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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Strollers holding benefit to aid High Schoolers to perform at Edinburgh Fringe Festival


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Many Strollers know that a Columbia High School Social Studies teacher, Mildred Memory, started the Strollers closing in on 80 years ago. What they may not know is that she initially came to Columbia High School in 1917 and almost immediately became the advisor for The Parnassian Society. According to alumni who still come for reunions and RAVE about her and the work she did with them, when graduates complained to her they had no place to perform anymore,  her response was to establish The Strollers! The perfect feeder system.  Anyway, because there was no television or other digital devices to entertain the community, performances were held in the auditorium, which seats 1,200 people and always SOLD OUT! During WWII, all proceeds from performances went to support the troops.


Columbia High School's Parnassian Society has been invited to perform in next August’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Currently, the only hang-up is the need to raise $90,000. So, . . . Parnassian is starting with a Hank Zona wine tasting evening at the Orange Lawn Tennis Club on December 4th from 7-10 p.m.

Columbia is diverse in many ways, including economically.  Some 500 of our 1,900+students are eligible for free/reduced lunch, the federal measure of economic need.  To ensure that all eligible students can attend the Fringe Festival, parents and students are raising funds. We hope to bring down the cost of the trip for all, and to further assist students with greater need.

25-things-to-do-in-Scotland-Edinburgh-Fringe-Festival We look now to the community for assistance.  We are holding a wine evening/ silent auction December 4th at the Orange Lawn Tennis Club from 7-10 p.m.  Delicious food, live music, silent auction, raffles, fun, friends, etc. Tickets are $75 and can be purchased by contacting  Janet Bustrin at 973-713-6866 or from Maplewood Stationers in Maplewood or Kitchen a la Mode in South Orange.  We are also looking for businesses who might be able to supply either a monetary donation or an in-kind donation for the silent auction.  In return, we will feature your business name in the program and in the media coverage before and after; we will announce your business name at the event; and we will feature your name prominently on the display table. We know that local folks are loyal to your business and that a donation would be a welcome auction item.

Bottomline . . . every little bit helps! We are grateful for your help in sending our talented teens to the Fringe, where they will represent our community while they broaden their own vision of the world.

Contact Janet Bustrin for information or to donate directly to The Parnassian Society. Checks can be made to Columbia High School with “Parnassian” on the note/memo line.

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