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Last year at this time, the volunteers who maintain the Westport Heritage House (including the new Visitors Center) announced a summer-long “Make It Shine” raffle to fund their project to refurbish the hardwood floor in the historic building’s community room. It was a great success. This year’s project is the repair of the beautiful slate roof, and once again you’ll have a chance to win big cash prizes in aid of a worthy cause.

The basic idea for the “Buy A Slate” raffle is the same as last year. Only 200 raffle tickets will be sold over the next few weeks, for $20 each. Starting June 8 there will be ten weekly drawings with a cash prize of $50 each. I’ll announce each week’s winner here in the column. The last weekly drawing will be at the Westport Festival on August 10. Then the names of all the weekly winners will be put back in the pot and names for the $250 grand prize and three $75 bonus prizes will be drawn. (I’ll announce those winners here, too.)

You can buy the tickets from any of these Heritage House committee members, who are your friends and neighbors: Stephanie Ames, Erwin Barber, Judy Bertsche, Jack Buttimer, Nancy Decker, Margaret Gibbs, Alan Hipps, Meredith Johnston, Shami McCormack, Lindsay Pontius, Clay and Sue Reaser, Ike Tyler.

One of the people you might get a ticket from is Shami McCormack, who we all know is Artistic Director of the Depot Theatre. But did you know that Shami is also a playwright? She’s been chosen as one of five playwrights to participate in WAM Theatre’s Third Annual Berkshires / Capitol Region 24-Hour Theatre Project in Schenectady. That’s right, 24 hour. The five projects will be will be written, rehearsed, and performed within 24 hours. It involves some 50-plus actors and others and it happens at Proctor’s Theatre on May 18. For information and tickets, go to wamtheatre.com. Congratulations, Shami.

Finally, don’t miss the intrepid Ted Cornell at the Wadhams Free Library on Wednesday, April 24 at 7:30 p.m. Ted will speak about his recent exploits as art farmer and culture warrior here in the North Country. Like all lectures at the Wadhams Library, it’s free and open to the public and your questions will be welcome.

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