The recent Nutcracker Ballet performances must not go without special gratitude for such an endearing, uplifting and truly joyous experience for all attendees — which included representatives of most age groups! Very few small children noises were heard as they became mesmerized by the graceful dancing — and antics — of the performers. Heroines come in all styles, but in my book, Julie Sneden Carlson is a true heroine for her dedicated and successful efforts to bring Pendleton such artistic presentations with her Pendleton Ballet Theatre.

This is not to say that committed parents have not also contributed hours to assisting in so many ways — to say nothing of the hours of sheer practice and education in so many facets of collaborative abilities that these wonderful students develop. What a well-rounded workshop for their future! We are indeed lucky as Pendletonians to have this bountiful gift in our midst.

Ruth Hall

Pendleton

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