Kathleen Recchia as Emily Dickinson in "The Belle of Amherst."
“The Belle of Amherst” will be presented in a special performance benefiting residents of the town of Jay who experienced the devastating effects of Tropical Storm Irene.
The show, which will take place at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10 at BluSeed Studios in Saranac Lake, features Kathleen Recchia, reprising a role she has performed and toured to such New York state venues as the Kent-Delord House Museum in Plattsburgh and the Bridge Theater in Whitehall, to considerable acclaim.
The suggested donation for the performance is $10 per person, and all proceeds from the evening will go to the Jay Flood Relief Fund, which can also be accessed at www.HelpJayNY.org, where additional tax-deductible donations can be made. The performance is underwritten, in part, by BluSeed Studios, The Book & Blanket Bed & Breakfast in Jay, and Ward Lumber of Jay and Malone.
The performance of “The Belle of Amherst” is the latest in a series of fundraising events initiated by or done in association with the Jay Flood Relief Committee (JFRC), a group of residents from the Towns of Jay and Keene who have volunteered their time to respond to the needs of their neighbors in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene and the subsequent flooding.
The committee is an outgrowth of work that began immediately after the storm, including community kitchens at the Brookside Motor Inn in Upper Jay and the Town of Jay Community Center in Au Sable Forks that provided meals for area residents who lost power or were flooded out of their homes and a townwide firewood drive. Once the committee formed, it helped encourage the establishment of the Jay Flood Relief Fund, which is administered by Adirondack Community Trust (ACT) via Network for Good (in addition to online contributions at www.HelpJayNY.org, tax-deductible donations can also be made via checks mailed to: Adirondack Community Trust, P.O. Box 288, Lake Placid NY 12946).
Since the disaster struck, the JFRC has helped raise thousands of dollars through such events as an acoustic concert held at the Amos and Julia Ward Theatre in Jay, sponsored by the Jay Entertainment and Music Society (JEMS); an outdoor pig roast at the Brookside Motor Inn; and a concert at Upper Jay’s newest venue, The Church.
Funds have already begun to be disbursed to people most affected by the storm, via a committee set up by the town of Jay. However, the concern remains that, given the extent of the damage and the time of year, more financial help is needed to help flood survivors rebuild or explore other available options for putting their lives back together.
“People have been incredibly generous—both in terms of the outpouring of volunteer help we saw right after the storm and in reaching down deep into their pockets to donate whatever they could,” JFRC member Eric Klotzko said. “But the need is still there. The township of Jay sustained the greatest amount of devastation, by far, among all towns in Essex County and is up there among the hardest-hit communities in New York state—with damage estimates in the millions. And now winter is at our doorstep.”
To explore ways you can help in the recovery effort or for more information on the JFRC, email the committee at email@example.com, or contact Eric Klotzko at 946-7655 or firstname.lastname@example.org; or Jay Ward at 524-0545 or email@example.com.
For more information on The Belle of Amherst performance at BluSeed Studios, please contact Fred Balzac at 946-8323 or firstname.lastname@example.org.