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July 25, 2013

Arts Express: July 25, 2013

Cultural Assistance Program grants awarded for 2013

ELIZABETHTOWN — The new Board of Directors of the Essex County Arts Council has announced the recipients of the 2013 Cultural Assistance Program (CAP) grants.

The organizations receiving project support are Adirondack Arts Association, Adirondack Shakespeare Company, Champlain Valley Film Society, East Branch Friends of the Arts, Essex Community Concerts, Essex Initiatives, Fort Ticonderoga, Lake Placid Sinfonietta, Lakeside School, Moriah Chamber of Commerce, Piano By Nature, PRIDE of Ticonderoga, Ticonderoga Festival Guild, Ticonderoga Revitalization Alliance, Upper Jay Art Center and Westport Heritage House.

Organizations receiving general-operating support include: Adirondack Architectural Heritage, Appleby Foundation, Depot Theatre, Historic Saranac Lake and Seagle Music Colony.

CAP Grants are made possible with public funds from Essex County in recognition of the importance of the arts to its communities, citizens and visitors. Any recognized arts, historical, preservation, library, museum or other non-profit organization providing a cultural enrichment program for Essex County residents may apply.

For more information, contact Margaret Gibbs at 873-6466 or mgibbs@adkhistorycenter.org.

Local author wins literary award

BLUE MOUNTAIN LAKE — Speedy Arnold, local author and illustrator of “What’s an Elephant Doing in the AuSable River?!!,” recently received the prestigious People’s Choice Award at the Adirondack Center for Writing’s annual Adirondack Literary Awards ceremony.

With more than 40 nominees in five categories, the children’s book was selected by Adirondack Center for Writing members and attendees at the ceremony.

The 60-page hardcover book, with more than 130 full-color illustrations, takes a young boy and his dog on an adventure along the AuSable River in Keeseville. The book weaves local history with nature and a bit of whimsy (the discovery of an elephant along the way).

The book can be purchased at the author’s business, Arnold’s Grocery & Likker Lokker, 182 Pleasant St., Keeseville from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

For more information, contact Arnold at 834-4692.

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