2016 LEGO Contest set for March 5; 60th Apple Blossom rehearsals under way

Registration forms available for annual LEGO Contest

The 2016 LEGO Contest will take place from 9.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 5  at the NewsBank Conference Center, 352 Main St. in Chester.

Click here to download a registration form.

This annual event is open to children in pre-K through Grade 8 and their families.

Lego artParticipants should construct their original creations (no kits allowed), with a maximum size of 24 x 36 inches.

They should be brought to the conference center between 9 and 10 a.m. on the morning of the contest.

Entries will be judged by grade categories from 10 a.m. to noon based on originality, imagination and presentation.  If a structure is a team entry, the age of the oldest member will determine the grade category.  There is also a separate family team class for collaborating children and parents.

For the first time, unique motorized LEGOs will be considered in a separate section.

At 12:30 a.m., LEGO prizes will be awarded to winners and runners-up.

Refreshments will be on sale and there will be s special LEGO station for children to test their creative abilities.

Printed forms are available at the Whiting Library on Main Street in Chester and at Chester-Andover Elementary School.

The cost of entries is $10 for those received by Monday Feb. 29, and $15 after that date. Entries will be accepted on the day of the contest.

Make your checks out to St. Luke’s Church, mailing them and the registration form to Registrar Lillian Willis, P.O. Box 318, Chester, VT 05143.

The event, sponsored for the fifth year by St. Luke’s,  will benefit the church and the Children’s Section of the Whiting Library.  For additional information, please contact Lillian Willis at 802-875-1340 or lbwillisct@comcast.net.

60th Apple Blossom Cotillion to honor first queen

The hard work for participants of the 60th Apple Blossom Cotillion began on Sunday, Jan. 3, at Riverside Gymnasium in Springfield and will continue every Sunday until the big night on Saturday, May 7.

The 2016 Apple Blossom contestants at their first rehearsal.

The 2016 Apple Blossom contestants at their first rehearsal.

Twelve high school seniors, their escorts and parents were joined by 18 elementary school couples and their parents to learn about this year’s Cotillion and begin rehearsals.

This year’s theme,  Shake, Rattle and Roll, will feature music from the six decades of the Apple Blossom Cotillion, and the event will honor the very first Apple Blossom Queen, Joan Ryan Bishop.  In celebration of its 60th anniversary, a documentary film is also being produced to tell the story of this important community tradition.

The high school senior girls who will be competing for the title of Apple Blossom Queen and their escorts are:

Alexis Bellows escorted by Conor Foulois;
Ayres DeLorenzo with Ryan Cooney;
Rebekah Ferreira with Elijah Pianka;
Rayven Hersey with E.J. Bromley;
Elizabeth MacKenzie with Hunter Grace;
Samantha Metcalf with Jon Hildreth;
Lillianna Moore with Zachary Tubbs;
Nicole Murray with Christian Terry;
Calista Polidor with Matthew Wright;
Arianna Rowe with Mason Olney;
Laurana Slobodnjak with Ian Morvan;
Adrienne Stevens with Zachary Cooper.

Pam Shaughnessy, Kyla White and Carrie Jewell are the directors of the Cotillion. They are being assisted by guest choreographers and the children’s coordinators Tracy Austin and Candace Groner.  For the 16th consecutive year, Larry Kraft will be master of ceremonies.

The Apple Blossom Cotillion is a fundraiser for Springfield Hospital.  The proceeds from this popular evening of community entertainment provide support for the Dr. E. Sherburne Lovell Health Career Award and the services of the Hospital.

For more information, contact: Larry Kraft, 885-7644, lkraft@springfieldmed.org

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