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Folk Plus Saturday September 3, 2011: Power of Water and
Norwick's free Chenango "Colorscapes Festival"

Folk Plus is a blend of contemporary and older singer songwriters with perhaps a spoken word or a Broadway tune, or whatever may be relevant to the theme. 
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Tonight  the Belleayre Music Festival will be holding it's final concert of the season, and has turned the event into a benefit for victims of the flood.  Béla Fleck and the Flecktones will be performing tonight at 8  p.m. ... thats who you hear in the background playing Linus and Lucy.   All net proceeds from this concert will be donated to assist the flood-relief effort. Chairman of the Board Joe Kelly said   "Our mission is to benefit the Catskill Region.  At this moment, there is no beter way for us to help fellow community members than by contributing what we can in the wake of the this tragedy."  for tickets or additional information

Bella Fleck and the Flecktones - Linus and Lucy - Jingle all the Way - Rounder

You will have your own stories, flooded houses, power off, flooded main street businesses that just may not come back. Friends called from scoharie behind bridgest aht are washed out.  Some entire towns are washed out - phonecia is a mess, middleburgh - put people are helping each other, I heard of hubies pizza in middleburgh, walking thro town handing out free pizzas.

The Catskill Mountainkeeper is a non profit community based environmental advocacy organization, dedicated to creating a flourishing sustainable economy in the Catskills and preserving and protecting the area's long term health with an office in Youngsville across from the Cutting Garden.   They put out this message following Hurricane Irene, especially for our area.
" Here in the Catskills, we have witnessed firsthand the devastating effects of last Sunday’s record-breaking flood.  Flooded main streets from Sullivan to Schoharie Counties, thousands of homes without power, and water-logged fields, drowning out crops at what is traditionally the most productive point of the growing season.  Our region was hit particularly hard - of the 191 people who were rescued in NYS, 129 of them were from the Catskills. "     They have information at their site for applications for help.   Their webiste
They list other relief efforts for donations, voluteer opportunites or help.   If you only have a phone  845.482.5400

Other info:
President Obama has declared NYS a federal disaster area, making emergency funding available to people in the counties of Albany, Delaware, Dutchess, Essex, Greene, Schenectady, Schoharie, and Ulster.  Applications can be made starting Thursday at or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY).

The Watershed Post - a Catskills-based online news source – has emerged as the leading resource for information, pictures, and stories about the hurricane and subsequent floods.  They have set up a live-blog providing real-time updates on storm effects and recovery

Help Out:

The ‘Catskills Irene Relief Resources’ website has a listing of emergency relief efforts - including referrals for donations and volunteer opportunities - organized by county

NOFA-NY (Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York) is working to mobilize groups of volunteers to assist in area farm cleanup and relief efforts.  For more information or to volunteer, please contact Lea Kone (email: / phone: 585-271-1979 ext. 502.

I will give some more facts about our local devastation and play some folk in the news segment on flooding and the power of water.

Here's Chuck Pyle with a song called HEre comes the water - true story....

Chuck Pyle    Here Comes The Water    4:36    Step By Step- bee n flower music

About 124,000 residents — more than one-third of Orange, Ulster and Sullivan residents — were left in the dark Monday evening.  NYSEG said it has distributed 174,000 pounds of dry ice and 33,600 gallons of bottled water to customers as it works to repair downed wires and broken poles and transmission lines.  I travelled 5 mph down palisades one lane, muddy from landslide, last Monday.  From 17 to 87/287 getting to the Tappan Zee was closed, but opened again by my late night drive home. The GWB however forced outbound traffic to the lower levela nd blocked any entrance back to the palisade, soI came home a create way passing flooded roads.

In Sullivan County, there are at least three roads with serious damage, including County Route 55 in Mountaindale and County Route 19 in Claryville, and four bridges needing inspection.  Irene destroyed 500 to 600 homes and thousands of acres of farmland and left six people dead upstate.  As of Tuesday afternoon, about 470,000 customers were without power statewide. Also early Wednesday, the New York State Thruway reopened in both directions from Schenectady to Syracuse, the last stretch of road closed by flooding caused by Irene.   Frost Valley Road  had been claimed by the flooded Biscuit Brook, somuch  that trapped the 120 staffers for a while.  Power was  out in the area, and numerous washouts on the road -- Claryville Road in Sullivan County, Frost Valley Road in the Town of Denning and Slide Mountain Road in the Town of Shandaken.  The narrow road can be a challenge even in good weather. It runs alongside the West Branch Neversink River; in Shandaken, a washout has left a 50-foot-wide, 40-foot-deep gulley where the road used to be.  

Here are more selections of contemporary folk in the news for flooding. Anias Mitchell on flooding mines and Eric Bibb reminding us of katrina. many are calling our area a Katrina. For the towns totally gone, its a perfect analogy. 

Anais Mitchell    Quecreek Flood    4:16    Hymns For The Exiled- Waterbug
Eric Bibb    Flood Water    4:34    Songs from Sing Out! v.53#3
Michael and Gloria Bauermeister    When the Water Goes Down -     3:11
Next weekend, consider driving up to Norwich NY for Colorscape Chenango Arts Festival.

The 17th Annual Colorscape Chenango will take place September 10th & 11th, 2011. Admission and all activities are entirely free of charge, thanks to generous sponsors and members.   The Chenango County Court House provides a backdrop for Colorscape Chenango Arts Festival in downtown Norwich, New York. Colorscape draws an estimated 13-15,000 people from throughout the Northeast each year.    Colorscape 2011 will again feature a non-stop line-up of acoustic music arranged by the Night Eagle Productions including:
The Guy Mendilow Band, Runa, Sara Milonovich & Daisycutter, The Dust Poets, Ellis Paul, McPeak. Caravan of Thieves, L.J. Gates and Kim & Reggie Harris for the Gospel Show on Sunday.  Here are some of those performers.

Guy Mendilow Band    Blues For Dino    2:54    Skyland
Kim and Reggie Harris    Down By The Riverside    0:35    Live at SummerFolk 2008
Kim & Reggie Harris    Down By The Riverside    4:18    Get On Board! Underground Railroad & Civil Rights Freedom Songs, Volume 2
Reggie Harris    ID ReggieH 18 sec to 39    0:39    Live at Kutshers
Runa    The House Carpenter / Jolene    5:29    Stretched On Your Grave
Ellis Paul    Translucent Soul    5:35    Translucent Soul
Caravan of Thieves    Raise the Dead    4:43    The Funhouse - MP3
Speaking bit from Francis McPeake and band members
Big World    4:13    Dust Poets              
Cold Iron Heart    3:07    Driftwood    Rally Day           

The first coffeehouse of the Fall 2011 season of the Rock Tavern Chapter of the Hudson Valley Folk Guild will take place at the UUCRT, 9 Vance Road, Rock Tavern, NY on Saturday, September 10 at 7:30 p.m.  Our featured performers will be PiedmontBluz (Valerie & Ben Turner).

Also, the Dust Poets will be at the Catskill Distillery in Bethel next Wednesday night.

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