Crown Point students part of history

The work by Rodin, called "La France," was recently removed, restored and replaced on the lighthouse with enhanced security measures. It was part of a $2 million renovation project at the lighthouse and adjacent pier.

"We are honored to dedicate this magnificent sculpture," Vimont said. "This was an attempt to build a memorial to Samuel de Champlain and his amazing adventure. This piece of art is not a small token."

As part of the re-dedication the Champlain Valley String Orchestra, under direction of Laurel Rule, performed Crown Point Suite.

The group consists of 15 local string students, adult string players and teachers from six towns in Essex and Clinton counties.

Crown Point Suite is an original composition for string orchestra by Westport resident and cellist Laurel Rule.

Throughout the day there were performances and presentations by Martin Sexton, The U.S. Merchant Marine Corps Band, Piers Faccini, Justin Jones and the Driving Rain, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David Hackett Fischer, Stephane Wrembel, Bear Tracks, Tim Jennings and LeAnne Ponder, Darren Bonaparte and a screening of the soon-to-be-released documentary Dead Reckoning.

As part of the quadricentennial events, the Crown Point Post Office offered a special pictorial cancellation, "Quadricentennial Champlain Celebration."

Saturday concluded with a fireworks display over Lake Champlain.

The weekend events concluded Sept. 20 when filmmaker Caro Thompson introduced a one-hour showing of her Emmy Award-winning documentary, Champlain: The Lake Between.

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