Play to benefit Tropical Storm relief funds

Kathleen Recchia as Emily Dickinson in "The Belle of Amherst."

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).

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