PHOTOS: Relay For Life Luminaria Ceremony

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May 212017

The Luminaria Ceremony at the BOW Relay For Life was quiet, respectful and reflective of lives lost and a time to honor those who are struggling with cancer.

One team, “Mild to Wild” was honored with the Bob Rauch Award as the group that embodied the spirit of the late Dr. Robert Rauch, a longtime Relay supporter and Cancer patient who passed away a few years ago.

All of the team captains, most of them Amity High School Students, collected glow sticks to distribute to their team members, then as a group of victims (or survivors) was read off — if you are here because of a parent; a child; a cousin; a neighbor; etc — snap your glow stick now.

And slowly, the entire perimeter of the track was lit up.

Members of the Amity Creative Arts Department sang, as participants walked around the track in silence and dropped their glow sticks into a luminaria bag on the ground lining the track.

Travel Notes: Amity Creative Theater in Europe

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Aug 132012

Rob Kennedy and the Amity Creative Arts kids on the NBC Nightly News from London, England.

On Saturday, Aug. 11, 14 talented students from the Amity Creative Theater and two award winning chaperones, Director Rob Kennedy and Costume Designer Julie Chevan embarked on the adventure of a lifetime — A trip to Europe and the opportunity for the students to perform the play “Almost Maine” before a global audience at the Fringe Festival in Edinberg, Scotland.

They hopped on an airplane in New York, and took an overnight flight to Heathrow Airport in London, England.

The group, wearing matching blue “Almost Maine” T-Shirts immediately began sight-seeing.

Kennedy reports they went “Right onto the Tube and into London. Saw Big Ben, Parliament, Westminster Abby, Buckingham Palace. We also watched the Olympic Mens Marathon. The city is electric! Our group was interviewed by NBC Nightly News which (aired on Sunday) at 6:30 p.m.

They were sleeping at the University of Birmingham Sunday and off to Stratford upon Avon first thing in the morning, today.

Here are some of Kennedy’s photos from the trip so far.