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Local dancers delight family and friends in 15th annual showcase

BREWSTER (January 22) - The Seven Star School of Performing Arts Performance Team kicked off their competitive season with their 15th annual Showcase at Brewster High School.  150 dancers, ages 5 to 18, comprise the award winning performance team, which travels the northeast from February through April competing against other studios at various events.  Dancers include students from Brewster, Carmel, Mahopac, North Salem, Pawling, New Fairfield, Danbury, Brookfield and Somers.

More than 160 routines were performed including solo, duets, trios, and group numbers in contemporary, hip-hop, jazz, lyrical and tap.  The dancers learned the routines in August at a 2-week choreography camp and have been rehearsing over the past few months in order to prepare for this performance. The Showcase is offered as a free event so that friends and family can come and support the team before they officially start to compete next month.

This year, the team, which starts competing in New Jersey, will also travel to Connecticut and Massachusetts.  

“We also love seeing our team in its entirety after months of hard work in the studio,” saidJaclyn Yarusso, Performance Team, Co-Director.  


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Historic Huguenot Street receives major grant from National Endowment for the Humanities

NEW PALTZ (December 14) - Historic Huguenot Street has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections Planning Grant for 2016-2017 in the amount of $49,170. The purpose of this federally-funded grant is to support a team of experts in collections preservation and environmental management to comprehensively review twelve historic structures at HHS.

Over the course of several months, the consultants will visit the site and work closely with HHS’ staff, Board, and committee members to recommend sustainable improvements to these sensitive environments. The project entitled “Sustainable Preservation of Collections and Architectural Assets at Historic Huguenot Street” has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor.

“The overarching goal for this project is to identify practical strategies to improve environmental management for both our historic houses and the collections displayed within,” said Josephine Bloodgood, HHS Director of Curatorial and Preservation Affairs. “We are fortunate to be working with two outstanding professionals in the preservation field on this project. Their recommendations will guide immediate and long-term preservation planning at the site for years to come.”

“The HHS Board is committed to professionalizing our operations and protecting the valuable assets entrusted to our care,” added Board Chair Mary Etta Schneider. “We are grateful to Josephine for her work in securing this significant grant.”



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