SARANAC?LAKE?- America's foremost female poet, Emily Dickinson-like Wordsworth and the other romantics - is also one of the world's most well known literary observers of nature.
William Luce's one-woman play celebrating the life and poetry of Dickinson, "The Belle of Amherst," will be presented in a special performance at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10 at BluSeed?Studios, 24 Cedar St., Saranac?Lake. The suggested donation of $10 will benef residents of the town of Jay who experienced the devastating effects of Tropical Storm Irene - a moment frozen in time, when Mother Nature was neither gentle nor patient nor her "admonition" mild.
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 AuSable Forks, which provided meals for area residents who lost power or were flooded out of their homes and a town-wide firewood drive.
"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," said JFRC member Eric Klotzko. "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 to help in the recovery effort or for more information on the JFRC, email the committee at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Eric at 518-946-7655 or email@example.com or Jay Ward at 518-524-0545 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on "The Belle of Amherst" performance at BluSeed Studios, contact Fred Balzac at 518-946-8323 or email@example.com.