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Westchester Ethical Society Holds Arts Festival

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – The Ethical Culture Society of Westchester held an arts festival at its headquarters on Saxon Wood Road in White Plains Sunday morning.

Members performed in the festival, with music poetry and fiction readings and a video presentation. Oil paintings and other works of art were also shown.

“The Ethical Culture Society is an ethical humanist community that lives ethically and helps the community around us be more ethical,” said Bart Worden from Ossining, the society’s spiritual leader.

Jeff Grippa, a member from White Plains, presented videos he made of a jam session of the song "Playing for Change." His work was based on the original "Playing for Change" video that presented musicians around the world playing excerpts of the Ben E. King song. He said he included musicians who appeared in the original video along with his own band.

“Many things divide us, but music brings us together,” he said.

The arts festival started with Worden playing guitar and leading the group in a community sing-a-long. The group sang “Take Up the Song,” which includes the lyrics, “Take up the song, let your life sing!”

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