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Cultural Council awards latest round of grants

Chainsaw sculptor Jesse Green produced at sculpture of Ebenezer Craft as a result of a grant provided by the Sturbridge Cultural Council last year. (click for larger version)
March 14, 2011
STURBRIDGE — After a long and difficult selection process, the Sturbridge Cultural Council announced it has awarded 14 grants that total $4,220.

Many of the grants involve school activities and programs, including a $250 grant to support the annual Jazz and Blues Night held at Burgess Elementary School. The grant for this event was submitted by Bryan Plumb, of Brookfield, who provides once-a-week instruction to a music class at Burgess.

"We have been trying to hold the Jazz and Blues Night every year since we first started doing it about four years ago," Plumb said. "A couple years ago we started having a finale where the adults and kids play music together. The main lesson we try to show at this event is that music is something you can enjoy throughout your life."

Other grants involving Burgess students are a $200 grant for a two-day "Poetry Can be Fun" presentation for all students and a $375 grant to pay for tickets for fifth-graders to attend a program called "We the People" held at the Hyde Cultural Center in Woodstock, Conn.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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