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The next generation kicks off Conway’s 250th celebration

  • Conway Grammar School preschoolers watch the annual play Thursday. Recorder Staff/Andy Castillo

  • Conway Grammar School first-graders participate in the school's annual play Thursday. Recorder Staff/Andy Castillo

  • Conway Grammar School first grader Matthew Baranowski sings the national anthem at the school's annual play Thursday. Recorder Staff/Andy Castillo

  • Conway Grammar School first-graders participate in the school's annual play Thursday. Recorder Staff/Andy Castillo

  • Conway Grammar School first-graders participate in the school's annual play Thursday. Recorder Staff/Andy Castillo



Recorder Staff
Thursday, June 15, 2017

CONWAY – Stage lights illuminated Grammar School students dressed in Colonial-era costumes Thursday afternoon during the school’s annual show, “Dirt Roads and Rubbish Loads.”

“Our play celebrates the history of the town and a few of its unique historical periods,” said Director Dave Chalfant, a parent volunteer, as people filed into the gymnasium behind him. The event was held twice Thursday, once at 1:30 p.m. and a second time around 6.

“This is a kick-off for the Conway 250th celebration,” said Principal Kristen Gorden before the show. Students have been studying Conway, periodically hearing from the Historical Society to learn the town’s history. A 250th event organizer, Heidi Flanders, said the student showcase was selected to kick off the broader celebration because it’s a way to highlight the town’s future. 

The show, formated after Garrison Keillor’s popular public radio program “Prairie Home Companion,” covered the town’s history – capturing industry and early hardships – from its inception in the 1700s to the recent tornado that tore through Pumpkin Hollow. Students from preschool through sixth grade performed skits and sang songs.

“We’re the next generation of Conway, and we’re representing our parents in this play,” said sixth grader Cadince Wells-Robinson, noting, “this is the last time we’ll be able to do this together.”

Included in the show was music by sixth-grade band “Millenia,” singing of the national anthem by first grader Matthew Baranowski, and a poetry reading titled “Tornado Poem” by student Kyle Baker. The event culminated with “This Town is Our Town” performed by the entire school.

Through the weekend, there will be events in the town’s center including fireworks Friday night and a parade Sunday afternoon. For more information visit The Recorder’s website where more articles, including a full schedule of events, can be found.

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