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Westport Heritage Festival expands

WESTPORT The Westport Heritage Festival will run around the clock next Saturday, celebrating the communitys past with a variety of activities.

On Saturday, Aug. 11 from 9 a.m.-9 p.m., the Westport Chamber of Commerce will host a variety of activities including performances, activities, displays and food service.

Festival chairwoman Nancy Decker said the festival was expanding its offerings in preparing for the Champlain 2009 celebration.

The day kicks off with a Boquet River Association (BRASS) Paddling Ramble starting at 9 a.m. The group will depart from the Westport Boat Launch for a history tour excursion along the north shore. People should bring a kayak or canoe. The ramble lasts from 9 a.m.-noon. For more information, contact BRASS at 873-3688.

Registration for the annual 5 K footrace from Camp Dudley will start at 10 a.m. at Cub Beach. The course will start at the beach, and end in Ballard Park.

Events will take place at the Westport Marina Dock starting at 1 p.m., featuring a presentation by the Depot Theatre Apprentices, led by Emma Wiegan and the Hinesburg Community Band. The performance will focus on the story of the Ticonderoga.

The original Hinesburg town band used to play on The Ticonderoga in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Led by Music Director Rufus Patrick, the Westport performance will feature a variety of crowd pleasers including marches, show-tunes, and contemporary selections.

The Willsboro Heritage Society is loaning a 3-1/2 model of the Ticonderoga constructed by Jay Holt. The model will be on display at the marina during the presentation.

The Heritage House will host history interviews under the trees with long-time Westport residents, with questions presented by the fifth grade starting at 1:30. MaryLou Fitzgerald, Ed Smith and Juanita Napper will participate.

At 3:30 p.m., the Westport Heritage Festival will present a concert by European accordionist Nancy Laufer and friends at the Westport Heritage House. Laufer is a highly-accomplished accordionist who has won numerous prizes and played solo recitals throughout Germany, Austria, Italy, France, Norway, England, Belgium, and the US. Works by Bach and Franck will be presented with Wadhams pianist Rose Chancler Feinbloom, followed by a second-half of all-Klezmer music with Lake Placid Sinfonietta members Marisol Espada on cello, and Paul Wexler on clarinet.

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