North Country Skating Clubs' 28th annual Ice Show

ROUSES POINT What could possibly be more important to a 10-year-old girl than a trip to the mall or even Disneyland? If you ask Kennedy Carson, shell tell you her membership in the North Country Skating Club (NCSC) is. This is her life, said her mother, Sarah Carson. It is the only sport we play in the winter. We practice every Monday and Friday night, no matter what the weather brings, Mrs. Carson added. They come to the practices held at the Rouses Point Civic Center rink from Alburg, Vt., Carson said. Theyve been doing so for about five years now and they are not alone -there are over two dozen skaters, both male and female, that belong to the club. Last weekend their talents were showcased in the 28th Annual NCSC Ice Show. The theme for this years program was Tour de States, with performances such as Drive South, Dani California, American Woman, Little Grass Shack. There is no Arizona, New York, New York, just to name a few. The stars of the show ranged in age from two years to young adult; each seemingly as dedicated and excited about the performances as Carson was. In fact she and her friend, Karlee Fowler, were presenting their very first duet ever, even though Fowler had fallen during their practice before the Saturday evening show and had to have stitches in her chin. We left to go to the hospital, got the stitches and were even back in time for the show, said Mrs. Carson. All we missed was the dress rehearsal. Thats how much this means to them. Club President Maria Boyer said most of the skaters are from Northeastern Central and Chazy school districts, and they prepare for the annual presentation from Oct. - March. Some of the girls compete elsewhere too, like the Wizard of Oz Ice Show competition coming up on March 31, which is put on by the Skating Club of the Adirondacks, Boyer added. Of the proceeds from the weekend's show, Boyer said most goes right back into the club to fund the shows. One dollar from each ticket sold also goes into a scholarship fund. Club vice-president Tricia Guay said they could not possibly have put on such an extravagant production if it had not been for the help of the volunteers - some of whom are parents, others just interested community members. We have parents who volunteer to make the costumes, others do the decorating and props, she said. Others help us sell flowers that parents and guests can buy to present to their child, Guay added. Even the North Country Cougars hockey club does their share by manning the snack bar, she said.

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