Music for flood relief in Kingston tonight, 9/28/11

Our friends at the Kingston Digital Corridor and the Ulster County Musicians Network are throwing a fantastic flood-relief bash called "After the Deluge" tonight in Kingston. We're proud to be an official sponsor of the event.

"After the Deluge" features a stellar line-up of local bands, all playing to raise funds to go to relief organizations in each county in the Catskills. The show starts at 5:30pm and runs unti 10pm. The organizers are collecting relief supplies -- for a full list of acts and items accepted, see the website.

After the Deluge
September 28th  5:30-10p.m.
Keegan Ales
20 St. James Street
Kingston, NY

Letter to the Editor: Flood Aid for New Paltz

To the editor:

In the wake of Hurricane Irene and the resultant flooding, we have organized New Paltz Flood Aid: Farmers, Families, and First Responders. Contributions and all ticket sales to Flood Aid events will be distributed to the New Paltz farmers, families, and first responders most affected by the late August flooding. The New Paltz Community Foundation will administer, manage, and distribute all the funds.

On August 24, 2011, the Village of New Paltz passed a resolution declaring the first week of October the inaugural "New Paltz Local Food Week". Less than a week later, Hurricane Irene hit. As a result, this year's Local Food week focus will be on helping the people in our community most impacted by the flooding.  Read more

After The Flood: Photos by Watershed Post readers

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9/11 ceremony in Halcottsville Sunday, 1pm

Above: Ascent, a sculpture by Mark Pilato.

The little hamlet of Halcottsville in Delaware County is hosting a 9/11 ceremony today from 1pm to 3pm. The hamlet's fire department is now the permanent home of "Ascent," a sculpture by Halcottsville volunteer fireman Mark Pilato, who sculpted it in the months after the World Trade Center attacks ten years ago.

The sculpture, a soaring work in bronze, has been displayed at Ground Zero in NYC and at the Pentagon in Washington DC. Now, it sits in a newly-landscaped park next to the Halcottsville Fire Department, as you can see on the Halcottsville Fire Department Facebook Page and in the photo below.

In an article in Catskill Mountain Guide Magazine, Pilato explained his connection with the Halcottsville Fire Department:  Read more

Free dinner and flood benefit concert in Arkville Saturday night

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Video of Arkville flooding, by YouTube user mathewpaul2000.

Joe Moskowitz, the proprietor of Casey Joe's Coffeehouse and Arkville-Bikeville in Arkville, is throwing a huge flood-relief benefit concert at 7pm Saturday night in the space usually occupied by Robert's Auction in Arkville. The line-up, which came together in a flash this week, is epic, according to the Facebook event:

A concert to help raise funds for flood relief in the Margaretville/Arkville/Fleischmanns area for recovery from the devastation left throughout that area after Hurricane Irene...Casey Joe's is located at the corner of Rt.28 and Rt. 38 in Arkville. Come unwind a little with some killer music for a great cause!!!

Also, BYOB and bring a sober driver too! Schedule:

7:00-7:25--Charity Valk & Rob Heitmann  Read more

This weekend: "The Trojan Women"

Above: Natalie Martin as Andromache and Kathryn Saffell as Helen of Troy.

"The Trojan Women," an ancient play about the horrors of the Trojan War, isn't exactly a gut-buster. The story opens with the great citadel of Troy lying in ruins (after our pal Odysseus has helped his fellow Greeks sneak in to sack it via Trojan horse). Flames consume homes, husbands have been murdered, and the women and children survivors are all about to be enslaved. And it all goes downhill from there. 

That said, the Franklin Stage Company's free production of Seneca's version of the great tragedy promises to be excellent. The lamenting women of the title will be accompanied by an original score and, interestingly, puppets. See it all on opening night tomorrow.  Read more

A midsummer night's dinner

Abraham Lincoln (aka John Exter), Gerald Balcar, Ursula Burroughs (aka Patricia Brannen), and New York State Assemblyman Clifford Crouch. Photo by Lissa Harris.

Assemblyman Clifford Crouch (R-107) was the guest of honor Tuesday, at a dinner-theater banquet held at Summerfield's in Margaretville as a fundraiser for the Open Eye Theater. (Also on tap: Music both medieval and modern, as strolling violinists traded off with country and folk tunes from The Andes Gang.)

In a brief address to the assembled nobles, Assemblyman Crouch spoke of the merits of arts and literature in education, making note of a recent story in a London newspaper that described a school making unlikely strides through the use of classic literature.

"I'm a firm believer in the arts, and a firm believer in the fact that reading has to be essential," Crouch said. "We've got a great opportunity to make sure the arts are alive and well in our schools."  Read more

Got gripes? Send 'em to the Complaints Choir

You might have missed the last appearance of the Delaware County Complaints Choir on August 6 -- they had to hightail it to a church basement when the skies opened over the Arts & Soul of the Catskills festival

Luckily for you, the Complaints Choir is making an encore appearance on September 4 at the West Kortright Centre during the Tunes 'n Tomatoes 2011 Festival. If you have a whinge, a gripe, or a whine that you'd like to hear sung by a chorus of your friends and neighbors, submit it by tomorrow, August 26, to [email protected]. Here's the WKS's press release:   Read more

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