CRARYVILLE—The rock band Flame performs Friday, May 31 at 7 p.m. at the Taconic Hills Performing Arts Center, 73 County Route 11A. The concert is free and appropriate for all ages.
A group of talented musicians from Upstate New York who happen to have disabilities, FLAME averages 70 paid performances per year, including concerts in 16 different states and in Europe. Their song list contains more than 100 classic hits—rock, country and blues—from the past five decades.
The concert is co-sponsored by the Columbia County chapter of National Alliance on Mental Illness, Roeliff Jansen Community Library and Taconic Hills School. At intermission, the audience can speak with representatives of more than 20 local social service organizations and learn about their services.
Participating organizations include Flame the Band, NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness); Roeliff Jansen Community Library; Columbia County Mental Health Center; Mental Health Association of Columbia and Greene Counties (including the divisions of Children and Families, Clinical and Rehabilitation and Residential); Columbia County Sheriff’s Department; Catholic Charities of Columbia County (including the SNAP Food Stamp Program); Independent Living Center of the Hudson Valley; Camphill Village; Association for Suicide Prevention and Jeffrey’s Journey; OASIS and Friends of the New Leaf; Philmont Hearth; COARC; CAVE; HANDLE Institute; Newman Community Residence; Special Needs Program; Recovery Center and LinKenTim Farm.
Pat Placona, chairperson of the Roe Jan Library Program Committee said the library is thrilled to be part of the event, adding that kids and parents would enjoy the band.
“Great music provides the reason to come together and know that we are community: caring, spirited and fun,” said Alice Belt of NAMI in a press release. “Dancing in the aisles might erupt.”