Trudy Borenstein-Sugiura, Artist-in-Residence

2019-2020 Artist Residency

The Worship and Arts committee is pleased to announce our new Artist-in-Residence, Trudy Borenstein-Sugiura.  Trudy is local collage artist who has been commissioned for a Nassau community specific work created from the papers and materials important to (and provided by) our congregation.   All ages will have the opportunity to participate through contributing personal papers and attending workshops, starting with informational presentation on October 20, at 12:15 where you will be able to see a sketch of the final design and even begin to add to the work yourself!  We hope to display this newly-created artwork in worship in May of 2020.  This residency is supported by the Frances Clark Fund and the Ammons Music Fund.

I have been a working artist since attending Philadelphia College of Art and graduating with a BFA from Tyler School of Art. My focus is primarily on jewelry design and goldsmithing and I have sold and exhibited my work internationally.  All the while, I have had a lifelong love affair with paper and have saved, catalogued and hoarded report cards, postcards, travel brochures, invoices, documents, medical records and books of travels, important personal events and several generations of my family’s ephemera.  After the death of my mathematician father, my longstanding interest in paper collage was rekindled; I wanted to make use of and honor his personal papers and writings to make a collaged momento mori portrait of him.  This set me on a new path on which I have been traveling since. In the last 3 years, my work has been exhibited in group and solo shows in NYC, LA, Chicago, Denver, Cincinnati, Princeton, the Nassau County Museum of Art and the Hamptons, and many commissioned portraits are included in private collections.

View some of this work online:

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Concerts & Recitals – September 2019

Westminster Conservatory at Nassau

Thursday, September 19

On Thursday, September 19 at 12:15 pm in Niles Chapel, Melissa Bohl and Phyllis Lehrer, members of the teaching faculty of Westminster Conservatory, will perform works for oboe and piano – the Sonate by Francis Poulenc and Solo pour hautbois by Émile Paladilhe – and additional works for solo piano. Open to the public and free of charge.

Westminster Conservatory of Music

New School for Music Study Recital

Sunday, September 22

On Sunday, September 22, at 2:30 pm in the Sanctuary, the 2019-2020 NSMS Faculty Recital Series will begin with an afternoon of music by Mozart.  This recital will feature, duets, sonatas, and chamber music.  Join us for an afternoon of beautiful music!

These recitals take place in the Sanctuary of Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau Street in Princeton. They are open to the public and free of charge.

New School for Music Study

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Youth Trips – Summer 2019 Recap

NorthBay Middle School Week [June 27 – July 1, 2019]

Seventeen of us spent an energetic and cross-centered week at NorthBay Camp on the Chesapeake Bay in MD, run by Young Life’s middle school ministry.  Returning for our fourth year, the group enjoyed the bubble soccer, theologically rich talks, swimming, and good cabin time discussions.

Led by Mark Edwards with Madeline Baas (PTS Field Ed 2019-20), Jordan Goodwin (PTS Grad ’19), and Scott Harmon.

Appalachia Service Project in Charmco, WV [July 7-13, 2019]

Fifty-six of us spent a hard working week in Greenbrier County working on homes in Rainelle, Charmco, and the neighboring towns.  We had seven teams, our largest number yet, chaperoned by Ron & Sally Zink; Rachel Gilmore & Kelsey Lambright; Julie Swanke & Scott Harmon; Katie Gallagher & Jonathan Milley; Claire Mulry & Doug Ladendorf; Alli Fay, Martin Tel & Noel Werner; Jacq Lapsley & John Parker; with Mark Edwards as trip leader and Nick Isder (PTS Grad ’19) as additional support.

The trip continues to grow in a way that fosters pure hearts, neighborly love, and appropriately sore backs.


France: Taizé + Paris  [July 17-29, 2019]

Seventeen youth and adults from Nassau Presbyterian were joined by three from Pennington Presbyterian for a week of spiritual pilgrimage to the ecumenical and international Taizé Community.  While we spent time enjoying the theological and cultural riches of Paris, the highlight of the trip was a full seven days camping in the French countryside and enjoying the artistic worship and prayerful community of the Taizé brothers and their approximately three thousand guests.

The trip was led by Mark Edwards and chaperoned by Richard Davis (PTS), Kate Harmon, BJ Katen-Narvell, Ingrid Ladendorf, Kelsey Lambright, and Ted Borer of Pennington.  Frances and Nicos Scordis and Bill Narvell joined us in Paris.

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Fall 2019 Small Groups

Forming and Re-forming a Community

Questions about community dominate our headlines and preoccupy modern life. What is healthy community? How do we welcome those from outside our community? Are communities stronger when defined by common bonds or distinguished by a diversity of gifts?

The Fall Small Group offerings each have something to say about community. Several groups will study the book of Exodus and learn how God forms a group of wandering refugees into a mostly faithful community. The Fall Adult Education series and Pastor Dave Davis’ sermons will also examine this book and this theme during these weeks.

But you don’t have to be part of the Exodus bandwagon!  Additional options include reading a very contemporary pastor’s entertaining take on what Christian community looks like today, a classic children’s fantasy series with deep theological truths or photography.

Small Group Finder

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
Morning Dave Davis (NPC)
Afternoon Corrie Berg (Princeton) Len Scales (NPC)
Kathie Sakenfeld
Evening Marshall McKnight (NPC) Jade Hage (Princeton)
Mark Edwards (Kingston)
Ned Walthall (NPC)

Exodus: Wilderness Formation

Do a deep dive into Exodus! Read the stories, remember the events, and revisit the characters that are formative to our faith. Each week we will focus on a handful of chapters and learn how God forms a people and the people, in turn, take leadership in shaping their relationship with God. Drs. Jacqueline Lapsley and Anne Stewart will be leading an Adult Education series, October 6 – November 3, on Exodus. Pastor Dave Davis will be preaching the same passages in worship those Sundays.

Mondays, October 7-November 4, 12:00-1:15pm, Berg Home, Princeton (light lunch of soup & bread provided)

Corrie Berg is the Director of Children’s and Family Ministry at Nassau Presbyterian Church. She loves stories (Bible stories, all stories!) and is a life-long reader who believes that great literature helps us understand our own world and ourselves.

Tuesdays, October 8-November 5, 7:30-9:00pm, Edwards Home, Kingston

Liberation in Exodus –Much like the “cloud by day,” the imprisoned Boethius is led by Lady Philosophy out of his misery to the promise land of personal contentment. Reading the sixth century classic, The Consolation of Philosophy, we will explore how the longings for the comforts and security of Egyptian slavery correlate to the quest for happiness in a world of success, reputation, and (modest) fortune. Book price $XX.XX

Mark Edwards joined Nassau as Director of Youth Ministries in September of 2013. He is a lifelong Presbyterian and holds a PhD (Philosophy and Theology, 2013) from Princeton Theological Seminary. He has been an Assistant of Instruction at Princeton University, and is currently an adjunct professor at The College of New Jersey. Mark is married to Janine and they have two children.

Wednesdays, October 9-November 6, 6:30-8:00am in the Conference Room, Nassau Presbyterian Church

Dave Davis has been pastor and head-of-staff at Nassau since the fall of 2000. His PhD in Homiletics from Princeton Theological Seminary focused on preaching as a corporate act and the active role of the listener in the preaching event. He has published two sermon collections A Kingdom You Can Taste and Lord, Teach Us to Pray.

Coffee and tea provided, BYOB (bring you own breakfast)

Wednesdays, October 9-November 6, noon-1:00pm in the Conference Room, Nassau Presbyterian Church

Exodus & Radical Reconciliation book – God uses humans just like us to confront Pharaoh in the book of Exodus. What difficult conversations and actions might God be calling us to in our own contexts? In this small group, we will draw on Boesak and DeYoung’s Radical Reconciliation as we read and discuss passages in Exodus. Book price $XX.XX

Len Scales is Chaplain and Executive Co-Director of Princeton Presbyterians of the Westminster Foundation. In 2017 she helped lead the Young Ministry Leader’s Gathering of the Synod of the Northeast on a similar topic. It was a rich time to remember the power of the Holy Spirit and God’s call on the Church to “do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly.”

Coffee and tea provided, BYOL (bring you own lunch)

Wednesdays, October 9-November 6, 1:30-3:00pm, Sakenfeld Home, Stonebridge in Skillman

Kathie Sakenfeld retired from Princeton Seminary in 2013 after teaching Old Testament there for 43 years. Her special interests are the Pentateuch and stories of women throughout the OT. An ordained PCUSA clergywoman, she has participated in the life of Nassau Church since 1970 and has served the denomination at Presbytery, national, and international levels.

Additional Fall Small Groups

Mondays, October 7-November 4, 7:30-9:00pm in the Conference Room, Nassau Presbyterian Church

Discovering the redeeming, destabilizing love of a surprising God. Getting to know the faith of Nadia Bolz-Weber through her New York Times Bestseller book Pastrix. Book price $XX.XX

Marshall McKnight, a Nassau Church member since 2011, serves as a deacon and is active on the Mass Incarceration Task Force and the Membership Committee. He was a journalist for seven years and for the last fourteen has worked for the State of New Jersey. You can add I am on the Education Committee if that helps. And I am funny but maybe not as funny as Carol Wehrheim.

Tuesdays, October 8-November 5, 7:00-8:30pm, Hage Home, Princeton

In his beloved book series, The Chronicles of Narnia, C.S. Lewis dares to imagine how God might interact with a world that is not our own, with beings that range from our human kin, to the subtly non-human, to creatures that seem only to exist in the imaginations of storybook-writers. In his creation of Narnia, Lewis presents us with a world that is both fantastically alien, and yet remarkably similar to our own, and supposes how the truths of God’s character might play out in such an environment. In this small group we will read three of Lewis’ novels (maybe a fourth, if we’re feeling brave) and unpack the ways Narnia helps us understand God in the context of our own world. Book price $XX.XX

Jade Hage, has been grateful to call Princeton her home for the past year and a half. During the week she spends her days teaching the greatest hits of English literature at Princeton International School of Math and Science, and on Sunday mornings you can find her in the choir loft. Participating in small groups has helped shape Nassau as Jade’s home away from home, and she is thrilled to be taking on a new role as facilitator.

Dressing and Keeping the Garden:
Photographing Nature in the Age of the Anthropocene

And the Lord God took the man, and put him in the garden to dress and keep it. Genesis 2:15

Thursdays, October 3-November 7, 7:30-9:00pm in the Conference Room, Nassau Presbyterian Church

“We have changed the atmosphere, and thus, we are changing weather. By changing the weather, we make every spot on earth man made and artificial. We have deprived nature of its independence, and that is fatal to its meaning. Nature’s independence is its meaning; without it, there is nothing but us.” Bill McKibben, The End of Nature

In this class we will consider nature photography in the context of a world where the dressing and keeping of the garden is not working out so well.

In The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, Elizabeth Kolbert argues  that even holding global warming to a minimum, estimates are that between 22 and 31 percent of the earth’s species will be on an irrevocable path to extinction by 2050. We will have destroyed as much as a third of everything alive on this planet. If warming reaches maximum estimates, those numbers rise to between 38 and 52 percent. Take your five-year-old grandchild for a walk today, and by the time she is 35, half the birds she heard singing may well have disappeared. Has nature photography become an obituary written in anticipation of the death of our planet, or does it have a different role to play?

Let’s find out.

Ned Walthall has been thinking about and taking photographs for years. He is the geeky guy with the long lens at coffee hour. He is currently a candidate for an MFA in Photography at The New Hampshire Institute of Art. His work can be seen at


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Adult Education – September 2019

God and Food in Modern Life

Sundays, 9:30 a.m., in the Assembly Room
unless otherwise noted

Download the September 2019 Brochure (pdf)
for more details and speaker bios

Join us as we hear from those in our community who wrestle with the big concepts and daily practice of food stewardship. We will learn about global projects and local initiatives that plan for the future and feed those who are hungry today, and we will provide hands-on assistance to a local food bank during a special Adult Education Project Day – learning brings forth doing!

September 8 | Nate Stucky

Food. Faith. Bread. Wine.

Does God care what we eat? Does God care how we eat? Do we think of God when eating? Should we? Though food runs like a thread through Scripture, we may or may not typically put God and food in the same conversation. What happens when we do? In this session, we’ll begin finding out.

September 15 | Tessa Desmond

The Spiritual Significance of Seeds

Seeds are ubiquitous. We eat them. We plant them. We blow them in the wind. While we may overlook seeds or think about them mostly as metaphors, God does not. In the Bible, central lessons of faith are taught using the imagery of seeds. Explore how paying attention to these things (that might be thought of as “the least” in nature) can actually help us better understand the grandness of God. Come marvel at seeds!

Beginning September 15 | In-Depth Bible Study with George Hunsinger


Sundays, 9:15 a.m.
Maclean House (Garden Entrance)

George Hunsinger continues with a verse-by verse examination of the Letter to the Colossians picking with Chapter 2. In this epistle, the Colossian congregation wrestles with folk beliefs and new age superstitions that are not as strange as they might at first seem. As usual Paul offers compelling good news in his understanding of the cross, the resurrection, worship, and Christian hope.

September 15 | Conversation with International Peacemakers

Xinia María Briceño &  Karla Ann Koll

12:15 p.m., Niles Chapel

Come welcome and meet International Peacemaker Xinia María Briceño from Costa Rica. Xinia’s passion and work centers around preserving access to clean water for local Costa Rican communities impacted by industrial agriculture. Her presentation will address contamination of water sources, models of agricultural production, the role of transnational corporations and climate change. Bagels and coffee will be provided.

September 22 | Faith in Action – a Special Adult Education Project Day

All ages are invited to join us as we roll up our sleeves and put our faith into hands-on action! Every year Nassau prepares hundreds of sack lunches for our neighbors during Loaves and Fishes in August and our annual Martin Luther King Jr Day of Service in January. Now, we invite you to a new opportunity for building community during our September series on food and faith.

A variety of tasks and assembly stations, suitable for all abilities, will be available under the leadership of longtime volunteers and coordinators Angie and Allen Olsen. Afterwards, our assembled sack lunches will be delivered to TASK, which provides more than 3,000 free meals per week to people in need in the Trenton area.

September 29 | Sarah Steward, Ria Smit, Ross Wishnick, with Holley Barreto, moderator

‘Til All God’s Children are Fed – The Purpose and Practice of the Hunger Offering

Nassau Presbyterian Church has a decades-long tradition of collecting a freewill offering on the last Sunday of the month to alleviate hunger in our neighborhood, country, and around the world. As Pastor Dave Davis frequently affirms, we are committed to continuing this practice “until all God’s children are fed.” Come meet three representatives of local and international organizations who benefit from this long-standing commitment. Get to know their communities. Learn about their mission. Support their work. This panel discussion will be moderated by Elder and food-justice advocate, Holley Barreto, and will include time for questions.

September 29 | Conversation with International Peacemaker

Monique Ngoie Mukuna Misenga

12:15 p.m., Assembly Room

Come welcome and meet International Peacemaker Monique Ngoie Mukuna Misenga from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Ms. Misenga will talk about how education and income-generating projects help women lift themselves out of extreme poverty. She is an advocate for women’s rights and works to end violence again women, particularly sexual violence used as a weapon of war. Bagels and coffee will be provided.


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Small Groups: Fall 2019

Sign up during Fellowship on Sunday mornings beginning September 8, or online after Monday, September 9:

Exodus: Wilderness Formation

Do a deep dive into Exodus! Read the stories, remember the events, and revisit the characters that are formative to our faith. Each week we will focus on a handful of chapters and learn how God forms a people and the people, in turn, take leadership in shaping their relationship with God. Drs. Jacqueline Lapsley and Anne Stewart will be leading an Adult Education series, October 6 – November 3, on Exodus. Pastor Dave Davis will be preaching the same passages in worship those Sundays.

Exodus: Wilderness Formation
Mondays, Oct. 7 to Nov. 4, 12:00-1:15 p.m.
Corrie Berg, leader
Berg Home, Princeton
Light lunch (soup & bread) provided

Wednesdays, Oct. 2 to Oct. 30, 6:30-7:30 a.m.
Dave Davis, leader
Conference Room, Nassau Presbyterian Church
Bring your own breakfast (coffee & tea provided)

Wednesdays, Oct. 9 to Nov. 6, 1:30-3:00 p.m.
Kathie Sakenfeld, leader
Sakenfeld Home, Skillman

Exodus: Wilderness Formation
(w/additional reading)
Tuesdays, Oct. 8 to Nov. 5, 7:30-9:00 p.m.
Boethius‘s Consolation of Philosophy
Mark Edwards, leader
Edwards Home, Kingston

Wednesdays, Oct. 9 to Nov. 6, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Boesak and DeYoung’s Radical Reconciliation
Len Scales, leader
Conference Room, Nassau Presbyterian Church
Bring your own lunch (coffee & tea provided)

Additional Groups

Mondays, Oct. 7-Nov. 4, 7:30-9:00pm
Pastrix by Nadia Bolz-Weber
Marshall McKnight, leader
Conference Room, Nassau Presbyterian Church

Tuesdays, Oct. 8-Nov. 5, 7:00-8:30pm
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
Jade Hage, leader
Hage Home, Princeton

Thursdays, Oct. 3 to Nov. 7, 7:30-9:00 p.m.
Dressing and Keeping the Garden: Photographing Nature
Ned Walthall, leader
Conference Room, Nassau Presbyterian Church


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Opportunities with Mission Partners – September 2019

Send Hunger Packing Princeton

On Sunday, September 15th from 2-4pm Send Hunger Packing Princeton (SHUPPrinceton), which provides weekend food to Princeton students in need, will be having their 5th annual Fall “friendraiser” at Hinds Plaza (next to the Princeton Public Library). This year’s food packing event, in partnership with Mercer Street Friends, will be a unique opportunity for Princeton families to come together to help their community by providing for people in need.  Admission to the event is Free, however donations are appreciated and can be made in person or on their website

“This Community focused event is a wonderful opportunity for Princeton families to come together to serve those in our community who need our help” –Ross Wishnick, Founder, SHUPPrinceton

To date, SHUPPrinceton has distributed over 140,000 meals to Princeton children. For more information, or to make a donation go to Contact: Wendy Vasquez 908-797-7291

Visit Nassau’s Myanmar Mission Partner

Lois Young and Sue Jennings are leading a trip to Myanmar this fall on behalf of Nassau’s international mission partner Cetana. The date of the tour is October 9-20. Somewhat shorter than in previous years, the tour will nevertheless include visits to Cetana teaching sites in Yangon as well as Inle Lake, Bagan, and Ngapali Beach. Excluding international airfare, the approximate cost will be $3500 per person double occupancy, including lodging, internal transportation via bus and air, all meals, sightseeing, and baggage transfers.

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Nassau’s Plarn Project

“Plarn” is plastic yarn made from repurposed plastic shopping and newspaper bags and can be used to make sleeping mats for those experiencing homelessness. Nassau is partnering with our Interfaith Stitchers for Peace and Trenton Area Soup Kitchen to make “plarn” sleeping mats for their clients who are in need of a sleeping surface that is more comfortable than pavement, a hard floor, or a simple cot. It takes 500 bags to make one mat.

Join us and:
1) Collect clean, dry grocery store plastic and newspaper bags and bring them to the church where bins are ready outside the church office.
2) Use the written instructions to cut bags, tie them together, and create a plarn ball and drop them in the bins outside the church office.
3) Use the instructions to crochet / knit mats on your own.
4) Learn to do it all and attend one of our workshops on Sundays:
Sep. 8: 10:15–11:15 am & 12:00-1:00 pm, Niles Chapel
Sep. 15: 10:15–11:00 am, Niles Chapel
Sep. 15: 12:15–1:30 pm with the Senior Adult Lunch, Assembly Room
Sep. 22: 10:15–11:00 am, Niles Chapel

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Child/Youth Registration for 2019-20 Programs

Dear Parents,

Summer greetings!

We are excited about the coming program year at Nassau Presbyterian Church. Read on for registration and program information for the upcoming year.


We ask you to complete a new form each year to ensure we have accurate information on you and your child to ensure your child’s health and safety. If you have multiple children in your family, you will receive a separate registration form for each.

To complete your registration, please:

  • print the registration form that was emailed to you,
  • make changes/additions using the fields on page two,
  • with or without changes, please sign and date page one of the form, and
  • return these two pages to the church office as soon as possible – by Tuesday, September 3 or earlier – to make sure your child’s name appears correctly on our attendance lists

If you have an additional child to register, blank forms are available here (Registration Form – pdf) and in the literature rack outside the church office.


An overview of the 2019-20 program year is available here (Life at Nassau Family Edition – pdf). Hard copies are also available in the literature rack outside the church office.

With anticipation for the coming year!

Corrie Berg (x108)

Mark Edwards (x109)

Ingrid Ladendorf (x105)


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Opportunities with Mission Partners – August 2019

School Supply Drive for GetSET

We are once again joining with Westminster Presbyterian Church, our partner church in Trenton, to provide 200 backpacks filled with essentials for local kids.

Please stop by Nassau Church and choose an item or two to donate from our Back-to-School display on the Great Wall. Thanks to the generosity of Princeton University Class of 1974, money has already been donated to purchase the backpacks for this fall! If you would like to make an additional financial contribution, this will be used by Westminster to handpick toys for young people in their community.

Supplies and monetary donations can be dropped off in the church office through Sunday, August 18. Make checks out to Nassau Presbyterian Church, noting “GetSET” in the memo line. Donations can be made online HERE, choose “Get Set – Westminster” in the Fund drop down box. Thank you!

All supplies and money collected at Nassau Church during the back to school drive will be donated to the GetSET program at Westminster Church.

Heritage Tour

The Witherspoon-Jackson Historical and Cultural Society is honoring 29 African American establishments in Princeton. The locations will be designated by Heritage plaques that will give a brief history of the establishment. The first four Heritage plaques will honor the four churches in the Witherspoon-Jackson Neighborhood. Saturday, August 10, there will be a walking tour of the four churches to unveil the plaques with a brief history and blessing by the churches’ ministers. The schedule for the tour is as follows:

9:45 — Leave from the Waxwood apartment building at 35 Quarry Street – walk to Birch Avenue (For those who do not want to walk from this location, you may meet us at Morning Star Church of God in Christ.)
10:05 — Gather at Morning Star Church of God in Christ
10:25 — Walk up Witherspoon Street to gather at Mt. Pisgah AME Church
10:45 — Walk to next block to gather at Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church
11:05 — Walk to Green Street toward John Street to gather at The First Baptist Church of Princeton

For those who wish to rest and have a cool drink and refreshments, you are welcome to walk from the First Baptist Church to 30 Quarry Street. For church members who prefer to stay at their church until the tour arrives, we will meet with you when we arrive at your church.

Witherspoon Partnership Summer Reading

The Witherspoon Church–Nassau Church Joint Mission Collaboration Committee will be reading Radical Reconciliation, Beyond Political Pietism and Christian Quietism by Allan Aubrey Boesak and Curtiss Paul DeYoung over the summer. The congregations of both churches are invited to join in the reading of this important book to promote a common language around reconciliation.


Visit Nassau’s Myanmar Mission Partner

Lois Young and Sue Jennings are leading a trip to Myanmar this fall on behalf of Nassau’s international mission partner Cetana. The date of the tour is October 9-20. Somewhat shorter than in previous years, the tour will nevertheless include visits to Cetana teaching sites in Yangon as well as Inle Lake, Bagan, and Ngapali Beach. Excluding international airfare, the approximate cost will be $3500 per person double occupancy, including lodging, internal transportation via bus and air, all meals, sightseeing, and baggage transfers.

Crossroads Theater to Feature Play about Paul Robeson

Crossroads Theater’s (New Brunswick) open­ing season will feature a play about Paul Robeson. Witherspoon Street Presbyterian is gauging interest for a group trip to the theatre on Saturday, September 14, at 3:00 p.m (cost approximately $50 per person). Please contact Michelle Peal ( before August 25 to reserve your seat with the group.

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