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2012-09-15T23:30:00Z 2012-09-28T10:14:29Z Hometown briefs Glens Falls Post-Star
September 15, 2012 11:30 pm

Glens Falls class plans for reunion

The Glens Falls High School Class of 1982 has set its 30th year reunion for Oct. 5 to 7.

Class members will gather at West Mountain Resort’s Adirondack Room at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 5 and will remain until long after the Jug Game is over.

On Oct. 6, the class will gather at the Queensbury Hotel Ballroom at 7 p.m. and receive a reunion mug and buffet dinner while dancing to ’80s music into the night.

The reunion closes out Oct. 7, with a picnic for the whole family at the Crandall Park pavilion at 11 a.m. The all-inclusive price is $90 per adult, and free for the kids Sunday.

The reunion is a not-for-profit event. If costs come in lower than expected or you cannot attend all events, refunds will be made to all those who prepay. You can also pay at the door at any of the venues with advance notice.

For more information, contact Eric Miller via phone or text at (914) 523-1122.

Dorset honors young playwrights

DORSET, Vt. u The Dorset Theatre Festival will announce the winners of its first Jean E. Miller Young Playwrights Competition at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Dorset Playhouse.

The competition, made possible through The Windham Foundation and John and Janet Irving, took place last spring and is part of an ongoing commitment to support New Play Development.

DTF held workshops in five area schools last spring, working with middle and high school students in the region to teach them the basics of playwriting. Students were then invited to submit short plays for review by professional playwrights who volunteered their time to support this initiative.

“Encouraging young people to excel in the creative arts, particularly creative writing, is so important. We often encourage excellence in sports or in academic pursuits, but it is my belief that encouraging our youngest citizens to develop their creative talents empowers them and helps create a new generation of leaders,” says Dina Janis, DTF artistic director.

In the high school category, first place went to “Behind the Rain” by Carling Berkhout and Yolanda Hua from Burr and Burton Academy and second place went to “A Weekend Away” by Samantha Sullivan, also from Burr and Burton Academy. The middle school first place went to “Is It Worth It” by Paige Marion and Lily Thebault from Maple Street School.

To make a reservation for the event, which is free and open to the public, please call the box office at (802) 867-2223, ext. 125.

Gallery shows ‘Introspections’

SARATOGA u The Laffer Gallery will present the new exhibit “Introspections” from Friday through Oct. 2 at the Schuylerville venue.

The gallery will hold a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at 96 Broad St. for local artist David Miller.

Miller lives and works near Saratoga Springs. A professor emeritus at Skidmore College, he has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions and was honored in 2001 with a retrospective exhibition at Tang Museum.

The Laffer Gallery is a contemporary fine art gallery and custom frame shop owned and operated by artist Erik Laffer. The venue showcases nationally established and emerging contemporary artists working across a variety of mediums. Exhibitions ranging from realism to abstraction rotate every four to six weeks, with opening receptions for each exhibit.

Musicians sign on to play for change

SARATOGA SPRINGS u A benefit concert by local musicians to celebrate Playing for Change Day 2012 will be held Sept. 23 at Saratoga Music Hall in Saratoga Springs.

The event, with a theme of “Love, Peace and Happiness,” is one of more than 220 music events in 45 countries scheduled to support the Playing for Change Foundation.

This is the second annual Playing for Change Day, but the first event to be held in Saratoga Springs.

The concert will start at 2 p.m., featuring a wide range of music styles. Five performers have signed up, including jazz guitarist and vocalist Miche Fambro; Afro-Cuban percussion group Ensemble Congeros; the acoustic blues-folk of Rick Bolton and The Dwyer Sisters; guitarist-singer Will Severin; and a capella group The Golden Notes from the College of Saint Rose. Organizers anticipate announcing additional performers.

Tickets are $15, available online at Brown Paper Tickets at Children younger than 12 are admitted free. The event is an all-volunteer effort, with proceeds going directly to the Playing for Change Day Foundation (, dedicated to connecting the world through music by providing resources to musicians and their communities around the world.

The historic Saratoga Music Hall is at 474 Broadway.

Professor looks

at leisure class

SARATOGA SPRINGS u The Saratoga Springs History Museum presents professor Thomas Chambers, who will explore Saratoga Springs as a 19th-century spa and the creation of a new leisure class of Americans, during a lecture at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Canfield Casino.

Few public places in the early 19th century offered men and women from different regions of the United States the opportunity to socialize with each other. At the resorts of Virginia’s western mountains and Saratoga Springs, the nation’s social, economic and political leaders gathered at the mineral springs to relax and recuperate, and in the process began to form a “fledgling aristocracy.” At these resorts, the boundaries of class and region were defined, tested, solidified and broken by the Civil War, but eventually repaired in its aftermath.

Chambers is chairman of the history department at Niagara University. This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, call the History Museum at 584-6920 or visit www.

Group sponsors recycling day

BALLSTON SPA u Saratoga Bridges will sponsor its fourth Community Electronic Recycling Day from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at 16 Saratoga Bridges Blvd.

All collected items will be recycled. The increase in outdated, discarded electronics that are filled with toxic chemicals like cadmium, mercury and lead, have led to landfills problems. Open to the public the following will be accepted: cellphones, computer hard drives, CRT monitors, accessories and components, handheld devices, printers and cables, cameras, phones and phone systems, computer gaming equipment, televisions and medical equipment.

For more information, please call 587-0723, ext. 1217.

Lecture looks

at Ottoman law

SARATOGA SPRINGS u Ben-Gurion University scholar Iris Agmon will present a talk titled “Justice of the Kadi: New Perspectives on Ottoman Law,” when she lectures Wednesday at Skidmore College.

Free and open to the public, the event begins at 8 p.m. in Davis Auditorium, Palamountain Hall.

Agmon, Skidmore’s Greenberg Middle East Scholar-in-Residence this fall, is a senior lecturer in the department of Middle East Studies at Ben-Gurion University, and a specialist on the social history of the Ottoman Middle East, with special interest in late Ottoman and Mandate Palestine.

In recent decades, new approaches to the study of Ottoman law and legal history have changed our understanding of the legal system. Agmon will discuss this changing perspective, focusing on the key figure of the judge.

The Greenberg Middle East Scholar-in-Residence Series is made possible by a gift from Skidmore alumna Jane Greenberg. The series enables the college to host an Israeli scholar who through teaching, lecturing, and participating in campus life educates the community on a range of topics concerning political life in the Middle East. The Office of the Dean of Special Programs coordinates the Greenberg series.

Methodist women hold meeting

CAMBRIDGE u Embury Unit of United Methodist Women will meet at 6 p.m. Monday in the Fellowship Hall of the church. The meeting will begin with a potluck supper; bring a dish to pass. Kathy Muller will provide dessert and beverages.

Kay Runge will present the program, which is on the life of John Wesley, founder of Methodism. A business meeting will follow. All women are welcome.

Embury United Methodist Church is at 41 E. Main St. in Cambridge.

For further information about the church and its activities, go to

Concert series starts with Fauves

Glens Falls u The Folklife Center at Crandall Public Library has announced its free Fall 2012 series of Live! Folklife Concerts from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdays (doors open at 6:30) downstairs, off the library’s new Glen Street entrance in the Community Room.

The first concert, which is Thursday, is MaryLeigh & the Fauves, a Saratoga Springs-based band that has been taking the region by storm.

Additional shows include Annalivia on Sept. 27, Cantrip on Oct. 4, Mike & Ruthy on Nov.1, Blind Owl Band on Nov. 8 and Crowfoot on Nov. 15.

The series is made possible in part by Friends of Crandall Public Library, and the New York State Council on the Arts — Folk Arts Program, with the support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the New York state Legislature.

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