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Local talent to be spotlighted in third annual talent show

SARANAC LAKE Talented folks of all kinds will be spotlighted in the Third Annual Saranac Lake Talent Show on Jan. 26 at Harrietstown Town Hall at 6 p.m. Contestants include a wide variety of performers from all age groups. Prizes will be awarded in four age categories and an ensemble category. The Grand Prize winner will be invited to perform at the Rotary Show during Winter Carnival. Its absolutely amazing how much talent emerges for this show, said Gail Brill, chair of this years committee. And its so much fun, seeing the variety of acts, people old and young having a great time and giving wonderful performances. Proceeds from the Talent Show this year will go 75% to the Tri-Lakes Humane Society and the rest to the Adirondack Unitarian Universalist Community (AUUC), sponsors of the event. Last years show yielded $2,500 for the Pendragon Theatres Arts in Education Program. Admission is $10 for adults, $6 for seniors, $5 for students, and $25 for families of 4 or more. Each year, non-profit organizations which would like to benefit from the show are invited to the AUUC Harvest Dinner in October, where a name is pulled out of a hat to determine which charity will benefit. That organization is then responsible for selling tickets before the show, promoting the event, selling advertising space in the program and assisting in other ways when needed. The AUUC screens the talent, creates the program booklet and various promotional materials, works lights, runs the concession at intermission, and provides general direction and the Master of Ceremonies. At this years Harvest Dinner, the non-profits hoping to have their names picked out of the hat included Habitat for Humanity, Saranac Lake Womens Chamber, Bluseed Studios, and the Adirondack Carousel, as well as the Tri-Lakes Humane Society. Groups who have already been chosen in a previous year are not eligible to participate in succeeding years. The Talent Show began as a fundraiser for the Saranac Lake High School vocal ensembles trip to Siena, Italy, in 2006. The event was so successful, raising over $4,500, that the core group of organizers, most of them members of the Adirondack Unitarian Universalist Community, decided to make it an annual fundraiser, with a different non-profit being selected each year. Adirondack Unitarian Universalist Community began in 2001 as a liberal religious community that, according to its Statement of Purpose, pledges to actively work toward social justice and improvement of the lives of those within our community as well as in the larger world. Services in Saranac Lake are held on the second and fourth Sundays of the month at 10 a.m. in the historic Saranac Laboratory, 89 Church Street. For further information, call 891-7230.

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