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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 09-11-2019

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32 PAWTUCKET / THE VALLEY SEPTEMBER 11-17, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | PAWTUCKET EDITION forced to perform if they're not com- fortable. "This should be a cool journey into learning something at your own pace" with help from not only the instructor but from fellow class- mates," he said. Both the Irish step dance and fiddle classes started last week but anyone interested can add in by contacting russell@riverfolk.org . For more information about specif- ic classes and to register, visit www. riverfolk.org . Over the past 20 years, the theater, including the assortment of classes, has grown quite a bit, Gusetti said. "We started very small" with a few instructors teaching knitting and Irish dance classes, he said. Now, espe- cially in the past two years with help from a grant to fix the upstairs space, classes have grown and are offered on all three levels of the theater. Gusetti said he hopes to add more visual arts classes in the future, as well as possible summer sessions. "It's all really just trying to expose people to music and traditions that they (maybe) didn't grow up with," Gusetti said. "You don't have to be a certain nationality to like that music or culture, to know that it's out there and to experience it." In addition to offering classes six days a week, the theater hosts more than 45 concerts annu- ally and Gusetti has also produced nine Summer Solstice Festivals at Cumberland's Diamond Hill Park. As the theater enters its 20th season, the fall concert schedule showcases the diverse traditional and ethnic music that the theater has become recognized for on a regional basis, Gusetti said. Kicking off the season on Sept. 21 at 8 p.m. will be Cumberland native Cory Pesaturo, a three-time world accordion champion. The next night, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m., the Swedish trio Väsen will return as they celebrate their 30th anniversary as a band. For a full schedule, visit the the- ater's website at www.riverfolk.org .Gusetti said he's also been working with Cumberland High School stu- dents, offering them a space to host performances and letting them know that there's a performing arts and teaching venue in town. Over the summer, in preparation for kicking off their 20th season, BRT has undergone renovations, including the restoration of the theater's main hall floor and lower lobby, which had sustained water damage to many parts over the years Blackstone River Theatre, the for- mer site of the Unity Masonic Lodge built in 1928 and abandoned in 1987, also received $9,908 from the Rhode Island Foundation to address deferred maintenance by investing in façade improvements, landscaping, and streetscape enhancements, which helps make it a leading partner in the Broad Street Regeneration Initiative, says Chairman Timothy Draper. Also this summer, the theater received recognition as the state's Best Folk Venue at Rhode Island Monthly's Best of Awards. Later this month, Gusetti, a Cumberland native, will be inducted into the William Blackstone Society at the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council's annual induction and awards celebration in recognition for his work at Blackstone River Theatre. Through it all, Gusetti has "created a community that feels like a fam- ily," Atwater said. "I'm really proud of him and to be associated with the theater." BRT CLASSES From Page 19 Board mem- ber AUBREY ATWATER will lead a class in singing Traditional Folk Songs at the Blackstone River Theatre in October. She also will lead a clogging workshop Nov. 2 and she and Elwood Donnelly will hold two mountain dulcimer workshops this fall. BREEZE PHOTOS BY ROBERT EMERSON VANCE GILBERT performs on the lawn near Slater Mill during the Pawtucket Arts Festival's Downtown LIVE! event on Saturday afternoon. 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