Love Song for Susan Blake: A Life Celebration

January 12, 2008 at 11:00 pm Leave a comment

Everyone invited! No RSVP required! Free entry (of course)!

With music, song and poetry the late Susan June Blake of Amityville, peace and justice activist, will be remembered at 2:00pm, Sunday, January 20th. The event, “Love Song for Susan Blake: A Life Celebration” is being held at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock, 48 Shelter Rock Road in Manhasset. The event is hosted by PeaceSmiths and by Blake’s family.

Susan died on October 2, 2007. For three decades, she was a community organizer who led vigils protesting the Vietnam and Iraq Wars, inhumane treatment at the Nassau County jail, and the onetime proposed Shoreham nuclear power plant.

Susan was involved with singing groups, working in the theater, and creating meaningful and political artistic events. As Coordinator of PeaceSmiths, she created the idea for the PeaceSmiths’ Monthly, Topical, A-Typical, Folk Music, Poetry and Whatever Coffeehouse which has had a decades-long run, and is still held at the rented attic of the First United Methodist Church in Amityville. The church, the coffeehouse and Susan Blake are all immortalized in the song “Last Church on the Left,” which will be performed by singer/songwriter Sonny Meadows at the life celebration.

Also scheduled to present are Susan Blake’s family and friends, and a long list of local poets, musicians and activists. Pat Falk, a poet and professor from Amityville, will perform at the event. Max Wheat, Poet Laureate of Nassau County, will read a poem written in honor of Susan June Blake and PeaceSmiths.

Susan is fondly remembered for setting up a game for festival goers each year at the Clearwater Hudson River Revival to teach people about the dangers of recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone, rBGH or rBST in milk. So, at the life celebration event, participants will be invited to play “The Cow Game.” The game, the program notes, and the reception will feature work from the cadre of artists who collaborated with Susan Blake and who are an important part of the ongoing work of PeaceSmiths.


Entry filed under: PeaceSmiths Calendar, Press Release, Susan Blake.

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The banner photo is PeaceSmiths friends and banner in Washington, D.C. for a peace march on January 27, 2007. Susan is waving on the left, above the "e". Photo copyright Merly Thinanyi of Thihanyi Photography in Valley Stream.

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