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PeaceSmiths Coffeehouse: Friday, March 3rd on Long Island

PeaceSmiths, a Long Island group dedicated to peace, justice, and the environment will host our monthly coffeehouse on Friday, March 3, 2017 at 8pm.

PeaceSmiths March Coffeehouse
with music by Gary Ivan and Pete Mancini
Open Mic!

Friday, March 3rd, 2017 
at 8 PM
Pete Mancini, singer/songwriter, an acoustic set
Pete is the lead singer of “Butchers Blind”, a local alternative/Americana/folk rock band
This is Pete’s first appearance at our coffee house

Gary Ivan, singer/songwriter
Gary is also a visual artist and a PeaceSmiths favorite.
He used to design the Coffee House flyers for the mailing back in the day.
Gary hosted several very cool Open Mics in Huntington.
Open Mic — maybe you?!
Come share discussion about the current state of politics and the presidency.

Literature table for sharing info on music, art, poetry, activism, demonstrations, and marches.

More info and directions:


February 23, 2017 at 11:26 am Leave a comment

Photos: Last night’s PS Coffeehouse (2/4/2011)

More photos: here.

Quick report: A great time was had by all! Charlotte Koons was profound. Gary Ivan’s music was great, and his stage banter (or, is that just his stage presence?) was hysterical. Announcements and fliers on hand for the March 19th peace march and vigil in Setauket. Several new people — always makes you feel good. -Kimberly

Charlotte Koons at PeaceSmiths

Gary Ivan sings

Gary Ivan at PeaceSmiths


February 5, 2011 at 10:56 am 1 comment

2011 PS February Coffeehouse: Charlotte Koons and Gary Ivan

Groundhog celebrates Valentine's Day: 2011

Art by Gary Ivan


PeaceSmiths February Coffeehouse:
Friday, February 4, 2011 at 8pm

PeaceSmiths Coffeehouse
“Ideas of Love”

Charlotte Koons:
A Hildegard Homily
A monologue with inspiration and green blessings from Hildegard of Bingen

Music: Gary Ivan
Huntington, Long Island singer/songwriter and visual artist

Open Mic: Please bring your favorite poems or songs about love


Come to our inspiring gathering, just two days after Groundhog Day, and let’s think Spring together! (Wonder what the Groundhogs will have said?…)

The PeaceSmiths Coffeehouse is held at:

The First United Methodist Church in Amityville

$7 suggested donation
More if possible, less if necessary
includes healthy, vegetarian munchies

More info or directions, see below, or
leave a message at:
(631)798-0778 (more…)

January 26, 2011 at 2:27 pm 1 comment

Photos from 5/1/09 PeaceSmiths Coffeehouse

(More photos from the 5/1/9 PeaceSmiths Coffeehouse, are at Kimberly’s personal Flickr: here.)

Lois Morton

Lois Morton

Kempton Van Hoff, poet

Kempton Van Hoff, poet

Sonny Meadows

Sonny Meadows (above) is Chair of the PeaceSmiths Coffeehouse Committee. See Sonny to volunteer, to make suggestions, or to get booked for music. (Steven Schmidt books for poetry.)


May 2, 2009 at 9:30 pm Leave a comment

Video of Gary Ivan from the Coffeehouse on Friday

May 2, 2009 at 9:26 pm Leave a comment

May Coffeehouse: Friday, May 1, 2009

Come And Join The Celebration of One of L.I.’s
Longest Running Music and Poetry Extravaganzas
FRIDAY MAY 1, 2009  8:00 PM
(Always the First Friday Oct. Thru June)
And Support an Organization in Forefront of PEACE, JUSTICE and the ENVIRONMENT
This Month Another Great Line Up:
Lois Morton w/ Billy Thompson on Guitar
Poet: Kempton Van Hoff
And L.I.’s Treasured Artist, Singer, Song writer and Guitar Tuner:
$7.00 – More If you Can Afford It – Less If You Can’t
Open Mic Follows The Performances
At The Last Church On The Left on The End of Rte. 110 In Amityville

April 20, 2009 at 7:53 pm 2 comments

Thurs. April 16th: “How-To Save The Earth in Two Minutes” Community Forum

An early, Earth Day event…get your juices flowing…

“How-To Save the Earth in Two Minutes”

Date: Thursday, April 16, 2009
Time: 8pm (sharp, so everyone gets a turn to present!)
Place: First United Methodist Church in Amityville
25 Broadway/rt110 (Southmost end near Merrick Rd/Montauk hwy
Suggested donation: $6. Less if necessary, more if possible. Please come!
PeaceSmiths April 16th: How-To Save The Earth

April 13, 2009 at 1:38 pm Leave a comment

From the Archives: Two Gary Ivan fliers from 1992

(c) Gary Ivan and PeaceSmiths, Inc.Over the years, there have been a crew of talented and dedicated PeaceSmiths artists. Among them have been: Frank Aurelio, Jeanne Strolle, and Gary Ivan. Included in the PeaceSmiths archives are hundreds of fliers from Gary Ivan, a Huntington artist and musician, who worked with Susan Blake for decades to create original, hand-lettered fliers for PeaceSmiths events.

Gary Ivan’s artwork is highly valued in the Metropolitan area, as well as in Holland, where Ivan is often asked serve as an artist-in-residence.

At left: Flier from Feb. 1992 PeaceSmiths Coffeehouse, by Gary Ivan, dedicated PeaceSmiths artist and M.C. The performers on the bill were: Reisa Conde – songwriter, singer, guitarist, and publicist; Suzanne Cardinal – writer of stories and poems, cultural worker; Gary Ivan – listed as “singer/songwriter/swordfish swallower”.

The flier raises two questions:

1. Who wrote the blurbs describing the performers – Susan Blake? Gary Ivan? Or, the two of them in collaboration? and…

2. Does this flier represent a self-portrait of the artist, Gary Ivan?

For more PeaceSmiths artwork, visit our archives here, or at the tab on the top of the page.


May 19, 2008 at 7:03 am Leave a comment

Feb. 2008 Coffeehouse Photos

As often happens, the featured acts at PeaceSmiths were so mesmerizing, I forgot to take out the cellphone camera. Max Wheat was awesome, as usual. Premik – whom I had never seen perform before – exuded peace and musical charisma. Video will be posted in the next week or so, thanks to wilderside videographer Ian Wilder, and PeaceSmiths Public Access Producer, John Phillips. For now, here are some other fun parts of the evening…


Above: Gary Ivan and Ahmad Ali trade musical secrets. (more…)

February 3, 2008 at 8:07 am Leave a comment

Life Celebration was wonderful

This afternoon…into this evening…PeaceSmiths and Susan’s family hosted Love Song for Susan Blake: A Life Celebration.

The event was beautiful. I learned many new things about Susan. One of the great reflections was from a friend of Susan’s from kindergarten. This friend remembered how brilliant Susan was, and that when her and Susan were 8 or 9 years old, Susan would lead conversations about “What is perception?”

I would guess about 300 people attended. There were many wonderful performances of poetry and music. Ann Christiansen read a poem that carefully described many of Susan’s expressions, ways, and contributions to our community and the world. Patti Tana read her famous garden poem, Post Humus, which Susan had asked Patti to read at her memorial event. And, Maxwell Corydon Wheat, Jr.–who had been considering back and forth the three poems he had about Susan and PeaceSmiths–read the interview poem about Susan. Max received a standing ovation. (You don’t often see a standing ovation in the world of poetry.)


The PeaceSmiths board presented Nancy Jane Blake, Susan’s sister, with a painting by Ron Thomson, which they had commissioned. The painting is a wonderful portrait of Nancy Jane Blake, Susan June Blake, and Betty Blake. Nancy seemed pleased and genuinely surprised.

Max Wheat/Blake Family painting by Ron Thomson

So many people spoke. The event lasted two hours longer than expected. And, there were many people who could have spoken, and maybe even should have spoken. Though, it is difficult to have a program last anymore than 6 hours! So, hopefully people were able to express through laughter, tears, and the many guestbooks and cards.

Among the special visitors were Roy Volpe from Clearwater, a representative from the NYCLU, and Marge Harrison, who gave an excellent presentation on Susan’s secrets of organizing. Nancy Jane Blake read a statement from Connie Hogarth, of Wespac Foundation.

Gary Ivan was the M.C. He was entertaining as usual and did a great job handling the flow. Mike Kornfeld pitched in when needed to run the AV projector. Karri ran the kitchen, with help from many people including Karen, Cindy, Brian, Rose, Barbara and Dori. Both John Phillips and Brian O’Haire videotaped. Ian worked with the UU staff to watch the soundboard.

Gary Ivan at the lectern of the beautiful Shelter Rock UU

Susan’s sister Nancy and college friend Cindy provided hummus, dessert, and tons of interesting slides and photos. There is a great photograph of Susan in her college days, dressed in a flowing, bright red costume, doing some kind of performance art with 2 other friends dressed similarly. Susan is posing in an outside space, standing on a platform.

At the event, there was lots of laughter. Some tears. And, a wonderful sense of togetherness.

As Sister Jeanne Clarke noted in her presentation: “Susan June Blake – presente.”

January 20, 2008 at 10:34 pm 1 comment


Fri. Oct. 4th, 2019
PeaceSmiths Coffeehouse
First of the new season!
Jimi Durso and Matt Kline of
Coincidence Machine
Travis McKevney
Open Mic! Maybe you?
(Won’t we have things to talk about?!)


Fri. June 7, 2019
PeaceSmiths Coffeehouse
Last of the season!

The PeaceSmiths Coffeehouse is the first Friday of the month, from October to June.

Public Access TV

PeaceSmiths Monthly Coffeehouse and Monthly Forum can sometimes be seen on Public Access TV on the Woodbury Cable system channel 20 on the following shows:

Church of Comedy

Harmony Rising

Banner Photo

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.