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Peacesmiths Coffeehouse 12/7/07 (video & photos added)


PeaceSmiths / P.O. Box 312, Massapequa, NY 11758.
Community Organizing for Peace and Justice – Education, Activism, Culture, Mutual Help

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Friday, December 7, 2007

Peace Smiths Topical, A-Typical, Folk Music, Poetry and Whatever Coffeehouse

“Dedicated to Susan Blake”

On Friday, December 7, 2007 at 8:30pm PeaceSmiths will present its monthly Topical, A-Typical, Folk Music, Poetry and Whatever Coffeehouse at First United Methodist Church, 25 Broadway/Rt. 110 (southmost end near Merrick Rd./Montauk Highway) in Amityville. This month’s program is entitled “Dedicated to Susan Blake.” It will be a special event where members of the PeaceSmiths community and friends of Susan Blake are invited to share words, music, and reflections about Blake and her work. Extra open mic time will be interspersed between mini-sets of music. Please arrive early to sign up.

Vintage Flyer (c) PeaceSmiths Inc/Gary IvanThe night will also feature some invited, musical guests. Katherine Congdon is a singer-songwriter. A Long Island native, Congdon imbues her music with rich life experiences and personally uplifting and politically compelling messages. Bringing her heartfelt music to the coffeehouse, Congdon will perform on the lute. Andy Greenhouse is a guitarist and composer from New York City. Greenhouse has performed often at the PeaceSmiths Coffeehouse. He plays music in the folk idiom.There will also be surprise guest appearances by an old friend or two–maybe you! Please do join the open mic with a poem or song in Susan’s memory.

A donation of $7 (half for kids) is suggested to help promote the Coffeehouse series and towards PeaceSmiths’ ongoing work for peace and justice. The Coffeehouse is held the first Friday of the month from October to June. PeaceSmiths is a non-profit community organization established in 1972. The work of PeaceSmiths includes educational, activist, cultural and mutual help projects. Projects include issues of disarmament, environmental concerns, human rights, freedom of expression, and economic and social justice.

The next Coffeehouse will be January 4, 2008. PeaceSmiths regular Monthly Forum for December is canceled due to the holidays. The next Monthly Forum will be the Presidential Primary Candidates Debate on Friday, January 18, 2008.

There will also be another special event in honor of Susan. On Sunday, January 20th at 2pm, PeaceSmiths invites you to: “Love Song for Susan Blake: A Life Celebration” at the Unitarian at Shelter Rock/Manhasset.


Singer-songwriter Katherine Congdon, a Long Island native, imbues her music with rich life experiences and personally uplifting and politically compelling messages. Katherine began strumming on a guitar and writing her own music more than 30 years ago, and she hasn’t stopped since. Her eclectic style reflects her love of rock, country, blues, and folk. Whether strumming and singing, or fingerpicking an instrumental, Katherine plays from the heart.

Katherine studies the lute, and has written several pieces, one of which was published in the Lute Society of America Quarterly, September 2004 issue. She has practiced yoga for many years and is in the process of obtaining her RYT certification from Yoga Alliance. In addition to the arts, Katherine is a volunteer with local non-profit HealthyPlanet, serving as a Board member and as chair of various committees. She is the mother of 3 amazing teenagers who have taught her much about living and loving.

Andy Greenhouse is a prolific topical songwriter and a versatile guitarist. He performs original songs and traditional American gospel tunes. Andy’s original tunes are humorous & pastoral. He is known for his sardonic, but sweet stage banter, and historical understanding of music. Come see this modern-day Woody Guthrie for whom music is a labor of love

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More photos at www.myspace.com/peacesmiths

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