances (including a closing number) by Naphtali Rothrock.