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Skating club to host 30th annual show next weekend

ROUSES POINT - The North Country Skating Club has been around forever - well, at least for the last 30 years.

And, just as long as the club has been in existence, its members have been putting on ice skating shows to entertain and captivate audiences year after year.

This year will be no exception, said club president Maria Boyer. The club's more than 80 members have been busy in recent weeks preparing for the annual North Country Skating Club Ice Show, to be held Saturday, March 14, and Sunday, March 15.

"This year, in honor of our 30th anniversary, we had the kids look at the past songs we've done throughout the years, and we will use some of them for their performances," said Boyer. "It's going to be very special."

The show will feature 13 group performances, consisting of six features, Boyer said. In addition, nine members will perform solos.

In addition to the recognition of the club's 30th show, the event will be dedicated to the Samuel de Champlain Quadricentennial, which recognizes Champlain's exploration of North America in the early 1600s.

"We're calling it 'A Skate through History,'" said Boyer.

The show has the club's members, who range in age from toddlers to high school seniors, thoroughly excited.

Seven-year-old Meara McManus of Rouses Point, who is in her third year of being part of the club, said she looks forward to the show. The event will showcase what she loves about the club's take on ice skating - that it's a sport meant to be enjoyed, not a competition.

"It's very fun. It's not really a competitive sport, it's really a group thing," she said. "My mom said I could try it to see if I liked it and I did. I've learned a lot of things."

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