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Westhampton’s 27th annual Variety Show this weekend at Town Hall

An original song about Westhampton’s history called “Alive and Kicking on Cemetery Road” is among the acts set to debut Saturday night at the 27th annual Variety Show at Westhampton Congregational Church.

The 7:30 p.m. event at Town Hall, which benefits the church’s Pilgrim Fellowship youth group, will also feature a performance by members of Hampshire Regional High School’s “Improvers Anonymous,” said organizer Julie Holt.

Holt has been a force behind the scenes at the show for nearly three decades. “I remember being pregnant with my first daughter when I started this,” she said. “Once you do this for a couple of years in a row, it just never stops.”

Is it hard pulling together so many acts into one performance?

“It just kind of happens,” Holt said. “Everybody is responsible for their own act.”

She noted that a week ago only four acts had signed up for the show’s first rehearsal. But that number has since grown to 17.

Among them is the “Alive and Kicking” number. Resident Seth Clark, who arranged music to original lyrics by Zara Dowling, said the piece is “based on little stories from our town’s history that we’ve incorporated into the verses.”

Former Town Moderator Ralph Hancewicz, who moved to Rhode Island with his wife Euthecia last month, was a longtime master of ceremonies for the Variety Show. This year, the microphone has been passed to Richard “Rick” Tracy, Holt said.

Tickets to the show are $7 for adults and $3 for children 6 to 12. Children under 5 are free. Additional donations are accepted.


Recycling benefit

The Women’s Fellowship of the Congregational Church is holding its first-ever electronics recycling event Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the church parking lot on South Road. The event is a fundraiser for the charitable activities of the fellowship.

Lorraine O’Keefe, the group’s treasurer, noted that Gold Circuit E-cycling of Ludlow, which is overseeing the recycling drive, is known for its care in handling materials properly, including destroying computer hard drives. Prices are: Small appliances such as hair dryers, toaster ovens, coffee makers, $5; Medium appliances such as microwaves, vacuum and sewing machines, copiers and printers, computer monitors, terminals and cables, $10; Large appliances such as stoves, washing machines and dryers, appliances that use freon, such as refrigerators, water coolers, air conditioners and dehumidifiers, $15; TVs, $20. Cell phones, pagers, PDAs and MP3 players can be dropped off for recycling for free.

Participants should follow signs to prevent traffic tie-ups on North, South and Stage roads during drop-off hours.

For details, call O’Keefe, 586-7581, Pat Miller, 527-2404, or Mary Montague, 527-6193.

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