Etcetera - 07/20/11

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This Saturday, professional dancers Peter de Grasse and Allison Keppel will give a rare, open rehearsal of the piece they will present on July 29 at Walla Walla Summer Dance Festival's premiere.

The free sneak peek will be 2 p.m. at Power House Theater, 111 N. Sixth Ave.

"For performing arts lovers this is a chance to see dance as it is made," said Lydia Tetzlaff in a release.

WWSDF's debut season performance on July 29 will be at 7 p.m. in Cordiner Hall on the Whitman College campus. For more details on the festival see www.wallawalla-summerdancefestival.org .

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This could be dubbed "someone's in the Kirkman House Museum kitchen with Narcissa," specifically with a grant from Narcissa Prentiss Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution in Walla Walla.

Kirkman House aims to restore its kitchen, including the deteriorating windows. And Narcissa Prentiss Chapter is sponsoring a DAR Historic Preservation Special Projects Grant for the museum, said Chris Crowder, regent, in a release.

Kirkman House was the only grant recipient in Washington state during this grant period.

"This gives us an exciting opportunity to support the restoration of this valuable part of our community," Chris said. "We are excited that these grant funds will be used to rehabilitate windows that due to weather and the years need to be rehabilitated, and we look forward to seeing the final results."

Rick Tuttle, with Kirkman House Museum Board of Directors, said the museum is pleased to accept this grant to move the window project along.

"The first windows to be done are part of a larger restoration of the kitchen. The walls have been prepped and the woodwork stripped. Funds are currently being sought to cover costs of labor for the plaster work."

To donate, contact the museum at 529-4373."

DAR is a non-profit, non-political women's service organization that supports and promotes historic preservation, education and patriotism.

Membership is open to women 18 and older who can document their lineage to an ancestor, male or female, who aided the cause of American independence.

The local chapter has been active in the Walla Walla Valley since 1915.

Contact Annie Charnley Eveland at annieeveland@wwub.com or afternoons at 526-8313.

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