Posts Tagged ‘Keene Valley Congregational Church’

Monday, October 23, 2023

“Return to Auschwitz” documentary to be shown at Keene Valley Public Library, Oct. 24

Graphic for upcoming documentary, award-winning documentary Return to Auschwitz: The Survival of Vladimir Munk, at the Keene Valley Public Library

Keene Valley, NY –  On Tuesday, October 24, Keene Valley Congregational Church will screen the Regional Emmy award-winning documentary Return to Auschwitz: The Survival of Vladimir Munk at 7 p.m. at the Keene Valley Public Library.

The PBS documentary was filmed in 2020 when Czech Holocaust survivor Vladimir Munk returned to Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi death camps in Poland where he was imprisoned during World War II. Accompanied by filmmakers/producers Julie Canepa, Paul Frederick and Bruce Carlin, 95-year-old Munk made the journey to honor thirty of his close relatives, including his parents, who perished there.

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Tuesday, December 20, 2022

Got an extra sleeping bag?

sleeping bags for ukraineTwo-thirds of Kyiv’s residents have no heat due to Russian missiles taking out Ukrainian electricity systems, a pattern repeated throughout the country. Vladyslav Heraskevych, a member of Ukraine’s Skeleton team in Lake Placid, NY for the World Cup Bobsled-Skeleton Championships, said the best way for North Country residents to help Ukrainians during this difficult time is to send sleeping bags, winter hats, socks, gloves, and underwear.


Heraskevych added the caveat that sleeping bags and clothing donations must be dark in color to help protect Ukrainians from being seen by Russian drones and snipers, and they should be new or in good shape as it’s frigid this time of year. In addition, he said only new long underwear, top and bottoms, socks, hats, and gloves for men or women. He also said they needed funding for generators.

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Thursday, April 14, 2022

Pride and Prejudice performance set for April 30, May 1 in Keene Valley

It’s not every day that Keene Valley hosts Actors Equity Association (AEA) actors, but thanks to East Branch Friends of the Arts (EBFA), three members of the union for professional stage artists will take center stage at the Keene Valley Congregational Church on Saturday, April 30 at 7 p.m and Sunday, May 1 at 3 p.m.
For Sam Balzac it is a return to his roots: he began his school days at Keene Central School (KCS) as a kindergartener and graduated from the high school in 2013.  In addition to the many school productions he performed in, as a child he also performed in several shows in the church where this program will be held.
This production is one that Balzac took a hand in creating with his mother, Kathleen Recchia, more than a decade ago–a musical adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic novel “Pride and Prejudice.” The second workshopped production was presented by the Book & Blanket Players youth theatre program last summer. The vocal tracks had been recorded for the students by Balzac and Hannah Eakin, a NYC-based actor who is also a member of AEA.

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