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First Saturday Dance | Westport Column

Westport music maestro Rose Chancler, artistic director of Piano by Nature, invites you to the latest Piano by Nature concert at the Hand House in Elizabethtown, this Saturday, Jan. 25 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 26 at 3 p.m. Rose will welcome the return of her friend Réne Lecuona, a concert pianist and professor of piano who has been a favorite of Piano by Nature audiences in her previous appearances. International critics have praised her playing as “remarkable” and “inspired.” For more information call 962-2949 or visit www.pianobynature.org.

Starting Feb. 1, dance teacher John Danyew of Champlain Valley Dance will deejay a “First Saturday Dance” at the Heritage House on the first Saturday evening of the month for the next several months. The evening is free and open to the public, starting with an introductory lesson at 7:30 p.m. and then two hours of dancing from 8 to 10 p.m. John will offer an eclectic lineup of music, with a mix of Nightclub, Latin, Ballroom, and Swing, throwing in the occasional Line Dance for good measure.

Congratulations to Westport senior Lloyd Staats for his achievement in being honored with a Congressional Nomination to the United States Air Force Academy by Congressman Bill Owens. Congratulations also to the four students from Westport who will be attending the upcoming Character in Leadership Institute, sponsored by Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society at Plattsburgh State University: Wyatt Gough, Chloe Mitchell, Thomas Mero, and Sam Napper. (Thanks to Joanne Mazotte for these items!)

While we’re on the subject of outstanding students, we have a young scholar from WCS, Scarlett Moore, who is contributing to a learned paper that will be presented at an academic conference in Oxford, England this summer. Scarlett’s contribution examines the attitude of the medieval Jewish philosopher and theologian Moses Maimonides toward women in his famous treatise, The Guide for the Perplexed. Thanks to John Roemischer (who is writing the rest of the paper) for this item.

Congratulations to the six winners of the CATS Photo and Caption contest: Cynthia Stacey, Katherine Clark, Bethany Teitelbaum, Aran Voss-Hutchins, Barbara Beebe-Brassard, and John Zurlo. For more information and to see the winning photos, go to champlainareatrails.com.

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